Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray/DVD

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SKU: 826663181524

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About Whisper of the Heart Blu-ray/DVD

Whisper of the Heart includes an 8-page Booklet with art and essays from the creative team.

A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

Special Features: Feature-length Storyboards, Four Masterpieces of Naohisa Inoue, Background art from “The Baron’s Story”, Behind the Microphone, Original Theatrical Trailer

Details

  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English, French
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Themes: Adventure, Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: ALL
  • Run Time: 111
  • Year Created: 1995
  • Release Date: 1/16/2018
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

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Just another terrible Ghibli dub

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I practically hate the Disney Ghibli dubs and I still do. They've practically ripped the heart and soul out of every single Ghibli movie ever made. All of Miyazaki's work has been tragically destroyed, and unfortunately so have his colleagues'. WHISPER OF THE HEART is yet another casualty of Disney butchery. All the so-called "talents" are simply terrible. They have no heart or soul for their roles, they simply are robotic, emotionless, and ultimately stillborn perfectly fine performances in Japanese. How many years ago was it when Streamline showed TRUE dubbing talent (their dubs are SO much better than these Disney atrocities). Also, this is a story that is supposed to be about translating a song into Japanese! Whose idea was it to change that to rewriting lyrics? It's as stupid and misguided as any of the poor translations that Disney has ever done. Bottom-line: AVOID this horrible, terrible Disney dub and watch only in Japanese. Otherwise don't watch at all.

"True" fans couldn't be more mistaken.

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I will be the first to admit that I do agree that WHISPER OF THE HEART plays slightly better in Japanese, if only because of cultural nuances that would have come off as hard to translate into English either way. However, the changes Disney made to their dub are understandable. After all it wouldn't make sense for Shizuku to simply translate an English song into English for the dub. That aside, Disney's dub is in no way bad. In fact, it's quite excellent, just like any of their other dub tracks. Cary Elwes is a nice touch as the Baron, and both Brittany Snow and David Gallagher give fine turns as the leads (can you believe both are KINGDOM HEARTS alumni)? Also, Snow shows her singing chops in the dub. Yes, the Japanese version plays better, but Disney's version is still charming and not at all blasphemous.

My recommendation: ignore the naysayers and watch this beautiful movie however you choose. English, Japanese, pick one and enjoy. Not worth getting upset about.

A new extra, but otherwise pretty much on par with the Disney BD.

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There are minimal differences between GKids' new issue of WHISPER OF THE HEART in terms of video and audio quality, however this is one new extra, albeit in SD. It's the background art for Baron's story. Otherwise everything is pretty much the same. If you don't already own WHISPER OF THE HEART, this reissue is a worthwhile substitute. It's a beautiful, heartfelt story, supported by a very fine dub from the folks at Disney (Brittany Snow is fantastic as Shizuku, and everyone else is great, but Cary Elwes walks away from the show as Baron).

Prequel to Cat Returns

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One of the lesser known Studio Ghibli films here in North America. The sequel to this film, "The Cat Returns" is more comedic and fantasy based and much more popular. "The Cat Returns" is one of seven or so Studio Ghibli films that in my opinion are must own and earn the studio the well deserved reputation of being the Disney/Pixar of the East. "Whisper of the Heart" is not that sort of blockbuster. It is the heartwarming story of young love that develops between a pair of normal Japanese teens living in a typical real world Japanese city with just a hint of fantasy (which led to the sequel). My son that went as a high school exchange student for a summer in Japan adored this film. It gives a sense of what real Japan was like to him. The song by John Denver is an unexpected surprise ending.