Classic Miyazaki films come to UK DVD

Buena Vista Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD releases of Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle in the Sky for 10th November 2003 with a retail price of £17.99 each. From director Hayao Miyazaki, probably best known here in the UK for Princess Mononoke and his most recent animated tale Spirited Away that is currently winning over UK audiences on its limited theatrical release, these animated classics are finally being given the opportunity to capture the hearts of those who prefer not to venture outside of UK DVD releases.

Unlike the two-disc Asian and American counterparts these UK releases will come on just the one disc offering the following features...

Kiki's Delivery Service

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Japanese, English, Spanish and Italian DD5.1 Surround
  • English HOH, Spanish, Italian and Portugese subtitles
  • Storyboard version of film in 4:3 Full Screen with Japanese DD2.0 Stereo and optional English subtitles
Castle in the Sky
  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Japanese, English (Disney Dub) and French DD5.1 Surround
  • English, English HOH and French subtitles
  • Multi-angle storyboard/film sequence (8:50mins) in Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD2.0 Stereo
  • Original Japanese Trailers (4:05mins) in Japanese DD2.0 Stereo with English subtitles
Those familiar with the alternate DVD releases available will have already noticed some differences, mostly bad though one is possibly good depending on your preferences. Kiki's Delivery Service is burdened by the fact it only has English Hard of Hearing subtitles meaning for those listening to the original Japanese language track you will have to put up with non-literal subtitles with sound effect descriptions. Castle in the Sky however is to my knowledge now the only version with a Japanese DD5.1 Surround mix, this is good or bad depending on the consumers perspective (and of course the quality of the mix). Both discs are lacking in bonus features when compared to the Asian and American counterparts, though Kiki's Delivery Service does include the entire storyboard version of the film (like the American disc there is no multi-angle feature) while Castle in the Sky simply features a short multi-angle storyboard segment.

Below we have a look at some menu screens from these releases alongside the cover artwork.

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