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Kiki’s Delivery Service Blu-ray Review

Kiki's Delivery Service Blu-ray

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” is arguably Miyazaki’s best film.

In “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” the titular young witch leaves home with her talking cat Jiji and her trusty flying broomstick in search of a new opportunity. She finds her calling when she arrives in the port city Koriko and lands a job with a baker as a delivery woman (or delivery witch). While in this friendly city, Kiki befriends people around town (including an aviation loving guy named Tombo) before facing a massive crisis which leaves her powerless. Can Kiki work through her struggles to regain her magic powers?

While I go back and forth on my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” might very well be it. The story is straight forward and perhaps a bit light compared to Miyazaki’s later work, but this coming of age tale is filled with a sense of wonder and magic. More than that, however, this animated feature is a heartfelt journey about finding your place in the world.

What really strikes me about “Kiki’s Delivery Service” is that it’s never overly busy. Writer/director Miyazaki allows the story and characters to breathe giving the movie a slice of life feel in this fictional universe. By the time the credits roll, you’re left wanting more in the best way possible which doesn’t happen all that often.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The film has never looked better (or brighter) thanks to an exquisite hi-def transfer.

Audio Tracks: English, Japanese, and French 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? I know people get down on dubs, but I absolutely love the English track. Phil Hartman as Jiji is really inspired casting. Of course, you can’t go wrong with original language Japanese track either.

* DVD copy.
* An intro by John Lasseter.
* Disney trailers.
* Original Japanese storyboards of the entire film with sound f/x, music, and Japanese voice actors.
* TV spots, theatrical reports, theatrical trailer and a promo video.
* “Behind The Microphone”- A short behind-the-scenes look at the English voice cast in action. Interviews with the cast are included.
* “Scoring Miyazaki”- A featurette on composer Joe Hisaishi.
* “The Locations of Kiki”- A 29 minute look at the Sweden locations that inspired the locals in ‘Kiki.’
* “Producers Perspective: Collaborating With Miyazaki”- Producer Toshio Suzuki talks about working with Miyazaki.
* “Flying With Kiki And Beyond”- Miyazaki chats about animating the complex flying scenes.
* “Kiki and Jiji”- Miyazaki and Suzuki chat about creating the two main characters.
* “Creating Kiki’s Delivery Service”- A 2 ½ minute interview with Miyazaki chatting about various ‘Kiki’ topics.
* “Ursula’s Painting”- Behind-the-scenes info about the painting as well as some video footage.

Overall Thoughts: If you can only buy 1 Miyazaki Blu-ray, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” would be my pick.

November 17, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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