Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
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Released this week (for DVD Region 1) by Disney Home Entertainment was three Studio Ghibli Anime feature films. Of the three (which include 'The Cat Returns' and 'Porco Rosso') the most anticipated film is the uncut release of 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind'. This film was produced by Hayao Miyazaki (who also did the Academy Award winning film 'Spirited Away'), and is generally considered one of his greatest works, and one of the greatest films made during the 'Golden Age' of anime. This film has one of the first 'Eco-Thriller' story plots in the history of Anime, and is based on the Manga series that Miyazaki wrote. (talk about a labor of love here...) The success of this Film resulted in the creation of Studio Ghibli, which is still considered one of the most prestigious anime studios in existence today...
Having just finished my DVD (in the original Japanese soundtrack), I would have to agree that the film earns its reputation. For any one who claims to be an Anime Fan, this film is definitely on the short list of must see Anime. For those of you who have seen the Disney digitally restored release, what did you think of the film??? (Now to go back and see how the english soundtrack is...)