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Studio Ghibli Films Available for Digital Purchase for First Time

It took 34 years, but Studio Ghibli is finally embracing the internet era: The celebrated Japanese animation studio’s entire film catalogue, including classics such as “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” will be available for digital purchase in North America starting December 17.

Indie distributor GKids announced Tuesday that Studio Ghibli’s films would be available in both English and Japanese languages. The suggested retail price is $19.99 per film, and the films will be available on Apple TV, Amazon, and Google Play, among other services.

The Wind Rises” is the studio’s only film that will not be available for digital purchase this year; that film will be available for digital purchase in the third quarter of 2020.

The studio’s projects are enormously popular: The 18-year-old “Spirited Away” outpaced “Toy Story 4” at the China box office in June when the former opened for the first time in Chinese theaters. “Spirited Away
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Studio Ghibli’s Film Catalog Will Be Available for Digital Purchase for the First Time

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Studio Ghibli’s Film Catalog Will Be Available for Digital Purchase for the First Time
GKids will release the entire Studio Ghibli catalog of animated films for digital purchase for the first time in North America on Dec. 17.

The Tokyo-based Studio Ghibli catalog includes best animated film Academy Award winner “Spirited Away” and five other Oscar-nominated titles: “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “The Wind Rises,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” “When Marnie Was There” and “The Red Turtle,” which was co-produced with Wild Bunch.

Films will be available to purchase in both English and Japanese languages on all major digital transactional platforms. It’s the first time the Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital purchase anywhere in the world. GKids previously announced an exclusive U.S. streaming deal with HBO Max for the Studio Ghibli library starting in May.

Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was given an honorary award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the
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You Can Buy Every Studio Ghibli Movie for Digital Download Starting This Month

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Studio Ghibli’s entire library of films, including classics such as “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke,” will be made available for digital download in the U.S. and Canada beginning on Dec. 17, the distributor Gkids announced Monday.

This marks the first time any of the films from the Japanese anime giant will be available on any digital platform. And the news also comes months before the Studio Ghibli films are meant to stream exclusively in the U.S. on HBO Max beginning in May 2020.

The films, 21 in all dating back 30 years to 1984, will only be available as digital download-to-own, with each film retailing for $19.99. The films will not be available for rental at this time, but Gkids says the movies will be available for purchase on all major digital platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft and Fandango Now. Further, both the original
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The Wonderful Anime Films of Studio Ghibli Will Be Streaming on HBO Max

A lot of Studio Ghibli fans have been wondering when and where the wonderful anime films from the studio would end up streaming. Well, it’s been officially announced that those movies will be available to stream on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max when it launches in the spring of 2020.

HBO Max will be the Us streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues. The landmark deal with North American distributor Gkids for the twenty-one Studio Ghibli feature films marks the first time these beloved films have been licensed to a streaming platform.

The films that will be available at the launch of the service will include Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and more.

Kevin Reilly, Chief Content
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And Just Like That, 21 Studio Ghibli Movies Will Stream on HBO Max in 2020

Iconic Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli has signed a landmark deal to bring 21 movies exclusively to HBO Max. The upcoming streaming platform from WarnerMedia is launching in April 2020. The deal marks the first time Studio Ghibli movies have ever been licensed to a streaming platform.

At the time of HBO Max’s launch, such Studio Ghibli titles as Oscar winner “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” will be available to stream, among others. Additional films such as Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” will debut on HBO Max in fall 2020.

“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the U.S.,” Studio Ghibli chairman Koji Hoshino said in a statement. “As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films.
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HBO Max Draws Up Deal To Stream Studio Ghibli Films Including ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’

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HBO Max continues to pad its streaming fare with an exclusive deal for the entire catalog of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. It’s the first time the lauded toon producer’s films have been licensed to a streamer.

The deal with Studio Ghibli distributor Gkids includes 2001’s Spirited Away, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and four other pics that were nominated in that category: Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max and President of TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Exciting, enchanting and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud to showcase them in an accessible way for even more fans through HBO Max.”

Founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata,
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HBO Max Acquires U.S. Streaming Rights To Studio Ghibli Library

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HBO Max has taken the U.S. streaming rights to Japan’s Oscar-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, which reps the first time the latter’s content has been licensed to a streamer.

