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Old 02-21-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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Let's have a thread dedicated to discussing the Blu-ray releases of the Studio Ghibli Collection library.

I was thinking that this thread is primarily focused on the US releases provided by Disney, but discussing releases from all around the world is also welcome.

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Old 02-21-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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Lossy audio = no buy

Hopefully Optimum will have lossless audio for the UK release of "Ponyo".
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:22 PM   #3
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This will be a good thread seeing as how Disney said they plan on starting to release Studio Ghibli catalog titles on BD this year. Here's hoping Spirited Away is next.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:23 PM   #4
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wonder when Totoro will hit blu?
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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The ones i'm looking forward to are Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:57 PM   #6
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Princess Mononoke on Blu-Ray will make me drool.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:12 PM   #7
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This will be a good thread seeing as how Disney said they plan on starting to release Studio Ghibli catalog titles on BD this year. Here's hoping Spirited Away is next.
Haven't heard that, but the ones we're already getting in March are new DVD releases of the existing catalog--
(And with new Disk 2 extras, not simply wasting the entire second disk on the complete storyboards....Better covers, though.)
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:06 AM   #8
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Default Why would Disney re-release those Miyazaki movies in DVD only?!

I was about to pre-order Ponyo on amazon.
Among the search results, I saw the "new" dvds from Disney.
I almost had a heart attack because the packaging resembles BDs but they are only DVD release (due March 2nd, 2010)

quite disappointed
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:39 AM   #9
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Disney is hoping that Ponyo sells well. If it does well then we get the Blu-rays of the older movies. Also Japan doesn't have the older movies yet so we will get them either sometime after or when released in Japan but no sooner then that.

With the re-releases being on dvd only when the Ponyo movie comes out well that's supposed to help sell Ponyo kind of like a hyping it up to get more people to buy it for those who're new to the Studio Ghibli titles.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:08 AM   #10
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Japan is pretty stingy about those things, that's the main reason. Don't expect Disney US to release the older Ghibli titles until after Japan does it. But in Region-B land, it might come first. Like how Spain released Spirited Away (upconverted master though...)
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:12 AM   #11
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"Nausicaa" appears to be the first blu-ray Miyazaki film to be issued (per blu-ray.com) in a few months.

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Old 02-22-2010, 07:23 AM   #12
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Yeah Nausicaa already has an HD scan that was probably broadcast on tv or something so it makes sense that its the first of the old titles.

Kiki's Delivery service is my most favorite, but I'll take anything as they release.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:48 AM   #13
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To answer the header,
A) They didn't have the HD masters when the first ones came out, and
B) They didn't have the rights to HD masters when the first ones came out, because
C) As they're not Disney movies, Toho wanted hometown crack at any HD releases first, before any other importable country beat them to it.

As noted, we have Nausicaa coming up, and...only Nausicaa announced for the moment.
(Trust us folks, it was this bad back when the first DVD's were coming out, and it was tough enough getting the original Godzillas.)
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:04 AM   #14
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Pretty excited about Gake no ue no Ponyo. I saw the movie on TV in Japan about two weeks ago (SD TV, no HD) and loved it.

Unfortunately, the Disney release has lossy audio, so I'll be ordering the JPN version off Amazon Japan instead. It'll be more expensive, but worth it, in my opinion.

Little note to thread starter: J*P is a derogatery term. It might be better to either write Japan(ese) or use the international abbreviation JPN.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:14 AM   #15
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I saw Ponyo at an old theater in my hometown.

The amazing climax sequence is going to be so nice on Blu-ray. I can't imagine what it took to hand animate those scenes
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:40 PM   #16
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The DVD version has a stuffed Ponyo plush. I was like; "WHAT THE HELL, MAN?"
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:52 PM   #17
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I don't know if this has been mentioned, but Ponyo features the original Japanese credits if you choose Japanese as the language. It's in English if you choose English. I don't know if they've used seamless branching.
This is also Disney standard template. You choose a language from the menu and it puts you at an angle that gives you that language's credits
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:14 AM   #18
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Have seen Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, & Howls Moving Castle in the Theater and can not wait to watch them on Blu-ray!

Will buy All if Done Correctly.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:01 AM   #19
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There is a 10$ off coupon coming soon, the website is not yet up however.
I find it odd that its not up when its only a week away from its release...

Also, if you order the blu (or DVD) from amazon, you can order another Studio Ghibli film (although a DVD..) for 10 dollars off.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:08 AM   #20
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I will not be upgrading to Blu on any of these movies. The Up-converted DVD's look amazing and I just don't see how the jump could be that much better. In fact imo no hand drawn animation looks that much better on blu. CGI yes, hand drawn no. I also don't think the audio upgrade will be a huge jump. If it is I might pick up a couple but doubtful. With that said I will probably get Ponyo on blu because it was a great movie and my kid really liked it. If I am blown away that might change my mind.

Also the price will prob stay high on these just like the DVDs.
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