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Grave Of The Fireflies
Genre: Animé

Reviewed In Issue 66 (Nov 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

The English Voice Talents Of J. Robert Spencer, Rhoda Chrosite, Amy Jones & Veronica Taylor

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set offers storyboards for the entire movie, accessible via the Angle button on your remote. Disc Two adds a 12-minute interview with Roger Ebert, Creative Team Extras (an interview with Isao Takahata, bios for Takahata and author Akiyuki Nosaka, and Japanese release promo), Production Extras (a four minute featurette about the pros of DVNR, an art gallery, location comparisons, bonus storyboards, and trailers), a 12-minute Historical Perspective with Japan At War and Emperor

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Central Park Media
(Catalog Number): CPMD2206
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): DVD-9/DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1988/1992
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/08/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Isao Takahata
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka,

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibtis great improvements over the previously released non-anamorphic DVD. Colors are much more rich, with truer saturation, deeper blacks, and a more natural balance, while the previous version has a greenish tinge. The animation is sharp and clean, with little loss of detail related to the use of noise reduction (which is detailed in one of the disc

As for the previous DVD, the Dolby

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DVD-ROM Review:
To view the DVD-ROM features of this non-InterActual release, simply open the folder for your DVD-ROM drive, and select the folder corresponding to which computer system you use. For PC users, open the folder WebPC; for Mac users, open the folder WebMac. After opening the folder just run the file labeled dvdRom. The DVD-ROM features main menu appears after a long - but beautiful - introduction, which contains a montage of clips from the film with soothing background music playing. The introduction can not be skipped over, so you must run through the entire thing every time you load the software. From the main menu, you are given links labeled Vocal Cast, Reviews and Awards, Links, Production Credits, Gallery, and Script. The main menu is done well, with a theme that ties in nicely with the film, and another soothing melody playing in the background. There is not a way of turning of the music from the menu, but it will only play as long as the software window is active. A listing of the vocal cast can be found in the Vocal Cast section. This section is just a listing in text format of the actors whose voices were used on the film, and include the Japanese-speaking and English-speaking actors. Another text listing of Reviews and Awards can be found in the section labeled just that way, and includes short quotes from various reviews people have given the film over the years, as well as a graphical listing of the various awards the film has received. Each is easy to read, and the section is laid out well to match the rest of the features. In the Links section, you can find links to four Web sites to companies that helped on the production of the DVD and DVD-ROM content. Production Credits is presented in the same way as the Vocal Cast section, and includes a listing of all the behind-the-scenes crew, as well as English and Japanese cast and crew and the DVD production crew. Everything is very clear and easy to read with a nice large font on a contrasting background. Fifty-eight color photos of stills from the film and other pre-production mock-ups can be found in the Gallery section. Each is masterfully done, and give you a great peak at the animating talent the film's artists possess. Printing each photo is not an easy chore, as no options are given to print directly from the DVD-ROM software. The script section contains the script in a text format, without any way of searching through to find the scene you are looking for. It is fairly easy to read, but lack of space makes it a pain to read the script straight through on the computer screen. Again, a print function is not included in the DVD-ROM software, so the only way to print the script is by copy and pasting. Only the English version of the script is available for viewing. I am very pleased with the presentation of the DVD-ROM features of this disc. Even without the incredible features InterActual enhanced discs are capable of, Grave of the Fireflies still makes an impact. I am disappointed with the Script section, and would have loved to see some search capabilities and print functions. Also, the Vocal Cast and Production Credits sections seem to have been separated only to fill space, which irritates me somewhat. Because of these faults, I am forced to present this close hit with a measly Mediocre rating.