View Full Version : The Studio Ghibli - Miyazaki Thread

Ian Jane
04-05-2012, 10:26 AM
I know a lot of people go nuts for the Ghibli stuff.

Castle In The Sky and Whisper Of The Heart are both coming to Blu-ra 5/22/12.



I think so far Ponyo is the only one on Blu-ray for Region A?

04-05-2012, 10:53 PM
To coincide with their blu-ray release of "The Secret World of Arrietty", which I haven't seen yet.

Robin Bougie
04-06-2012, 03:16 AM
It's really really good, Brian. The best Ghibli film since The Cat Returns (2002), in my opinion.

Robin Bougie
04-06-2012, 03:20 AM
It's nice that they picked these two films for Blu. After SPIRITED AWAY, I believe they are the best two Ghibli films.

Alison Jane
04-06-2012, 08:22 AM
Wonder if there will be original audio tracks. I hate these teeny bopper fill-ins.

Ian Jane
04-06-2012, 09:05 AM
The Ponyo Blu-ray had a Japanese language track option, didn't it?

04-06-2012, 09:16 PM
It's really really good, Brian. The best Ghibli film since The Cat Returns (2002), in my opinion.

Great! A lot of people seemed to have liked it a lot. I'll definitely be getting the blu-ray.

Ian Jane
12-14-2012, 11:16 AM
From Den Of Geek: (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/23842/studio-ghiblis-next-two-films-announcements-and-posters)

"A few weeks ago, we reported on the next two movies set to emerge from Japan's eminent animation house, Studio Ghibli. Although those titles were essentially educated guesses based on website acquisitions, those guesses have turned out to be entirely accurate; Ghibli's founder artists, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata will be working on the studio's next to movies, respectively called The Wind Is Rising and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya."



Randy G
12-14-2012, 03:35 PM
Secret World was great, have never seen Castle in the Sky or Whisper of the Heart, tempted to pick them both up for my girlfriend this Xmas.

Love the poster for The Tale Of Princess Kaguya too.

Derrick King
12-15-2012, 01:30 PM
Just to warn you, Disney's Castle in the Sky release doesn't have proper subtitles, only dubtitles.

Randy G
12-15-2012, 08:50 PM
I don't mind the dubs actually, but I know I'm in the minority there.

Ian Jane
01-25-2013, 10:57 AM
From ComingSoon.net (http://www.ComingSoon.net):

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at the poster for the North American release of Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill, releasing in New York and Los Angeles theaters on March 15 before expanding wider on March 29. The film is directed by Goro Miyazaki from a script by Hayao Miyazaki.

Set in Yokohama in 1963, the hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school's ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The story takes place in a Japan that is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics – and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the new generation struggles to embrace modernity and throw off the shackles of a troubled past.

The top-grossing Japanese release of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, From Up on Poppy Hill captures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama's harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.

The English-language version is also voiced by Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton and Alex Wolff.


Ian Jane
02-18-2013, 11:16 AM
These are coming to Blu-ray 5/21/13.

Howl's Moving Castle (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEYYEIK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BEYYEIK&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20)


My Neighbor Totoro (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEYYEJ4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BEYYEJ4&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20)


Randy G
02-19-2013, 05:59 AM
My Neighbor Totoro is so great, can't wait to have this on BR. A terrific cartoon to watch stoned btw.

Ian Jane
04-12-2013, 12:14 PM
Porco Rosso is getting an English friendly release in Japan on Blu-ray. Only $78.00!



Ian Jane
05-16-2013, 09:45 AM
First review I've seen for the Region A Totoro release. (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreviews21/my_neighbor_totoro_dvd_review.htm)

Derrick King
05-16-2013, 12:40 PM
Really disappointed that, unlike the last two rounds of Di$ney's Studio Ghibli Blu-rays, no stores are doing a buy both Totoro and Howl and save $ .

Ian Jane
08-15-2013, 09:36 AM
New trailer for The Wind Rises with English subs courtesy of TIFF.


Johnny Stickman
08-18-2013, 01:05 AM
Whisper of the Heart is a great film, but I don't know if my less-sentimental brain would take it well these days. Porco Rosso is my favorite.

Ian Jane
09-02-2013, 12:16 PM
Huh. So I guess Miyazaki is retiring now.


Ian Jane
02-26-2014, 12:27 PM
Princes Mononoke gets an HK Region A Blu-ray release.


Ian Jane
04-01-2014, 10:09 AM
The Wind Rises is getting a subtitled region free Blu-ray release in Japan.


Language: English, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, French


Ian Jane
04-01-2014, 10:13 AM
There's also a complete Miyazaki boxed set up for pre-order at CD Japan.


