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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [DVD]

Hayao Miyazaki    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Isao Takahata
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVNH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Classic Japanese anime feature, set in a distant future after human civilisation has been wiped out in a global war known as the 'Seven Days of Fire'. In the isolated Valley of the Wind, Princess Nausicaa rules over a small group of survivors, the valley bordered on all sides by a toxic jungle guarded by monstrous insect creatures. This equilibrium is about to be disturbed though, as a new struggle for earthly domination threatens to unfold.

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Anime you'll see 7 Sep 2006
Channel four recently put a Studio Ghibli film into its 100 films to see before you die, and it was Princess Mononoke, which is a great film, but in my opinion this is the film that should be there instead. Credited as a Studio Ghibli film is was not made by Ghibli, but by the people who would eventually become Ghibli when they made the second film, Laputa. First seen in the west as a butchered film called Warriors of the Winds, it sank beneath the waves until the recent interest in Ghibli with the release of Spirited Away and it was released in an uncut form with new voice talent. It is based on a Manga that Miyzaki had been writing for 13 years until he bought it to the screen.

It shows a world devastated by mans folly 1000 years before in a war in which burnt the world. Survivors now live in isolated communities seperated by the Sea of Decay, a poisonous forest inhabited by giant insects, chief of which are the Ohmu. Nausicaa is a Princess who lives in The Valley of the Winds. A peaceful place until it is shattered by a aircraft from the warlike people of Tolmekia, which crashes into there valley. Closely followed by a resuce party from Tolmekia it is discovered that the crash ship carries a weapon left over from the old world, with which the Tolmekians plan to destroy the Sea of Decay and reclaim the earth for man. Needless to say it goes a little pear-shaped.

The film, despite being made in 1984, is beautfully drawn and is superior to anything that Disney produced at the time. Its plot could be confusing to younger children, but the action keeps flowing and the storyline is intelligent to keep the adults engrossed. A great film for both young and old alike, as it show that animation is not just for children.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best animation I have ever seen. 29 Dec 2005
I love anime films. Especially Studio Ghibli films. Tending to be a bit drawn towards the more cutesy stuff, I was originally put off Nausicaa, until I had watched most of the others. Thankfully, I finally bought it the other day.
I have to say...this is probably the best film I have ever seen. There is a lot of violence and stuff similar to Princess Mononoke, but this is perfectly balanced by grace and beauty in form of Princess Nausicaa. From the very beginning I was really impressed (especially as she has a cute little sidekick).
This film is really emotional as well as being insanely capturing. Because it was originally released in 1984, the music is quite techno and amusing, but this doesn't really affect the quality of the movie.
I was absolutely taken with this film, and if you enjoy any anime's and animations at all, especially Studio Ghibli, I recommend this.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Mercian
Whilst not a genuine Studio Ghibli film (it was made before the company was formed and it was this film that led to the formation of Ghibli) this is certainly one of Miyazaki's best.
Although made in 1984, Nausicaa's animation is top notch (although understandably it does seem a litle dated when compared to the likes of Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle) and the storyline engrossing, exciting and magical.
There is certainly a lot more action in this film than in any of the later Ghibli movies. This includes tank and plane battles and a horde of 'Ohmu' laying waste to various cities. All of this is shown tastefully and never goes over the top.
Musically, the film does show its age as the soundtrack is comprised of a lot of 80's electronica. However, the composer was Joe Hisaishi, the man responsible for the composition of many other Ghibli soundtracks including Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle as well as great non-Ghibli anime such as The Venus Wars. Fans should probably check out the Nausicaa soundtrack if they haven't already!
I would probably put this as my favourite Miyazaki film with Spirited Away a very close second. It is certainly more enjoyable than the, at times ponderous Princess Mononoke.
Whether you are an anime fan, a Miyazaki fan or just a lover of good films the Nausicaa is a film that you should not be without. It is truly an amazing achievement in every sense of the word.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, beautiful, moving and profound 16 Mar 2007
This film is technically a "pre-Ghibli" work: Ghibli as such didn't exist when it was made. You can, however, clearly see where Miyazaki's style and preoccupations came from. I am a part-time science-fiction fan, and it has always saddened me to see that while reams of intelligent SF are published (consider "Grass", "The Sirens of Titan", "A Fire Upon The Deep", "A Requiem for Homo Sapiens", "The Cyberiad", Cordwainer Smith and many more) Hollywood generally takes the line that SF on the screen either means Star Wars (lots of whizzy spaceships, weird aliens and battles) or Alien (horrible monsters picking people off one by one.) Both of those are good films, but they have been far too much imitated because of their success, and the other things that written SF has to offer never seem to have made it to the cinema. "Nausicaä", however, is an exception. It is a film which, like a good SF story, always has something to reveal, introduces you to a well-designed and fascinating world, and plays out through the actions of properly-developed characters. If you want to see space battles and mindless action, or people being horribly murdered by alien creatures, this is not the film for you, but if you'd like to see some SF written for the heart and the mind instead of just the senses, I can't recommend it too highly--except to say that "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" may be even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Hense the date of the movie being made,the quality is great.The story is fantastic,similar to every anime.worth watching,worth spending money
Published 23 days ago by A.A
5.0 out of 5 stars its Hayao Miyazaki enough said
a great story about how humans can damage the earth and yet nature always trys to fix our mistakes if we let it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love Nausicaa. It was a great film. And, strangly, it has been my sons favourite film as well...and he is 3! Read more
Published 2 months ago by MummyAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great story, though not as elaborated as "How'l moving castle" or "Spirited away". A story of trust, honor and love.
Published 3 months ago by ALEKSEJS TRUHANS
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
Bought this in 2010, it is part of my DVD library, it never gets the loft treatment. Nice story plot, unusual for a westerner like me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sabrina Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend as she is a huge ghibli fan, its one of mine and hers favorite ghibli films :D
Published 3 months ago by Caleb O'Brien
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Published 3 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic sci-fi movie about trust, war, greed, and love
After his first film that was Lupin the 3rd movie, 1984 Miyazaki san decided to go even further with a production of a new idea of a movie and it became an instant worldwide... Read more
Published 5 months ago by worldofcinema
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
Hayao Miyazaki does a breathless job at portraying the lives of the characters in this film and the world they inhabit. Its a must see like any other Studio Ghibli film. Read more
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