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Studio Ghibli Box Sets?
Topic by: rmarkd
Posted: January 3, 2004 - 8:53 PM PST
Last Reply: January 27, 2004 - 12:33 AM PST

author topic: Studio Ghibli Box Sets?
rmarkd
post #1  on January 3, 2004 - 8:53 PM PST  
Anyone ever bought one of these? Seems like a great deal at the price. Here's one website:

http://www.zoommovie.com/dvd/idroom.asp?ProductID=79

In fact, it seems too good, which is why I'm asking here. Is this for real? Really? I'd love to get this box set. I did a quick internet search and noticed there are different variations (some not including Spirited Away). Is the set linked above the best set (ie. contains the most stuff)? If anyone has bought a boxed set and can recommend a good place to go (online, preferably), I'd appreciate it.

[sic]Paranoidingly,
-Mark
dpowers
post #2  on January 4, 2004 - 10:36 AM PST  
that box set is not legal. though i think now the entire ghibli catalog has been released in japan (coded as region 2), and a few are here and in europe, none have been released region-free except by pirates.

(more info on the bootleg set)
jbeaumont
post #3  on January 24, 2004 - 10:24 AM PST  
I would recommend against them. They're poor quality bootlegs usually mastered off of the laserdiscs. Subtitles are often hardcoded into them.

Several Ghibli films are out on DVD in America R1, but not enough. Check out www.nausicaa.net to keep up to date on things.
IWhitney
post #4  on January 24, 2004 - 12:46 PM PST  
I got mine through http://hkflix.com (I think, it's been a while) and while it's certainly not legal, I was thrilled simply to have the movies. However, once Porco Rosso is release here, which I think is supposed to happen this year, all the Ghibli stuff I want will have legal US DVD releases. I'd say go for the legal stuff, unless you really want the non-Miyazaki films like Only Yesterday or Whispers From The Heart. Fireflies, thankfully, has had a US release.
hamano
post #5  on January 25, 2004 - 7:57 AM PST  
I think if you're gonna go the pirate route, all the Ghibli stuff is out as .avi files (I'm not sure about subtitles, though). I just saw an .avi of Neko no Ongaeshi which was a fun little fable, BTW, that a friend sent me on CD-ROM.
rmarkd
post #6  on January 26, 2004 - 10:29 PM PST  
This is how I saw Nausicaa and I'm guessing it's how I'll see Porco Rosso.

Is there any way we could be a lobbying force to get legal DVDs made in the US? Maybe a group of CGers (and movie fans in general) and a letter writing campaign?

Or am I just being quixotic?

-Mark



> On January 25, 2004 - 7:57 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think if you're gonna go the pirate route, all the Ghibli stuff is out as .avi files (I'm not sure about subtitles, though). I just saw an .avi of Neko no Ongaeshi which was a fun little fable, BTW, that a friend sent me on CD-ROM.
> ---------------------------------

dpowers
post #7  on January 27, 2004 - 12:33 AM PST  
porco rosso is due soon in R1, unofficially. the english dub was done last year. buena vista and ghibli are being strange about this... they published a long schedule for when the DVDs would be published in japan, then keep the american releases secret.

as for the takahata films... for fairy tale fans, there's not a charmer in the bunch. i bought the R2 pompoko because i think it's just too weird for disney's "miyazaki! miyazaki! miyazaki!" campaign. who knows - plenty of inaccessible and bizarre japanese media available here - but not from the mouse.

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