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Wind Rises (Collector's Edition) - Double Play [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Toshio Suzuki
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K1FGUMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,678 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hayao Miyazaki writes and directs this Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli. As a young boy, the bespectacled Jiro Horikoshi (voice of Hideaki Anno) dreams of flying a plane but when he learns he will be unable to become a pilot due to his poor eyesight, he instead decides to be an aircraft designer. On September 1st 1923 Jiro is travelling by train when the Great Kanto earthquake strikes. He assists fellow passenger Naoko (Miori Takimoto) and her maid who suffers an injury. He doesn't meet Naoko again till many years later after he has graduated university and has worked on various designing jobs, without finding much success. The two fall for each other and become engaged but Naoko is suffering from tuberculosis. While they try to enjoy the time they have together Jiro continues to work on designing his first successful plane.

Extras:
• Feature Storyboards
• TV Spots
• Trailers
• Press Conference for the Announcement of the Completion of the Film
• 5 exclusive postcards

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
This, it is said, is the last Miyazaki film. He has been such an exceptional, individual and magical film-maker that the great hope was that this film would not disappoint. It absolutely does not. It is the story of Jiri Horishoki, designer of the Japanese Zero fighter, his early genius as a designer, his utter dedication to the work and his final success in building an outstanding and iconic plane. It is not, however, at all a film which glorifies war and the use to which the plane is put. Horikoshi is fascinated by design, flight, the wind, man's aspiration to be airborne, and the film taps into those in a lyrical, sometimes dream-like way (indeed, there are actual dream sequences). Structurally, it is somewhat episodic, but that does not matter ; there is always a feeling that this is about something 'bigger' and more fundamental than a literal story of the man's life and theplane itself. Parallel with Hirokoshi's work is his relationship with Naoko, a girl he rescues from the Tokyo earthquake, and this is a sad story ultmately, providing a really moving but characteristically strange - and the better for it - ending. I can understand why some reviewers found this element in the film sentimental, but it worked for me. Visually, from its first moment to its last, the film is beautiful beyond words, and its beauty is underpinned by a very strong musical score. There is, in the end, no disappointment here, only the stamp of a unique master at work.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MyKeyReviews TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Length: 2:24 Mins
I tried to keep my expectations as neutral as possible, the last thing I wanted to happen was not enjoying the movie because I had over-hyped it. It was a pretty hard thing to do as I'm a big Ghibli fan.

When it comes to the animation I just couldn't keep my eye's off the TV screen; the animation was utterly beautiful and the music composed by Joe Hisaishi really kept me in awe all the way through the film.

Although story wise it isn't the best Ghibli film out there, the story was still very enjoyable, it delivers a variety of emotions from happy to sad but also has some pretty funny moments too.

I honestly would recommend this film, mainly on Blu-Ray so you can truly appreciate how stunning this film is.

♦ EXTRA INFO ♦

Versions Available: DVD | Blu-ray + DVD (Standard Edition) | Blu-ray + DVD (Collector's Edition).

I bought both the normal DVD version & the collectors DVD/Blu-Ray combo because I like collecting both versions for some reason...

Anyway, the DVD version only has 'Feature Storyboards' & 'Trailers and TV Spots', whereas the Blu-Ray version has both of these with an additional 'Announcement of the Completion of the Film' special feature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Drewford on 7 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I LOVE this. true it doesn't have wolves and dragons or ghosts or phantoms or Cat Buses. What it does have though is the quintessential proof that Mayao can tell a story - and tell it beautifully. This is a fairly simple tale but it flows along at an even pace. I did ask myself "why do this as an animation rather than live action?" and the answer is obvious - Proves what a wonderful animator he is. The characters are utterly convincing. It is so seamlessly flawless that it is easy to forget just how difficult it is to make a 2D drawing come to life an be convincing. The pictures are sublime, a total treat for the eyes.

Do yourself a favour and buy this, just to give yourself a total escape for a few hours.

Goodbye, we will miss you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 9 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
A sweeping animation epic which is beautifully filmed,a real treat for the eyes.This tells the story of Jiro,an architect who drsigned the fighter planes for world war2.This dosen't exactly charge along pace wise,but it has plenty of charm,quite funny in places & is tinged with sadness.It's actually quite refreshing to get away from computer animation,which is all we seem to get these days for major releases.
Brilliant film & a fitting swan song.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hill-Turner on 23 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
THIS REVIEW IS FROM MY BLOG: [...]

To call a movie released in May "film of the year" is a somewhat risky move. However, given that The Wind Rises currently sits as my favourite movie of the ten-nies (?), it's a fair assumption. Make no mistake, The Wind Rises is a masterpiece. A movie that comes along once every five years (or so) that changes the way we look at movies and, well, life in general. It takes a lot to achieve that level of power and majesty. As it turns out, it takes Hayao Miyazaki...

The Wind Rises is a highly fictionalised tribute to the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Miyazaki also draws heavily from the works of Tatsuo Hori, whose prose inspired the title and serves as a prelude to the story. Along the way, Jiro experiences the Kanto earthquake, economic depression, the tuberculosis epidemic, the breakout of WW2 and the tragic reality of first love. So, no lovable woodland creatures this time...

The first thing I must mention is that fans of Miyazaki's earlier work may be put off by the serious, meditative tone he brings to his final film. When soot gremlins hit the fan, they hit it hard. Thankfully, Miyazaki has lost none of the awe and wonderment that makes his work stand out. He is perhaps the only director alive today who could make you delight in the curvature of a fish bone or emotionally invest in a vehicle (take note Cars, just don't come back).

This sense of majesty is mirrored in Joe Hisaishi truly breathtaking score. Hisaishi perfectly captures Jiro's childlike energy, as well as complementing the dramatic moments with virtuoso skill. His score, along with Miyazaki's ever-stunning imagery create a superb blend of solemnity and playfulness.
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