Spirited Away, in my opinion at least, is Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, and having only been released on Japanese Blu-ray a few months back, I decided to give it a quick review. ‘Spirited Away’ (千と千尋の神隠し ‘Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi’) was released in 2001 to universal critical and commercial success. A heroes-journey tale of a timid girl whose family is sucked into a magical world, where she must struggle to save both herself and her parents. The original Japanese (and other Asian-region) DVD releases had several issues most noticeably a strong red/pink tint, as well as window-boxing the image substantially on all four sides. The US DVD release largely addressed these issues, although the image was a little red.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a classic Jules Verne novel, adapted by Disney into the 1954 feature film, staring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre, directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Earl Fenton. Since the film is not on Blu-ray yet, and has apparently undergone a restoration at 4k, I thought I’d take a look at the 1080p iTunes HD version that appears to be the new restored version. Continue reading