(Update 1/22/10: Ponyo DVD and Blu-Ray will be released on March 2, 2010. In addition, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service will be released on DVD. You can read the latest post here.)
(Update 10/19/09: Ponyo's American DVD release is set for March, 2010. I'm sure you can tell by now that this earlier prediction didn't come to pass. Oops. If anybody can explain what the Previews thing was all about, I'm all ears. And no more of the reaching predictions...gambling just isn't my skill. Thanks for humoring me.)
Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States on October 28, 2009.
This revelation comes from Previews, a comic shop trade magazine. You can see the preview listings here (scroll to the bottom). This list appears in the August issue.
According to Previews, three Ponyo sets will be released: standard DVD ($19.99), special edition DVD ($32.99), and Blu-Ray ($39.99). No specifics are given, but we must assume the deluxe edition is the 12-hour making-of documentary which has just been delayed in Japan. Question: will this include the Joe Hisaishi concert DVD? The price suggests not, but an official announcement as yet to be made either way.
The biggest suprise is the Blu-Ray, which will appear in the US before Japan. The BD version should include the documentary, if it is the same as the Japanese release.
This is a stunning surprise. I am curious to know if any official announcements were planned at this week's Comic Con, where Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter will be appearing in person. Clearly, with the speed and efficiency of the internet, this news will spread like wildfire. Expect to hear a statement on the matter sooner rather than later.