This news scoop comes courtesy of Ghibli Freak Chris, one of our smartest and chattiest regulars here on the site. Disney will be releasing new "special edition" DVDs of three of the first four Studio Ghibli movies - Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service.
These reissues are expected to be tied into the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Ponyo, which The Ghibli Blog has previously reported as a possible October 29 date. There have been no official word on Ponyo, however. Another question is whether Blu-Ray will be included among these reissues. Given that Studio Ghibli in Japan has only announced a December date for the Ponyo BD, and no word on the other films.
In anticipation of the upcoming reissues, Disney has discontinued the existing DVDs for Laputa, Totoro and Kiki. This was a surprise move, and was made without any fanfare.
This news appeared today at Ultimate Disney, and I've sent a couple messages out via Twitter in search of more answers. If there is more news, rest assured I will report it.
daniel thomas Categories: castle in the sky, dvd, kiki's delivery service, my neighbor totoro