July 2003

July 30, 2003 Miyazaki Media Mentions
Several Miyazaki-related notes rolled into one news item:

Andrea Baricordi wrote in to inform us that Kappa Edizioni is publishing in Italian the novels behind three of Miyazaki's films: "Kiki's Delivery Service", "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Spirited Away". The "Spirited Away" novel (Sachiko Kashiwaba's "Kiri no Muko no Fushigina Machi" or "The mysterious town behind the fog" or "Il misterioso paese oltre la
nebbia") is not a direct source for the film but is considered an inspiration.

Douglas Goldstein wrote in, "in our latest issue of Anime Insider, we wrote a feature profiling and reviewing all of Miyazaki's films." Look for it at larger bookstores or your local comic book store.

Oliver Coombes mentioned on the MML that the August's issue of the British film
magazine "Sight & Sound" contains a review of "Castle of
" and a letter to the editor "taking the magazine to task for its blind spot as regards 'Japan's number-one director'".

July 25, 2003 "Nausicaa" R2 DVD Preorders
Preorders for the "Nausicaa" DVD have begun (the November 19 release date mentioned in the previous news item proved to be correct). Your favorite importer is probably running a special, as are CD Japan and Amazon Japan.

Details availiable at the links above or at our Video Release page.

Thanks to Diane Tessaglia-Hymes for informing the MML.

July 19, 2003 Preliminary "Nausicaa" DVD Details
From http://www.neotokyo.de/ via this translation on AnimeonDVD:

Dear customers,

On November 19th Nausicaš will finally be released on DVD in Japan! And not enough it will come in three different versions. For all who won't miss the Studio Ghibli event of a live pre-orders are recommended.

Nausicaš Regular Edition DVD
2 DVDs, anamorphic Widescreen, English subtitles, Firstpress with Softcase

Nausicaš Figure Set DVD
2 DVDs, anamorphic Widescreen, English subtitles, Nausicaš figure. limited on 50,000 copies

Nausicaš DVD Collectors Box
2 DVDs, anamorphic Widescreen, English subtitles, figure, framed picture "Ohmu" real model.
Reservation pressing only!

The details have not popped up at any other retailers and are subject to change.

July 17, 2003 "Spirited Away" Opening in Sweden and Chile
The film opens in both countries during September, but only Sweden has a confirmed date (September 19, 2003). The title is changed to "El Viaje de Chihiro" in Chile but remains "Spirited Away" in Sweden.

The distributor in Sweden is Triangelfilm, click on "Kommande filmer" (Coming Movies) for more information. The release appears to be limited to art house-type theaters.

A listing of opening dates around the world is located in the "Spirited Away" FAQ.

Thanks to Per Andersson and Carlos Hasan (via http://www.animeportal.cl/) for the news.

July 6, 2003 Nausicaa Arriving on R2 DVD This Fall
Pieter Foster noted that a flyer announcing a Winter 2003 (thanks to Clay for the correction) release for the "Nausicaa" DVD (¥4700, 2 DVDs) is included in the "The Cat Returns" DVD.

Flyer thumb

July 1, 2003 Updated: "Spirited Away" UK Premiere
The UK premiere for "Spirited Away" takes place during the 23rd Cambridge Film Festial on July 10 at 8:30am. Details about the festival and screening on this page (which only shows a screening on July 11).

The first screening is Japanese audio/English subtitles and the second screening uses the US dub.

Thanks to John Burnham for the news.