US fans of Studio Ghibli rejoice! Walter Disney HE announced to finally bring Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to North America on Blu-ray Disc on March 8, 2011.
The 1984 masterpiece is already available on Blu-ray Disc in Japan, UK and Australia. While latter ones are locked to Region B (confirmed for the UK disc, but I bet Madman will use the same for their Australian release), the amazing Japanese release is region free but could put many fans off because of its high price. So the upcoming US Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack with the following features and temporary specs should please most region A buyers. Hopefully Disney will add a losless Japanese audio track this time…
* The World of Ghibli? Visit Nausicaa’s world in this enchanted interactive experience
* Behind the Studio: Discover the film’s fantastic origins in this fascinating documentary, including an interview with Hayao Miyazaki.
* Enter the Lands: Explore the many worlds of Studio Ghibli
* Studio Ghibli Trivia Challenge: Test your Knowledge
* Original Japanese Storyboards
* Behind the Microphone: With A-list voice talent
* The Birth Story of Studio Ghibli
* Original TV Trailers
* 1080p High Definition/1.85:1; DVD: 1.85:1
Blu-ray Disc: English, French and Japanese
DVD: English, French and Japanese
Preorder Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack from Amazon.com
[Thanks to Priscilla & W0m6at!]