Howl's Moving Castle (Special Edition)

Studio Ghibli Collection (2 Disc Set)
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An amazing movie filled with magic and action. Howls Moving Castle is a movie I feel in love with, I have yet to decide who is my favourite character in the movie or which colour hair Howl suits more. But certainly an excellent movie, as we follow Sophie and her adventure to find a way to remove the curse that was placed upon her. She is introduced to the world of magic, witches and wizards as she makes new friends, and finds all is not what she was lead to believe.

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My favourite movie ever! Worth buying/watching if you love Miyazaki movies you will love his movie rendition of Dianne Wynne Jones book.

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Miyazaki has delivered his usual brilliance with “Howl's Moving Castle”. As with all of Miyazaki's films, it is visually spectacular to watch. The story is ,of course, also a great one. It is captivating from start to finish. Right from the beginning you are drawn in to an exciting world of witches, wizards, fire demons and secret spells. It is such an exciting story that even adults would enjoy watching it. It will bring out your inner child and rekindle your imagination. This movie will not disappoint.

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Howl's Moving Castle (Special Edition)

Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro) is a 2004 Japanese animated family fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli.

Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. After this chance meeting she is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle where she becomes acquainted with Markl, Howl's apprentice, and a hot-headed fire demon named Calcifer.

As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.

From the Studio Ghibli Collection.

Special Features:

  • Alternative angle storyboards
  • HD to PAL native transfer
  • Interview with author, Diana Wynne Jones
  • Interview with Pixar's Peter Doctor (MONSTERS INC.)
  • Hello Lasseter (Pixar) featurette
  • Explanation of CG featurette
  • Japanese trailers and TV spots
  • Original Theatrical Trailer


  • Won Mainichi Film Concours Readers' Choice Award for Best Film (2006)
  • Won Tokyo Anime Awards for: Animation of the Year, Best Director (2005)
  • Nominated for Oscar, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2006)
  • Nominated for Annie Awards for Best Animated Feature, Best Directing, Best Writing (2006)
  • Nominated Hong Kong Film Award, Best Film (2006)

Critic Reviews:

  • " Howl's Moving Castle has the logic of a dream: behind every door lie multiple realities, one more astonishing than the next. " – David Ansen
  • " A floatingly delightful fairytale with its heart set on repealing the law of gravity. " – Peter Bradshaw
  • " One of Hayao Miyazaki's stren­gths is the sense of wonderment and magic that he's able to bring to his films. " – Austin Trunick
Release date Australia
October 11th, 2006
Movie Format
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Japanese, English
Length (Minutes)
English : English - Hi
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Number of Discs
Country of Production
  • Japan
  • Animation
Original Release Year
Box Dimensions (mm)
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
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