Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind - Now on Blu-Ray
The Nausicaa Blu-Ray is now on the streets! I can't wait to get my hands on this one. It's going to be expensive to import, yes, but check out all the cool extras you get, including the very stylish package. I really like this design, and I'm hoping Studio Ghibli will continue this for future releases. English subtitles for the movie are included, but not for any of the extras. The DVD commentary track, the only one recorded for a Studio Ghibli film, should also be included.
According to one news report, Toshio Suzuki was unsatisfied with a cover design offered by Disney, so he turned to a friend who was a graphic designer, which resulted in this killer design. I love it - it's just like something Criterion Collection would do. Another interesting demand was one made by Hayao Miyazaki: no digital editing would be allowed. This means Nausicaa would look like the 35mm film; sharper and cleaner than ever before, but untouched. Compare this to Disney's approach to digitally restoring their classics, which aim to recreate the look of the original animation cels, instead of the film.
As you can see, the Nausicaa Blu-Ray includes a small book, packed with photos from the movie, sketches from the production, and long essays about Hayao Miyazaki. There's even a photo of him from his much younger days. It's striking how much different he looked back then. We're very lucky to still have him alive and working today.
YesAsia has the best price on Nausicaa - only $78.25, with free international shipping. Yeehh booy!
I honestly have no idea when Nausicaa will be released here in the States. I'd hope it would be sometime before Christmas, but that's just wishful thinking. Perhaps Disney will reissue more Ghibli films on DVD, as they had done earlier this year. We'll see what happens; until then, let's import this Blu-Ray and get all the cool extras while we still can. This is one of the best movie releases of the year.