Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Howl's Moving Castle
Genre: Animé

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson & Billy Crystal

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 3
Internet Links

Special Features
Special features include an interesting nine-minute featurette "Behind The Microphone" on the voices behind the characters in the film, a seven-minute interview with Pete Docter, the 16-minute featurette "Hello Mr. Lasseter: Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar," and TV spots and trailers in Japanese with optional English subtitles. There are also sneak peeks and up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 41399
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For frightening images and brief mild language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/07/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Pete Docter & Rick Dempsey (U.S.) & Hayao Miyazaki
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sophie (Mortimer) is a young woman who works hard in a shop making pretty hats. After meeting the magical wizard Howl (Bale) her life takes on a different turn, when The Witch of the Waste (Bacall) turns her into an ugly old crow. So Sophie does the only thing she can think to do and seeks refuge with her new pal in "Howl's Moving Castle," hoping to find a way to undo the spell that has been cast on her. From the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture exhibits enchanting anim

The Dolby