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Excellent film with Reference picture quality. This one is a work of art. One of the best looking animated film on blu-ray.

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Blu-ray File size: 22.0 GB

Bitrate: 22.56 Mbps AVC


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Title                                                           Codec   Length  Movie Size      Disc Size       Bitrate Bitrate Main Audio Track                          Secondary Audio Track
-----                                                           ------  ------- --------------  --------------  ------- ------- ------------------                        ---------------------
00003.MPLS                                                      AVC     1:42:55 22,950,408,192  44,302,151,481  29.73   22.56   DTS-HD Master 5.1 2260Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)
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DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     PONYO_BD_US
Disc Size:      44,302,151,481 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        Yes
BDInfo:         0.5.3

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00003.MPLS
Length:                 1:42:55 (h:m:s)
Size:                   22,950,408,192 bytes
Total Bitrate:          29.73 Mbps

VIDEO:

Codec                   Bitrate             Description     
-----                   -------             -----------     
MPEG-4 AVC Video        22565 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
MPEG-4 AVC Video        1115 kbps           480p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 3.2

AUDIO:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description     
-----                           --------        -------         -----------     
DTS-HD Master Audio             English         2260 kbps       5.1 / 48 kHz / 2260 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio             French          640 kbps        5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital EX Audio          Japanese        640 kbps        5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB

SUBTITLES:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description     
-----                           --------        -------         -----------     
Presentation Graphics           English         17.202 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           English         21.424 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           French          19.723 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           French          0.118 kbps                      
Presentation Graphics           Spanish         18.898 kbps                     

FILES:

Name            Time In         Length          Size            Total Bitrate   
----            -------         ------          ----            -------------   
00003.M2TS      0:00:00.000     0:00:32.866     158,035,968     38,468          
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00005.M2TS      0:00:45.044     0:04:22.804     1,150,881,792   35,034          
00013.M2TS      0:05:07.849     0:02:18.346     520,820,736     30,117          
00007.M2TS      0:07:26.195     0:20:14.254     4,531,513,344   29,855          
00014.M2TS      0:27:40.450     0:02:25.436     371,097,600     20,413          
00009.M2TS      0:30:05.887     1:09:36.881     15,562,352,640  29,807          
00015.M2TS      1:39:42.768     0:03:03.183     595,697,664     13,564          
00016.M2TS      1:42:45.951     0:00:09.217     37,908,480      32,901          

CHAPTERS:

