For the first time ever, the magic of Blu-ray(TM) high definition reveals the exquisite details in Hayao Miyazaki's epic masterpiece, NAUSICA- OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND. Experience the film that launched the Academy Award(R)-winning career (2002: 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 Nausica-, 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, NAUSICA- OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND will dazzle your senses with its intricately imagined storytelling and stunning animation -- 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