Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru) is scheduled to be released on Blu-Ray this April 18. The 1993 made-for-television movie, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, is the final Studio Ghibli feature film to see a home video release in North America. This is also the first time this movie has been released on our shores in any format.
Interestingly enough, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has picked up the distribution, under license from GKIDS, and the film has been given a PG-13 rating. This is a bit excessive and overly cautious, in my opinion, but the important thing is that this movie will be available in its complete and uncut form at last.
In addition to the main film, a 40-minute documentary featuring the production staff reunion has been included. This bonus feature was originally included on the Japanese DVD and Blu-Ray discs, and it's terrific that we finally get the chance to have it here (with English subtitles, of course).
Best of all, Ghiblies Episode 2, the outstanding 2002 anthology short film directed by Yoshiyuki Momose (one of Studio Ghibli's great talents) will make its appearance as an added bonus. In Japan, this 30-minute short appeared as the opening slot of a double bill with The Cat Returns the Favor. I think it made more sense to put those two movies together on home video, but it's great to finally have Ghiblies in our collections.
Ocean Waves is presented in its original Japanese language with English subtitles. As expected, there is not enough audience in the US to support an English-language dub or wider theatrical release. I think the distributors are selling audiences short. Animation doesn't have to merely be "The Electric Babysitter," existing solely to pacify toddlers and sell cheap merchandise. More and better options are available. Oh, well, at least we have the home video release, which is no small shakes.
This is definitely a great movie that all Ghibli Freaks and animation fans should enjoy. This release is highly recommended.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HORUS, PRINCE OF THE SUN
Discotek Media announces the release of Blu-Ray, “Horus, Prince of the Sun.” (March 28, 2017, $29.95).
March 28, 2017 -- Horus, Prince of the Sun (Taiyou no Ouji Horusu no Daibouken), the directorial feature film debut of Isao Takahata (Academy Award Nominee, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), tells a tale of adventure in an ancient world. Four parties are caught in a web of deceit and survival: the hero who seeks to connect with his roots, the heroine who is torn between light and darkness, the villagers who feel caught in the middle, and the ice devil who schemes to destroy them all.
Vivid, visceral and violent, yet charged with kinetic energy, Horus introduced many stylistic innovations and legendary action sequences, establishing a new paradigm of Japanese animation. Unsuccessful in its original 1968 theatrical run, this film is today recognized as a trailblazing milestone in the history of anime.
Horus marks the first major collaboration between Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki (two-time Academy Award winner), a famed partnership that would continue across five decades, from Toei Doga to Studio Ghibli.
Now available in the US in high definition Blu-Ray, Discotek is proud to present this groundbreaking anime feature by the creators of Lupin the 3rd, Grave of the Fireflies, and Spirited Away.
Directed by Isao Takahata. Animation Direction by Yasuo Otsuka. Scene Design by Hayao Miyazaki. Key Animation by Yasuji Mori, Reiko Okuyama, Yoichi Kotabe. Musical Direction by Michiyo Mamiya. Screenplay by Kazuo Fukazawa.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New and improved English subtitle translation.
[NEW] Audio commentary by Daniel Thomas MacInnes, recorded exclusively for Blu-Ray.
Audio commentary by noted anime scholar Mike Toole.
Every Poet a Thief: Inspirations From Horus, a gallery of influences and themes quoted in the films of Studio Ghibli.
Hilda and Horus: Just Like Twins, an essay on the film’s main characters and their interconnecting tales of trauma and revenge.
Reiko Okuyama: A Tribute to a Legend, an essay by anime scholar Benjamin Ettinger on pioneering feminist and artist and Reiko Okuyama.
Message of Hope: A Conversation With Isao Takahata, a 2010 interview with Isao Takahata by film critic and Studio Ghibli scholar Peter van der Lugt.
Two 2008 video discussions with director Isao Takahata and key animator Yoichi Kotabe.
Production gallery, featuring publicity stills, movie posters and home video releases around the world
Theatrical trailer, with new and improved English language subtitles.
PLUS: Rare photographs of the film's creators: Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki, Yasuo Otsuka, Yasuji Mori, Reiko Okuyama, and Yoichi Kotabe.
TITLE: HORUS, PRINCE OF THE SUN
RELEASE DATE: TBA
2.35:1 ASPECT RATIO
JAPANESE AUDIO WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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