SUMMER DAYS WITH COO dvd review

Thailand PAL DVD

Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85.1

DD 2.0 Stereo Japanese

Subtitles: English

IMDB

 

MOVIE: 8.5

VIDEO QUALITY: 9

AUDIO QUALITY: 8

ENGLISH SUBTITLES: 10

EXTRAS: 1

If anyone is interested in a seeing a good Japanese animated movie influenced from Miyazaki/Ghibli films, I highly recommend SUMMER DAYS WITH COO.

SUMMER DAYS WITH COO is sort of like a darker version of E.T. Coo is a cute little water sprite (aka kappa, which is some sort of Japanese mythological nature beast) that has some adventures with a nice family – more or less the same premise as E.T. The movie is well written with an interesting story, is highly entertaining, and is one seriously tear-dripping, touching flick. The animation and editing of the film is beautiful, very reminiscent of a typical Miyazaki/Ghibli film.

Those Japanese kids certainly get some darker stuff than American kids. Even though SUMMER DAYS WITH COO is a family film, the film has one bloody Ninja Scroll-like decaptitation/arm chopping scene and some other dark, violent issues (bullying, suicide, etc.).  I wouldn’t play this for a young kid – maybe more appropriate for a kid older than 10 years old.

After waiting for this film to be released on English-subtitled DVD for two years, it finally has been released on English-subtitled Thai DVD. There’s a Japanese DVD that exists as well but that version doesn’t have English subtitles.

The Thai PAL DVD is anamorphic, Japanese Stereo 2.0, and has excellent English subtitles (unexpected for a Thai DVD). The anamorphic video is excellent. The movie is so pleasantly bright that I was able to watch this movie from midnight to 2:30 AM and not fall asleep (the film is a bit long at over two hours, but it’s okay because the film is so entertaining). There’s a dubbed Thai DD 5.1 audio I didn’t listen to, but the original Japanese 2.0 stereo sounded very nice. The only extras on the film are a couple trailers for the film.

If you are seeking out a good animation film reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki, then check out this DVD of SUMMER DAYS WITH COO.

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