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

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

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.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Tales From Earthsea cover
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Tales From Earthsea
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
List price $39.99 US
DVD only
List price $29.99 US

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?

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