The deal with North American distributor Gkids includes 21 Studio Ghibli movies: Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns, From Up On Poppy Hill, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Ocean Waves, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, Ponyo, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, The Secret World of Arrietty, Spirited Away, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, Tales From Earthsea, When Marnie Was There, Whisper of the Heart and The Wind Rises (which is launching in the fall of 2020. Most of these titles will be available when HBO Max launches.

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President,
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Trailer for Upcoming Short Anime Film “Wind Princess” by Chris Tex

Watch the teaser trailer for this unusual project. “Wind Princess” is an independent non-profit short film, entirely self-funded and made in Brazil as a tribute to the great artist Hayao Miyazaki and his classic 1984 anime film “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”.

A Brazilian filmmaking team, made up of friends and led by director Chris Tex has been working on this project for almost four years, fueled only by their love for the source material.

The film looks amazing and it will be released online free of charge, as the team’s aim is to pay homage to Mr. Miyazaki and the team at Studio Ghibli.

The trailer includes a behind-the-scenes featurette where the director talks about his drive, the making of the film, and his dream to donate all the costumes and props to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan, as a token of appreciation and also as
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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Blu ray

Shout! Factory

1997 / 1.85 : 1 / 133 Min.

Starring Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki spent much of his early career as an artist and animator on children’s fare like Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon and Puss in Boots, each as energetic as a school recess and as uncomplicated as a bedtime story. From such modest beginnings a mighty oak grew… an entire forest in fact.

In 1984 Miyazaki wrote and directed Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – an environmentalist jeremiad in cartoon form that was anything but uncomplicated. The film was so successful it led to the founding of Studio Ghibli, a made-to-order workshop for Miyazaki’s passion projects. In 1997, a few years after the storybook moods of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Miyazaki returned to the forest with a purpose, combining the epic storytelling of Nausicaä with
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Watch: ‘Nausicaä’ Fan Film ‘Wind Princess’ Pays Homage to Hayao Miyazaki’s Anime

As I was putting together my thoughts for the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Blu-ray review, which I got to check out ahead of the film's 35th anniversary theatrical re-release, I couldn't help but wonder why we hadn't seen many attempts at bringing Ghibli (and Ghibli-esque) films to life in live-action. I figured it was only a matter of time before some studio (probably Disney) went ahead with plans to reboot the whole catalogue with an international cast of up-and-coming actors. I never would have guessed that an independent …
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‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ Returns to Theaters to Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary

In honor of the 35th anniversary of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Gkids and Fathom Events, in their continuing collaboration for Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, are bringing the acclaimed film back to U.S. theaters on May 20th and 21st. From the legendary Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki comes the epic tale of sweeping scope and grandeur that remains one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time. A thousand years after the Seven Days of Fire destroyed civilization, warring human factions survive in a world devastated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic …
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Castlevania Producer Adi Shankar Is Now Developing a Hyper Light Drifter TV Series

You may or may not be familiar with the action RPG Hyper Light Drifter, but if you are, you might be excited to learn that its creator Alex Preston has teamed up with producer Adi Shankar to develop an animated series based on the game!

The game is actually pretty cool. It pays homage to the older 8-bit and 16-bit games and is is said to be a a combination of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo.

While talking to Polygon, the game's creator confirmed that he was working on the series with Shankar, but at the moment it is still in the conceptual stage. They are trying to figure out the best way to bring this story to life for fans to enjoy. He said:

“The difference between a series and a game is vast in a lot of ways. Hyper Light as a
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives,’ Women of the West, ‘Sweet Sweetback’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Two essential restorations begin this weekend: Akira and Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives.

Three Isabelle Adjani-starrers screen, all on 35mm.

Anthology

Films from Fuller, Ray, Mann and more play in “Women of the West.”

Quad Cinema

Before Let the Corpses Tan, discover the inspirations for its filmmakers; meanwhile, an Alain Delon retro is underway.
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Rest In Peace, Takahata Isao

It is with sadness that we've heard that Japanese writer, director and producer Takahata Isao died yesterday. His passing has been confirmed by several Japanese news sources. He had been struggling with his health since last summer. Takahata Isao's achievements in film are many (check this overview we posted in 2014). He produced several of Miyazaki Hayao's most famous films, including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the success of which allowed them to found the legendary Studio Ghibli in the eighties. As a director he created several classics himself, including Pom Poko, Only Yesterday, and what many still consider to be one of the best anti-war films of all time (animated or otherwise), Grave of the Fireflies. In 2009 he received a honorary...