Number          Time In         Length          Avg Video Rate  Max 1-Sec Rate  Max 1-Sec Time  Max 5-Sec Rate  Max 5-Sec Time  Max 10Sec Rate  Max 10Sec Time  Avg Frame Size  Max Frame Size  Max Frame Time  
------          -------         ------          --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  
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2               0:05:07.849     0:02:10.004     23,618 kbps     49,872 kbps     00:06:19.504    34,970 kbps     00:06:15.666    33,039 kbps     00:05:16.816    123,135 bytes   742,181 bytes   00:05:23.781    
3               0:07:17.854     0:05:44.677     26,024 kbps     51,726 kbps     00:07:36.706    36,392 kbps     00:08:06.152    33,745 kbps     00:12:44.722    135,676 bytes   742,278 bytes   00:08:41.187    
4               0:13:02.531     0:04:48.705     22,973 kbps     44,395 kbps     00:14:32.371    35,664 kbps     00:14:15.020    33,316 kbps     00:14:15.020    119,769 bytes   764,002 bytes   00:14:57.479    
5               0:17:51.236     0:04:59.132     21,534 kbps     36,169 kbps     00:21:51.435    28,068 kbps     00:21:14.606    26,315 kbps     00:21:13.939    112,268 bytes   776,290 bytes   00:18:55.175    
6               0:22:50.368     0:07:48.092     19,583 kbps     45,331 kbps     00:24:08.238    35,391 kbps     00:23:17.229    33,957 kbps     00:23:14.559    102,099 bytes   792,754 bytes   00:30:32.914    
7               0:30:38.461     0:09:37.368     25,653 kbps     51,742 kbps     00:33:01.813    39,858 kbps     00:33:59.454    37,096 kbps     00:33:54.240    133,744 bytes   852,859 bytes   00:31:55.163    
8               0:40:15.830     0:08:22.293     29,536 kbps     48,364 kbps     00:46:00.507    39,841 kbps     00:46:00.090    37,494 kbps     00:45:55.043    153,989 bytes   744,958 bytes   00:42:36.345    
9               0:48:38.123     0:07:16.394     22,242 kbps     47,326 kbps     00:51:22.454    35,298 kbps     00:50:40.954    34,022 kbps     00:50:40.287    115,957 bytes   743,333 bytes   00:54:10.038    
10              0:55:54.517     0:06:39.023     20,607 kbps     46,335 kbps     01:01:43.741    31,966 kbps     00:57:56.347    27,299 kbps     00:57:53.636    107,434 bytes   734,666 bytes   00:55:57.854    
11              1:02:33.541     0:02:34.320     22,221 kbps     46,711 kbps     01:04:53.264    38,093 kbps     01:04:12.098    36,683 kbps     01:04:05.132    115,849 bytes   674,177 bytes   01:03:25.384    
12              1:05:07.862     0:04:18.174     27,095 kbps     50,473 kbps     01:07:01.350    39,157 kbps     01:08:33.901    37,194 kbps     01:08:36.028    141,261 bytes   722,821 bytes   01:08:02.912    
13              1:09:26.036     0:06:13.372     21,155 kbps     39,533 kbps     01:11:58.856    32,450 kbps     01:14:47.357    29,943 kbps     01:14:48.901    110,292 bytes   672,358 bytes   01:14:01.228    
14              1:15:39.409     0:04:16.381     21,570 kbps     36,903 kbps     01:18:05.806    31,857 kbps     01:18:44.177    28,587 kbps     01:18:00.342    112,455 bytes   715,106 bytes   01:18:06.807    
15              1:19:55.790     0:05:01.634     20,469 kbps     35,594 kbps     01:24:11.880    31,589 kbps     01:20:23.985    30,646 kbps     01:20:23.068    106,714 bytes   763,147 bytes   01:20:57.269    
16              1:24:57.425     0:01:44.854     19,262 kbps     29,165 kbps     01:26:20.717    26,915 kbps     01:26:17.922    25,955 kbps     01:26:13.835    100,421 bytes   816,581 bytes   01:26:28.850    
17              1:26:42.280     0:02:59.470     20,124 kbps     37,021 kbps     01:27:07.847    31,325 kbps     01:27:32.789    26,521 kbps     01:27:30.244    104,918 bytes   788,312 bytes   01:27:06.387    
18              1:29:41.751     0:04:47.161     22,033 kbps     48,397 kbps     01:33:47.997    40,078 kbps     01:34:18.944    37,489 kbps     01:34:03.679    114,869 bytes   758,856 bytes   01:29:51.719    
19              1:34:28.913     0:05:13.855     21,491 kbps     52,411 kbps     01:34:48.182    39,982 kbps     01:37:54.576    37,730 kbps     01:37:57.579    112,045 bytes   748,750 bytes   01:34:48.224    
20              1:39:42.768     0:03:12.400     20,791 kbps     54,020 kbps     01:42:51.707    36,337 kbps     01:42:47.828    29,423 kbps     01:42:42.656    108,419 bytes   620,974 bytes   01:41:45.682    

