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Studio Ghibli R3 Release News

In a previous Anime News Update I mentioned forthcoming Hong Kong releases of My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service which are still set for release on the 11th December. Further news has since filtered through regarding the extra features on these releases from IVL (the Hong Kong arm of Buena Vista International) and to say they are looking like an exciting prospect for those deterred by the Japanese R2 prices would be an understatement!



Features listed for both titles are as follows...

  • Disc One - Films in Japanese and Cantonese Languages
  • Disc Two - Multi-Angle Version of the films (Animation/Storyboards) in Cantonese Language
  • Subtitles - English and Chinese (removable)
  • NTSC, R3
  • Spirited Away Trailer and the Studio Ghibli Trailer
While these features are a little sketchy we do have confirmation of another R3 release of these titles from Buena Vista International in Taiwan. Again, these versions will be R3 and are looking to be nigh on identical to the Japanese releases with the exception of English Dub tracks (which have been replaced with Cantonese Dubs) - full details are as follows (please bare in mind this is translated from Chinese so is not 100% accurate!)...

My Neighbour Totoro 2 Discs - 1:85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen - DD2.0 Japanese - DD5.1 Chinese - English Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles - MultiAngle Version of the film (Animation/Storyboards) - Theatrical Trailers for Totoro and Kiki - Opening and Ending without Credits - Studio Ghibli Trailer

Kiki's Delivery Service 2 Discs - 1:85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen - DD2.0 Japanese - DD5.1 Chinese - English Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles - MultiAngle Version of the film (Animation/Storyboards) - Theatrical Trailers for Totoro and Kiki - Featurette on Painting that inspired Kiki's Delivery Service - Studio Ghibli Trailer

The Hong Kong discs are selling for around $135HKD (about £12) and are available from CoolaShop while the Taiwanese releases retail at around $650NT (about £13.50) but sadly myself and many others have as yet failed to find a retailer that will ship the Taiwan releases to the UK. It is worth noting that myself and many others believe the Taiwanese and Hong Kong releases will be identical despite the obvious differences in official information available on them, but you will soon know because...

When they arrive you can expect a full comparative review between the R2 Japanese releases and the R3 Hong Kong releases of both My Neighbour Totoro and Kikis Delivery Service right here at DVDTimes.

In further Studio Ghibli news a further peek at the Buena Vista International Taiwan website hints at further R3 releases of Studio Ghibli titles. Of more interest is the fact that this is also a possible look at the R2 Japanese release schedule that is currently shrouded in mystery...

Studio Ghibli R3 Releases

2002 Titles in Release Order

Princess Mononoke
Porco Rosso
Laputa
Whisper of the Heart


2003 Titles in Release Order

Nausicaa
Pom Poko
Only Yesterday


Strangely the previously released R2 titles, My Neighbours the Yamadas and Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro are not scheduled nor is the forthcoming December R2 release of Panda! Go Panda. None-the-less this release list is nothing but good news for those of you that have waited in hope of alternatives to the expensive (but thoroughly worth it!) R2 Japanese releases while it gives us R2 addicts the hope that Nausicaa might just make it out before Xmas 2002!

Thanks to Nausicaa.net and AsianDVDGuide.com and many others for this hard to confirm information.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 18:32:03

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