Disney to Release 'Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki' Blu-ray Set
posted on by Karen Ressler
Disney announced on Thursday that it will release "The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki" Blu-ray box set. In addition to Miyazaki's 11 feature films, the set will include a bonus disc with the 1972 television pilot film Yuki no Taiyō (Yuki's Sun), three episodes of the 1972-1973 series Akado Suzunosuke (Little Samurai), and a video of Miyazaki's retirement press conference.
The set will ship exclusively from Amazon on November 17. It will also include Tomohiro Machiyama's The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki book, which explores the films' themes and features early production notes from Miyazaki.
The main 11 discs have these feature films directed by Miyazaki:
- Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979, Miyazaki's first work in theaters)
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
- Laputa - Castle in the Sky (1986)
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
- Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
- Porco Rosso (1992)
- Princess Mononoke (1997)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
- Ponyo (2008)
- The Wind Rises (2013)
Hayao Miyazaki storyboarded and directed the five-minute pilot film Yuki no Taiyō entirely himself. He created this short for a proposed television series adaptation of Tetsuya Chiba's manga of the same name. The 76 theaters of Aeon Entertainment's chain screened this short with The Wind Rises in 2013, and the Japanese "Collected Works" box set was the first time the film was released on home video.
The disc includes Akado Suzunosuke episodes 26, 27, and 41. Miyazaki storyboarded these particular episodes. Isao Takahata was the acting chief director for the series.
The Japanese version of the box set, with the same video extras, shipped on Blu-ray and DVD on June 18, 2014. Madman Entertainment released the set on Blu-ray and DVD in Australia in April.
The Japanese set was also supposed to include the Chage and Aska animated music video, "On Your Mark," which Miyazaki conceived, wrote, and directed. The video was pulled after Chage was arrested for drug possession, but later shipped out on a bonus disc to customers who bought the sets.
"On Your Mark" is not listed on the Disney's Blu-ray box set.
Despite his retirement from feature films last year, Miyazaki continues working on a multitude of projects, such as a samurai manga for Model Graphix magazine, the Japanese cover for Westall's The Call and Other Stories, and short films, including a 10-minute CG-Animated short, for the Ghibli Museum.