Disney - Laputa: Castle in the Sky

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  1. Elak Swindell

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    I heard quite awhile ago that Disney had completed dubbing and cleaning up Hayao Miyazaki's excellent film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky. But, for reasons unknown, are unwilling to release it into the theaters, or even better, straight to DVD. Disney, why are you do this to Miyazaki fans like myself? We strongly desire his masterpieces on DVD, in remastered versions with excellent DD 5.1 or better soundtracks and the original Japanese dialog tracks as well. If there are supplemental materials available, definitely add them too. "Princess Mononoke" was a superb DVD and the widescreen subtitled edition of "Kiki's Delivery Service" on video is great, but it needs to be released on DVD a.s.a.p. Please Disney, be kind to the Miyazaki fans out here and stop holding out on releasing "Laputa". We are anxious to see all his works in the DVD format instead of low-grade VHS tapes. Thanks.
     
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    Amen.
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  3. Jeff Kleist

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    Well, first off, Disney has been sitting on completed Laputa for over 18 months. They have shown it at a few film festivals, but that's it.
    Word on the street is that we'll see Laputa and Kiki on DVD before next June, but since Laputa isn't out in Japan yet, they're having problems.
    We'll see if it works out
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    Yes, please release Laputa. I would like to see it myself AND purchase a copy for my two young nephews, both of whom were enthralled with Princess Mononoke and Kiki's Delivery Service. C'mon Disney!
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    I would purchase any and all Ghibli films brought to DVD. If I had the money, I'd just buy a region free player so I could get the Japanese 2-disc set of Kiki and all the rest and quit waiting for Disney to come down from on high and give us these films which are better than anything they've done since Walt's passing.
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  6. Jeff Kleist

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    Frankly, I think that's part of the reason why they're supressing the Ghibli catalog. They KNOW Hayao Miyazaki has more talent in his little finger then their entire writing staff, and if the general public catches on, their product may be eroded
    Why do you think they bought it in the first place?
     
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    Miyazaki is tops. American animation lovers, not just anime fans, need his work here and now. I think an online petition is in order.
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    Online petitions are a waste. Individual snail mail letters and phone calls would be far more effective.
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  9. Elak Swindell

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    Thanks for all your replies on this topic. I knew there would be a lot of Miyazaki fans who had similar feelings concerning this issue of Disney sitting on his film releases. I think a petition them would work if enough names were received. By the way, Adam, on-line petitions do work. Look how the HUGE one put together by several DVD sites months ago managed to make George Lucas get the Special Edition of Episode 1 on DVD worked out. It's going to be an awesome disc.
    If Disney is going to release "Kiki" on DVD, I would highly advise them to release the 2 disc Japanese version Brooke K. mentioned. I'd love to see and have that one, without the English dubbing. I heard the dubbed version on their cable channel recently and it was awful. Phil Hartman as Gigi the cat was a really, really bad choice. I adored his humor, but not a Gigi. It should have been someone with a high-pitched, feline-like voice instead.
     
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    Elak, the only version of Kiki I have heard is the English dub. It's the verison I fell in love with. I didn't have a single problem with Phil Hartman as Gigi.
    I would definately welcome the opportunity to hear the original on the DVD release we all hope is coming. But there is no reason to exclude the English dub track; give everyone a choice is what I always say! [​IMG]
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    Well, David, I'm all for choice of subtitle or dubbed, but once you hear the original voice of Gigi and the cast, the dubbed version just does not cut it. Phil Hartman was a great comedian and I really miss his humor, but as Gigi, his voice is completely out of tone for the character. It's way to deep and not at all feline. I would highly recommend you pick up a copy of the subtitled widescreen video released by Buena Vista. It's still available in most stores, especially Sun Coast Motion Picture Co. Other than Gigi, the dubbed version of "Kiki" is pretty good. "Akira" is the best though with "Princess Mononoke" second.
     
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    Unfortunately, the subtitled video has been discontinued [​IMG]
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    On the contrary, Elak. I have looked everywhere for that version and I've not found it. I recall seeing it once in Best Buy about a year before I discovered Miyazaki, and when I looked for it again it was gone. I've checked Suncoast and every other damn place I can think of. [​IMG]
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