New Studio Ghibli Limited Edition Blu-rays Announced by GKIDS

The Studio Ghibli films Porco Rosso and From Up on Poppy Hill are receiving limited edition SteelBook Blu-ray and DVD combo packs, produced by GKIDS and distributed by Shout! Factory.

These special editions, which both come with a booklet of art and statements from the filmmakers, will be released on September 21. 12 other Studio Ghibli films (Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, The Cat Returns, Whisper of The Heart, The Secret World of Arrietty, The Wind Rises and Earwig and the Witch) previously received SteelBook releases.

The official summary of Hayao Miyazaki's 1992 adventure film Porco Rosso is as follows:

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a dazzling aerial adventure set in and above the scenic port towns of the Adriatic Sea.

“Porco Rosso” is a world-weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he infuriates a band of sky pirates with his heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a hotshot American rival, to get rid of him. But with the help of the teenage girl Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and a sultry lounge singer named Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.

Bonus features for the Porco Rosso special edition include feature-length storyboards, an interview with producer Toshio Suzuki, the dubbing feature "Behind the Microphone" and the original theatrical trailers.

The official summary for Goro Miyazaki's 2011 drama From Up on Poppy Hill is as follows:

From the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) comes another animated triumph, directed by Goro Miyazaki and based on a screenplay by Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki.

Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi and Shun – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff, and Anton Yelchin.

From Up on Poppy Hill's special edition will also include feature-length storyboards, a "Behind the Microphone" feature and original theatrical trailers. Other special features include a music video, a featurette on Yokohama, an interview with Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki's press conference and an episode of the documentary series 10 Years With Hayao Miyazaki.

Source: Shout! Factory

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