After online retailers began listing Hayao Miyazaki's 1997 Princess Mononoke as out of print or unavailable, Disney has confirmed that they no longer have the rights to distribute the movie.
Via AnimeNews.biz, In separate emails to each respective company, both Disney (through their Buena Vista Home Video Entertainment division) and Echo Bridge distribution, the former distributor for the defunct Miramax label have confirmed that the US license for Studio Ghibli’s is no longer held by either company and has not been renewed.
Thank you for your interest in the Miramax product distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.
At this time we do not have the rights to the title you reference in your email.
EBHE Customer Service
The response from Disney.
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding PRINCESS MONONOKE. This title is no longer a BVHE title.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Consumer Relations
US and Canada