Ponyo in France - December 23 For Blu-Ray and DVD

Good news for all Ghibli Freaks in France: Ponyo will see its release on DVD and Blu-Ray this December 23.  There are four releases in all: standard DVD, deluxe DVD (which includes storyboards), Blu-Ray (includes storyboards), and Blu-Ray + DVD combo.

The prices range from 19.99-29.99 Euros.  Bonus materials include tv spots, press conferences, and numerous interviews with the production staff: Hayao Miyazaki (writer/director), Toshio Suzuki (producer), Katsuya Kondo (animation director), Noboru Yoshida (art director), Michiyo Yasuda (in her final film as color designer), Shuji Inoue (sound designer), and Joe Hisaishi (composer).

It will be interesting to see which of these features will appear on the eventual North American Ponyo release, which has been delayed until next year.  Needless to say, we're all extremely jealous.  This is like looking at presents that Santa took out of his sack and locked in the closet.  French kids get Ponyo.  We're getting socks.


greentea said...

Happy news for Ghibli fans in France. I haven't seen Ponyo, and I mean the DVD to be how I watch it the first time (don't much like going to theatres). Just have to wait..

I really like the second DVD cover over the first, looks more appealing and less.. dumb? Goofy? They probably won't use it for the US cover, but I wish it to be.

DaveH said...

Daniel, any details of any english on these releases?

English Subs or the Dub?

But I guess it doesn't matter for the Blu-Ray because a good region free Blu-Ray is hard to find.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

I'm afraid English subtitles or soundtrack won't be included. None of the Ghibli or pre-Ghibli films on DVD contain options for English. These are the French, remember. :P

We'll either have to wait another six months for our version, or pay premium dollar for the imports.

Anonymous said...

I love the DVD cover for this release (even if it is just a screenshot)!
Ah, I really hope that the US release has a nice cover. Nothing hideously airbrushed like the Castle in the Sky release...

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

I'm sure the US Blu-Ray and DVD covers will look fine. They'll probably use the movie poster, or something similar to these covers.

The first wave of Ghibli DVDs in the States didn't look too great, but Disney greatly improved on the following releases. I especially liked this cardboard covers, and they'll no doubt become collector's items one day.

Just8 said...

I don't want to give you false hope, but I have the french DVD of "Kiki's Delivery Service" (or rather: "Kiki La Petite Sorciere") and it contains 3 dubs: English, Japanese and French; and subtitles in French and English.
But: when I look on specs for this DVD on, it only mentions French as language. Nevertheless, the DVD cover shown on the website is exactly the same as mine (as is the year of release).
I guess we're really gonna have to read the fine print on DVD's and Blue Rays. I'll start polishing my reading glasses...

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

That would be terrific if French Ghibli DVDs included English dubs/subs. As long as there are more options, it's a win-win.

The rest of us here in North America will just have to wait another six months. It's not big deal. We'll survive.

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