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NausicaÃ¤ of the Valley of the Wind
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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.
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
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This title was adapted from a much longer manga series and it shows. The climax is followed by an abrupt ending with virtually no denouement. This is disappointing because it would be great to see what becomes of the Valley of the Wind after the end of the film, but the world Miyazaki brings you to in this title is mysterious, alien, a bit frightening on the surface, but altogether one that wishes to be understood.
The VHS version was the first Anime movie I ever bought, and started my interest in them.
A must for an Anime buff's collection.
The animation is fairly sophisticated and smooth-flowing, not as overly simplified and rushed-looking as some of the more recent works in the genre. The sentiment expressed in the plotline is overtly heroic and romantic without being overwrought; the arch of the story unwinds in such an unrushed fashion that the "mesage" is conveyed naturally, not at all overplayed.
The version sold by Amazon incorporates some scenes and incidental material absent from the version I recorded from a television broadcast aired in the late 1990s, but neither version suffers unduly because of these minor differences. The additional material is surprising, but not upsettingly so.
This is a real piece of animation high art. If you want a good introduction to this genre, this is where you should start.
I am BEYOND excited about this!!!! I remember seeing this as a teenager. Introduced it to my oldest son who is now 37 yrs old. When my youngest came (now 23) it was already hacked up and renamed Warriors of the Wind. I was DEVASTATED!!! It's now back to it's original form and my youngest hasn't seen it like this yet. They're showing all the Miyazakisan's films in the movie theater here. Then my son will receive his DVD copies. So excited!
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