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Howl's Moving Castle (R2J) in November

Buena Vista Japan have announced the Region 2 Japanese DVD release of Howl's Moving Castle for 16th November 2005. A year after its Japanese theatrical debut acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli bring their latest masterpiece, "Howl's Moving Castle" to DVD.

There will be two main editions available, each offering English subtitles on the main feature...

Standard Edition: This two-disc set retails at 4,935Yen and offers the following features...

Disc One: Main Feature

  • Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • Japanese and English DD5.1 EX Surround
  • French DD2.0 Surround
  • English, French and Japanese subtitles

Disc Two: Extras
  • Complete Multi-Angle Film/Storyboard Feature
  • Howl Around The World featurette
  • Interview with original author, Diana Jones
  • Interview with English dub director, Peter Docter
  • Trailers

Special Edition: This four-disc set retails at 8,925Yen and offers the following features...

Disc One: Main Feature
  • Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • Japanese DD2.0 and DTS-ES Surround
  • Japanese subtitles*

Disc Two: International Disc
  • Main Feature presented with Japanese, English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese DD2.0 audio options and equivalent subtitles

Disc Three: Extras (Identical to Disc 2 of Standard Edition)
  • Complete Multi-Angle Film/Storyboard Feature
  • Howl Around The World featurette
  • Interview with original author, Diana Jones
  • Interview with English dub director, Peter Docter
  • Trailers

Disc Four: Extras
  • Miyazaki and Moebius Talk
  • Documentary of the US premiere
  • "Hello, Mr. Lasseter" (a clip of Miyazaki and John Lasseter meeting again)
  • A lecture by Mitsunori Kataama (CG director) about the CG in movie
  • Interview with Miyazaki and the English cast during the film's premiere in New York.

The always extremely limited 'First Press' bonus on the Standard and Special Edition sets is one frame of the animated film "Howl's Moving Castle" actually used in a real theater. One twenty-fourth of a second of the film, bound in a clear cubic case.

*Strangely English subtitles have been dropped for the DTS-ES disc on the Special Edition release, meaning you can only watch the film with English subtitles on the second disc in the set, which only offers Stereo audio tracks.

Also released on 16th November 2005 is Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short, a collection of the complete Ghibli short works ranging from their first ever short film from 1992 "Sora Iro no Tane" to their latest animated music videos. Be sure to catch the animations from your favourite commercials by House Foods and Asahi Beverage Company. There are no confirmed English subtitles on this release. Retail is 3,900Yen.

There will be a Howl's Moving Castle + Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short Twin Box (Limited Edition) available retailing at 8,925Yen which bundles together the Standard 2-Disc Edition of Howl's Moving Castle with the Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short collection. As part of this Limited Edition set you will also receive a "Dore Dore no Uta" CD (a song used in Yomiuri Newspaper TV commercial, which Ghibli animated).

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Standard Edition

Special Edition

Shorts Collection

First Press Bonus


Non-Retail Sources: Nausicaa.net, Watch Impress, Studio Ghibli.

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