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Author:  Luke [ Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Hayao MIYAZAKI Wave 2 DVDs (Feb 2005) Press Release

<center><b>FROM THE CREATORS OF THE
ACADEMY AWARD® WINNING FILM “SPIRITED AWAY”


NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY
OF THE WIND

PORCO ROSSO

THE CAT RETURNS


FIRST TIME EVER ON 2-DISC DVD
AVAILABLE ON FEBRUARY 22, 2005
</b>

Brand New English Language Tracks Featuring Star Talent
And Bonus Materials Included On Each DVD Title
</center>

BURBANK, Calif., November 8, 2004 –Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Studio Ghibli proudly
present three animated masterpieces from the creators of “Spirited Away,” the Academy Award® winner
for the Best Animated Feature Film of 2002. <b>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b>,
<b>PORCO ROSSO</b> and <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> will each be available separately in superb 2-disc DVD
sets on February 22. These remarkable films include a brand-new, stellar English language voice cast
and feature the original Japanese language track; storyboards; featurettes that go behind the microphone
and more, presented in a pristine digital picture for the best possible viewing experience. With a unique
blend of entertaining storytelling, imagination, compelling characters and stunning artistry, each of these
magical and mystical worlds will enchant and delight audiences of all ages.

Milestone works of unparalleled brilliance, <b>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b>, <b>PORCO
ROSSO</b> and <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> are each available on 2-disc DVD for $29.99 (S.R.P.).

<center><b><u>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b></u></center>
Hayao Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece! A thousand years after a great war, a seaside kingdom known as the
Valley of the Wind is one of the only areas that remains populated. Led by the courageous Princess
Nausicaä, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called ohmu,
who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausicaä and her brave companions,
together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the earth. The
English language version of the film includes the voice talents of Alison Lohman (“<i>Matchstick Men</i>”),
Patrick Stewart (“<i>X-Men</i>” “<i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i>”), Uma Thurman (“<i>Kill Bill</i>” series) and
Edward James Olmos (TV’s “<i>American Family</i>”).

<b>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b> is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of
the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation. This spectacular 2-disc set features exotic
settings, stirring music and a timeless story about courage and compassion in the face of danger.

<b><u>“NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND” Bonus Materials</b></u>:
• Behind The Microphone With Voice Talent From The Film: Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman,
Patrick Stewart And Edward James Olmos
• Complete Storyboards—Get An Insider’s Look At The Film’s Artistry
• Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer
• The Birth Story Of Studio Ghibli Featurette

<font size="3"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001XAPZ6/thehomeimprovemz"><img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/m-p/mw2-n.jpg" width="100" height="140" alt="Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - click to preorder">
Preorder <b>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b> on DVD</a>

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/nausicaa.html">Read our <b>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b> DVD Review</a></font>

<center><b><u>PORCO ROSSO</b></u></center>
Take flight with “Porco Rosso,” a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to
dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full
of humor, courage and chivalry.

When “Porco” – whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell – infuriates a
band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a comical rival pilot, to “get rid” of him.
On the ground, the two pilots compete over the affections of Gina, a beautiful cabaret singer. But it is in
the air, with Fio, a young and talented airplane engineer/designer, where Porco’s true battles are waged.
From its Mediterranean Sea settings to its dazzling aerial dogfights of amazing sweep and grace, <b>PORCO
ROSSO</b> is an exhilarating ride you’ll never forget.

The English language version of this high-flying adventure features the voice talents of Michael Keaton
(“<i>Batman Returns</i>”), Brad Garrett (TV’s “<i>Everybody Loves Raymond</i>”), Susan Egan (“<i>Spirited Away</i>”),
Kimberly Williams (TV’s “<i>According To Jim</i>”) and David Ogden Stiers (“<i>Lilo & Stitch</i>”).

<b><u>“PORCO ROSSO” Bonus materials</b></u>:
• Behind The Microphone With Voice Talent From The Film: Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett,
Kimberly Williams, Susan Egan and David Ogden Stiers
• Complete Storyboards—Get An Insider’s Look At The Film’s Artistry
• Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer
• Interview with Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki

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<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/porcorosso.html">Read our <b>PORCO ROSSO</b> DVD Review</a></font>

<center><b><u>THE CAT RETURNS</b></u></center>
From the creators of the Academy-Award®–winning “Spirited Away” (Best Animated Feature, 2002)
comes the visually stunning <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b>, a spectacular animated journey to a world of magic
and adventure.

Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world
is transformed beyond anything she’s ever imagined. Her good deed is rewarded with a flurry of
presents, including gift-wrapped mice, and one very shocking proposal of marriage - to the Cat’s King’s
son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a
whole other world and her destiny is uncertain. To change her fate she’ll need to learn to believe in
herself, and in the process she will learn to appreciate her everyday life. <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> is a
magical animated adventure that will delight and inspire everyone.

The English language version of <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> features the voice talents of Anne Hathaway
(“<i>The Princes Diaries 2: Royal Engagement</i>”), Cary Elwes (“<i>Ella Enchanted</i>”), Peter Boyle (TV’s
“<i>Everybody Loves Raymond</i>”), Elliott Gould (“<i>Ocean’s Eleven</i>”), Andy Richter (“<i>Elf</i>”), Rene
Auberjonois (“<i>The Princess Diaries</i>”), Tim Curry (“<i>The Wild Thornberrys Movie</i>”), Judy Greer (“<i>The
Village</i>”), Andrew Bevis, Kristen Bell, Kristine Sutherland (TV’s “<i>Buffy The Vampire Slayer</i>”), Katia
Coe.

<b><u>“THE CAT RETURNS” Bonus materials</b></u>:
• The Making of “The Cat Returns”
• Behind The Microphone With Voice Talent From The Film Including Anne Hathaway,
Cary Elwes, and more.
• Complete Storyboards—Get An Insider’s Look At The Film’s Artistry
• Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer

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Preorder <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> on DVD</a>

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/thecatreturns.html">Read our <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> DVD Review</a></font>

<b><u>STREET DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2005</b></u>
<u>Direct Prebook</u>: December 28, 2004
<u>Distributor Prebook</u>: January 11, 2005
<u>Suggested retail price</u>: $29.99 (2-disc DVD) for each title.

<i><u>Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind:</i></u>
<u>Run time</u>: Approximately 117 minutes
<u>Rated</u>: “PG” For Violence And Some Mild Language
Bonus features not rated and subject to change.
<u>DVD aspect ratio</u>: 1.85: 1, enhanced for 16x9 tv screens
<u>Sound</u>: Mono
THX Certified
<u>Languages</u>: Original Japanese audio
English audio; English subtitles

<i><u>Porco Rosso:</i></u>
<u>Run time</u>: Approximately 93 minutes
<u>Rated</u>: “PG” For Violence And Some Mild Language
Bonus features not rated and subject to change
<u>DVD aspect ratio</u>: 1.85: 1, enhanced for 16x9 tv screens
<u>Sound</u>: Dolby® Digital 2.0 Surround
THX Certified
Languages</u>: Original Japanese Audio
English audio; English subtitles; French audio

<i><u>The Cat Returns:</i></u>
<u>Run time</u>: Approximately 75 minutes
<u>Rated</u>: Not yet rated
Bonus features not rated and subject to change
<u>DVD aspect ratio</u>: 1.85: 1, enhanced for 16x9 tv screens
<u>Sound</u>: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
<u>Languages</u>: Original Japanese Audio
English Audio; English subtitles
French audio

<b><u>ABOUT HAYAO MIYAZAKI…</b></u>
Hayao Miyazaki has been hailed as an “animation magician,” “a stunning visual artist” and “the
Disney of Japan.” His films are praised for their originality, dazzling animation and epic storytelling,
earning him a place as one of the premiere animators in motion picture history.

He is one of Japan’s leading filmmakers and an icon in the field of animation. His popularity
continues to grow greater and greater around the world.

Several of his films have been among his country’s top box office successes in recent years,
including “Spirited Away” (Academy Award® winner 2002 Best Animated Feature) which is the most
successful film ever to play in Japan. Many of his films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular
culture, in much the same way that Walt Disney’s work has been embraced by Americans.

Born in Tokyo in 1941, Hayao Miyazaki majored in political science and economics in college,
but chose to take a low-paying position as an animator at Toei Animation after graduation.

He was a diligent and talented employee who impressed his superior, Isao Takahata, and they
worked together in the 1960’s and 1970’s making TV animated series and animated features, with
Takahata doing the directing and Miyazaki doing the animation.

Miyazaki directed his first film “Castle of Cagliostro” in 1979. Takahata collaborated with
Miyazaki as producer of Miyazaki’s animated films “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” and “Castle in
the Sky.” Separately, Miyazaki worked on “My Neighbor Totoro” while Takahata directed the acclaimed
animated film “Grave of the Fireflies.”

