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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [1984]

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  • Release Date: 10/31/2017
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (372 out of 378)

    Special Features


    • Audio Commentary with Key Animator Hideaki Anno and Assistant Director Kazuyoshi Katayama
    • Creating Nausicaa
    • Exclusive Booklet
    • Feature-Length Storyboards
    • Interview with Toshio Suzuki and Hideaki Anno
    • Original Theatrical Trailers

    Synopsis


    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
    This impressive work from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki represents a significant departure from traditional anime. Foregoing the gritty storylines, extreme violence, and adult content found throughout many anime, Miyazaki's works borrow as much from fairy tales as they do from science fiction. Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind is no exception. Centuries after war has devastated the earth, Princess Nausicaa leads the people of the Valley of the Wind. Feuding clans fight with planes and tanks as well as swords in a world that is both primitive and futuristic. In addition to her people's conflicts with other factions, Nausicaa must also contend with the insects of the jungle including the Ohmu, a race of giant, intelligent bugs that poisons the surrounding atmosphere - and is spreading rapidly. The setting of this 1984 animation owes much to the post-apocalypse genre spawned by Mad Max and other films, and the political subplot is often compared to Frank Herbert's Dune. However, the heroine here has more in common with the female protagonists of the Disney musicals such as Pocohantas and Mulan; Nausicaa is more concerned with harmony and communication than with conquest and revenge. Sympathetic to the Ohmu, she learns she must approach them with understanding to achieve peace and restore the dying world. This film is beautifully animated and written, and the moral to this ecological fable is difficult to miss. The film was dubbed into English in the mid-2000s, hence the presence of such actors as Shia LeBoeuf, who wasn't born yet when the film was originally made. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Alison Lohman
      Alison Lohman - Nausicaä (English)
    • Patrick Stewart
      Patrick Stewart - Lord Yupa (English)
    • Shia LaBeouf
      Shia LaBeouf - Asbel (English)
    • Uma Thurman
      Uma Thurman - Kushana (English)
    • Edward James Olmos
      Edward James Olmos - Mito (English)



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 378 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GKIDS Honors Studio Ghibli

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      SIndyTim
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      Many of you may be wondering the same thing I was when these releases hit stores. Are these Blu-rays an upgrade over the Disney releases? They are, in my opinion. However, are they worth purchasing again? Probably not. But, for hardcore fans, maybe. Here's why. First, picture quality. GKIDS has completed new 4K scans for these Blu-rays. In my opinion, it shows. The image is a bit cleaner. The details and colors do differ in some respects from the Disney releases. In comparing some scenes from Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke, I prefer the GKIDS releases. Is it a huge difference? No. But it is there. The reds are more intense and look red, not orange. And in Nausicaaa, the colors differ in scenes from the Disney Blu-rays. Actual color grading differences. Plus, the GIDS releases have more shadow details. The packaging and presentation on these releases tops Disney's with ease. The slipcovers are beautiful, with many of the releases using the same artwork as previous releases, with some exceptions, like Princess Mononoke. I also prefer the Nausicaa art here over Disney's. Each release is in a quality keepcase (not eco case) with art inside the back cover, so that when you open the case, you see a beautiful image from the film. The discs have art on them as well. I prefer the design on the GKIDS discs over Disney's, although, the Disney DVDs sometimes had very nice art as well. Lastly, the GKIDS releases also come with a small booklet that has some art and words from the creators behind the films. The menus on the GKIDS releases fall short of the Disney releases. They are not animated. There is no music. But, they are clean and simple. It would have been nice to have at least had music playing in the background like the Disney releases. Some releases include new extras. Many, if not all, extras from the Disney releases are ported over, but some may not be HD, as is the case on Nausicaa. As you can see from the descriptions, the Disney dubs are ported over to these releases as well. Plus, you get Japanese audio tracks, although, I have not confirmed if these are the original Japanese audio tracks, as I know that was a problem on some previous releases. Overall, I prefer the GKIDS Blu-rays, but if you have the Disney releases, you probably should save your money. However, if you're like me and you love the films and want the best presentation possible (video and packaging) and you find them on good sale, like they were on release at Best Buy, then it may be worth it to you.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Old school anime at its best

