|My Neighbor Totoro (1988)|
An early but enduring animated classic from Hayao Miyazaki, "My Neighbor Totoro" tells of two young sisters (voiced in the English-language version by real-life siblings Dakota and Elle Fanning) who move with their father to a new house in the country to be closer to the hospital where their ill mother is being treated. Incorporating a whimsical dose of fantasy in the form of three creatures living inside a nearby tree that seemingly only children can see, the film is light on plot but gorgeously animated and touchingly gentle.
A Studio Ghibli film, distributed by Disney, "My Neighbor Totoro" may be twenty-five years old (it was released in 1988), but one would never be able to guess that based on the speckless treatment the picture gets on Blu-ray. The hand-drawn animation has never looked more bright and vivid, while the image is free of age spots, artifacting, and print damage. On the aural front, both Japanese and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks are included, the former with English subtitles and the latter unobtrusively dubbed with American actors. Both are natural and enveloping and clear as day.
Original Japanese Storyboards (HD, 86 minutes); Creating My Neighbor Totoro (HD, 3 minutes); Creating the Characters (HD, 4 minutes); The Totoro Experience (HD, 2 minutes); Producer's Perspective: Creating Ghibli (HD, 2 minutes); Scoring Miyazaki (HD, 7 minutes); The Locations of Totoro (SD, 29 minutes); Behind the Microphone (SD, 6 minutes); Original Japanese Trailers (HD/SD, 3 minutes)