Pretty Packaging: THE RED TURTLE Gets A Glorious French Release

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
(It almost would end up on my list of "ten things to bring with you if you went to a deserted island"...)

It's been a few years already since we got the news that Studio Ghibli was mothballing itself with regards to feature films, and thankfully rumor has it that Miyazaki Hayao is feeling mighty restless again. But there was actually a Studio Ghibli film in cinemas this year, albeit not an anime one. Co-produced by Suzuki Toshio and with art direction by Takahata Isao, we got the French-Belgian film The Red Turtle, helmed by dutchman Michael Dudok de Wit.

A simple story stunningly told, the film has netted critical acclaim and awards from all over the world. In his review our Ryland Aldrich called the film "a sublime examination of what makes us human and is a film that is not to be missed." True words, all of them.

The good thing about this being a French film is that you can bet that the French will release a kick-ass edition of it, as they have a strong disc-pimping culture going on. And indeed, The Red Turtle got the royal treatment, by Wild Side Video no less. Their Snowpiercer release is a highlight in my collection, so it was with delight when I saw that they had lavished a similar love upon this film. Their releases tend NOT to be English-friendly, but seeing as how The Red Turtle doesn't have any dialogue in it, well... as long as you don't need subtitles for the hard-of-hearing, how will you even notice?

And this is one pretty release, so here is a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version.

And here it is: a big cardboard box, decorated in the sparse-yet-beautiful style used for the film itself.

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