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Monday, 16 February 2015 14:36

4 new Studio Ghibli BD/DVD reviews, plus final Hobbit: Five Armies BD art & details & more

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All right, it’s President’s Day here in the States, so there’s not much in the way of release news. But there’s plenty going on around here at The Bits today…

First up, we have no less than four new disc reviews for you today, all connected to the fine animation of Studio Ghibli. Tim Salmons has taken a look at Ghibli’s Pom Poko and Porco Rosso, both newly available on Blu-ray from Disney. And I’ve reviewed Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which streets on Blu-ray from Universal tomorrow. Finally, I’ve also reviewed a new documentary DVD release about Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki – The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness from Cinedigm. All are well worth your time, so do give them a look. [Read on here…]

All right, as I said there’s not a ton of announcement news today, but while the press release hasn’t yet hit the wires, Warner and New Line’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now official for pre-order on Amazon on 3/24, and there’s now final cover artwork and details on the extras. You’ll get 3 documentary featurettes (Recruiting the Five Armies, Completing Middle-Earth, and New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth – Part 3), plus Billy Boyd’s The Last Goodbye music video. Below you’ll find the final official cover artwork for all four versions – the Blu-ray 3D Combo, the Blu-ray Combo, the DVD, and The Hobbit: Theatrical Trilogy Blu-ray set.

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In other news today, Warner has announced the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar IMAX for Blu-ray Combo and digital release on 3/31.

Virgil Films has set Believe Me for Blu-ray release on 3/3.

And in other news today, Home Media is reporting that Universal has made a deal to distribute Paramount Blu-ray and DVD product internationally. This in addition to the deal already in place for Warner to distribute the studio’s titles here in the States.

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Here’s a look at that Hobbit BD and DVD cover art (with Amazon pre-order links) as well as final cover art for The Imitation Game and For the Boys

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (DVD)    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray 3D)    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray Disc)

The Hobbit Trilogy (Blu-ray Disc)    For the Boys (Blu-ray Disc)    The Imitation Game (Blu-ray Disc)

Back with more reviews tomorrow and a big new History Legacy & Showmanship column from Michael Coate too. Stay tuned!

Bill Hunt


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