Arrietty the Borrower Blu-Ray and DVD in Japan June 17
Walt Disney Studio Japan today announced the Blu-Ray and DVD of Studio Ghibli's Karigurashi no Arrietty, or Arrietty the Borrower. The 2010 blockbuster hit will be released on June 17, and I'm very glad to see the BD will continue the excellent art design of the earlier films - thick cardboard cover with magnets, stylish cover.
The Arrietty Blu-Ray will include the following bonus features:
Voice recording script
Interview with Hayao Miyazaki (24:00)
Interview with Hiromasa Yonebayashi (41:00)
NTV special program, "A Trip to Feel the Source of Studio Ghibli's Work" (42:00)
Theme song PV, performed by Cecile Corbel
Subtitles: Japanese, English, French
Audio: Japanese (Linear PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MasterAudio 5.1ch), French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean
The Studio Ghibli BDs have fantastic transfers, and we expect no less for Arrietty. The video is double-layer MPEG-4 AVC, optimised for 16:9 widescreen. This movie is going to look fantastic.
One important note: Disney's US soundtrack will not be included on the Japanese release. This is understandable, since they are planning to release Arrietty in February, 2012, and have only begun recording sessions a few weeks ago. We'll be looking forward to seeing this movie on the big screen next year.
Finally, there will be a limited-edition trinket - this hairclip will be bundled with Arrietty's first production run. I'll have some photos up shortly.
No doubt Studio Ghibli and Disney intended to officially announce the Arrietty BD/DVD at next week's Tokyo Anime Fair, but that event has been canceled in the wake of Japan's earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis. Thankfully, they wasted no time in making their announcement. Now if they could only bring down the prices of their Blu-Rays...ahh, like it makes any difference. We're all going to import the BD on Day One, heh.