The Red Turtle on DVD/Blu-ray/DD

Monday, 18 September 2017 00:01

The Red Turtle - out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital DownloadNominated for 2017’s Best Animated Feature Film Oscar, “The Red Turtle”, is another jaw-dropping release from Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away”, “My Neighbour Totoro”). A man awakens on the beach of a deserted island after being shipwrecked. With nothing but the native wildlife to keep him company, he attempts to escape but is repeatedly obstructed by an unseen force from beneath the waves.

Eventually the man discovers a large red turtle is responsible for the destruction of his many rafts. If that fact was not strange enough he soon finds out there is much more to the turtle than he could possibly imagine, and his life on the island takes a dramatic turn that will change him forever. The writer/director is Michaël Dudok de Wit (“Father and Daughter”).

It is quite hard to review “The Red Turtle” without giving any further plot elements away, but suffice to say that this movie is right up there with the best of Studio Ghibli. The artwork and animation are sublime – detailed, smooth and evocative – and the sound design and music are incredibly immersive and moving.

The story may be slight and there is no dialogue to speak of, just noises and the odd exclamation, but the narrative is wonderfully measured, developing at a perfect pace and taking us from a standard shipwreck drama to something much more transcendent and ethereal.

We really care about the characters, be they the man or the animals on and around the island. Life and personality is breathed into everything, right down to the tiny crabs that accompany the man as he tries to survive.

Simply put, this is a must-watch for fans of quality animation.

The sole bonus content is a behind the scenes feature that gives a fascinating insight into how de Wit draws and iterates his animation frames. The picture quality of the DVD version reviewed is very good, with plenty of background detail and no artifacts.

“The Red Turtle” (2016) is initially released through Digital Download now, and then on DVD and Blu-ray on 25 September, courtesy of Studiocanal. The main feature has a running time of 80 minutes approx., carries a ‘PG’ certificate and retails for £19.99 on DVD and £24.99 on Blu-ray and DVD double-pack, or less from





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