Disney Announces Blu-ray Details for "Arrietty" and Next Batch of Studio Ghibli Features

Arrietty scheduled along with two Ghibli firsts

Retailers such as Amazon have Disney releases of Studio Ghibli's The Secret World of Arrietty, along with Castle in the Sky and Whisper of the Heart penciled for this spring. Now, the specs on the May 22nd Blu-ray/DVD combo packs have been finalized.

 

While Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 Castle in the Sky was the first movie produced by the then newly founded Studio Ghibli, Yoshifumi Kondo's Whisper of the Heart was the studio's first theatrical movie not directed by Ghibli co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata (Tomomi Mochizuki's TV movie Ocean Waves predated it).

 

From the announcement:


THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is a remarkable filmmaking achievement that families will want to add to their home entertainment collections and enjoy over and over.

Based on the acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers by Mary Norton, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is an imaginative tale of “little people” living furtively among us, and the unlikely friendship that forms when their hidden world is discovered. The heartwarming family adventure features beautiful, stylized animation and timeless themes of friendship, courage and determination.

In addition to the stunning Blu-ray hi-definition picture and digital sound, the 2-Disc Combo Pack includes an array of bonus features that will fascinate animation fans, including a storyboard version of the film and the original Japanese trailers and TV commercials. Additional features include music videos for the songs “Summertime” performed by Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler, who is the speaking voice of Arrietty; and the movie’s theme song “Arrietty’s Song” performed by French singer/songwriter Cécile Corbel.

An enthralling story, with the English language version directed by 7-time Academy Award-winner Gary Rydstrom, stars an illustrious voice cast that includes Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler, Moises Arias, David Henrie and the iconic and much beloved Carol Burnett.

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack has a suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada. The 1-Disc DVD will retail for $29.99 U.S.

Feature Run Time: Approximately 95 minutes
Ratings: U.S. G/Canada G (Bonus Features not rated)

 

Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack: (2-Disc)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 1080p High Definition
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Track, Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Original Production Audio
English ESL & SDH and French Subtitles

Bonus Features:
• Storyboard presentation of the film
• Original Japanese Trailers and Television Commercials
• “Summertime” Music Video – Performed by Bridgit Mendler, the speaking voice of Arrietty.
• The Making Of “Summertime” Behind the Scenes – Bridgit Mendler hosts a look at the making of the music video.
• “Arrietty’s Song” Music Video – Experience the movie’s theme song, performed by innovative singer and harpist Cécile Corbel, who also wrote the lyrics.

DVD: (1-Disc)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Audio: English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Language Tracks, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital Original Production Audio
English ESL & SDH and French Subtitles

Bonus Features:
• “Summertime” Music Video
• The Making Of “Summertime”

CASTLE IN THE SKY
CASTLE IN THE SKY, a timeless story of courage and friendship, is now more thrilling than ever with the magic of Blu-ray! The pristine hand-drawn animation from acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY) and a new digital master –– featuring the original Japanese score –– make this epic adventure soar like never before!

Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth –– and from each other. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, CASTLE IN THE SKY is a must-own for families!

The suggested retail price for the CASTLE IN THE SKY Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack is $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada.

Feature Run Time: Approximately 125 minutes
Ratings: U.S. G/Canada G (Bonus Features not rated)

Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack: (2-Disc)
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1.85:1 1080p High Definition
Aspect Ratio: DVD: 1.85:1/Widescreen
Sound Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track, Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Original Production, English ESL & SDH and French Subtitles
Sound DVD: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Language, Track French 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track, Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Original Production Audio, English SDH and French Subtitles

Bonus Features:
• Disc introduction by John Lasseter
• Original Japanese Storyboards
• Behind the Studio featurettes: The World of Laputa, Creating CASTLE IN THE SKY, Character Sketches, Producer’s Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki, Scoring Miyazaki, Original Japanese Trailers, Behind the Microphone – with voice talent from the film

 

WHISPER OF THE HEART

WHISPER OF THE HEART inspires like never before in Blu-ray! A new digital master reveals the true brilliance of this heartwarming coming-of-age classic from Studio Ghibli.

A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

Now in Blu-ray high definition for the first time ever, this beautiful tale based on the screenplay from legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki will delight and amaze families!

The suggested retail price for the WHISPER OF THE HEART Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack is $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada.

Feature Run Time: Approximately 119 minutes
Ratings: U.S. G/Canada G (Bonus Features not rated)

Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack: (2-Disc)
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1.85:1 1080p High Definition
Aspect Ratio: DVD: 1.85:1/Widescreen
Sound Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track, Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Original Production, English ESL & SDH and French Subtitles
Sound DVD: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Language, Track French 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track, Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Original Production Audio, English SDH and French Subtitles

 

via Sci-Fi Japan

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