Interestingly, the disc producers chose to put the chapter stops and liner notes on the reverse side of the cover paper so you pull it out of its sleeve (they did it to save printing costs and it works fine as long as consumers see the notation to look there). Includes a Meet the Cast segment, an historical background, and bonus trailers for other Japanese animation titles: Area 88, Grappler Baki, Ayane
Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, Grave Of The Fireflies is a film that shows, as gently as possible, the effect that war has on the innocence of children. The story takes place in 1945 Kobe, Japan, just after the allied forces dropped atomic bombs and firebombs on their cities. Many of the children were left orphaned and homeless including 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko who are the focus of this story. (Laurie Sevano)
The non-anamorphic and windowboxed , animated 1.66:1 DVD picture exhibits simple animation, with limited range in colors. Lots of browns, yellows and grays are probably appropriate for the depressing tale. The animation is generally sharp, but the image is slightly jumpy with apparent enhancement noticed due to occasionally visible halos around the images. Artifacts and print scratches prevail throughout the picture.
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