Miyazaki and Takahata founded their company, Studio Ghibli, in 1985. “Kiki’s Delivery
Service” was made soon thereafter and became Studio Ghibli’s first widespread popular success and
paved the way for expansion of the studio in one large house on the edge of Tokyo.

Many of Studio Ghibli’s animated features that followed were blockbuster hits in Japan. “Pom
Poko” (directed by Takahata) and “Whisper of the Heart” (directed by Yoshifumi Kondo) were the top
domestic hits during their respective releases in Japan. “Porco Rosso” (directed by Miyazaki) was the top
film of the year among both domestic and overseas films released in Japan. The adventure tale “Princess
Mononoke” (directed by Miyazaki) became a sensation in Japan that became the #1 grossing film in
Japan of any film up to that time. “Spirited Away” (directed by Miyazaki) has since broken all box-office
records in Japan. “Spirited Away” is now Japan’s #1 film of all time, surpassing even “Titanic” and
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Miyazaki has since applied his talents to the upcoming animated
film “Howl’s Moving Castle,” which will be released November 20, 2004 in his country.

Known as a hands-on craftsman whose influence is felt in virtually every frame of his work,
Miyazaki makes films that closely reflect his tastes, interests and concerns. His beautiful animated vistas
are alive and flowing, with lifelike color and movement. His stories contain unusual characters, intricate
plots and emotional pathos rarely found in most feature animation, combining with his visual style to
create films revered throughout the world by animators, animation fans and critics alike.

PORCO ROSSO:
© 1992 NIBARIKI • TNNG
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND:
© 1984 NIBARIKI • TOKUMA SHOTEN • HAKUHODO
THE CAT RETURNS:
© 2002 Nekonote–Do • TGNDHMT

Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized
industry leader. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company
for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassettes
and DVDs.


<font size="3"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001XAPZ6/thehomeimprovemz">Preorder <b>NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</b> on DVD</a></font>
<font size="3"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001XAPY2/thehomeimprovemz">Preorder <b>PORCO ROSSO</b> on DVD</a></font>
<font size="3"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0006J28BO/thehomeimprovemz">Preorder <b>THE CAT RETURNS</b> on DVD</a>

<u><b>Reviews</u></b>:
<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/nausicaa.html">Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind</a>
<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/porcorosso.html">Porco Rosso</a>
<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/thecatreturns.html">The Cat Returns</a>

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7010">Miyazaki Wave 2 Menus</a></font>

Author:  Just Myself [ Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:34 pm ]
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Sweet! But no My Neighbor Totoro DVD? That blows... :(

Author:  Disneykid [ Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:39 pm ]
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Agreed, where's Totoro?! That was the Miyazaki release I was looking forward to the most. The Cat Returns isn't even a Miyazaki film, just a Studio Ghibli one. It makes more sense to release Totoro now and save Cat Return for the first wave of non-Miyazaki Ghibli films.

Author:  Little Red Henski [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:26 am ]
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I'm happy to see that "The Cat Returns" is getting released because it is the only Ghibli film I haven't seen. I really feel that Disney should release "Whispers of the Heart" before "The Cat Returns".

I heard that Disney didn't want to release "Totoro" now because stores still have the Fox version in stock. They felt that most people would buy the crapy $5 version instead of the SE.

souce for the Totoro info. http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=5145083#post5145083

Author:  PublicEnemy#1 [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:28 am ]
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GAH. I guess I'll just pick up the Foolscreen Totoro.

Author:  That1GuyPictures [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:50 am ]
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I'm really excited about seeing both of these, as they are both new to me.
I loved Mononoke and Spirited Away, although I think my favorite has to be Castle in the Sky. I love the piano music in the films, and even though I'm not always a fan of some of the casting choices for the redubs, I'm really excited about some of the voices for 'The Cat Returns...' TIM CURRY!? I think he's awesome and Cary Elwes is a pretty awesome actor too!

Author:  ichabod [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:21 am ]
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Quote:
The Cat Returns:
Run time: Approximately 75 minutes


75 minutes ! :shock: That's shorter than Home on the Range!

Author:  toonaspie [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 8:56 am ]
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That makes no sense whatsoever to release The Cat Returns in place of My Neighbor Totoro. They should've released Pom Poko or Whispers of the Heart first, because The Cat Returns is technically the sequel to Whispers of the Heart.

