Disney Confirms "Totoro" and "Howl's" Ghibli Blu-ray Plans

Two Blu-ray/DVD combo sets due May 21st

Disney has confirmed retailer listings that Studio Ghibli's classic My Neighbor Totoro, along with master anime director Hayao Miyazaki's more recent Howl's Moving Castle have been slated for a May 21st release. The two DVD/Blu-ray combo packs will sell for $40 each. 

 

Disney previously released Hiromasa Yonebayashi directed Ghibli movie The Secret World of Arrietty in a similar combo pack.

 

Disney presents a Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2001, Spirited Away). Celebrate the 25th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro - available for the first time on Disney Blu-ray, with a new HD digital transfer and perfect picture and sound!

Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei as they discover their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit named Totoro who can only be seen by the eyes of a child. As Totoro introduces the girls to his extraordinary friends, they embark on the journey of a lifetime. Featuring the voice talents of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, My Neighbor Totoro is an amazing animated adventure the whole family will fall in love with.


BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

  • Original Japanese Storyboards
  • Original Japanese Trailer
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Behind the Studio
    - Creating "My Neighbor Totoro"
    - Creating the Characters
    - The "Totoro" Experience 
    - Producer's Perspective: Creating Gibli 
    - The Locations of "Totoro" 
    - Scoring Miyazaki

 

BLU-RAY TECHNICAL SPECS:

VIDEO

  • Description Modifier:
    Blu-ray

AUDIO

  • Sound:
    Audio: English, French & Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital ? Subtitles: English, English SDH and French

 

For the first time on Blu-ray, Disney proudly presents a remarkable Studio Ghibli film from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2001, Spirited Away). Howl's Moving Castle soars like never before with a new HD digital transfer and perfect picture and sound!

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

Featuring the voice talents of Christian Bale and Billy Crystal, Miyazaki's artistry comes to life with inventive characters, unique storytelling and richly detailed animation. Your whole family will love this epic fantasy on Disney Blu-ray!


BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:

  • Original Japanese Storyboards
  • Original Japanese TV Spots and Trailers
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Interview with Pixar Animation Studios Director Pete Docter
  • Hello Mr. Lasseter: Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar Animation Studios

BLU-RAY TECHNICAL SPECS:

VIDEO

  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Description Modifier:
    English/French/Japanese DVD
  • Color:
    Color

AUDIO

  • Sound:
    Audio: English and Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Subtitles: English, English SDH and French

TECHNICAL

  • Regional Encoding:
    Region 1
 


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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