"Here comes the "Ghibli ga Ippai Collection" box featuring the complete theatrical anime (11 films) of director Hayao Miyazaki on DVD and Blu-ray with many many languages! Moreover, as bonus the paper plane of "Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)" will be offered! In some of the Blu-rays/DVD included in the Box, additional languages such as French, Russian, German and Finnish may be included, but details are not fully confirmed at this point. * "Lupin The Castle of Cagliostro" comes ONLY in Japanese."


Ian Jane
04-23-2014, 09:50 AM
Twitch says that Castle of Cagliostro is getting a remaster and a theatrical re-release in Japan.


Robin Bougie
04-29-2014, 05:50 PM
This is all handy info to have! Thanks Ian!

Alison Jane
04-29-2014, 06:18 PM

I would like this for six dollars instead of six hundred.

Ian Jane
05-08-2014, 10:10 AM
The Japanese Spirited Away Blu-ray has English subs.



Ian Jane
08-04-2014, 09:27 AM
Studio Ghibli to stop making new films. (http://twitchfilm.com/2014/08/studio-ghibli-stops-as-we-know-it.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+(Twitch))

Or maybe not. (http://www.slashfilm.com/studio-ghibli-closed/)

Ian Jane
08-14-2014, 10:38 AM
Disney is releasing Princess Mononoke on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack in November.


Ian Jane
08-22-2014, 09:10 AM

Derrick King
11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Fucking Disney, their Princess Mononoke Blu-ray only has DUBtitles (https://twitter.com/ANNZac/status/530542617524973569).

11-07-2014, 06:39 PM
Fucking Disney, their Princess Mononoke Blu-ray only has DUBtitles (https://twitter.com/ANNZac/status/530542617524973569).

Just wait for the UK Studio Canal release which WON'T have DUBTITLES.

There have been several Hong Kong films released in the US (including on BD) which ONLY have dubtitles.

Ian Jane
11-10-2014, 11:18 AM
So supposedly Miyazaki, though retired from making features, still intends to make shorts.


At a press conference in Los Angeles, Miyazaki said that he will concentrate his energies on making short films, which will be shown at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.

“One of the good points of making such short films is that I don’t have to worry about it having financial success,” Miyazaki said. “The people who come to the museum are forced to see this film when they go into the little theatre there. So even if it’s a little bit boring, they’ll probably sit through it and not raise a fuss.”

Ian Jane
11-18-2014, 10:10 AM
"Disney will be releasing a new wave of Studio Ghibli titles on Februrary 3rd, includng Porco Rosso, Pom Poko, and Goro Miyazaki's Tales from Earthsea." (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=252161)

Ian Jane
11-24-2014, 10:45 AM
Porco Rosso gets a US Blu-ray release on 2/3/15. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PYAE2GE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00PYAE2GE&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkId=TZ5BWLNYXP3GAY4W)

Ian Jane
11-26-2014, 11:00 AM

Ian Jane
11-27-2014, 10:51 AM
Coming 2/3/15...


Ian Jane
12-02-2014, 11:59 AM
The Tale of Princess Kaguya got an English friendly Blu-ray release.


Ian Jane
12-08-2014, 10:49 AM
Coming 2/10/15 from Universal. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PHSDS0E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00PHSDS0E&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkId=EPR2BZHOQFFCH5FW)


Ian Jane
12-17-2014, 11:08 AM

Ian Jane
12-22-2014, 10:26 AM
When Marnie Was There is available on Blu-ray with Eng. subs here:


A bargain at only $63!

Ian Jane
01-15-2015, 10:31 AM
Neat packaging for the Spanish Ponyo Blu-ray release.


01-15-2015, 05:22 PM
Seems GKids is also giving "Marnie" a theatrical release this Spring.


Ian Jane
03-28-2015, 05:19 PM
Coming 6/16/15...


Ian Jane
05-13-2015, 09:34 AM
Fireflies got a Blu-ray release in HK.


Ian Jane
06-16-2015, 09:11 AM
Blu-ray.com gave the new Spirited Away disc 5/5 in the AV dept.


Ian Jane
07-27-2015, 09:56 AM
This is awesome.


Alison Jane
07-27-2015, 02:26 PM
Will watch at home.

I'd like Spirited Away on Blu-ray.

Christian Bates-Hardy
07-27-2015, 03:07 PM
It's not my favorite Ghibli film, but Spirited Away is definitely on my "must buy" list.

