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Friday, 27 March 2015 16:27

Disney sets Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away & The Cat Returns for BD on 6/16, plus SPECTRE teaser

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Just a quick update today as we close out the week…

The major bit of release news today is sure to please you Studio Ghibli fans. Disney has announced the Blu-ray release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001) and Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns (2002) on Blu-ray DVD Combo on 6/16. Spirited Away will include an Introduction by John Lasseter, 3 featurettes (The Art of Spirited Away and Behind the Microphone), original Japanese storyboards, the Nippon Television Special, and original Japanese trailers and TV spots. The Cat Returns will include 2 featurettes (The Making of The Cat Returns and Behind the Microphone), original Japanese storyboards, and original Japanese trailers and TV spots. We’re hoping that Disney will include proper English translation subs this time rather than a dub transcript (we’re trying to find out).  [Read on here…]

I’m personally really looking forward to this. Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is my all-time favorite Ghibli film. It’s absolutely stunning animation from a master at the top of his game. As you should already know, Miyazaki’s first animated film, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, will be released on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray here in the States for the first time on 6/23 from Discotek Media. We’ve also confirmed that GKids and Universal will be releasing Studio Ghibli’s latest film, When Marnie Was There, on Blu-ray and DVD later this year.

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Speaking of Universal, the studio has set Parks and Recreation: Season Seven – The Farewell Season and Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series for DVD only release on 6/2.

Meanwhile, Troma is releasing The Toxic Avenger, Part II on Blu-ray/DVD Combo on 4/14 (SRP $24.95), along with Class of Nuke ‘Em High 2 on Blu-ray/DVD Combo that same day.

Ketchup Entertainment is releasing Harlock: Space Pirate on DVD on 3/31.

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Also, PBS Distribution has set Dancing on the Edge for Blu-ray and DVD release on 5/5, followed by Masterpiece Mystery!: Grantchester on both formats on 4/7.

Finally today, are there any Bond fans in the house? In about two hours, the official 007 website is going to debut the first teaser trailer for Bond 24, a.k.a. SPECTRE. Click the link for that and enjoy.

Here’s a look at all three of the Ghibli Blu-ray titles listed above. Click on the cover art to support The Bits by pre-ordering them on…

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (Blu-ray Disc)    The Cat Returns (Blu-ray Disc)    Spirited Away (Blu-ray Disc)

That’s all for now. Gave a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

Bill Hunt


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