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----            ---             ----            -----           --------                --------------          --------------          -------------   -----           
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00003.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          32.741                  643                     2,631,680       15,420          
00003.M2TS      4354 (0x1102)   0x81            AC3             fra (French)            32.741                  644                     2,634,240       15,435          
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00012.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          12.054                  649                     977,920         5,730           
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00012.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           12.054                  0                       0               0               
00012.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           12.054                  0                       0               0               
00012.M2TS      4610 (0x1202)   0x90            PGS             fra (French)            12.054                  0                       0               0               
00012.M2TS      4611 (0x1203)   0x90            PGS             fra (French)            12.054                  0                       0               0               
00012.M2TS      4612 (0x1204)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           12.054                  0                       0               0               
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00005.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          262.679                 640                     21,027,840      123,210         
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00013.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x86            DTS-HD MA       eng (English)           138.221                 2,326                   40,194,916      239,633         
00013.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          138.221                 641                     11,069,440      64,860          
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00009.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x86            DTS-HD MA       eng (English)           4176.756                2,322                   1,212,305,508   7,243,629       
00009.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          4176.756                640                     334,154,240     1,957,935       
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00009.M2TS      4612 (0x1204)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           4176.756                22                      11,383,291      66,919          
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00015.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          183.058                 640                     14,656,000      85,875          
00015.M2TS      4354 (0x1102)   0x81            AC3             fra (French)            183.058                 640                     14,656,000      85,875          
00015.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           183.058                 0                       5,997           41              
00015.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           183.058                 0                       0               0               
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00015.M2TS      4611 (0x1203)   0x90            PGS             fra (French)            183.058                 0                       3,651           28              
00015.M2TS      4612 (0x1204)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           183.058                 0                       3,651           28              
00015.M2TS      6912 (0x1B00)   0x1B            AVC                                     183.058                 46                      1,054,462       5,856           
00016.M2TS      4113 (0x1011)   0x1B            AVC                                     9.051                   27,688                  31,324,168      170,355         
00016.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x86            DTS-HD MA       eng (English)           9.051                   2,133                   2,413,232       14,766          
00016.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3-EX          jpn (Japanese)          9.051                   654                     739,840         4,335           
00016.M2TS      4354 (0x1102)   0x81            AC3             fra (French)            9.051                   656                     742,400         4,350           
00016.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           9.051                   0                       0               0               
00016.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           9.051                   0                       0               0               
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00016.M2TS      6912 (0x1B00)   0x1B            AVC                                     9.051                   466                     527,231         2,928
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It doesn't get more night and day than that right there. Presto!

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I feel like I'm taking my glasses on/off.

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Very nice!

Looking at the DVD screenshots....feels like my glasses are off.
Looking at the BD screenshots......feels like my glasses are on.
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And people say that traditional animation doesn't benefit from high-def.. hmph.

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I would love to see the JP and HK BD added for comparison. If you need the HK BD, please let me know.
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And people say that traditional animation doesn't benefit from high-def.. hmph.

PONYO is one of the best examples of why that thinking is complete nonsense. The compression complexity of some of the shots is very, very high (especially during the storm scenes) - much moreso than any live action movie I can think of. Xylon, for fun, you should add some of those shots. The SD DVD had had the various filters ramped up to 11 during some of the shots!

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And people say that traditional animation doesn't benefit from high-def.. hmph.

If anything, traditional animation benefits the MOST from high def because it's all sharp edges and straight lines with significant contrast differences. Live-action movies actually are harder to tell the difference than animation.
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I would love to see the JP and HK BD added for comparison. If you need the HK BD, please let me know.

The JP BD uses an identical video encode. The HK BD is 1080i.
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Did Disney do the encode?

I watched it tonight. Probably the best looking hand drawn animation I've seen on Blu Ray. Good stuff.
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Blu-ray = in focus

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If anything, traditional animation benefits the MOST from high def because it's all sharp edges and straight lines with significant contrast differences. Live-action movies actually are harder to tell the difference than animation.

Oh, I know.. lol. You're preaching to the choir. There are some, however, who think there's no benefit. I'm guessing these are the people who have never actually seen cel animation in high-def.

So let me ask this.. would you guys recommend this as a blind-buy to someone who hasn't seen the film? I like Miyazaki's work, but some of his films just don't strike me as well as some of the others. For example, I like Princess Mononoke, but I didn't really care for Spirited Away.

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This is more of a straight-up kid's movie.