Author:  castleinthesky [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 6:08 pm ]
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This is good news. I plan on getting Nausicca first, then the Cat Returns, and last Porcco.

Author:  Paka [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 6:50 pm ]
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I wouldn't start wailing yet, guys. As I've posted before at A-N here and here, the Australian home video distributor for the Studio Ghibli films, Madman Entertainment, stated that it will be releasing Ghibli in waves all throughout 2005, and should be completed before the end of that year. They said that their waves will be "the same as the U.S." - and since the U.S. just switched their first wave to be identical to Madman's (Cat Returns instead of Totoro), that claim has gained credit! They're within similar time frames, too - U.S. on Feb. 22nd, and Australia in late March.

So don't give up yet, guys! If this turns out to be true, you have less than a year to wait for the other Ghibli films on DVD... and A-N will keep you updated on all Ghibli and Miyazaki goings-on. ^_^

Author:  Disneykid [ Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:28 pm ]
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Thanks for the re-assurance, Paka! As long as Totoro is released sometime in 2005, I'll be happy.

Author:  umbreongirl [ Thu Nov 11, 2004 3:01 pm ]
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I want to see Nausicaa of the valley of the wind & The cat returns. They seem like good movies.
And yes! Howl's Moving Castle is coming the 20th! Woot! :D Been waitin since last year to know when they're gonna put that movie to theatres! looks like such a good movie. Might be strange, but interesting, non the less. I got some b-day money, so I might go see it. ^ ^

Author:  Ranko36 [ Sun Nov 14, 2004 2:54 am ]
Post subject:  Order doesnt matter!

I have seen all of the Ghibli films to date! I assure you that "cat retruns" is one of their best films , miyazaki or not! Totoro will have to wait! but there is always the fox version or imports that can be easily found! As for "porco" , deffenetly one of miyazakis most skillfull films , and "Nausicaa" is just plain classic!

I cant wait for the dubbed versions , im eager to see what disney has done to these films that i loved to enjoy in japanese!! :) :)

Author:  DisneyChris [ Sun Nov 14, 2004 5:11 am ]
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ALL, and I mean ALL Miyazaki animated films have been released in Hong Kong as 2-Disc Special Editions. I only own My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. They are both pretty good sets (especially Spirited Away; the DTS 6.1 surround will blow you away), but I don't know their differences with the US versions.

Author:  toonaspie [ Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:25 am ]
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DisneyChris wrote:
ALL, and I mean ALL Miyazaki animated films have been released in Hong Kong as 2-Disc Special Editions. I only own My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. They are both pretty good sets (especially Spirited Away; the DTS 6.1 surround will blow you away), but I don't know their differences with the US versions.


I wanna see what these Hong Kong Special Editions look like if that's possible

Author:  azul017 [ Sun Nov 14, 2004 11:39 am ]
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I was kinda looking forward to My Neighbor Totoro (I've lots of rave reviews), but I'll probably blind-buy Nausicaa and Porco Rosso when they come out. Nice to see more Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki DVD releases, though. :)

Author:  Ranko36 [ Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:38 pm ]
Post subject:  money saver

If u want these films! you can buy a import dvd set containing all the films ( some are dubbed others are subtitled because of no us release ) Still all are fantastic . And the set goes around 70 dollars , for 14 films thats a great deal!!

Author:  Disneykid [ Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:20 pm ]
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DVDAnswers has some cover art up:

http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?r=0 ... =1&n2=2&k=

I don't care for them much. They're very bland and don't really match the style of the other Ghibli covers except in their spines, which is what really matters, anyway, since that's what'll be seen when I put them on my shelf with the others.

Author:  toonaspie [ Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:38 pm ]
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Disneykid wrote:
DVDAnswers has some cover art up:

http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?r=0 ... =1&n2=2&k=

I don't care for them much. They're very bland and don't really match the style of the other Ghibli covers except in their spines, which is what really matters, anyway, since that's what'll be seen when I put them on my shelf with the others.


those covers were from like back in the day (look at the article date)...if we're lucky, they wouldve done something much better with the covers by now, considering how long delayed these were

Author:  Disneykid [ Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:45 pm ]
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Yeah, that's when they originally posted the news (when the titles were supposed to come in August), but this is the first time we've seen high-res versions of Nausicaa and Porco, and the first time we've seen anything for The Cat Returns. Notice how in the comments section people don't start talking about the covers until today.

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