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Classic Anime Returns to Blu-ray!

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

Animated favourites from Studio Ghibli return to home video platforms this Fall. The famed Japanese animation studio in partnership with GKIDS and Shout! Factory are re-releasing several famous titles throughout the fall beginning on October 17th.

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Leading the re-releases is Best Animated Feature Academy Award Winner, Spirited Away. Directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki Spirited Away is a career defining film from one of the most accomplished animators of his time.

The marquee film in the collection, Spirited Away is an imaginative visual feast. The film follows Chihiro, a young girl who must navigate through a world of spirits, witches and demons in order to return home to her parents.

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Young women finding their way in new settings is a common element in many of Studio Ghibli releases. Another favourite from the animation house is My Neighbor Totoro. Two sisters discover delightfully strange creatures when they move into a countryside home with their father. Chief among the creatures is the oversized and lovable Totoro. The English dub version of the film features the voices of real life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning.

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Environmental preservation is another key theme from Studio Ghibli. Two titles released in this set of films that make an artistic plea for environmentalism are Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

In Princess Mononoke a young warrior inflicted with a deadly curse meets a princess who was raised by wolves. Together they must ensure human greed does not threaten the woodlands they have found refuge in. A daring adventure that tackles big concepts with beautiful artistry.

In the studio’s first sci-fi adventure Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was one of the studio’s earlier releases. Set in a post-apocalyptic world the film follows a courageous leader who attempts to restore the balance between humans and nature.

At the heart of all Studio Ghibli productions is a love of art and imagination. Do yourself a favour and explore the many worlds of Studio Ghibli.

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Check out the full list of what’s available:

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17 2017

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

The Academy Award winning animation takes audiences to a magical world just steps away from our own where spirits, demons and even dragons come to relax. Although, if you’re a young human girl you’ve got to work hard to survive.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • NTV Special (on DVD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Behind the Microphone
  • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

My Neighbor Totoro

Totoro

Touted as Studio Ghibli’s “Mickey Mouse” Totoro is the lovable giant magical creature looking to spread adventure and imagination.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Textless Opening and End Credits
  • Creating My Neighbor Totoro
  • Creating the Characters
  • The Totoro Experience
  • The Locations of My Neighbor Totoro
  • Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Howl’s Moving Castle

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Christian Bale voices the titular Howl, a narcissistic Wizard who charms his way into the heart of Emily Mortimer’s Sophie. Thankfully, Sophie has some magic of her own and helps Howl heal old wounds and embrace what’s important in life, family.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Interview with Diana Wynne Jones
  • Miyazaki’s Visit to Pixar
  • Explanation of CG
  • The Birth Story of the Film Soundtrack
  • Behind the Microphone
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s Statement and more

Ponyo

Ponyo

A lose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is a goldfish who is determined to become human. While she explores life on land, her father has plans to bring her back to the sea.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • The Five Geniuses Who Created Ponyo
  • Press Conference: Theme Song Announcement
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Opening Event at Hibiya Scala-Za Theatre
  • Interview with Hayao Miyazaki
  • Interview with Toshio Suzuki
  • Theme Song Music Video
  • Hayao Miyazaki Press Conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
  • Creating Ponyo
  • Ponyo & Fujimoto
  • The Nursery
  • Scoring Miyazaki
  • Producer’s Perspective: Telling the Story
  • The Locations of Ponyo
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements and Lyrics

Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Kiki is a witch, a witch with a calling. Join her and her trusty black cat Jiji as they explore the world on broomstick delivering packages.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Ursula’s Painting
  • Creating Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Producer’s Perspective: Collaborating with Miyazaki
  • Behind the Microphone
  • The Locations of Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Kiki & Jiji
  • Flying with Kiki & Beyond
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

A cursed warrior, Ashitaka is looking for a cure. Lady Eboshi and the people of Iron Town need more fuel. And, a feral girl who just wants to restore peace to her forest home. See how their worlds collide in Princess Mononoke.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Princess Mononoke in USA
  • Behind the Microphone
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 31 2017

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky

Search for the floating Castle of Laputa with Pazu and Sheeta as they adventure to discover the mysterious levitating building and its connection to Sheeta.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Promotional Video
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Scoring Miyazaki
  • Producer’s Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki
  • Creating Castle in the Sky
  • Textless Opening and End Credits
  • Character Sketches
  • Additional English Mix of the Film
  • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa

Princess Nausicaä lives a charmed life in the Valley of the Wind and she takes it upon herself to restore the natural balance in a world that plays host to toxic forests, giant insects and atmospheric poisons.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
  • Audio Commentary with Hideaki Anno and Kazuyoshi Katayama
  • Interview with Toshio Suzuki and Hideaki Anno: “Nausicaä and Evangelion! The

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  • Behind the Microphone
  • Creating Nausica ä
  • 12-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 21 2017

The Secret World of Arrietty

Arrietty

Based on the story The Borrowers, discover the world of the miniature Arrietty who resides under the floorboards. When she is discovered by a young human boy the two form an unbreakable bond.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Interview with Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Interview with Hayao Miyazaki
  • Arrietty’s Song Music Video
  • 8-Page Booklet with Producer’s Statement

Proco Rosso

Porco Rosso

A flying ace who was transformed into a pig by a mysterious curse takes to the skies to take on a band of sky pirates.

Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Interview with Toshio Suzuki
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Textless Open and End Credits
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

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