Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review

Posted By blauereiter der on January 14th, 2014

Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review

I was in Tokyo over the new year and took the opportunity to pick this up – the blu-ray for Miyazaki Hayao’s animated masterpiece Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), my favourite Ghibli film.

The original price for this is 7140 yen (waay overpriced in my opinion), but you can get it at almost 30% off from Amazon Japan at 5109 yen (about 48 USD). This is still significantly pricier than most US blu-rays, but at the time of writing this Mononoke Hime is no longer licensed for distribution in North America, so a US version of the blu-ray is unlikely to come soon.

Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review
Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review

The blu-ray disc is housed in a sturdy and hard cardboard slipcase held together by embedded magnets in the covers, and comes with a 4 page booklet with a short message from producer Suzuki Toshio. For a more detailed breakdown of the contents of the disc, read this older post.

Video quality – This is a massive improvement from the dvd version. Images are crisp and clean, the colors vibrant and dynamic. I was able to pick up details I never saw in the dvd (and I’ve seen it quite alot of times) and the high definition video really shows off Kazuo Oga’s gorgeously painted backgrounds to great effect.

The vista shot of Ashitaka riding, with the mountains in the background and some of the wide panning shots of the Shishigami Forest are especially spectacular in HD.

Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review
Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review

The high price tag and scant supplement materials make this a less than perfect release, but the exceptional video quality of the disc provides for an invigorating viewing experience of Miyazaki Hayao’s magnum opus. Very highly recommended.

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5 Responses to “Mononoke Hime ( Princess Mononoke ) Blu-ray Review”

Jason

I’m surprised about the small amount of bonus material, since so much of it has been made over the years it seems like it would be easy to include more. And it’s funny that the 20 min documentary is something about the movie in America. Strange thing to include.

yonghow

Jason – There’s plentiful making of material that could have been included, but someone in the higher ups probably decided it wasn’t worth the while (for whatever reason/s) to hire a translator and included English subs for these content.

This is a pity because the “How Mononoke Hime Was Born” dvd (http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00005Q5C6/?tag=jpboxsets-22) contains a lot of very insightful footage with the staff, cast and crew members.

IQ1986

Why the blurays are so expensive in Japan? Jeez…

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