My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle - Blu-Rays May 21


As many of you are aware, Disney has announced a release date for My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle on Blu-Ray in North America, May 21.  Great news for Ghibli Freaks over here.

For everyone at home keeping score, Howl's Moving Castle BD was released in Japan on November 16, 2011, and My Neighbor Totoro BD was released on July 18, 2012. The American market woefully under-served, as Japan and the rest of the world see the Studio Ghibli films released in a timely fashion.  Disney continues to do the absolute, contractually-obligated minimum.  Hmm...my lawyer is exactly the same way, now that I think about it.

In any case, we're finally getting Totoro and Howl on Blu-Ray, both of which look and sound spectacular, and a considerable improvement over the DVD.  Greater color saturation and uncompressed audio?  Sign me up!

Meanwhile, we're waiting for news from Japan on Ghibli's next BD release, which would arrive in the summer to coincide with Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu.  I say it's going to be Porco Rosso, so put me down on the office pool.

3 comments:

Hayley Harrison said...

My guess is Porco Rosso and The Cat Returns or Pom Poko.

Gnickerson said...

I only have Ponyo and Arrietty on Blu-Ray at the moment, haven't upgraded my Ghibli DVD's...yet.

Thomas said...

For those who care about this, as I do, I can report that the subtitles on the Disney Totoro are white. The British release from Studio Canal have yellow subs - horrible.

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