Alison Jane
07-27-2015, 08:55 PM
I've still never seen Grave of the Fireflies. :/

Christian Bates-Hardy
07-28-2015, 01:36 AM
I've still never seen Grave of the Fireflies. :/

Me either. I know it's a classic, but I also know it's going to be a tearjerker.

Ian Jane
07-30-2015, 09:53 AM

Ian Jane
07-30-2015, 03:09 PM
Coming in November...

13498 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117V8BX8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0117V8BX8&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkId=3AEYXOWN5KVCS2P7)

"Due out exclusively from Amazon on November 17th, The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki contains each of the maestro’s eleven feature films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises.

But the highlight for those who already own all of these films on Blu-ray will be the set’s bonus features, including Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun) — a 1972 television pilot based on a manga by Tetsuya Chiba that was directed, storyboarded and animated by Hayao Miyazaki. The set also contains three episodes (26, 27, and 41) of the 1972 anime series Akado Suzunosuk (Little Samurai), featuring storyboards by the filmmaker. Fans will also get the uncut version of Miyazaki’s Retirement Press Conference, which was thankfully not the final page in his career. The whole package is rounded off with a book featuring The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki by Tomohiro Machiyama, which “explores the themes and techniques of this revered Japanese filmmaker, and selected text from Hayao Miyazaki’s initial notes and creative proposals for the production of each film.” "

This is a pretty rad set.

Source. (http://nerdist.com/exclusive-the-collected-works-of-hayao-miyazaki-coming-to-blu-ray/)

Derrick King
07-30-2015, 05:35 PM
Wonder how much they are going to charge? I've only picked up Nausicaä and Ponyo, so I wont have to double dip on all the films, so if it isn't too much I might bite (even with the dubtitles on so many of the films)

Ian Jane
08-04-2015, 09:06 AM
Formal pre-order is now live, it's an Amazon exclusive at $224.99. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117V8BX8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0117V8BX8&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkId=5P2QO32RCQRDK4PS)

Given that it's got 11 features and probably a load of extras and fancy packaging that's not completely insane.

Derrick King
08-04-2015, 03:49 PM
Yeah, for a Di$ney release it is downright reasonable.

Ian Jane
05-19-2016, 10:28 AM
Trailer for The Red Turtle which just played at Cannes.



Tom Clark
10-13-2016, 05:37 PM
RIP Michiyo Yasuda


Ian Jane
11-30-2016, 10:12 AM
New Studio Ghibli Short Film Coming To U.S. Theaters For The Very First Time — Watch
The short will screen during the 15th anniversary re-release of "Spirited Away," which is adding a third night due to popular demand.



11-30-2016, 02:12 PM
Formal pre-order is now live, it's an Amazon exclusive at $224.99. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117V8BX8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0117V8BX8&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkId=5P2QO32RCQRDK4PS)

Given that it's got 11 features and probably a load of extras and fancy packaging that's not completely insane.

This set basically HAS NO EXTRAS for the films. Below is a comment from a review of the set about audio options etc.

In this Disney set you won't find any Streamline dubs for any movies which Disney commissioned dubs of themselves (nor all versions of their own dubs, opting for just their most recent edits of their dubs [to be closer to the original Japanese's intentions] on "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Laputa: Castle in the Sky"), "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro" is the only exception to the inclusion of Streamline dubbing because it is the only film in the set which they do not own all the distribution rights to (they had to sub license it from Discotek Media [but still, using the Streamline dub rather than the 2000 Manga dub or more recent family-friendly edit of the 2000 Manga dub, was a strange decision]). This is in some ways a very barebones set in that each film has one English dub, the original Japanese audio track, subtitles (I'll touch more on this in a moment), and no extras on the discs with the feature films (this bothers some people). What this set DOES offer is the first useful HD presentation available in the U.S. of many of these films for people who watch the original Japanese with English subtitles; Disney screwed up many of their previous standalone Blu-ray releases (and noteworthy DVD screw ups before that) so that they were somewhere between bothersome to unwatchable for original language fans/purists. Mononoke, Laputa, Kiki had straight up Disney dub sourced dubtitles, Ponyo had lossy Japanese audio, Nausicaa had burnt in English dub credits. This set fixes almost all of that (with the sort of exception being that Kiki reverted to the old Streamline dub dubtitles, which you'll find as the English subtitles on all official releases outside of the U.S., they're not perfect, but they're far closer to what is being said in the Japanese audio than the Disney dubtitles were). Also, there's no Blu-ray version of Totoro (in the U.S. or Japan, at least) with the Streamline dub you are looking for, so it isn't a failing of this set in particular... What this set offers is a great collection of films particularly for people who want to enjoy them with the original Japanese audio with decent English subtitles and be able to support a filmmaker we love with our wallets.

