Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ Returns To Theaters In December
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One of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki‘s many Studio Ghibli animated classics, Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi), which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, is set to return to theaters soon.

It’s been announced that the film will be returning to cinemas in celebration of its 15th anniversary. There will be two screenings. The first is on December 4th, and that one will be the English dubbed version. The second is on December 5th, and will be the original Japanese version with English subtitles. Both will also include a short film that’s never been released in North America.

You can find all the info on the screenings below.

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Blu-ray Review: Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
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Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed and Written by Hayao Miyazaki
English Voice Cast: Daveigh Chase, Lauren Holly, Michael Chiklis, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Mardsen
Disney Presents Studio Ghibli
Rated PG | 125 Minutes
Release Date: June 16, 2015

I’ve long been a fan of Disney films. They have a ridiculously spectacular track record, both in quality and sales. So why then would Disney reach out to a Japanese creator for access to that director’s catalog of animated works? Well, when that person happens to be Hayao Miyazaki it all becomes clear. Arguably the greatest animator to ever breathe, he has been celebrated the world over. And one work of his stands out even among the masterpieces he has brought to life. I speak, of course, of Spirited Away. Not only did it win the 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Film, it is the highest grossing film in Japanese history. Intrigued yet? Of course you are, so read on.

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Manga Review: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind
Story and Illustrations by Hayao Miyazaki
Translation by David Lewis & Toren Smith
Lettering & Retouch by Tom Orzechowski
Viz Media
Release Date: November 6, 2012 (Hardcover, Box Set)

Tackling a review of the manga version of Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind is an ambitious undertaking for any writer, but especially this one, given my love of Hayao Miyazaki‘s entire catalogue, especially his lesser-known efforts as a mangaka. The manga’s storyline is a lot more complex than that presented in the feature-length film version. The characters are deeper and Miyazaki is allowed to give full rein to the themes that are a constant in all of his films.

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Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases: Blackhat, The Wire, Apollo 13, Hayao Miyazaki

This week’s edition of The Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases is pretty like every week’s edition – a hearty roundup of home video release announcements for titles both vintage and recent. From outer space to the streets of Baltimore, from Miyazaki to Mann, there’s bound to be something of interest to you. So dig in and don’t forget to wear a bib.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.

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‘The Kingdom Of Dreams and Madness’ Trailer: Behind The Scenes Of Hayao Miyazaki’s Final Film
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Fans of the many great animated features to come out of Japan’s fabled Studio Ghibli are never happy to hear that the man behind the curtain, the master himself, Hayao Miyazaki, is retiring from making feature films. It’s something he has said in the past many times, but this time, with the release of his final film The Wind Rises having come and gone, it appears to be for real.

As depressing as all of that is, it turns out that filmmaker Mami Sunada was given unheard of access to Studio Ghibli to document how things work there and show Miyazaki, the writer and director of Castle in the Sky, My Friend Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and more, in his final days working as a filmmaker.

The result is a documentary titled The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and you can watch a trailer for the movie below. Think of it like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, but following a master filmmaker instead of a master sushi chef.

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