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When Marnie Was There Blu-ray/DVD

4.5 star rating out of 5
7 Reviews
SKU: 025192307348

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About When Marnie Was There Blu-ray/DVD

The award-winning movie When Marnie Was There comes to North America!

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.

Special Features: The Making of When Marnie Was There, Yohei Taneda Creates the ARt of When Marnie Was There, Feature-Length Storyboards, Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast, Foreign Trailers and TV Spots, and US Trailer

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.


  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 206
  • Release Date: 10/6/2015
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

7 reviews

5 star rating out of 5

When Excellence Was Here....


This is an amazing film by director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who also directed The Secret World of Arrietty. Hailed as the possible "swan song" film for Studio Ghibli's full-length animated works, the film definitely is a fitting way to go out if Ghibli decides not to make another, although I highly doubt this to be the case.

The physical release consists of a slipcover that mirrors the visuals of the Blu-ray, typical of what G-Kids has been doing with its other anime releases. I haven't checked out the DVD, but the Blu-ray is gorgeous with an easy-to-navigate menu. Audio is selectable between Japanese, English and French, and I chose to watch the film in Japanese 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio.

There are a wealth of extras, including a voice actor interview segment reminiscent of the Behind-The-Microphone featurettes that Disney put on their previous generation Ghibli DVDs.

5 star rating out of 5

Amazing family movie


The artwork in this movie is beautiful and very detailed, as is typical of Studio Ghibli, but I think it accentuates the story of Anna and her interaction with the spirit of Marnie and the things she comes to some important understandings. The story is just as detailed as the art.

At the beginning of movie Anna has lived through multiple tragedies which have caused her to shut herself from the world and seeing the worst in herself. Marnie helps Anna change and see things through a different perspective. By the end of the movie both Anna and the audience finally realize who Marnie was when she was alive and how she was finally able to keep her promise to Anna.

When Marnie Was There is one of those few movies which is enjoyable to watch many times and for all ages.

5 star rating out of 5



This movie blew me away, so much emotion and beautiful imagery. And the soundtrack was amazing!

5 star rating out of 5

Why is someone chopping onions near me right now!?


I be cry - every time without exception. A lot of people think of this as a lesser Ghibli movie - I would heartily disagree. It's so easy to relate to Anna and Marnie, and a lot of the other characters are oddballs and outcasts too. Excellent music and English dub. I have no problem ranking this up there with Mononoke or Spirited Away.

5 star rating out of 5

Beautiful movie, although not my favorite of theirs.


WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is as gorgeous as any of the Ghibli movies, but it's also very slow. It's still very heartwarming and worth watching, but I wasn't as wowed with it as I was their others. But excluding TALES FROM EARTHSEA (the only Ghibli movie I didn't truly care for), even a lesser effort of theirs is still watchable.

Also, LoL TrueGhiblifan, are you nuts? The Disney-Gkids dubs have been nothing but great. If anything, they've made Ghibli more famous in America. Yes, I prefer the Japanese versions on every one of these movies, but get serious, the dubs by these two have not been in any way bad, and this is no exception. If anything, I found the Streamline-Warriors dubs to be pretty bad, but then again I'm usually a tough judge on dubs. But this is a good watch either way. Seriously, watch however you want.

3 star rating out of 5

Another fine Ghibli movie butchered by a HORRIBLE dub!


Yes, the Disney-Gkids dubs ARE objectively and genuinely terrible. WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is no different. Bailee Madison cannot voice act, and neither can any of these talentless celebrities who crucify yet another Ghibli movie with their emotionless, robotic, horrifically atrocious turns. STOP USING CELEBRITIES, and use REAL, perfect voice actors like Streamline did!

Sadly, since Streamline is no more, the only advice I can say about this movie is DO NOT WATCH IT DUBBED. ONLY WATCH IN JAPANESE. OTHERWISE DON'T WATCH AT ALL. It is SOOOOOOOO much better in Japanese. In English it's absolutely horrible. It's true.

4 star rating out of 5

Beautiful and heartwarming, but also not my favorite of theirs.


Known for a time as Ghibli's swan song (until Miyazaki started yet another project), this second film project by ARRIETY's Hiromasa Yonebayashi is as gorgeous and heartwarming as any of the studio's output. Ultimately, however, it is not one of my favorites from the studio. Perhaps if I hadn't been so spoiled by the studio's earlier entries I would have been more open. It is still a very lovely film, and the relationship between Anna and the mysterious Marnie is very touching indeed.

I don't have any major complaints about the dub, although to be honest I haven't watched this movie in awhile so I don't really remember it as well. But it sounded fine to me, just like any of the dubs Disney and Gkids have worked on.