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The Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A, DVD

Miyazaki Hayao (Producer) | Yonebayashi Hiromasa (Director)
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The Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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Acclaimed Japanese animation production house Studio Ghibli - co-founded by legendary animation director Miyazaki Hayao - is back with its latest production two years after Ponyo. While Miyazaki co-wrote and produced The Borrower Arrietty, directing duty has been handed this time over to Yonebayashi Hiromasa, who has been working at the studio as an animator since Princess Mononoke. With this film, Yonebayashi became the youngest director of a Studio Ghibli film.

Based on The Borrowers by British author Mary Norton, The Borrower Arrietty takes place in a world in which tiny people called Borrowers rely on "borrowing" tiny objects inside the human house they inhabit to maintain their survival. Young actress Shida Mirai (Nobody to Watch Over Me) voices main character Arrietty, a young Borrower who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young human boy whose kindness unwittingly sends Arrietty on a harrowing adventure. Taking place entirely inside a Japanese countryside home, the filmmakers' attention to literally miniscule details easily makes up for its simple story and its lack of Miyazaki's brand of grand themes. Also featuring the voices of Kirin Kiki, Fujiwara Tetsuya, and Tomokazu Miura, The Borrower Arrietty is the highest-grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office in 2010, and it's also the winner of the Best Animated Film Grand Prize at the Japan Academy Prize.

Beneath our floorboards and inside our walls live a tiny race of people called the Borrowers. Pod (Tomokazu Miura), Homily, and their adventurous daughter Arrietty (Shida Mirai) make up one of the few Borrower families that still exist in the world. One day, young boy Sho moves into the house they reside in and notices Arriety briefly. Despite Pod and Homily's warnings about the danger human beings pose to their kind, Arrietty forms a friendship with Sho. Fascinated by the Borrowers, Sho begins to commit acts of kindness for Arrietty's family, only to raise the attention of housekeeper Haru (Kirin Kiki).

Blu-ray edition includes the following special features: Original Japanese Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers & TV Spots, Cècile Corbel "Arrietty's Song" Music Video, Bridgit Mendler "Summertime" Music Video, and The Making of "Summertime".

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Product Title: The Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version) The Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version) The Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version) 借りぐらしのアリエッティ The Secret World of Arrietty (Blu-ray + DVD) (US Version)
Also known as: The Borrower Arrietty The Borrower Arrietty The Borrower Arrietty The Borrower Arrietty The Borrower Arrietty
Director: Yonebayashi Hiromasa 米林宏昌  米林宏昌  米林宏昌 Yonebayashi Hiromasa
Producer: Miyazaki Hayao 宮崎駿 宫崎骏 宮崎駿 Miyazaki Hayao
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-05-22
UPC Code: 786936819946
Language: English, Japanese, French
Subtitles: English, French
Country of Origin: United States, Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Package Weight: 104 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030770867

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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May 11, 2012

This customer review refers to The Borrower Arrietty (2010) (VCD) (Cantonese Dubbed) (Hong Kong Version)
Must buy!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I really wanted to watch this when it was in theatres, but for some reason, they pulled out the movie pretty fast so I couldnt watch it which made me pretty devastated. So I was very excited when I found it on this site =D
Its a beautiful movie with amazing art...everything in the movie looks like real photos (besides the people in it) like the scenery and furniture and etc.

So yeah its a must buy! I highly recommend purchasing this ! :)
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February 9, 2012

This customer review refers to The Borrower Arrietty (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Delightful family film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"The Borrower Arrietty," Japan's highest-grossing film of 2010, is a gorgeous, traditional hand-drawn anime from Studio Ghibli, the studio that produces Hiyao Miyazaki's gems, including "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," etc. Miyazaki didn't direct "Arrietty", but he did write the screenplay for it (the story comes from a British children's novel) and the character designs carry the familiar Studio Ghibli look.

The story: Hidden away in our world is a race of very tiny people (they look to be about 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall), many of whom live in tiny homes in the cracks and basements of our homes. They make their living by "borrowing" (scavenging, really) stuff from normal-sized people. In the normal-sized world they are regarded as a legend, an old wives' tale. They try to ensure that they remain unseen and, when they fear that they have been spotted, they move to a new home.

Arrietty is one of these little "borrowers." She lives with her pint-sized parents in a home in the country. A normal-sized young boy who has spent his entire life sick with a serious heart condition moves into the home to spend his last few days before having an operation which may help him or kill him. The boy spots Arrietty, then seeks to befriend her. She desperately wants to evade him, but also is curious to learn more about him, particularly as she knows no one other than her parents. The boy's attentions to Arrietty are noticed by the nasty housekeeper, who long has suspected that there might be "borrowers" hiding in the home. The housekeeper is determined to exterminate the little creatures. Arrietty and her parents must decide whether to leave their comfy little home.

The movie is sweet and sentimental, but also includes elements of adventure, as the "borrowers" are forced to confront what, from their perspective, are monstrously large insects, birds, animals, and people. Arrietty and her family prove quite intrepid in facing their challenges and the film does a splendid job of capturing how our world would appear from their perspective. "Arrietty" is a delightful family film.
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December 13, 2011

This customer review refers to The Borrower Arrietty (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
<3 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The moment i picked it up scream kekekxDD i'm just doing a fast review since i'm busy but i'll make sure to do a proper review afteri watch it =3
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