Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [Blu-ray + DVD]
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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 SolomonSee all Product Description
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Everything is so awesome; the soundtrack, the voicework, the story, the action scenes, the art work, and every thing else is so perfect, and well done too. Everything has been refined to the state-of-the-art level, which is what Studio Ghibli has been famous for. What's more, the message for peace, perseverance and prosperity, along with harmony and enviornmental protection and balance, have really touched deeply in my heart right from the start.
Overall, I'd like to say "Doomo Arigato Gozaimasu" to the great Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli for their great masterpiece, and shall give them 5 out of 5 stars for outstanding performance!
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman and Shia LaBeouf
Disney / Buena Vista | 1984 | 118 min | Rated PG | Released Mar 08, 2011
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
English, English SDH, French
50GB Blu-ray Disc
The Film 5/5
When it comes to animation, my favorite director by far is Hayao Miyazaki. If you have read my Top 20 animated list, you'll see how often his name appears. Studio Ghibli has been responsible for many good films, but Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was actually released in 1984, just before the studio was founded. It remains Miyazaki's most ambitious work because of its epic scope.
Nausicaä is set approximately a thousand years in the future when pollution levels have threatened to destroy life on the planet. The land is dominated by the Toxic Jungle which is filled with poisonous plants. The jungle is protected by giant insects and other creatures.
We meet Nausicaä (Lohman) early in the film when she discovers a discarded ohm shell. Ohms are giant creatures which seems wiser than any humans they may encounter. Nausicaä recovers one of the parts of the shell and takes it home. Ohms are not always calm and their eyes grow red with rage when they are angry. Nausicaä helps save Lord Yupa (Stewart), a master swordsman, from an enraged ohm.Read more ›
The storyline is great, the voice acting is marvelous (especially in French and Japanese — you have to hear Nausicaa's scream when her wounded feet enters a lake full of acid, it's the best pain scream I heard in cinema to this day) and the animation is magnificent. Keep in mind it was made in 1983-84, before the advent of computer-assisted animation, so it isn't as smooth as more recent productions, but it's still amazing to behold.
The music is a mix of classical score and synth music, which was quite popular back in the 80's, and is perfectly suited to the movie.
Most important, Nausicaa's character, the driving force behind this movie, is just amazing. Her courage, intelligence, kindness will touch you (unless you're cynical and feel nothing for nobody but yourself), as will her quest to save the world.
A must-have for animation fans.
Here in this movie made back in 1984 are all the hallmarks of Studio Ghibli that would be incorporated into all their future productions. Everything from the fluid animation of the plucky heroine, the gentle understated story telling through to the music and the high quality animation; time after time I noticed something that would later appear slightly expanded in their newer productions. But this is where they first pulled it all together. Nausicaa is an absolute must for all lovers of Hayao Miyazaki or of japanese animation!
As for the movie itself, this one is a little more darker and more serious than his lighter works like Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which mankind is on the verge of extinction; it's tone is closer to his seminal masterwork, Princess Mononoke. (Considered one of the greatest animated films of all time!) However, unlike Mononoke, I think any kid who can handle The Terminator or Transformers shouldn't have any problem with Nausicaa. Probably even younger if mommy's there to hold them. It does make a great family film.
As for the bluray itself; this is definitely the way to go. A film of this importance deserves to be seen at it's very best and Disney delivers bringing out everything that was in the original and that's an amazing amount for an animated film.Read more ›
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Everyone should see this movie. One of director Hayao Miyazaki's first films, and still, I think, one of his best.Published 17 days ago by DJ Ninja Turtle
you may be a bit confused without reading the manga but it still is glorious to watchPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not my favourite. It's a Ghibli film and is obviously of the same high quality as the rest of their movies, but the main characters just rub me the wrong way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cory A. Case