Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya, or Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, directed by the critically acclaimed Isao Takahata, will be available tomorrow on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan. This is Isao Takahata’s first film in 14 years since My Neighbours The Yamadas.
The DVD release, available for 5076 yen (tax inclusive) in Japan and 4700 yen outside Japan (roughly $40 USD / $47 AUD), will feature the film with both 2ch and 5.1ch Japanese audio and 2ch English audio, as well as English subtitles. The DVD will be in the NTSC format and encoded for region 2. The DVD set will come with two discs, with on-disc extras including the press conference, storyboards and trailer.
The Blu-ray release, available for 7344 yen (tax inclusive) in Japan and 6800 yen outside Japan (roughly $57 USD / $68 AUD), will feature the film with 5.1ch English, Cantonese, Mandarin and French audio tracks, Japanese Linear PCM 2ch audio and Japanese DTS HD 5.1ch audio. It will also feature English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, French and Korean subtitles. The Blu-ray release will be region free, come with one disc and feature on-disc extras including the storyboard, trailer, press conference and script for dubbing.
Anyone considering purchasing one of these high quality releases should be aware that the extras are not listed as being subtitled or containing any language options other than Japanese.