It’s time to bust open the piggy bank because the Hayao Miyazaki Movie Collection has finally been released here in the US! That’s right, you get 11 disks with some of the most amazing animated films ever made! All 11 films directed by the master, Hayao Miyazaki. The boxed set also comes with extra materials, like bonus features from the films, and a booklet written by Tomohiro Machiyama about the work.
All of this great stuff comes in a groovy looking package that looks like a book with sleeves to hold individual DVDs. The pages between are illustrated with scenes from the films. It kind of looks like one of those old record album boxed sets… all connected together, so you can flip pages, and pull out the disk you want to watch.
To me, this collection is a fabulous way to binge watch… in order… all of these works, and to marvel at the evolution of Hayao Miyazaki’s craft; from his beginnings with “Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro” all the way to his final film, the amazing “The Wind Rises”.
Hayao Miyazaki Movie List
(Now, keep in mind, this is a Hayao Miyazaki Movie Collection… not necessarily Studio Ghibli. Some of these films pre-date his time with the studio.) And you won’t find Studio Ghibli films here that he did not direct.
Included in this collection-
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Castle in the Sky
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Wind Rises
One thing to note, the bonus features are not included on the disc with the film, they all show up on their own disc. This means, the disc for Kiki’s Delivery Service only has THAT MOVIE on it… bonus features are separate. Not really an issue, unless you are one of those people who loves to have bonus material immediately following the movie.
Why Buy the Hayao Miyazaki Movie Colletion?
You may ask… Why on earth should I pay so much money for films I already have? Well… do you really have all of them? Buying each film will run you around $20+ a piece…. so, the group of 11 is already a bargain… plus you get the booklet. AND, it’s a space saver… this package is about the size of a regular hardcover book. These discs have all been beautifully remastered to show the work off in its best light.
This set is a MUST for any Collector of Hayao Miyazaki’s works!