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Nausicaa.net's "Subtitled Mononoke" E-mail Poll

Nausicaa.net has learned that the upcoming Princess Mononoke DVD, to be released in North America on August 29, 2000, will not include the original Japanese language track.

Buena Vista says...

Our source in Buena Vista Home Entertainment informed us that this is at the request of the Japanese office of Buena Vista. The Japanese office is concerned that a foreign-released DVD containing the Japanese language track will allow for the importation of such a DVD to Japan, which could seriously hurt the local sales of a future release of the Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) DVD in the Japanese market. The Japanese office does not think the region-encoding feature of DVD will significantly alleviate this importation problem.

We have been informed that, if there is sufficient interest, Buena Vista might release the sell-through Princess Mononoke VHS in both an English-dubbed version and a widescreen version in Japanese with English subtitles (as they did with Kiki's Delivery Service).

E-mail Poll

We were scheduled to have a private, informal gathering on Friday, June 30, 2000, with a Buena Vista representative who is involved in the video release of Princess Mononoke. In advance of this meeting, on Tuesday, June 27, 2000 we launched an E-mail poll to see how many people were interested in a release, either in the VHS or DVD format, of Princess Mononoke in the original Japanese with English subtitles. With help from word-of-mouth referral by fans, we received more than 1000 E-mails that had arrived by 11pm PDT on June 28, 2000 (a further 500 arrived after that date and were not included), and we have presented all these E-mails to the representative.


We have also presented a cover letter that summarized the additional comments we received in many of the E-mails about the video release. Here are some of the points raised in the cover letter:


We want to thank all the fans who voiced their opinions. We also want to thank the Buena Vista representative for being willing to listen to the fans' voices.


Now that the poll has ended, what can I do now to make my voice heard?

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