It’s amazing how much Hayao Miyazaki comes up in my everyday life, even when I’m not talking to other Anime fans. Maybe I’m wearing a shirt that says “Miyazaki” on the back and an elderly family member questions who or what the heck that is or means. My usual explanation starts by asking the questioner if they’re aware of Walt Disney. When they naturally say “yes” I then follow up with; “he’s like the Walt Disney of Japan” and I don’t think I’m entirely wrong.
Much like ol’ Walt, Hayao Miyazaki is a man who’s captured the hearts and minds of people the world over for quite some time. Now that he’s in retirement, there’s no better time for Madman Entertainment to announce their upcoming Studio Ghibli-centric release titled “The Collected Works Of Hayao Miyazaki” which, as you can probably already tell, is a boxset of films that span the mighty mans entire career.
Madman Entertainment, who’ve release all of Studio Ghibli’s films, are now putting them all together for one huge release that’ll have long-time fans of Miyazaki and people wanting to get into his films jumping for joy. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), 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) and The Wind Rises (2013) are the films that make this boxset their home alongside some incredible behind the scenes footage and early works from the legendary man that have not been seen up until this point.
Here’s the thing; there’s no release date set for “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki” as of right now BUT you can go and pre-order this boxset through Madman Entertainment’s official site (Click Here). I, and Madman themselves, very much suggest that you go and pre-order this as soon as you possibly can because, obviously, this is a release that will be in high demand and if you don’t get in now…you may never, so do it!
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, April 15.