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Spirited Away (2 Discs) (Studio Ghibli Collection)
From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin and the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Film and the highest grossing film in Japanese cinema history. Hayao Miyazaki's latest triumph, filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure, is a dazzling masterpiece for all ages. A fantasy adventure film unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious, headstrong, 10 year-old girl, who believes the entire universe should submit to her every whim. Whilst en-route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble on a mysterious cul-de-sac. Unwittingly they have strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings, ruled over by a demonic sorceress Yubaba. Finding an ally in the enigmatic Haku, he explains that in order to fight annihilation, to survive this strange and perilous new world, Chihiro must make herself useful, she must work. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her humanity, her reason, her memories, even her name... This deluxe 2-disc set overflows with outstanding bonus features, including the Japanese television special about the making of the film, and a storyboard-to-finished scene comparison. The English language version on this disc is executive produced by Toy Story director John Lasseter and features the voices of Daveleigh Chase (Lilo and Stitch, The Ring), Michael Chiklis ('The Shield') and Lauren Holly (What Women Want). Spirited Away is a spectacular DVD the whole family will want to experience over and over again!
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (Studio Ghibli Collection)
From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation, and the creator of the Oscar-winning Spirited Away comes Hayao Miyazaki's epic ecological masterpiece! A thousand years after a global war, a seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of only a few areas still populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called Ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausicaa and her brave companions, together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the Earth... Hayao Miyazaki gained widespread attention in Japan for his complex ecological manga series, Nausica� of the Valley of the Wind, which he adapted for the screen two years later. Miyazaki began to explore elements he would develop more fully in his later films: daring, compassionate heroines; exciting flying sequences; colourful side characters; strong interpersonal relationships; and a call for an ecologically sustainable way of life.
Kirikou And The Sorceress (BFI)
Based on a traditional West African folk tale, the film tells the story of the 10cm Kirikou, a small boy who delivers himself from his mother's womb to emerge walking and talking. Kirkou undertakes a perilous journey in order to discover the secret of the evil sorceress, who has cursed his village, eating up the men folk and drying up the spring.
Tales From Earthsea (Studio Ghibli Collection) (2 Discs)
Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's 'fears' against the very one who would help him, Ged.
Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
It was a time of tyrants: the only way to uphold the truth was to break the law. He fought for the good of all men and for the love of just one woman. Kevin Costner brings the epic hero Robin Hood to life in a film filled with pageantry, intrigue, action and romance. With an outstanding cast, record-breaking theme song and film production on a sweeping scale, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves has become a legend in its own right.