New Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray - Castle in the Sky, My Neighbors the Yamadas
Excellent news! The next round of Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray discs have been announced - Laputa, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbors the Yamadas. Both are scheduled to be released in Japan this December 22.
I'm very pleasantly surprised to see that Nausicaa's BD design has been retained for future Ghibli releases. It's very stylish and abstract in the tradition of The Criterion Collection. No doubt the same bonus materials, like the miniature book, will be included once again. In fact, I can see these becoming prized collector's items among the Ghibli faithful.
Bonus materials appear to be the same as the DVDs, with trailers, commercials, and storyboards. A wealth of soundtracks and subtitles will be included, which is a very welcome feature. Is Ghibli counting on import sales for these movies? That would be an interesting prospect. Obviously, these films will find their way around the globe, but you know how cool it would be to have Castle in the Sky and My Neighbors the Yamadas playing on your big-screen television on Christmas and New Years'.
There is no word yet on when Disney will release these BD's in North America, but they will be coming, I assure you. It would be super cool if the American versions came in these packages, too.