Your Name director Makoto Shinkai brings us another slice of beautiful anime in Weathering with You. So, how does it come out in this 4K Deluxe Limited Edition? Does it rein, or is it poor?
The story: Hodaka runs away from his home on an outlying island to come to Tokyo. He falls into poverty quickly, but eventually finds work as a freelance writer for a dodgy occult magazine. Rain continues to fall day after day, until Hodaka meets a cheerful, strong-willed girl named Hina who has a strange power – she can make the sky clear just by praying…
“Who cares if we can’t see any sunshine? I want you more than any blue sky.”
The 4K disc: While finished at 2K, you’d barely know it here, for Weathering with You looks majestic from its first frame to its last. Animation tends to excel on the 4K Ultra HD format, and this Dolby Vision enhanced release is certainly no exception. The addition of HDR delivers deeper blacks, while the brighter outbreaks of the movie quite literally shine. It’s a beautiful movie, and this presentation delivers it in the best possible light.
Whether you opt for the original Japanese soundtrack or the English dub, it’s delivered via DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Surrounds are used mainly for adding to atmosphere, as well as allowing the wonderful soundtrack to spread out. Both mixes offer clear dialogue, and in all sound quite magical.
While the 4K disc contains no bonus features (other than an option for English song lyrics), two standard Blu-rays deliver. One features the movie again, along with an interview with director Makoto Shinkai, a couple of featurettes, a 60-minute talk show and various trailers and TV spots. The second gives us a fascinating movie-length making of feature.
Beyond on-disc extras, this lavish Deluxe Limited Edition just keeps on giving. A sturdy slipcover featuring matt artwork with glossy overprinting houses a selection of things that would delight even the fussiest collector. These start with a hard-bound, 104-page book, the plain cover of which belies the treasures within – staff interviews, pre-production art and a whole lot more. Next up, five full-colour art cards, as well as a colour-in sticker and 34cm x 40cm colour poster. Then there’s the steelbook package that holds the 4K disc, two standard Blu-rays AND a soundtrack CD. This really is one impressive package.
Release date: December 9, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Nana Mori, Kotaro Daigo, Shun Ogori
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