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The popular continuities from the all-female Clamp studio are linked by the formidable character of Yuko, the Dimensional Witch. Just 35 minutes long, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: The Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage (2005) plays like an extended episode of the series with lavish art-nouveau backgrounds. Syaoran, Sakura, Fay, Kurogane, and Mokona visit the Land of the Birdcage, where people lead apparently peaceful lives with their bird-familiars. A boy named Koruri and Princess Tomoyo join the regular cast to battle an evil king who wants use the power of one of Sakura's feathers to plunge the realm into eternal darkness. Syaoran's battle with the King features striking special effects and effective camera work. In A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005), eternally put-upon Watanuki follows Yuko and his friend Domeki to a party at an eerie mansion. The owner of the mansion has assembled noted collectors from around the country for a party that's really an elaborate game of cat and mouse. The filmmakers use CG to create such interesting effects as a maze of tatami mats and an endless hallway covered with cases of butterfly antennae. Director Tsutomu Mizushima's handling of the transitions between fantasy and reality pales beside Satoshi Kon's haunting Paprika, but the film will please the many fans of xxxHolic and Clamp. (Rated TV PG: violence, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
CLAMP Double Feature contains over two hours of bonus features!