Celebrated animator, writer, and director Hayao Miyazaki is kind of, sort of retired – even if he’s working on his first computer-generated short film – so you can feel pretty secure with your current Studio Ghibli Blu-ray collection. However, if you’re either a huge Miyazaki fan who needs to have everything associated with the Oscar-winning director or are just starting out your collection, then you’ll be happy to know “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki” will be available exclusively to Amazon this November 17th. If you’re not familiar with the legend’s work, watch the video montage tribute below:
(Note: This video is from the Australian release of the Miyazaki collection that was made available earlier this year.)
As Nerdist reports, “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki” contains each of the his eleven feature films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, 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, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. Those movies are great to have in and of themselves, but this collection’s bonus items make it all the more worthwhile:
- Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun) — a 1972 television pilot based on a manga by Tetsuya Chiba that was directed, storyboarded and animated by Hayao Miyazaki.
- Episodes 26, 27, and 41 of the 1972 anime series Akado Suzunosuk (Little Samurai), featuring storyboards by the filmmaker.
- Uncut version of Miyazaki’s Retirement Press Conference
- A book featuring The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki by Tomohiro Machiyama, which “explores the themes and techniques of this revered Japanese filmmaker, and selected text from Hayao Miyazaki’s initial notes and creative proposals for the production of each film.”
Again, Disney will make this impressive collection available in the U.S. on Amazon this November 17th, though no price point has been set just yet. Check out an image of the Blu-ray collection below: