Capturing Gems on DVD24 Oct, 2005 By: Stephanie Prange
One of best qualities of the DVD business is its ability to capture films that otherwise would not be seen widely in the United States.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment has been putting out expertly dubbed versions of classic animated children's features from director Hayao Miyazaki, whose Spirited Away won the Academy Award for best animated feature in 2003.
My Neighbor Totoro, which had a Hollywood Film Festival Premiere last Sunday, has been dubbed with star voices including Dakota Fanning and her sister Elle. The result preserves the magic of Miyazaki's work, but also makes it accessible to children who don't have the ability to read all the subtitles. The producers of the film said the theatrical distribution costs would be prohibitive for a niche product such as this. But on DVD, the studio can profit and the film can reach its audience.
I'm just glad my daughter can appreciate these classics on DVD. She discovered Mayazaki's Nausica through the schoolyard grapevine, and it has become a favorite of hers, along with Spirited Away. Totoro is sure to be one of her favorites as well.
Without DVD and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, these wonderful films wouldn't find such wide distribution.