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The Kingdom Of Dreams and Madness (2014/Cinedigm DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Documentary: B+

Take a look into the world of Studio Ghibli, the people who gave you My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and many more. Meet the creative staff of directors, animators as they rush to complete Miyazaki's final works, The Wing Rises and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. It is an unfettered look into into the studio's staff to what inspires them, their dreams, love and passion for anime in Mami Sunada's The Kingdom Of Dreams and Madness (2014).

Studio Ghibli is like America's Disney in many ways and Hayao Miyazaki is Japan's Walt Disney, which is why Disney picked up his films for U.S. distribution. This film is about the Miyazaki's final days with Studio Ghibli before he retires. It takes a look rare look into what a successful private animation studio looks like and works like. Normally an animation studio is smaller and more crowded, the animators are stressed out over deadlines with directors breathing down their backs, but when you are famous, the studio is able to care more about their staff and their creative potential. The main and most responsible man for Studio Ghibli is Miyazaki, with his ideas and inspiration you can see how he love Japanese anime and represents Japanese values through his film. Through his characters, he created touching and heartwarming films that reached across millions reminded what living is and reminds us that we must try to do the same.

There is no one who loves anime who doesn't know about Studio Ghibli, but few has been able to see what the studio is like behind close doors until now. Miyazaki shows what the studio is like and describes his vision of what his Studio is like. If felt like he wanted to at least capture what he wanted show Studio Ghibli was before he left, and if felt his final films were more rushed and lacked the creativity of earlier films, but unlike Disney he realizes things all things will end or at least change, but then ends are not really ends ...only new beginnings.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital sound are as good as they are going to get for this format. Extras include Digest (a short film), Kingdom according to Ushiko, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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