Ghibli’s ‘Arrietty’ out on Blu-ray and DVD June 17

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Studio Ghibli Inc.’s “Karigurashi no Arrietty” (The Borrower Arrietty) animated feature film is due out on Blu-ray and DVD on June 17, Walt Disney Studios Japan said.

“Karigurashi no Arrietty” was based on British writer Mary Norton’s children’s book, “The Borrowers.”

The anime, about a tiny girl who lives under the floorboards of an old house, was released in July 2010 to immediate success. Each version includes extra footage offering a glimpse into the anime’s production.
The Blu-ray edition contains the storyboards in a picture-in-picture (PIP) style. PIP extras have also been included for other Ghibli Blu-ray titles, such as “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind,” “Castle in the Sky” and “My Neighbors the Yamadas.”

Other extras include a copy of the script and interviews with Hayao Miyazaki, who conceived the original ideas and wrote the screenplay, and director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

The anime was Yonebayashi’s first Ghibli project as director. It was the most successful Japanese movie in 2010, grossing 9.25 billion yen ($114.2 million) at the box office and breaking the record for first-time directors.

Other extras include a television special, “Ghibli Sakuhin no Genryu wo Saguru Tabi” (A journey to search for the origins of Ghibli’s works), a music video of the theme song performed by Cecil Corbel and a collection of trailers.

The Blu-ray edition will include audio in Japanese, French, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. English subtitles will also be included.

Collectors will especially love the Blu-ray edition’s rich value as resource material.

Meanwhile, the simpler two-disc DVD edition contains only Japanese dialogue, with subtitles in Japanese and English. Extras include the storyboards and the trailer collection.

The DVD edition is priced at 4,935 yen ($61), including tax, and the Blu-ray version costs 7,140 yen.

Meanwhile, Studio Ghibli’s latest animated feature, “Kokurikozaka Kara” (From Kokuriko Hill), will hit cinemas nationwide on July 16. Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, directed the film which is based on his father’s story ideas.

With “Arrietty” to be released on Blu-ray and DVD and the new animated feature on the way, Studio Ghibli is in for a busy summer.

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