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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
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From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation and the creator of the Academy Award(R)-winning SPIRITED AWAY (Best Animated Feature Film, 2002) comes Hayao Miyazaki's epic masterpiece NAUSICA- OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND. A thousand years after a global war, a seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of only a few areas still populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausica-, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausica- and her brave companions, together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the Earth. NAUSICA- OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. And this spectacuar 2-disc set features exotic settings, impactful music, and a timeless story about courage and compassion in the face of danger.~~(c)1984 Nibariki - GH
Hayao Miyazaki gained widespread attention in Japan for his complex ecological manga series, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1982), which he adapted for the screen two years later. One thousand years after a war devastated much of the Earth, humanity clings to existence at the fringes of a vast, polluted forest inhabited by monstrous insects. Only Nausicaä, the princess of the tiny realm of the Valley of the Wind, grasps the environmental significance of the forest. She sees beyond petty wars and national rivalries to the only viable future for the planet. In Nausicaä, Miyazaki began to explore elements he would develop more fully in his later films: daring, compassionate heroines; exciting flying sequences; colorful side characters; strong interpersonal relationships; and a call for an ecologically sustainable way of life. Nausicaä prefigures Sheeta in Castle in the Sky and Chihiro in Spirited Away, just as the rough and ready Asbel anticipates Pazu in Castle in the Sky and Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke. For years, Nausicaä was available in the United States only as the badly re-edited Warriors of the Wind. The new English dub from Disney presents the film in its entirety, with strong vocal performances by Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Alison Lohman, and Edward James Olmos. (Rated PG: violence, frightening imagery) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Details, colors and motion are flawless... in the previous release I had, many of the darker scenes were a muddy mess, highlights were blown out and colors inconsistent. This BR from Disney is as close you'll get to the actual animation cels. Simply stunning. Nausicaa's light trousers and her skintone are finally distinct enough, you wont be asking if she's soaring without pants. :-)
The stereo soundtrack uses the full dynamic range, so youll be riding the volume up and down A LOT. The noisier scenes pack a wollop and the quieter passages you'll need to turn up a bit. Playing this through a proper stereo is a must -- tiny flatscreen tv speakers cant keep up.
The extras are easily ignored fluff... aside from the unique 'storyboard' that shows each major scene establishing sketch. That was a lovely surprise.
English subtitles work but you have to activate them from the disc's own menu -- our players' CC would be set to on, but wouldnt show. Captions appear unobstrusive and accurate.
Beautiful movie, beautiful picture and sound and a quality case to keep it in. Highly recommended.
But when this came out on bluRay english dubbed -at a great price- i had to have it .
Great story animation fantastic !
The story, like many Studio Ghibli would make deals with mankind and how we treat ourselves and our Earth. We have poisoned the planet, by either war or other reasons, and now it is trying to heal itself. A toxic jungle tries to cleanse the soil while giant insects, the biggest being the Ohmu, guard the jungle.
Nausicaa, voiced by Alison Lohman, is a Princess of the Valley of the Wind who is studying the jungle and the insects, trying to understand what is happening, why it is happening and if she can protect her people from it. For as the trees clean the soil they also poison the air - this seems to be a byproduct of the process. Asbel, voiced by Shia La Beouf, is a Prince that she helps see that warfare and violence, against other people or against the forest, is nothing but a dead end.
Other voices include Chris Sarandon, Mark Hamill, Edward James Olmos, Patrick Stewart and Uma Thruman.
Fox-squirrels can also be seen in Castle In The Sky, so I am not sure if the events in Nausicaa, the movie, happens after or before the events seen in the later one or even if the two are somehow linked. It could just be an inside joke. They have them in most of the movies made by Ghibli.
without THIS film there would have been no other films as it was the one that gave birth to Ghibli!
The protagonist, Nausicaa, is a brave, heartwarming, albeit naive character, and the vocal characterization by Alison Lohman is on target. Also memorable is the vocalization of Patrick Stewart as Lord Yupa.
Miyazaki's pacing is perfect, which is what I like most about him. He gives us plenty of time in the beginning to drink the scenery in. The scenery is beautiful and the music totally immersive. The pace speeds up in the end, and it is a little difficult to keep up with all the things going on at once, but after a couple of viewings you get the picture.
My only beef with the movie is that the ending is very brief, and a key conflict is left unresolved. Is not the jungle still poisonous and still expanding?