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Princess Mononoke 3 disc set?

Old 09-05-01, 04:59 PM
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Princess Mononoke 3 disc set?

I just read at a Finnish DVD site that "Princess Mononoke" will be released on DVD as a three disc set in Japan on 11/21. The set will supposedly include both the Japanese version and the "international version"; is language the only difference between these two versions, or are they different in length? Also included should be storyboards and a 20 min. documentary(although I don't know how they can take up a whole disc).

The same site also mentions another upcoming three disc set which includes the 3+ hour (!) documentary about the making of the movie.
From http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/mh/MakingOfMH/:
Mononoke Hime wa koushite umareta (How Mononoke Hime Was Born), also known as The Making of Mononoke Hime, is a three-tape VHS video boxed set (total length 6 hours 40 minutes) released in Japan at the end of 1997.
Retail price for both sets is estimated at 4700 yen ($39 - ouch!).


Did any of you hear about this?

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Old 09-05-01, 05:25 PM
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"International version" disc probably contains the US DVD with alternate languages (French, Italian, etc).
So are they just throwing the U.S. DVD in along with the Japanese, and adding the 20 minute documentary as another disc? Sounds like a great set.

And am I missing something, or does the DVD of "How Mononoke Hime Was Born" contain the same content as the VHS release, and is therefore 6+ hours long?
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Originally posted by Aghama
So are they just throwing the U.S. DVD in along with the Japanese, and adding the 20 minute documentary as another disc? Sounds like a great set.
It does sound like a great set:

3 Discs

Disc 1:

Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese/English
English/Japanese subtitles

Disc 2:
Drawing for Anime (133mins)

Disc 3:
International Version which has Japanese, English, French, Kantonese, Italian, spanish, German, Portuguese dubs.

It would have been nice to see a DTS track included (I'm surprised none is listed) but I'll be damned if this set doesn't kick ass. Almost in the vein of Criterion's Brazil release if you ask me.

I can't wait.

And am I missing something, or does the DVD of "How Mononoke Hime Was Born" contain the same content as the VHS release, and is therefore 6+ hours long?
You're correct. The second 3-disc set for Mononoke Hime contains the same 6+ hour documentary already available on VHS. Frankly, I'm glad that this documentary set is getting DVD treatment. VHS is suck.
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Originally posted by raithen
It does sound like a great set:
I would respectfully disagree (obviously ). I can't think of a single reason why I would want the 3rd disc, and though I don't know about the 2nd I'm sure it's not worth re-buying the movie for. But hey, I can't complain about the price; very reasonable for a 3 disc Japanese release.
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It's a great price for both sets, but having the R1 Mononoke disc, I see no reason to get the Japanese version. I have the subtitled version, and I don't need the storyboards, frankly. And I see no reason to get the third disc with the French/Portugese/Pig Latin/etc/etc versions. Now, the other set, with the documentary stuff, is something I'd get. Six hours plus of material for $40 is a deal, especially since the VHS set went for $100 or so.
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Originally posted by Aghama
I would respectfully disagree (obviously ). I can't think of a single reason why I would want the 3rd disc, and though I don't know about the 2nd I'm sure it's not worth re-buying the movie for. But hey, I can't complain about the price; very reasonable for a 3 disc Japanese release.
I'm not keen on the 3rd disc (it is kind of pointless), but the second disc with the 2 hour + documentary makes this set a no-brainer for Miyazaki fans.

I have the R1 release, but I'll be quickly putting it up for auction on ebay in an anticipation of this set.

Cheers,

-matt
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But it's not a 2 hour documentary, it's just the film, with the storyboards as an alternate angle, which they've done on the other Ghibli releases. It's the other 3 disc set that has all the documentary footage.
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Originally posted by Aghama
And am I missing something, or does the DVD of "How Mononoke Hime Was Born" contain the same content as the VHS release, and is therefore 6+ hours long?
Whoops, sorry. I meant 6+ hours.

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