I enjoy showing how the new Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray discs compare to their older DVD releases. It's quite an eye-opener. Mimi wo Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart should be no different.
No doubt I've already made this point once or twice, but I'm struck by the luminescence and richness of the color on these Ghibli Blu-Rays. The colors were somewhat washed-out on the older format, a necessary compromise to fit onto such a tiny space. Now we can see something that is far close to its original vision. I really love how vibrant these images appear.
I love the finer pencil lines to everything on the BD version. The increased resolution, the cleaner color tones...heck, it's such a thrill to finally be rid of that "dusty," pixelated look. The film grain effect is far more subtle and far better. I think the picture is a little brighter, too. Animation, as always, benefits tremendously from the Blu-Ray format.
Animation in the service of a coming-of-age story, a teen romance that finds magic in the everyday world instead of mere escapism - this is a revelation and a miracle. We in the West should aspire to create animation like this. We need more movies like Mimi. It's honest, and for an art form defined by lies, that means something.
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