Discotek Media announces the release of DVD, Horus, Prince of the Sun.
Minneapolis, MN, November 17, 2014 -- Horus, Prince of The Sun (Taiyō no Ōji: Horusu no Daibōken), Isao Takahata's directorial feature film debut, stands as the most influential Japanese animated feature film ever made. Vivid, visceral and violent, yet charged with kinetic energy, Horus shatters the Walt Disney mold, establishing a new paradigm of adult storytelling, psychological realism, visual complexity, social themes and stylistic violence. This film marks the birth of the anime revolution.
Unofficially based on the mythic tales of Japan's indigenous Ainu people, Takahata tells the story of Horus, the young warrior seeking revenge against the ice devil Grunwald, who destroyed his home; Hilda, the survivor of a massacre tormented between good and evil; and the fishing villagers caught in the middle, unsure which side to trust.
Available in the US for the first time in its original Japanese, Discotek is proud to present this groundbreaking anime feature by the creators of Lupin the 3rd; Heidi, Girl of the Alps; Anne of Green Gables; Gauche the Cellist; Grave of the Fireflies; My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.
Directed by Isao Takahata (co-founder of Studio Ghibli). Animation Direction by Yasuo Otsuka. Scene Design by Hayao Miyazaki (2003 Academy Award Winner, co-founder of Studio Ghibli). Character Design and Key Animation by Yasuji Mori (Hakujaden: Tale of the White Serpent), Reiko Okuyama (Belladonna, The Little Mermaid), and Yôichi Kotabe (Heidi, Girl of the Alps). Musical Direction by Michiyo Mamiya (Grave of the Fireflies). Screenplay by Kazuo Fukuzawa, based on his play, “The Sun Above Chikisani.”
DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New and improved English subtitle translation
Every Poet a Thief: Inspirations From Horus, a gallery of influences and themes seen in the films of Studio Ghibli
Hilda and Horus: Just Like Twins, an essay on the film's main protagonists and its themes of trauma and revenge
Reiko Okuyama: A Tribute to a Legend, an essay by animation scholar Benjamin Ettinger on pioneering artist and feminist icon Reiko Okuyama
Message of Hope: A Conversation With Isao Takahata, an interview with Isao Takahata conducted in 2010 by film critic Peter van der Lugt
2008 video conversation with Isao Takahata and Yôichi Kotabe
Production gallery, featuring publicity stills, movie posters and home video releases around the world
PLUS: Rare photographs of the film's creators: Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, founders of Studio Ghibli, with Yasuo Otsuka, Yasuji Mori, Reiko Okuyama, and Yôichi Kotabe
TITLE: HORUS, PRINCE OF THE SUN
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 23, 2014
2.35:1 ASPECT RATIO
JAPANESE AUDIO WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES