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Nausicaa out on Blu-ray

Japan’s most prestigious animation studio has released  one from their vault in Blu-ray .  Studio Ghibli the production company that made the Academy Award winner Spirited Away and the recent kid favorite Ponyo delivers exciting family friendly films that inspire and entertain.



Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was initially released several years ago in the DVD format and gets a makeover with the magic of Blu-ray.  The film takes on a more vivid look and makes the presentation of Studio Ghibli’s founder Hayao Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece even more exciting.

The film tells the story of the courageous Princess Nausicaa who in an epic struggle sets out to restore order in a kingdom that has been devastated due to global war.  Miyazaki who is the master behind Spirited Away and other animated features dazzles the senses with amazingly different characters and creatures.  Mature children as well as adults should be easily caught up in the exciting storyline.

The Blu-ray disc features The World of Ghibli where you can visit Nausicaa’s world in an enchanted interactive experience; Behind the Studio includes an interview with the master Hayao Miyazaki; Enter the Lands explores the many worlds of Studio Ghibli and much more.  A special bonus on both the Blu-ray and DVD is The Birth Story of Studio Ghibli featurette.

The film is rated PG, a must see for mature children and a great addition to an animation collection. The film features the voice cast of Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Gattaca) Shia LeBeouf (Tranformers, Surf’s Up) and Patrick Stewart (Gnomeo & Juliet, Bambi II, Chicken Little)

Aced Reviewer Rating: (B)





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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com