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Dustin's Blu-ray Review
My Neighbor Totoro  (1988)

The Film
3 Stars
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.

Blu-ray Picture/Sound
 A/A

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.

Blu-ray Features
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)

Bottom Line
Highly recommended.

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