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Some animated films, like the work of Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) go beyond the norm, and can be considered true art, as they combine the old ways of animation with the new.

I'd never seen a Makoto Shinkai film (he's made about half a dozen), but was blown away by Weathering with You.

It has nothing to do with the work of Neil Simon, although it's the tale of a teenage girl who becomes a "sunshine girl."

I screening the new Shout Factory / GKIDS 4k release, and although it's presumably from the final 2k files, it's sharp as a tack, and as there are some shots with cry out for a more highly resolved image, that's a positive attribute.

To honor the work, Shout is releasing three variants. A standard issue Blu-ray, currently in pre-sale at $20 with interviews and bonus features, a steelbook Blu-ray, with the same features, currently at $28, and the special boxed set 4k, with three addition discs, a 104 page book, and a mini-poster.

The Feature in 4k, the feature in Blu-ray, with standard Blu-ray features, a disc of additional bonus features, including a superb feature-length documentary on the film's production - basically a course in modern animated film-making, and a fourth disc - a CD of the music score.

While I'm extremely appreciative of the huge-budgeted Disney animated works (when they're good), I find the Japanese productions to be
very special. Weathering was reportedly produced for eleven million dollars, and had a worldwide gross of around two hundred million. Audiences love it, and I concur.

Interestingly, it's the first animated film in which I've seen Apple computers, both in production, as well on screen.

Although it has the GKIDS label, I'd probably not suggest it for smaller children. It's properly rated PG-13.

As a film, I recommend going in cold without reading reviews that discuss the plot.


Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Very Highly Recommended

RAH



 
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If you haven't seen it yet, I heartily recommend Shinkai's previous effort, Your Name. Absolutely wonderful.
 

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Wow that’s an eye watering price for the 4K collectors edition ($80). I can’t seem to find a non-CE version that’s more in line with what I would want to pay for movies nowadays.
 

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Wow that’s an eye watering price for the 4K collectors edition ($80). I can’t seem to find a non-CE version that’s more in line with what I would want to pay for movies nowadays.
The books GKids package with these editions do make the $80 price tag worthwhile, and I note that the only 4K edition Amazon is currently stocking is a Hong Kong import for $57. YMMV. GKids knows the 4K is likely to sell in only limited quantities and puts their marketing heft behind the BD and Steelbook releases.
 

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Saw it during its brief theatrical run and yes, it's very special.
 

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I just took the plunge on the 4K. I tried to watch the first 20 minutes on HBO Max, and was blown away by the storytelling and the visuals...but was consistently taken out of the film by the English Dub (they didn't have the original Japanese language track as an option).

It's also $10 cheaper on Best Buy so I just placed an order for curbside pickup, should have it in my hands within a couple of hours, and look forward to re-starting the movie with the proper dialogue track!
 

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