Akira: 2 Disc Edition (Anime)
The Masterpiece Returns! ; ; In 1988, the landmark Anime film Akira, by director Katsuhiro Otomo, defined the cutting edge of Anime around the world. By today's standards, Akira remains a landmark achievement in cel animation and retains the explosive impact of its highly detailed animation and its intensely violent saga of power and corruption. Pioneer Entertainment proudly presents this classic film, completely restored and digitally re-mastered. ; ; Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda's motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. The military captures Tetsuo and conducts experiments on him that unleash his latent psychic ability, but when these new powers rage out of control, Tetsuo lashes out at the world that has oppressed him!
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.
The Cat Returns (Studio Ghibli Collection)
From Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, the creators of the Oscar-winning Spirited Away (Best Animated Feature Film 2002) comes the visually stunning The Cat Returns! Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world and her destiny is uncertain. To change her fate, she'll need to learn to believe in herself and appreciate her everyday life...
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.
Howl's Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli Collection) (1 Disc)
Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, Japan's premier animator and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, takes viewers on an amazing animated adventure that celebrates the power of love to transform and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Sophie, an ordinarily average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl and is subsequently turned into a 90 year old woman by the vain and conniving Wicked Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible odyssey to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle where she becomes acquainted with Markl, Howl's apprentice, and a hot-headed fire demon named Calcifer. Sophie's love and support comes to have a major impact on Howl, who flies in the face of orders from the palace to become a pawn of war and instead risks his life to help bring peace to the kingdom... Extraordinary characters, inventive imagery and stunning hand-drawn cel frame artistry make this latest masterpiece from the visionary Miyazaki an unforgettable experience!
Kiki's Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli Collection)
Rarely does a film touch so many hearts or reach such artistic heights as the enchanting and highly acclaimed animated adventure, Kiki's Delivery Service...a story of magic, wonder and discovery you'll long remember and cherish. It's easy to fall in love with Kiki, a gentle and kind-hearted young witch who soars away on her broomstick to practice witchcraft for a year, as tradition calls for. Along with her wisecracking black cat Jiji, Kiki settles in a picturesque seaside town and starts a high-flying delivery service. Here begins her magical encounter with independence and responsibility, making lifelong friends and sharing in an extraordinary adventure with a boy named Tombo as she finds her place in the world. Breathtaking animation with exquisite attention to detail bursts into a stunning feast for the eyes in this imaginative full-length feature. From creator Hayao Miyazaki, hailed as one of today's greatest animators, Kiki's Delivery Service transcends all age barriers to delight everyone in your family.
Laputa - Castle In The Sky (Studio Ghibli Collection)
The magic touch of master animator Hayao Miyazaki is visible from start to finish in Laputa: Castle In the Sky, an imaginative tale full of mystery and adventure. The high-flying journey begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, wearing a glowing pendant. Together, they discover both are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around her neck. Their quest won't be easy, however. There are sky pirates, secret agents and monumental obstacles stopping them from discovering the truth - and each other. However, Laputa is more than it appears, and some seek to use it for evil. Laputa: Castle In the Sky continues Hayao Miyazaki's obsession with air travel, featuring some truly remarkable designs, especially for the floating fortress Laputa itself. It is said that he based a lot of the environments on rural Wales, following his time spent there during the miner's strikes.
My Neighbour Totoro (Studio Ghibli Collection)
Hayao Miyazaki had been cradling the idea for this wonderful fantasy for a long time before he finally decided to write and direct it. Set in rural Japan during the 1950s, My Neighbour Totoro is full of the magical touches that Miyazaki has become famous for. Tatsuo Kusakabe and his two daughters, Mei and Satsuki, have moved to the country to be near their ailing mother who resides at a local hospital. As the girls explore their surroundings, the younger sibling, Mei, believes that the forest is inhabited by magical creatures, much to the amusement of her father and sister. However, one day Mei gets lost in the forest and discovers a group of Totoros - protectors of the forest. Eventually Mei convinces Satsuki to come with her and the three have a series of wonderful adventures together, as their mother begins to recuperate. Hayao Miyazaki's imagination is simply incredible and My Neighbour Totoro perfectly displays his talent to create stories and characters that you really care about. Aside from the variously sized Totoros there is the magnificently surreal 'Catbus' to contend with too! Also, you get a first look at the 'dust bunnies' - later seen in Spirited Away!
Spirited Away (1 Disc) (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...
Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli Collection)
Take flight with Porco Rosso. From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial manoeuvres, this action-adventure from the world-renowned animator, Hayao Miyazaki, is full of humour, courage and chivalry. When 'Marco' - whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell - infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a renowned pilot with aspirations of Hollywood, to down him in aerial combat. On the ground, the two pilots compete for the affections of the beauty of the Adriatic, Gina. But it is in the air where the true battles are waged. Will our hero be victorious? This is one of Miyazaki's most striking works. With a beautiful score from long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi, and incredible dog-fighting action, Porco Rosso is one of those rare animated films that truly transcends the medium; particularly with the much-feted Cloud prairie scene.