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The 1982 cult animated classic, The Last Unicorn, will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Animation fans are eagerly looking forward to this movie, which should look spectacular in high-definition. Peter S. Beagle, the author of the original novel, has recorded a commentary track for the picture, which should be an exciting addition for fans. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing his insights.
The Blu-Ray also includes a making-of featurette, which could prove especially thrilling for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fans. As everyone now knows, Japan's Topcraft studio was commissioned to animate The Last Unicorn; the quality of the project impressed Miyazaki enough that he hired them for his film adaptation of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, bringing along his top lieutenants from Telecom and longtime partner Isao Takahata.
The success of Nausicaa led to the creation of Studio Ghibli in 1985. Many people have remarked that Ghibli was really Topcraft with a new name, as most of the artists were brought into the fold. As such, The Last Unicorn is today regarded as a proto-Ghibli production.
Of course, this movie has greatness in its own right, and deserves a place in your movie library regardless of what happened to the painters and animators. It's a thoughtful story, willing to embrace the conventions of Western fairy tales even while it deconstructs them. There is an undercurrent of sorrow, the loss of a magical world as a child grows up, that gives The Last Unicorn its depth. I'm sure Beagle will have much more to say on the commentary track.
For animation lovers, this will be the movie event of February. Start saving your nickels and dimes, kids.