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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind Region 2 (Japan)(Anime) DVD review

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    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" BGCOLOR="CC0033" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD><TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></TD></TR></TABLE><TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="CC0033" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="33%"><TD><TD WIDTH="34%" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed January 2004 by Mark Haywood.</TD><TD WIDTH="33%" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfWindR2.jpg" ALT="NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND" ALIGN="RIGHT"><TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><B>NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984)<B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ANIMATION">ANIMATION</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA">DRAMA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=SCI-FI">SCI-FI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=FANTASY">FANTASY</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=HAYAO MIYAZAKI">HAYAO MIYAZAKI</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SUMI SHIMAMOTO">SUMI SHIMAMOTO</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MAHITO TSUJIMURA">MAHITO TSUJIMURA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HISAKO KYODA">HISAKO KYODA</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65"><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>2</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">(JAPAN)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">Studio Ghibli. Released Wednesday 19th November 2003</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Price</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">Y4800</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">2</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">116 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 9px">25</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Japanese DD 2.0</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">English</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 9px">Audio Commentary<BR>Storyboard<BR>Movie/Storyboard branching</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind is set some one thousand years after the collapse of industrial civilisation and humans have almost destroyed the Earth during an apocalyptic war known as the “Seven Days Of Fire”. The story revolves around the adventures of a young Princess, named Nausicaa, whose home (Valley of the Wind) sits perilously close to the Sea of Decay - a huge toxic swamp that covers the Earth. When her home village is attacked by the Tolmerians in an attempt to gain world power it becomes Nausicaa’s task to prevent the annihilation of the Earth itself.</p><p>If you like stories to be grand in scale and don’t mind the odd clichéd character then I’m sure you will enjoy Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind. Moral issues are tackled head on – abuse our planet and we only harm ourselves seems to be the overriding message. I think it is fitting that Nausicaa is a young girl whose only real power is her empathy with nature’s creatures. We are given an early insight into our heroine’s character when she manages to swiftly calm an angry Ohm (a huge multi-eyed slug like insect) and again, when she is bitten on the finger by a young fox squirrel; Nausicaa doesn’t react quite as expected, but appreciates that the small creature’s behaviour is motivated by fear and quickly wins the animal’s trust. I can see why this title is regarded as a modern classic – it is multi-layered and would probably require multiple viewings to fully appreciate. Look beneath the cutesy animation and there are real issues being addressed and although it’s a little too clichéd for my taste I do appreciate why Hayao Miyazaki’s - Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind is held in such high regard.</p> </TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>The picture here is rich in colour with no bleed at all and there is very little grain of note. It is a little flat and two-dimensional looking, but this only adds to its charm and is never really distracting – this is anime, after all – and the fact that the movie dates from 1984 means what we have here is nothing short of remarkable. It can never hope to compete with the likes of Disney’s A Bug’s Life, but one would never expect it to – this is old school, by comparison, drawn with a deft touch before computer-led graphics imagery ruled the world of animation.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfWind_1.JPG" ALT="NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>3</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>The audio track included is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono affair that will in no way test the abilities of your home cinema amp or speakers. It seems a stereo track was being developed, but the powers-that-be decided that the mono track sounded better! So, there are two choices – Japanese audio without subtitles or Japanese audio with Japanese or English subtitles. It is a shame that the commentary included is not subtitled, though; so unless you can understand Japanese you will miss out on the many insights that I suspect are included regarding the making of this classic title. It is also a fact that there is some background hiss, especially if you attempt to listen at anywhere near reference levels. But such volumes aren’t necessary here and the mono recording at least gave me the opportunity of playing with my amp’s settings to see what could be achieved with its DSP settings.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfWind_2.JPG" ALT="NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>5</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p>I’m sure I would have scored the extras higher had the audio commentary had English subtitles. Having said that I’m also sure that I would have scored them lower, but for the fact of a rather natty feature; the movie is included a second time on disc two (minus subtitles) where it is possible, by pressing the “Angle” button on your remote control to branch between the storyboard animation and the final version of the film. I have never encountered this feature before and the fact that the DVD cover and menus are in Japanese means I rather stumbled into it here! I found it well worth watching the transition from sketch to finished animation.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfWind_3.JPG" ALT="NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="CC0033"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white"><B>6</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="750" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 11px'><p> Hayao Miyazaki’s anime title is given a worthy DVD release, which looks good and comes packaged in a two disc hinged amaray with a zipped nylon outer case. Why? I have no idea, but I’m sure it will appeal to those who like their DVDs to look different!</p><p>A good storyline and some classic animation can’t hide the fact that this title will, I suspect, appeal to different people in vastly different ways. Anime enthusiasts will be more than happy to own this release of Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind, whilst those new to the genre may be left wondering what all the fuss is about. For me there is no escaping that a DD5.1 audio track would have transformed my movie experience – which, I guess, merely indicates just how spoilt I have become.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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