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      XAvenger
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      This is a classic that belongs in any anime fans video library. Nausicaa is set many centuries in the future. A devastating war has left Earth a wastland and creatures called Ohmus have become the dominant species. Nausicaa, the heroine, is a young princess who can communicate with animals and even calm the Ohmu, she also believes it is possible for Humanity and the Ohmu to share the world peacefully. The movie follows Nausicaa's adventure as her tiny kingdom gets caught up in a war between two empires and she tries to restore peace and bring about some kind of balance. Nausicaa is a message movie, but it does not pound you over the head with its message as so many message movies do. Miyazaki takes a more subtle approach, which makes the movie much more enjoyable than if he'd used the 'sledgehammer' approach to getting his point across. The animation still holds up. This is an excellent example of cel animation. All of the movements are fluid and natural looking and everything is well drawn. The mecha design is great, I love how those sky battleships look! The character designs are all engaging and distinctive looking. If you are familiar with Hayao Miyazaki's style, you know what to expect. The Blu-Ray transfer is flawless. Everything is in clear focus and the details come out beautifully. Yet another great Blu-Ray experience from Disney. One feature I liked in the extras was a short documentary on the history of Nausicaa. There's also an interactive portion with a simple hidden objects game based on the worlds of Ghibli films. The English cast includes Patrick Stewart, one of the most brilliant actors of our generation. And, ironically enough, this illustrates a problem with dubbing. In this movie, Patrick Stewart is limited by having to follow another actor's performance, so it's hard for him to really put his own performance into his role. Sadly, a brilliant actor is not allowed to do his best work. If Patrick Stewart is constrained, imagine a performance from an actor who is not blessed with Patrick Stewart's talents (which, let's be honest here, most dubs do not have the best actors). Watching Nausicaa in Japanese is much more satisfying. You get to see the movie as it was meant to be seen. Don't be afraid of the subtitles, reading subtitles and watching the movie is much easier than you think. This is one of Ghibli's finest. If you are an anime fan, you owe it to yourself to see Nauisicaa.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      an excellent beginner film

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      rachel
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      Many people suggest other films when suggesting a person check out Hayao Miyazaki's filmbio. Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro being the most common. And while those two films are FABULOUS. I would instead suggest to watch the maiden voyage film for Studio Ghibli, Nausicaa. It is so brimming with the early imagination of Mr. Miyazaki, that with each and every scene you can practically FEEL the heart and passion he and his team put into this movie. The musical score is gorgeous, Princess Nausicaa is willfully and emotionally portrayed in both the English dub and Japanese dub. Which ever one that you prefer, you will still get an excellent story and experience. I highly recommended this movie, to all ages. It is a masterpiece.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An early gem!

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      MovieMaven
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      Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is the story of a world ravaged by ecological disaster and bitter warfare. Nausicaa, the princess of the people of the Valley of the Wind, sees more deeply than most. She is a heroine wise beyond her years, a woman of deep understanding and compassion as well as tremendous courage. With our concern about climate change, we see that Miyazaki was already contemplating our relationship with creation decades ago. I have become a great fan of this amazing director, but had never seen Nausicaa, his second feature film released in 1984. I highly recommend it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The First of Many Ghibli films...

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      surfahdude
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      Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered to be teh first Studio Ghibli anime released. The animation is a bit crude but the storyline and pace is excellent. The music is great. I consider this to be one of the better Ghibli releases (only Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, When Marnie was There, From Up on Poppy Hill and Porco Rosso are better).

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Much better than Warriors of the Wind :)

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      bobogirth1
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      If you get the above reference then you've been around for a while. I first was exposed to this anime when it was known by a different name. When I was older I watched the proper version of it. It's a Ghibli movie, so if you're a fan, you're most likely going to like it. And also, if you really know Ghibli movies, you'll know most Ghibli movies actually aren't targeted at kids (if you really think about it, Mononoke, Nausicaa and the like aren't exactly kid-friendly themes). Anyway, get it, enjoy it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Meaningful and Entertaining

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      Ipaduser
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      First I’ll just say I love all Miyazaki films- this one is no exception. It does have an older feel to it, being on of his earlier works, but Miyazaki has a way of making enjoyable and relatable characters that you want to learn about, and his simple yet detailed artwork has beauty. Not to mention he’s a master at working things he finds meaningful into his work, such as being echo friendly, bravery, hope, etc. Definitely worth a watch!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must see movie!

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      Animaniatic

      This movie is from the creators of Princess Mononoke, should I say more? The story flows really well and the characters are full of personality, it is true that the graphics look a little old but the quality of the plot and images are second to none. Good anime that has transcended time, and even when the story came to be as a movie by mid 80's the message it gives is still very current. I saw this movie 15 years ago and now I own it in Blue Ray and the difference in colors is impressive, even compared to the DVD version

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