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Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (1984)

Alison Lohman , Patrick Stewart , Hayao Miyazaki  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, Edward James Olmos
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: Japanese, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Presents A Studio Ghibli Film
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRR9G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

Special Features

BD:
• World Of Ghibli: Visit Nausicaa's world in this enchanted interactive experience.
• Behind The Studio: Discover the film's fantastic origins in this fascinating documentary, including an interview with Hayao Miyazaki!
• Enter the Lands: Explore the many worlds of Studio Ghibli through this interactive map!
• Studio Ghibli Trivia Challenge: You're your Knowledge
• Original Japanese storyboards

DVD:
• Behind the Microphone: With A-List Voice Talent
• The Birth Story Of Studio Ghibli Featurette
• Original TV trailers


Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The clarity of the Blu-ray format heightens the power and beauty of Hayao Miyazaki's striking ecological fable. A notable extra is "Behind the Studio," a short documentary that features composer Joe Hisaishi, studio executive Toshio Suzuki, and director Miyazaki (as well as this writer) discussing the making and significance of Nausicaä. "Enter the Lands" offers trailers of some of the Ghibli films and short descriptions of the main characters, but the map is rather tricky to navigate. Miyazaki's storyboards, timed to the soundtrack, were included in the previous release. Fans of Miyazaki's extraordinary films will want this Blu-ray for their libraries. (Rated PG: some scary imagery) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

For the first time ever, the magic of Blu-ray high definition reveals the exquisite details in Hayao Miyazaki's epic masterpiece, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Experience the film that launched the Academy Award winning career (2002 for best animated feature, Spirited Away) of one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth, untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

Like Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Ponyo, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind will dazzle your senses with its intracately imagined storytelling and stunning aniimation now more spectacular than ever on Blu-ray.

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330 of 356 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Animated Film of All Time May 28, 2004
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I have been an animation fan all of my life. I've seen almost every Disney animated flick countless times. I've studied the work of Chuck Jones and marveled at the best of Don Bluth.

I have been a fan of Japanese animation in partuclar for years. I have seen countless animated films and studied them in depth. I own almost every Studio Ghibli film ever made (including Whisper of the Heart, the Cat Returns, Castle in the Sky, and Castle of Cagliostro). I am here to tell you that Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is without a doubt the greatest animated film I have ever seen in my life...

First of all, this is the first film that the animation genius Miyazaki ever attempted through his own studio. It is also a greatly condensed story, being adapted from a manga that it's creator wrote which was quite lengthly. That being said, this movie is PERFECT.

The animation may be old, but it rivals, and sometiems even demolishes, animation released in the theaters today. The action sequences (and particularly the flight sequences) are truly amazing to behold. The sound effects are marvelous. The music is mind-blowing. The pacing is perfect, the voice-acting beyond perfect. The quality of the artwork continues to astound. But that's not why this is the greatest animated film ever.

At it's heart this is s complex story of man vs. nature and man vs. man. How many times have we been over the topic of how man's meddling is threatening to destroy the world, and how perhaps one day the world will fight back? In the world created in this film, the world has been destroyed by what can only be desribed as an apocalypse (of man's doing). In response, plants and giant bugs are taking over the whole world and inhabiting vast patches fo wasteland.
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246 of 271 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Now Back On Track August 24, 2004
Format:DVD
Absolutely, BUY THIS FILM. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF ANY TYPE EVER MADE.

Disney, after originally having scheduled the release of this masterpiece for August 31, having moved it to Feb. 22, and having taken it off the release list, has now reinstated its release on Feb. 22. It will be released with Porco Rosso and The Cat Returns; originally, it was to be released with My Neighbor Totoro, but The Cat has been substituted. This is mistifying, because Cat is a sequel to Whisper from the Heart, a sweet and endearing film that has never been released in the U.S.; a studio does not usually release the sequel first. What is Disney thinking, and what is to be done with Totoro?

That said, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind was Miyazaki's first full-length original film (I don't count the Lupin films because they're part of someone else's work), and it is utterly superb. It is adapted from the epic manga series that he created in between projects while working for other directors, and only covers about 30% of the enormous story. It has a heavy ecological message, and shows Miyazaki's trademark fascination with flight and unusual animals. The story is deep, rich, emotional, and satisfying. The soundtrack, Jo Hisashi's first for Miyazaki, is one of his best; it is not extremely varied, but it is rich and emotional.

A version of this film was introduced as Warriors of the Wind in the late 1980's in the U.S. While the dub was excellent, twenty minutes of cuts made in the film infuriated Miyazaki to the point where he refused to allow any more U.S. sales of his films until Disney agreed to release the films uncut and to do their prodigious best with the vocal talents for the dubs.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, Moving, Fantastical: Miyazaki All the Way December 4, 2005
Format:DVD
This classic anime by Hayao Miyazaki pits a spunky, loving princess against those who misunderstand the precarious balance of nature in their diseased environment. Like most Miyazaki heroines, Princess Nausicaa is an independent girl, full of wisdom despite her young age, and one who approaches life with both awe and determination. When well-meaning but ignorant invaders from another land threaten to destroy the Valley of the Wind, Nausicaa must rely on her special understanding of nature to save them all.

Some of the themes and undertones of later Miyazaki works can be seen in this earlier film. In particular, the environmental interdependence of man and his environment that later defines "Princess Mononoke" begins in "Nausicaa." The "ohmu," giant armored bugs who attack when one of their own is injured, have the mysterious inner lives that many of the fantastical spirits/gods possess in "Spirited Away." His fascination with wind and flight , lush and complex scenery, and the dynamic "acting" of his characters mark "Nausicaa" as an archetypal Miyazaki work.

Although I watched this anime in the original language with subtitles, Disney has assembled a remarkable cast of voices: Uma Thurman, Chris Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos, Alison Lohman, and Mark Hamill. (The extras in the DVD contain interviews with these English-speaking actors about their dubbing experiences.) I watched bits with these voices, and they are actually quite good in that they capture the emotional force and rhythms (to a degree) of the original. For those who get too distracted by reading subtitles , the high-quality dubbing should be appreciated. Still, I am a purist, much preferring the original language.

Because of its larger issues, Miyazaki's animation appeals to adults perhaps more than to children. His intense battles and ominous creatures will probably frighten younger kids, hence the PG rating. Highly recommended.
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