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Kiki's Delivery Service
Genre: Animé

Reviewed In Issue 73 (June 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

The English Voice Talents Of Kirsten Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Phil Hartman, Matthew Lawrence, Tress MacNeille, Edie McClurg & Debbie Reynolds

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes an introduction by director John Lasseter (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 29781
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9/DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/15/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Hayao Miyazaki
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:

DVD Picture:
While not quite as clean and refined as

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack for this DVD, like the other Miyazaki DVDs featured this issue, is a fine remastering effort. In general, there is a quite pleasing sense of spatial atmosphere, especially from the music, with notable activity in the surrounds. In addition, deep bass presence is rather palpable at times. However, the dialogue is placed rather forward, and has a strident presence. The dimensional distribution of atmospheric effects is a little reserved. Other than the dialogue, fidelity is rather good, considering that the original production is 14 years old. (Perry Sun)