Quick summary: Dub options are limited to the latest Disney dub of each film except Cagliostro (which is not a Disney property and does not have a Disney dub). If you want Japanese audio and usable English subtitles, this set is the ONLY option in the U.S. that delivers across the board for these films.

Ian Jane
12-15-2016, 02:21 PM

Tom Clark
01-06-2017, 05:24 PM
Studio Ghibli: five essential films (http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/studio-ghibli-five-essential-films?utm_content=buffere5caf&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebookbfi&utm_campaign=buffer)

Top picks from Jasper Sharp.

Ian Jane
05-03-2017, 09:35 AM

Ian Jane
07-18-2017, 09:17 AM
Blu-ray reissues are coming in Oct. for a bunch of SG titles.


Alison Jane
07-18-2017, 10:08 AM
Wouldn't mind getting Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away.

Tom Clark
08-11-2017, 04:14 PM
Studio Ghibli Has Officially Reopened for Production on Hayao Miyazaki’s New Movie (http://www.indiewire.com/2017/08/studio-ghibli-reopened-production-hayao-miyazaki-new-movie-1201865754/amp/)

08-14-2017, 03:12 PM
Wait, isn't Miyazaki retired?

Ian Jane
09-06-2017, 09:46 AM
Porco Ross reissue coming in Nov.


Ian Jane
10-26-2017, 09:00 AM
Why Miyazaki came out of retirement.


Tom Clark
11-29-2017, 08:34 PM
Studio Ghibli Appoints New CEO as it Gears up for Final Hayao Miyazaki Film (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/studio-ghibli-appoints-new-ceo-as-it-gears-up-final-hayao-miyazaki-film-1062391)

Ian Jane
04-06-2018, 08:49 AM
RIP Takahata Isao.


Tom Clark
04-08-2018, 07:47 PM
Jasper Sharp's Takahata obit. (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/apr/08/isao-takahata-obituary)

Ian Jane
07-10-2018, 05:28 PM
Shout! Factory is bringing Princess Mononoke back to theaters for a limited run.


Ian Jane
12-03-2018, 06:10 PM
Coming soon from Shout! Factory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjX0pwMCCfk&utm_source=Shout%21+Factory+Ma ster&utm_campaign=01bbe2ce70-Never-Ending_Man_Fathom_Events-December+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d0d2f6ae b4-01bbe2ce70-89062849

12-04-2018, 10:01 AM
Mamoru Oshii has written a book about Ghibli, and oh boy, it sounds like something.

Hayao Miyazaki “cannot direct” – he is “less than second-rate as a director.” “There is no coherent clear story”. “Mood” and “ideas” dictate his films and “there is no logic”. Meanwhile, Isao Takahata turned into a “shit intellect” who created “propaganda films.”

- https://blog.alltheanime.com/books-the-ghibli-no-one-talks-about/

12-04-2018, 07:36 PM
I recall watching the first documentary about Miyazaki, KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS and it put me to sleep. So I doubt I'll catch this one.

Ian Jane
01-08-2019, 11:03 AM
Ha! This Studio Ghibli branded DVD player looks like it's made of wood and has an acorn shaped remote!


Ian Jane
02-14-2019, 02:55 PM

From Academy Award®-Winning* Director Hayao Miyazaki

“This intricate, epic fable is amazing to behold.”
- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Los Angeles, CA – Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Princess Mononoke in a beautiful collector’s edition release on May 14, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray™ of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. The set is available for pre-order now on ghiblicollection.com.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this epic fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time. Princess Mononoke is here presented with a release perfect for collectors and animation fans who have adored the film since its initial release.

The set’s 40-page book features new essays by film critic Glenn Kenny (The New York Times, RogerEbert.com) alongside amazing imagery and statements from director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, and Miyazaki’s poems about the characters.

The first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.

Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.

*2002: Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away

Special Features:
· Feature-Length Storyboards
· Original Theatrical Trailers
· TV Spots
· Princess Mononoke in USA
· Behind the Microphone


03-22-2019, 06:27 PM
I was never really a fan of Studio Ghibli or Miyazaki but this recent revelation (https://kotaku.com/hayao-miyazaki-seems-to-hate-lord-of-the-rings-indiana-1833458496?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Twitter&utm_source=Kotaku_Twitter&utm_medium=Socialflow) from an interview he gave a few years ago is making me reconsider.

He also claimed to be “Anti-jeans, anti-bourbon, anti-burgers”, “Anti-fried chicken, anti-cola, anti-American coffee”, and “Anti-New York, Anti-West Coast, Disneyland go back to America!”