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Miyazaki’s Nausicaa & Porco Rosso Coming to DVD

Walt Disney Home Ent. and Studio Ghibli have announced the forthcoming DVD release of Hayao Miyazakis NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND and PORCO ROSSO as well as Hiroyuki Moritas THE CAT RETURNS. Hitting stores Feb. 22, 2005, the films will be released on two-disks, featuring a new English-language voice cast and the original Japanese language track, storyboards and featurettes. All three films will sell for $29.99.

NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND follows Princess Nausicaä as she tries to united the people of the valley of the wind against the powerful insects, who guard a poisonous jungle that is taking over the earth. The English voice cast includes Alison Lohman (MATCHSTICK MEN), Patrick Stewart (X-MEN), Uma Thurman (KILL BILL) and Edward James Olmos (TVs AMERICAN FAMILY).

Special features include:* Behind the microphone with voice talent from the Film: Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart and Edward James Olmos* Complete Storyboards * Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer* The Birth of Studio Ghibli Featurette

PORCO ROSSO follows WWI flying ace Porco Rosso, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. Pirates hired rival pilot Curtis to get rid of Porco and eventually the two fight over the charms of Gina, a beautiful cabaret singer. The English voice cast includes Michael Keaton (BEETLEJUICE), Brad Garrett (TVs EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), Susan Egan (SPIRITED AWAY), Kimberly Williams (TVs ACCORDING TO JIM) and David Ogden Stiers (LILO & STITCH).

Special features include:* Behind the microphone with voice talent from the Film: Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett, Susan Egan, Kimberly Williams and David Ogden Stiers* Complete Storyboards * Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer* Interview with Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki

THE CAT RETURNS follows bored schoolgirl Haru, whose life is turned upside down when she saves the life of an unusual cat. The English voice cast includes Anne Hathaway (THE PRINCESS DIARIES), Cary Elwes (THE PRINCESS BRIDE), Peter Boyle (TVs EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), Elliott Gould (OCEANS ELEVEN), Andy Richter (ELF), Rene Auberjonois (THE PRINCESS DIARIES), Tim Curry (LEGEND), Judy Greer (THE VILLAGE), Andrew Bevis, Kristen Bell (SPARTAN), Kristine Sutherland (TVs BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and Katia Coe (TVs SINGLE SANTA SEEKS MRS. CLAUS).

Special features include:* The making of THE CAT RETURNS* Behind the microphone with voice talent from the Film: Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes and more* Complete Storyboards * Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer

Walt Disney Home Ent. is distributed by Buena Vista Home Ent. Inc., the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassettes and DVDs.

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