One of my all time favorite animated movies is finally arriving on blu-ray this year, and I couldn’t be more excited! The movie comes from Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought us ‘Spirited Away’. I’ve been hoping this would get a blu-ray release sometime soon, because this is one movie I haven’t been able to get on DVD, so it has been a long time waiting for me to see it again. May 22 can’t get here soon enough! Hit the jump for the full press release.
Synopsis: “Castle in the Sky,” a timeless story of courage and friendship, is now more thrilling than ever with the magic of Blu-ray! The pristine hand-drawn animation fromacclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, “Spirited Away”) and a new digital master––featuring the original Japanese score––make this epic adventure soar like never before!
Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth––and from each other.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, “Castle in the Sky” is a must-own for families!
- Anna Paquin (Academy Award®-winner, “The Piano”) as voice of Sheeta
- James Van Der Beek (TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”) as voice of Pazu
- Cloris Leachman (TV’s “Raising Hope”) as voice of Dola
- Mark Hamill (“Star Wars” franchise) as voice of Muska
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Isao Takahata
- Disc introduction by John Lasseter
- Original Japanese Storyboards
- Behind the Studio
Explore the film’s fantastic world in these featurettes:
· The World of Laputa
· Creating “Castle in the Sky”
· Character Sketches
· Producer’s Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki
· Scoring Miyazaki
· Original Japanese Trailers
· Behind the Microphone – with voice talent from the film
Street Date: May 22, 2012
Rating: G in U.S. and G in Canada Bonus materials not rated
Feature Run Time: Approx. 125 minutes
Suggested Retail Prices: 2-Disc Blu-ray (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1.85:1 1080p High Definition DVD: 1.85:1/Widescreen
Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio French 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Original Production English ESL & SDH and French Subtitles
DVD: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Track
French 2.0 Dolby Digital Language Track
Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Original Production Audio
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