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Warriors of the Wind VHS Cover by kevinbolk Warriors of the Wind VHS Cover by kevinbolk
While searching my expansive VHS collection for Christmas specials I dug up this old "classic": Warriors of the Wind, the god-awful American dub of Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind from the mid '80s.

The cover is so grossly misleading and laughably bad that it's actually kind of awesome.

SEE!!

Nausicaa..I mean, uh, "Princess Zandra" flying her mini-spaceship thing while sporting a big old knife. Marvel at why she's floating in the background when she's the main character.

The lightsaber-toting Fire God riding (along with the rest of the cast) on the back of ANOTHER Fire God (WITH HUGE F*CK-OFF WINGS!).

The laser-blasting robot and pod-racer Anakin Skywalker riding a pegasus. JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIE!!

And I just adore how all the guys are holding thier guns like gleeful terrorists. I hope they understand it's very hard to fire those things that way.

Anhywho, let me leave you guys with the bad-ass description from the back of the box:

"It is one thousand years in the future and makind is still recovering from the Seven Days of Fire, an event that left civilization in ruins. Hostile and warring nations are closing in on Princess Zandra's Valley of the Wind from north and south, while the Toxic Jungle, which expels a deadly gas, is rapidly sweeping across the land.

Warriors of the Wind is your invitation to epic adventure--a sweeping drama of larger-than-life warriors and heroes. A voyage through time and space to the magical and dreamlike Valley of the Wind where good battles evil for the future of the human race. A futuristic fantasy where survival of the fittest is the rule and ALL men live in fear.

Faced with almost certain destruction, Princess Zandra must ralley her people against Queen Salena's brutal army, against the lethal Fire Dragon, and against hordes of Giant Gorgons to bring a new life to herself, her homeland, and her beloved people."


Absolutely priceless. Couldn't understand why Miyazaki wouldn't let his stuff be brought to the US for almost 20 years afterward. :P

Oh, and of course, I don't own this art. Not entirely sure who does, but God bless 'em. XD
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Scifimaster92 Apr 7, 2014  New member
Here's an interesting bit of trivia that's sort of related to the subject of Warriors of the Wind - during the Cold War, many Eastern Bloc sci-fi film underwent a similar treatment, being cut to ribbons and badly re-dubbed for distribution in North America. Three particularly egregious examples of this butchery are Der schweigende Stern, Planeta Bur, and Nebo Zovyot, which which got badly re-edited into First Spaceship on Venus, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, and Battle Beyond the Sun, respectively.
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:iconbeast87:
3 words... Lazerhawk music video
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:iconthe-fantasmagorian:
Oh. And I agree with you about this cover being awesome. I also love that someone out there made this because I got to grow up with this movie and I still love it... and I do collect Nausicaa stuff all the time. I went to japan last month and we went to the Ghibli Museum. I got a little Ohmu statue. It's sooo cute.
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:iconthe-fantasmagorian:
I grew up with this movie and this is the first time I've ever seen this vhs cover. Where did that pegasus come from? My mom copied every movie we had. So we had about 4 to 5 movies on each old copied tapes. I like the voice acting more than I liked (hated) the disney voice actors for the dvd release in 2004 (?) The actress they chose for Nausicaa was soooo boring. I prefer to watch with subtitles.
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:icondia2525:
this was the star wars holiday special of studio ghibli.
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Wanizame Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd suggest picking up Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind on dvd (which is Warriors of the Wind, unedited).

Other good animated films from back then were Heavy Metal, Light Years, Wizards, Fire & Ice, and Rock & Rule. There was also Starchaser the Legend of Orin (but the ending is kinda cheesy).
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mycrunchycookie Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Despite an amount of internet outcry Warriors of the Wind is nowhere near as bad as many would have you believe. In this time of easily accessible DVD releases it's easy to accuse New World of desecrating a masterpiece but you must remember that their version brought the wonder of Miyazaki's work to a whole new audience and without it far fewer people would know of it's existence. I absolutely adored this film as a kid and watched the VHS tape of it until it wore out. I only learnt that "WotW was an edited film in 2005. I have both versions now, the uncut blu ray of Nausicaa and the old WotW I copied to a DVD.

WotW dub can be downloaded from here:
[link]

That said, this VHS cover is awful and totally misleading. The European VHS cover was much better:
[link]
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:icontomos2013:
Well I've noticed the Cardcaptors dub is kind of an acceptable target but because I grew up watching it on CiTV I have a fondness for it. I watched episode one of the Japanese version and didn't notice a hell of a difference. Also I think again the American version of the dub is supposed to be worse than the European version that I saw. People talk about them bringing gender equality into a magical girl show like it's a bad thing. Warriors of the Wind [I'm assuming] looks like it prioritised the man and relegated the woman to the sidelines [I don't know, I haven't seen it] whereas all the dub of Cardcaptors did was keep Sakura as the main character but not have Li be quite so minor.
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SadlyLover Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
When I saw this cover, I thinked WTF is this? Then I laughted. Then I get angry. This is greatest rape of movie history for masterpiece
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RockyGemsCarly Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I watched about a half-hour of it on YouTube, but I had to stop because it was too tragic :XD:

Love the 2005 re-dub though :D
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