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Hayao Miyazaki

  • The Wind Rises (2014)

    The Wind Rises for Jiro and Miyazaki Review by Marty Mapes: An engineer pursues his dreams in Miyazaki's latest (and hopefully not last)

  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)

    Miyazaki-san works in teh Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Review by Marty Mapes: One last peek behind the curtain at the masterful Studio Ghibli

  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

    For us DVD review by Marty Mapes: Ghibli makes another gorgeous growing-up movie

  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

    Umi raises flags From Up on Poppy Hill Review by Marty Mapes: Miyazaki, yes, but Goro and not Hayao

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Blu-ray release was wrested from The Mouse, but has the same set of extras

  • Ponyo (2009)

    Ponyo rides the waves of sea-level rise Review by Marty Mapes: Miyazaki refuses to be dismissed

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: The first American Blu-ray release of a Miyazaki film! Hooray!

  • Howl's Moving Castle (2005)

    Sophie plays with fire in Howl's Moving Castle Review by Marty Mapes: Don't wait for video. See Howl on the big screen.

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Visually as good as any other Miyazaki movie, although the plot is less interesting

  • Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky (2002)

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: The DVDs aren't particularly well designed but the movies are excellent. Give us more!

  • Spirited Away (2002)

    Japanese Alice Chihiro gets Spirited Away to Wonderland Review by Marty Mapes: An original and exotic animated feature filled with places and creatures you've never seen before

  • Princess Mononoke (1997)

    Review by Marty Mapes: Wise Japanese cartoon about a mythical war for the forest

  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)

    Young people with ambition hear the Whisper of the Heart DVD review by Marty Mapes: Sweet and well-observed, Whisper is about self-discovery and little else

  • Porco Rosso (1992)

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Thanks for the Ghibli DVDs, Disney. Keep them coming.

  • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Picture quality improved over previous releases, new extras an added bonus

  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

    Neighbors make themselves at home on Totoro Review by Pablo Kjolseth: Populated by nice people, benign forest creatures, and centered on a loving and caring family

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Picture quality improved over previous releases, new extras an added bonus

  • Castle in the Sky (1986)

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Picture quality improved over previous releases, new extras an added bonus

  • Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    DVD review by Marty Mapes: Thanks for the Ghibli DVDs, Disney. Keep them coming.