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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell


DETAILS: 119 minutes, three featurettes, trailers and TV spots, Storyboard version of film, DVD copy of film

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080P High Definition

AUDIO (blu-ray):  English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

AUDIO (DVD): English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Japanese 5.1, French 5.1

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French


STUDIO: Disney/ Studio Ghibli

RELEASE DATE:  5-21-2013

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is a fantastic tale about Sophie (a young woman who works at a hat shop) when she is cursed with old age by the Witch of the Waste after she encounters the wizard Howl. She journeys to find Howl (and his moving castle) and looks for a way to break a curse she can't tell anyone about. Howl is disgusted with the war his fellow wizards are put into (as some turn themselves into monsters) as two nations fight a war that just brings destruction in a Victorian type world where you can imagine airships dropping bombs on European cities. Like many other Hayao Miyazaki films, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is a movie against war as man destroys cities and the environment. HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is also more than just that. It is about love and living life to the fullest. Sophie finds Howl has no heart and he is selfish as she is hopelessly in love with him. She believes she isn't beautiful, but the spell takes weird turns as she becomes young at various times before she grows old again. Her humanity might just save herself and Howl if she just takes a chance on life instead of just stumbling through it every day. HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is an animation masterpiece that is better than most Disney animated films. It is a magical world with breathtaking animation and the vision of Hayao Miyazaki (some have called him the Japan's answer to Walt Disney). Whether it is a film like HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, SPIRITED AWAY, or PORCO ROSSO, Miyazaki's films are always worth watching.


The voices for the English dubbed version are the rare exception where I think the voices work much better than the original Japanese voice actors. The dubbed version is one of the finest English language dubs.



All the extras from the two disc DVD from 2006 carry over to the blu-ray disc:

Behind the Microphone is a featurete and has interviews with the actors who did the voices for the English Dubbed version of HOWL''S MOVING CASTLE. Interview with Pixar Animation Studios Director, Pete Doctor is OK, but the big extra is Hayao Miyaski as he comes for a surprise visit to Pixar Studios bringing gifts, surprising everyone at Pixar as he showed up for the premiere screening of the English dubbed version of HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, and an interview with one of Pixar's top people who is a big Miyazaki fan.  Also 7 theatrical trailers and 9 TV spots from Japan are on disc one.  Also included is a storyboard version of the movie and is only for diehard Miyazaki fans and those who want to be animators.


The DVD has all the extras from the first disc of the two disc version of 2006 (it is a repackage of disc one from the two disc Special Edition).  It doesn’t include the storyboard version which was on disc two.


FINAL ANALYSIS: HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE is one of the finest Japanese animation films suitable for the imagination of people of all ages.


this review is (c)3-7-2006 and revisions (c)5-13-2013 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review).  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com