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From Up on Poppy Hill (Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Gillian Anderson, Ron Howard, Emily Osment, Alex Wolff
  • Directors: Goro Miyazaki
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 3 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00CSYRHG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,486 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Yokohama, 1963. Umi is a high school student living in her family�s hillside home overlooking the sea. Every morning she hoists two signal flags towards the bay, sending a message to the horizon. A poem about the flags is published in the school newspaper. Could the author be Shun, the daring newspaper editor who has drawn Umi�s attention? While the two teenagers join in the campaign to save their school�s old clubhouse, their budding relationship takes an unexpected turn when they discover a secret surrounding their past. In a Japan at the crossroads of tradition and modernization, Umi and Shun share a moving story of friendship, love and hope. The film�s rich and vibrant imagery captures perfectly the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn.

Special Features

Includes Original Japanese version, Cast Recording Sessions, Music Video, Featurette, 112-Photo Flipbook, Original Trailers and TV Spots, Feature-length Storyboards, Hayao Miyazaki�s Letters, Speech, Press Conference

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Format: Blu-ray
Fans of Studio Ghibli won't have had much chance to see From Up on Poppy Hill. It enjoyed a brief limited release in theaters a few months ago, but the Blu-ray release on September 3rd will allow many other fans to check it out. I've seen it twice over the past two days and I urge Ghibli fans to buy the Blu-ray.

From Up on Poppy Hill looks like a Studio Ghibli film, and packs quite an emotional punch, but don't expect to see the fantasy element present in most of the studio's classics. This is more like Whisper of the Heart than Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro. The film is populated by good people doing good things, and there's not a villain in sight. It will appeal to anyone who remembers their childhood, school, young love, and friendship. Like most Ghibli films, it's full of great messages for us and our children.

Umi Matsuzaki (Sarah Bolger) is an eleventh-grader, living in 1963 Yokohama; she takes care of her family and a few boarders while her mother is away studying in the US. She cooks and cleans while trying to maintain her good grades, and is a responsible young woman. One day in school, she meets Shun Kazama (Anton Yelchin). He performs a daredevil stunt to try to gain support for his campaign to save a clubhouse used by him and his friends. Umi and Shun form a friendship that is the heart of the film, but the story isn't quite so simple. This is not just a tale of teen romance; it's the story of a group of young people pulling together to achieve a common goal. Some of the twists are unexpected, and considerably more complicated than those found in typical animated fare.

One of Umi's habits is to raise flags on the pole on her balcony to signal to ships passing in the harbor.
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I own many and really enjoy all the Studio Ghibli films I've seen ("Whisper of the Heart" and "Porco Rosso" probably being my favourites). "From Up on Poppy Hill" was a wonderful addition to my collection and had a nice slice-of-life feel to it (sort of akin to "Whisper of the Heart"). The film has a nice relaxed pace and a lovely art style. I'm very glad to have this added to my collection. :)
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This movie from Studio Ghibli is an adaptation from a 1980's shojo (girls) manga series of the same name. With a screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki; it's a sweet little tale of young love set in 1963 Yokohama. In style and tone it's very similar to "Whisper of the Heart" which was also adapted by Hayao Miyazaki from an earlier manga.

Like Heart, the essence of the story is the growing love between two young teens as they work to save an old school building from destruction and how they will have to overcome an unexpected complication in their relationship to make that happen. It's as simple as that. I would rate it just below Heart in overall quality.

Now it's not perfect of course. But it's a major improvement over Goro's first movie, "Tales from Earthsea" which was a loose adaptation of Ursula le Guin's Earthsea series and which proved for me and many others to be a major disappointment. While the backgrounds looked lovely, the storyline was confusing and the animation simply did not live up to the high quality that is expected of a Studio Ghibli production. And Goro himself admits in an on disc interview that he didn't put everything into it that he did do in this movie. And it definitely shows big improvements here!

So the storyline is just as sweet and gentle as you would expect from a Ghibli movie. The backgrounds just as lush and the heroine just as plucky. Where I would find fault is in the level of animation. Whether through Goro or his team's priorities or whether through budgetary constraints; I find Poppy Hill still not quite up to the level of animation expected of a top Studio Ghibli release.

The best way to illustrate this would be in a direct comparison with the recent release of "Ponyo".
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This is a great movie for all ages with a heartwarming plot and a great message. The animation quality is top-notch and the English dub cast does a great job. It doesn't share the fantastical elements of other Studio Ghibli films but the grounded tone fits thematically with the setting and plot. Overall this film is a must-watch.
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Another beautiful piece by the masterful Studio Ghibli. The peek at historical Japan as it raced to modernize for the coming Olympics is breathtaking. Add a cute story with a little mystery and fun school kid hijinks for a great bit of film. Certainly less whimsical than My Neighbor Totoro. Definitely more relate-able than Spirited Away. I would say From Up On Poppy Hill compares most closely with Kiki's Delivery Service in terms of over-all feel. While it may not surpass your favorite Ghibli film, this is definitely a treasure worth adding to any collection of great animated works.
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This is a wonderful movie about a girl whose home is on Poppy hill. She is an ordinary high school girl getting ready to graduate and itrying to decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Like all young girls she is interested in a boy and he in her but both are shy and wonder what if . . .
Below Poppy Hill is the river. Before she goes to school in the morning she puts a flag up in hope that if her father goes buy on a ship and looks toward Poppy Hill he will recognize the flag and know where his family is.
This movie is a must see for the whole family.
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