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Where's Disney's Nausicaä Blu-ray announcement?


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   MattSav

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Posted August 19 2010 - 08:40 AM

Back when Ponyo was released on Blu-ray in March, Disney indicated that they would hold off on re-releasing Miyazaki's other animated films in the United States until they were remastered and released in Japan first by Studio Ghibli. 

 

Well that time has come and gone - 1984's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was released on Blu-ray in Japan on July 14th, 2010.  I'm really hoping we get this disc released in the US, as it's one of my favorite Miyazaki films - not to mention it features two of my favorite Captains - Picard and Adama (aka Patrick Stewart and Edward James Olmos) acting opposite each other in the English dub.  I was hopeful that this would get a fall release stateside but haven't heard a peep from Disney. 

 

Miyazaki's earlier film (and his theatrical directorial debut) was 1979's Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.  Disney doesn't have distribution rights to this film in America but I believe a Japanese Blu-ray exists for it as well, but at 1080i resolution.

 

Now, I suppose I could import Nausicaä and Cagliostro from Japan (since both countries are Region A) but who knows if English dubs and/or English subtitles are included?  Besides, I'd rather support the US releases. 



#2 of 3 OFFLINE   cafink

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Posted August 19 2010 - 08:56 AM

Amazon Japan's listing says under "format" that it is "dubbed" and "subtitled."  CD Japan explicitly mentions both an English audio track and English subtitles.  Since, as you mention, Japan is in the same Blu-ray region as the USA, it sounds like this should be an English-friendly release, though it doesn't have a very import-friendly price.


 

 


#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted August 21 2010 - 04:02 PM



Originally Posted by cafink 

Amazon Japan's listing says under "format" that it is "dubbed" and "subtitled."  CD Japan explicitly mentions both an English audio track and English subtitles.  Since, as you mention, Japan is in the same Blu-ray region as the USA, it sounds like this should be an English-friendly release, though it doesn't have a very import-friendly price.


Which is why we won't be seeing it for a while. They will not risk canabalizing the Japanese release with a cheaper US import.