Movie Review: In This Corner Of The World (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

In this Corner of the World is based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, and brought to life by acclaimed filmmaker Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle) and producer Taro Maki.

In This Corner of the World tells the emotional story of Suzu, a young girl from Hiroshima, who’s just become a bride in the nearby city of Kure during World War II. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during the war. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives. An empowering coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II, In This Corner of the World is a captivating story about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.

Suzu starts off as a happy-go-lucky young girl who ends up getting married to a soldier in the Japanese military. World War II serves as the backdrop of the story and it slowly makes its way to the forefront as the movie plays out. As innocent as Suzu is, she has to find a way to quickly grow up so that she can help out the people who need it the most. As many casualties of war there are, Suzu also ends up being one of them and it leaves her scarred for life and it changes her outlook on things for a while. This tragedy also causes some problems between Suzu her new husband because she wants to go back to Hiroshima and all he wants is for her to stay safe in Kure. Suzu goes through this dark period after she is wounded during one of the attacks but she ultimately finds a way to be happy again and it’s all through her perseverance, imagination and the return of her loving husband.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of sepcial features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. There’s also a 16-page preview of the graphic novel inside. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, In this Corner of the World was a moving tale about this innocent young girl who lives her simple life during a time of war. The coming-of-age story focuses on how she deals with all of this as she makes her way around her small town with World War II set as the backdrop. The animated historial drama is a touching one that reminds the viewer that there are so many innocent people that get caught up in the middle of these wars. The movie shows a point of view from this lovable young girl who starts out as the epitome of innocence and ends up a casualty of war that leaves her changed forever. All of this is captured in this epic work of art that fans of animation and history experts will both appreciate. It also serves as a powerful reminder about World War II and the devastation it left behind. This critically acclaimed anime feature will make its home video debut on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Combo Pack on November 14th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 128 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: There’s over an hour of extras that include two interviews, two featurettes, three theatrical trailers, a preview of the graphic novel, TV spot and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Interview with director Sunao Katabuchi (41:50)
  • Interview with producer Masao Maruyama (12:47)
  • Hiroshima & Kure: Then & Now (15:09)
  • U.S. Tour Highlights (15:23)
  • A 16-page preview of the graphic novel that inspired the film
  • Original  Theatrical Trailers (05:05)
  • TV Spot (00:33)
  • Digital Copy



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