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Blu-ray Review – Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 1984.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos,and Shia Labeouf.

Synopsis:

GKids has secured the new home video distributor contract for Studio Ghibli films, and they’ve released a big batch of them on Blu-ray, with more bonus features than what was found on the earlier Blu discs. This review covers Nausicaä’ of the Valley of the Wind, which was Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie, although it predated the creation of Studio Ghibli.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is famed Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s debut movie, which is an adaptation of his manga of the same name. It was released prior to Miyazaki’s founding of Studio Ghibli, but it’s now part of the company’s stable of films, so it fell under the deal
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The Impressionists, Tatara Samurai and Worldgaming Counter-Strike Regional Finals make our September Events list

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The Impressionists, Tatara Samurai and Worldgaming Counter-Strike Regional Finals make our September Events listThe Impressionists, Tatara Samurai and Worldgaming Counter-Strike Regional Finals make our September Events listScott Goodyer8/31/2017 11:50:00 Am

Well, that was fast. Summer is pretty much over and September is now upon us. So as the days start to get colder, come inside to a warm and cozy Cineplex theatre and check out some of these really cool special events! For more information on these screenings including tickets and showtimes, click on their titles:

September 5th: The Impressionists - Exhibition on the Screen

They are the world’s most popular artists. The works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas and their compatriots fetch tens of millions of dollars. But just who were they really? Why and how did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, the film has secured unique access to a
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Studio Ghibli Fest adds third dates for Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the overwhelming success of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Fathom Events and Gkids have announced that they have added third dates to all remaining titles in Studio Ghibli Fest 2017.

The dates for the four remaining films – Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle – are as follows:

Castle In The Sky – August 27, 28, 30

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – September 24, 25, 27

Spirited Away – October 29, 30; November 1

Howl’s Moving Castle – November 26, 27, 29

Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55 p.m. local time. Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time. Wednesday showings will be dubbed and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time.

See Also: Studio Ghibli reopens for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film

Tickets for the screenings can be purchased online by visiting www.GKIDStickets.com and www.FathomEvents.com
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Gkids To Reissue Six Studio Ghibli Films For Blu-Ray

Gkids, producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio's catalog in North America. Beginning October 17, 2017, Gkids will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli's renowned films with six initial titles from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31, 2017. The remaining titles will be reissued in the coming months in brand new Blu-ray and DVD, and are listed below. 

The Studio Ghibli library, led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most coveted and critically-lauded in animation, and includes such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, which was recently listed at
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Gkids to handle home video on Studio Ghibli catalogue

Distributor now handles home entertainment rights as well as theatrical on Japanese studio titles.

Gkids has announced it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to distribute the Japanese animation studio’s home video catalogue in North America.

Starting on October 17, Gkids will reissue Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s films and kicks off with six titles from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The initial six Miyazaki titles are Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away (pictured), followed by Castle In The Sky and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind on October 31.

The remaining titles, which include Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, will be reissued in the coming months on Blu-ray and DVD.

The home video partnership builds on the relationship between Gkids and Studio Ghibli. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the catalogue since 2010.

Gkids released the studio’s recent
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Studio Ghibli’s Best Movies Are Being Reissued on Blu-ray This October, Including ‘Spirited Away’

Fall 2017 is shaping up to be a great season for Hayao Miyazaki fans here in the U.S. The director’s 1979 feature debut “The Castle of Cagliostro” is returning to theaters nationwide September 14 and 19, and now indie animation distributor Gkids has announced it is patterning with Studio Ghibli to reissue its most classic films on Blu-ray starting this October.

Read More: Hayao Miyazaki’s 1979 Movie Debut ‘Castle of Cagliostro’ to Open Nationwide For the First Time

Beginning October 17, Gkids will release new Blu- ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s best movies. The first wave of releases includes six titles all directed by Miyazaki: “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ponyo,” “Princess Mononoke” and the Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature “Spirited Away.” New editions of “Castle in the Sky” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” will debut on October 31.

Gkids has been handling
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