Shorter and "tighter" than something like Spirited Away, but it doesn't have the edge that some parts of either Mononoke or Spirited Away have. It's all hand drawn too, those other two use slight amounts of CG. It seems a lot less "Japanese" too (not in animation style or anything, but the other two are heavily influenced by traditional Japanese mythology and have all those insane looking spirits and everything) because Miyazaki based it on the original Little Mermaid story.
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Yeah, I'm not normally real big on films aimed at younger audiences. That's why I prefer Mononoke to Spirited Away, I think.. Mononoke is more violent and darker in tone, which has sort of become my personal "standard" in anime films, like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. Now that I think about it, I think those three are the only ones I have on DVD.

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Yeah, I'm not normally real big on films aimed at younger audiences. That's why I prefer Mononoke to Spirited Away, I think.. Mononoke is more violent and darker in tone, which has sort of become my personal "standard" in anime films, like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. Now that I think about it, I think those three are the only ones I have on DVD.

As a kid's movie, I found Ponyo to be charming and innocent, and the theme is stuck in my head. It makes you feel young again. But it's nothing like Mononoke or Spirted Away.

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So let me ask this.. would you guys recommend this as a blind-buy to someone who hasn't seen the film? I like Miyazaki's work, but some of his films just don't strike me as well as some of the others. For example, I like Princess Mononoke, but I didn't really care for Spirited Away.


Short answer - no.

IMHO, this is one of Miyazaki's lesser works, down there with Porco Rosso and Howl's Moving Castle. While I consider most of his films to be true masterpieces, this unfortunately is not one of them. Its a bit aimless in its direction, the plot lacks coherence and drama, and a lot of the scenes that should have been charming just fall flat. Also, the unusual 'pastel painted background-meets-traditional cel foreground' look didn't quite work for me. But to Disney's credit, the HD transfer and the English-voice cast's acting are both excellent.

Definitely a rental, though, because even a weak Miyazaki film is better than most of the other poorly animated, cookie-cutter crap that is being cranked out these days.

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I picked this up for $17 including tax using the $10 off coupon from Disney. Incredible looking, perhaps one of the best looking blurays I have. It makes me lust for more Studio Ghibli to be released on BR.

Watched Castle in the Sky last week on DVD and it was painful (I know it's 1986... but still).
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The JP BD uses an identical video encode. The HK BD is 1080i.

Does the HK use the same video encode?
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So let me ask this.. would you guys recommend this as a blind-buy to someone who hasn't seen the film?

Not for the story. In the extras he states outright that it was made for an even younger audience than Totoro. It's crazy and weird but has none of the depth and complexity of something like Mononoke. That said, if you're interested in the artwork then it's definitely worth a look, because as the screenshots can attest it's a beautiful movie with Tier 0 transfer.
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Also, the unusual 'pastel painted background-meets-traditional cel foreground' look didn't quite work for me.

Really? I thought the color palette and the all-hand-drawn-all-the-time look was one of the best things about this movie.
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Really? I thought the color palette and the all-hand-drawn-all-the-time look was one of the best things about this movie.

Yeah, I thought I was going to like it too.

To me, the two vastly different techniques clashed more than complemented each other. Now if it had all been animated using the 'pastel look', I think that would have worked much better. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this but that's how it came across to me.

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Dunno man, lots of Miyazaki's backgrounds have always had that softer more carefully created look. His backgrounds are usually much different (more detailed or stylized with a different look) than his foreground characters.
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Really? I thought the color palette and the all-hand-drawn-all-the-time look was one of the best things about this movie.

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This contributed a ton to the charm of the movie. The script was enough and the look only enhanced it.
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I love this blu-ray, some of the best PQ I have ever seen on blu. The Trailer for Beauty and the Beast was a sight to behold as well.

Now then, where are the rest of the Ghibli blu-ray releases, I must have them all!

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I love this blu-ray, some of the best PQ I have ever seen on blu. The Trailer for Beauty and the Beast was a sight to behold as well.

Now then, where are the rest of the Ghibli blu-ray releases, I must have them all!

Yeah, the Beauty and the Beast trailer looked really good. I can't wait for The Lion King and Aladin.

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