Thursday, March 4, 2010
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Ponyo 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo (G)
Movie: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Disc: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
It's odd that the most recent Anime adventure from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki was mysteriously snubbed for a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination, as this is his most (American) audience friendly effort to date. Based oh-so-loosely on "The Little Mermaid," the film sports an innocent "Finding Nemo" sense of wonder and just enough angular weirdness to keep it entrenched in art-house territory. The expansive featurette will go far in explaining Anime and Miyazoki to the uninitiated and maybe even convince a few to delve further into his back catalogue.
Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.85:1), audio: English (5.1 Dolby Digital DTS-HD), Japanese and French (5.1 Dolby Digital), subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish.
Special features include:
The World of Ghibli interactive featurette
"Meet Ponyo" disc introduction