The Next Studio Ghibli Blu-Rays - Kiki's Delivery Service, Omohide Poro Poro
The next Studio Ghibli Blu-Ray movies have been announced - Kiki's Delivery Service and Omohide Poro Poro. Both films will be released on December 5, 2012 in Japan.
Omohide Poro Poro, as you know, is my favorite animation film, ranked #11 on my 50 Greatest Movies list. The HD format is going to do wonders for Isao Takahata's masterpiece; its rich colors and visual splendor will be a sight to behold. This is a visually spectacular movie, endlessly varied and nuanced, perfectly weaving Tarantino-pop with Ozu melodrama.
Kiki's Delivery Service is a sweet and charming movie, a perfect follow-up to My Neighbor Totoro, and Ghibli's first box-office hit. Miyazaki doesn't get nearly enough credit for this film, but it's a wonderful story about the end of childhood and the transition into adulthood, and it's very funny. I do hope we finally get true subtitles at last, instead of the now-ancient "dub-titles." That would be a very welcome change.
Poro Poro, of course, will never be released here in North America, unless someone like Sentai Filmworks or Criterion steps up, but it should be released in all other territories. Disney will happily pick up Kiki, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they released it alongside Totoro sometime next year. Those were the movies Disney wanted when they first courted Miyazaki, which is good news for us.