5.0 out of 5 stars
Is it as good as the original release?, May 23 2004
I am a region4 customer so have not reviewed the revised DISNEY version on DVD but am reviewing the original versions for your information/comparison.
The original English version was masterful. While no expert on the director's work or ANIME I have a broad knowledge of film/animation. The story is for romantic adults but is also safe and entertaining for children. It is fanciful in that the central character is under a spell/curse (he has not suffered a tragic accident) but aside from this the story is set in a semi-real world unlike films such as 'Spirited Away'. It is a story of complex, adult friendships and love. It has an air of 'Casablanca' to it.
The animation is beautiful, and is a treat for aviation buffs dreaming of the barnstorming days.
The original music score is good and sets the right 'atmosphere' for the film.
I hope the re-working has not removed the soul of this excellant film, and I do not understand why it was even done.