Edit: Never mind. I spoke too soon.
A movie has to be pretty damn good these days in order for me to buy it on DVD before its Blu-ray release. I very rarely double dip when it comes to copies, but this film definitely warrants it. Come to think of it, I’ve only practiced this habit once – and that was with The Dark Knight.
Even Avatar’s three-disc collector’s edition didn’t persuade me to buy another copy – even though I loved that film.
But Spirited Away is different. At first, I easily dismissed this film primarily due to its medium. Shallow, I know, but I’ve never liked anime and the entire stylization never catapulted my interest. Sure, I could appreciate beautiful art implemented within the genre, but the fans really turned me off to the point of stopping further exploration. Despite all that, once you start to pay attention, the film starts to enthrall you. I’m not sure how, but I know it does it without the use of over exaggerated computer generated imagery and loud, obnoxious schizophrenic characters (*cough, Cars 2, cough*).
I don’t know, but it was such a stark contrast to what you see today – and the score. Don’t get me started on the score. Hisaishi’s piano playing has such a calming effect. It’s definitely going to be placed under my “stress release” playlist.
What can I say. The film is just wonderfully unique.