My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle - Blu-Rays May 21
As many of you are aware, Disney has announced a release date for My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle on Blu-Ray in North America, May 21. Great news for Ghibli Freaks over here.
For everyone at home keeping score, Howl's Moving Castle BD was released in Japan on November 16, 2011, and My Neighbor Totoro BD was released on July 18, 2012. The American market woefully under-served, as Japan and the rest of the world see the Studio Ghibli films released in a timely fashion. Disney continues to do the absolute, contractually-obligated minimum. Hmm...my lawyer is exactly the same way, now that I think about it.
In any case, we're finally getting Totoro and Howl on Blu-Ray, both of which look and sound spectacular, and a considerable improvement over the DVD. Greater color saturation and uncompressed audio? Sign me up!
Meanwhile, we're waiting for news from Japan on Ghibli's next BD release, which would arrive in the summer to coincide with Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu. I say it's going to be Porco Rosso, so put me down on the office pool.