Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Collection Coming to Amazon in the Fall
Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed figures in the history of animation, directing films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away that stand as great works of cinema regardless of the format. Unfortunately, while the Studio Ghibli co-founder enjoys a significant international profile, it hasn’t always been easy to find some of his less celebrated works in North America.
That’s about to change thanks to a new Blu-Ray box set coming to Amazon in the fall. The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki includes all eleven of the director’s feature length films, a list that begins with 1979’s Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro and ends with 2013’s The Wind Rises. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo round out the intervening years.
The box set also contains some more obscure bonus treasures to lure the hardcore Miyazaki completionist, including Miyazaki’s uncut (and premature) retirement press conference and The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki, a book by Tomohiro Machiyama that examines Miyazaki’s themes and techniques and features production notes from each of Miyazaki’s films. That’s in addition to Episodes 26, 27, and 41 of the 1972 anime series Akado Suzunosuk (Little Samurai), for which Miyazaki did the storyboards, as well as Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun), a 1972 television pilot that was directed, storyboarded and animated by Hayao Miyazaki. (The anime is based on a Tetsuya Chiba manga.)
The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki is being distributed by Disney and will be available exclusively through Amazon on November 17. It’s unclear how much the collection will cost (best guess: a lot), but there’s no denying the quality of the films and it’s a great way to introduce new audiences to the works of one of the brightest creative minds in cinema.
It helps that the box set and the book both look fantastic, so the compilation should even make a fine gift for the Miyazaki fanatic who already has it all. I know I’m looking forward to revisiting some of his films (as well as watching a few that I still haven’t seen), and it’s nice to know that they’ll all soon be available in one convenient package. I’ll finally be able to replace my copy of Nausicaä that went missing. Now I just have to figure out who I lent it to in the first place.