As I've posted recently, I added direct links for many of the anime series and films discussed on this blog. I think the list is just about complete, as it fills out everything not already covered by domestic DVD releases or fansubs. So now I'd like to give you a short "buyer's guide" that you can use as a handy reference.
I'm not going to recite plots or commentaries. If you want to know more about them, check the Conversations on Ghibli blog archives or my lengthy reviews. Yadda yadda. You know the score.
Buy These DVDs - Buyer's Guide
Heidi, Girl of the Alps - Taiwan box set, no subtitles. Box set of the entire 52-episode series from 1974. Buy this or hand in your Ghibli card.
3000 Leagues in Search of Mother - Taiwan box set, English subtitles. Box set of the entire 52-episode series from 1976. Buy this or I'll come to your house and trample your garden.
Panda Kopanda - R2 DVD, English subtitles. Includes both Panda Kopanda short films, 1972 and 1973. There's also a long television interview with Takahata and Miyazaki.
Jarinko Chie - R2 DVD. No subs, obviously, but the picture quality is fantastic on a big screen. Miles better than youtube. Oh, and the DVD cover looks terrific.
Gauche the Cellist - R2 DVD, English subtitles. This is the new Ghibli ga Ippai release, with two discs and improved picture quality. Over 80 minutes of bonus interviews with all the guilty parties. Buy this or you hate your kids (you probably vote Republican).
Castle in the Sky - R2 DVD, English subtitles. There's no shitty Disney dub (the worst anime dub ever, kids), and the picture quality is vastly improved from the R1 disc. A short making-of video is included, which was buried on the US version. And the box art is super-cool.
Story of Yanagawa Waterways - R2 DVD, English subtitles. This is Takahata's sole live-action film, a three-hour documentary on the history and culture of the waterways of Japan's Yanagawa region. It's a terrific documentary. Oh, and there's an English-language soundtrack that perfectly matches the original Japanese dialog.
Omohide Poro Poro - R2 DVD, English subtitles. Sorry, never heard of this movie. It might be alright. A 45-minute making-of video is included on disc two. This film is also available in Australia and the UK, so if you live there, you have options. We yanks don't.
Umi Ga Kikoeru - R2 DVD, English subtitles. I Can Hear the Sea, aka Ocean Waves. A great documentary with the production team is included. We'll not be seeing this here in the US anytime soon, so here's your real chance to watch on your television.
Princess Mononoke - R2 DVD, English subtitles. Why include the Japanese Mononoke Hime DVD? Because it completely destroys the shitty Disney/Miramax disc here in the States. The picture quality is vastly superior, with the proper colors and lighting. Audio tracks in eight languages are included, including the Miramax dub.
The Cat Returns/Ghiblies Ep 2 - R2 DVD, English subtitles. Did you know the Japanese DVD for Cat Returns includes Ghiblies Episode 2 on a second disc? Did you know that Disney sucks eggs? The cover features the original movie poster, which is infinitely better than that lousy R1 disc.
Yasuo Otsuka's Joy in Motion - R2 DVD, English subtitles. This is the Otsuka documentary that I wrote about some months ago. It's a terrific look into the history of post-war Japanese animation and one of anime's founding fathers. Absolutely essential viewing for all animation lovers.
Ghibli Ga Ippai Short Short - R2 DVD. There are no English subtitles, but subtitles are entirely unnecessary. This is Ghibli's 40-minute collection of short animations, music videos, commercials, and all things in between. Miyazaki's On Your Mark is here, btw. A fantastic 34-page color booklet is included, and more extras.
Winter Days - R2 DVD, no subtitles. 2003 animation anthology, featuring a buffet of styles and techniques. Yuri Norstein leads off with another masterpiece. Others include Takahata, Kotabe and Okuyama, Alexander Petrov, and animators around the world. The best bonus? Lengthy interviews with all of the animators. Not having subtitles royally sucks.