Some of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’s Old Films Are Coming to Blu-ray

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Walt Disney Japan announced recently that they will be releasing three of Hayao Miyazaki’s and two of Isao Takahata’s early anime films in 1920×1080 Full HD on Blu-ray on July 17, 2015. They will be released as a part of the Ghibli ga Ippai Collection. DVD versions will also be available.

Panda Kopanda (Panda, Young Panda) and Panda Kopanda Amefuri Saakisu no Maki (Panda, Young Panda: The Rainy Circus Day) will be released with Japanese and English audio and Japanese and English subtitles. The films were written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Isao Takahata in 1972 and 1973, respectively.

Gekijouban Meitantei Houmuzu (Theatrical Edition: Great Detective Holmes), a 1984 film editing together the two episodes of the Meitantei Houmuzu TV series that Hayao Miyazaki directed, will be released with Japanese audio and Japanese subtitles only.

Jarinko Chie Gekijouban (The Unruly Child Chie: Theatrical Edition), a film that Isao Takahata directed in 1981, will be released with Japanese audio and Japanese subtitles.

Sero Hiki no Goushu (Gauche the Cellist), a film directed by Isao Takahata in 1982, will be released with Japanese audio and Japanese, French and English subtitles.

All Blu-ray releases will be region-free while the DVD releases will be coded for region 2 and will be in the NTSC format. Except for Jarinko Chie Gekijouban, which is in the 16:9 aspect ratio, all other films are in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

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