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Whisper Of The Heart Blu-ray Review


“Whisper of the Heart” is a poignant character driven Studio Ghibli film.

Unlike many Studio Ghibli films, “Whisper of the Heart” is a grounded story that revolves around a young girl named Shizuku who adores books and fairy tales. While I don’t want to spoil the entire story for fear of spoiling it, I will say it involves a boy (Seiji), an antique store, romance, finding your talent and path in life, and a mysterious cat and cat statue. How all of this plays together is what makes this movie worth watching.

“Whisper of the Heart” may take awhile to get going, run a little long, and contain far too many plays of “Country Road,” but these are minor quibbles in the grand scheme of things. At its heart (pun intended), “Whisper of the Heart” is a gentle, sweet, feel good coming-of-age story about a young girl whose life is undergoing positive changes. There’s nothing dark or sinister at play in this story which is refreshing. It’s very optimistic and shows the joys that life has to offer us. Even though, as I said, the story may initially take its time and appear to move at a rather leisurely place, there’s a purpose in it. Once everything comes together in the end and you get a satisfying pay-off, you understand why the story had to unfold in the way it did. The ending wouldn’t be nearly as effective if it we didn’t go on the journey with these characters.

For Ghibli fans, “Whisper of the Heart” is also notable in that it introduces both the Baron and Muta from “The Cat Returns” but not in the ways you think. Again, this is a grounded movie so you see these characters in a different light.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? It should come as no surprise that ‘Whisper’ contains a crisp transfer. All of the Studio Ghibli Blu-ray titles I have seen and or reviewed have looked fantastic.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? I have been a fan of the English dubs of most of the Ghibli titles, but I was not feeling this track. The original language Japanese track is much more preferable here.

Extras: DVD copy, theatrical trailers, another “Behind The Microphone” featurette about the English voice cast, a slideshow of art titled “Background Art From The Baron’s Story,” and a booklet featuring photos, a written piece by Toshio Suzuki, and an essay by Hayao Miyazaki.

January 18, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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