Disney to Release Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Tales From Earthsea
February 18, 2011

A year ago, in March 2010, Disney began a series of Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli DVD releases in conjunction with Ponyo coming to DVD and Blu-ray. Since then, there haven’t been any more discs put out in that line — until now.

On March 8, Disney will release two more Studio Ghibli films.

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The early Hayao Miyazaki film and environmental fable Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind will be available in a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack with the voices of Uma Thurman, Shia LeBeouf, and Patrick Stewart. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes look into the recording booth and the birth story of Studio Ghibli. This 1984 movie is considered the beginning of Studio Ghibli.

Tales From Earthsea is the directorial debut of Goro Miyazaki, the elder Miyazaki’s son. Voices include Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, and Mariska Hargitay, while the bonus material contains a behind-the-scenes look at the studio and Studio Ghibli Trivia Challenge.

I’m glad to see the line continue, because I’m still hoping for re-releases of these well-known Miyazaki films:

That last one is a long shot, since it’s not directed by Miyazaki, but it’s my favorite, because it’s the one most like shojo, being a simple teen romance without the fantasy aspects found in the better-known films. Which one’s your favorite? And my, aren’t those covers lovely?

6 Responses  
Ralf Haring writes:  

Honestly, by the time I watched Nausica√§ it was a little disappointing. I had just read the manga before and it greatly overshadowed the limited scope of the movie. I also couldn’t get myself in the mindset of appreciating the movie with regard to the time it was created. The animation seemed rather slow and unaccomplished compared to some of the efforts created decades later. That’s a similar problem with stuff I know is good and even enjoyed at the time like the Dini/Timm Batman cartoon. It’s pre-anime-influenced animation is just downright lethargic at times.

Johanna writes:  

I’m not sure I’ll ever read the manga, so I’m looking forward to the movie as entre into the story. I’m sure you’re right, though, about needing to remember that it was made quite a few decades ago.

Lynn writes:  

It would be great if the Isao Takahata films got released at some point. I’ve been waiting for years for someone to release Only Yesterday

fourthage writes:  

Yes! I’m dying to finally own a copy of Only Yesterday. The ending is one of the most perfect things ever committed to film.

Dave Roman writes:  

I agree about Only Yesterday, since I think that’s the only major Ghibli film Disney still hasn’t released on DVD yet.

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