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Ponyo (R2/UK BD) in June

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Ponyo on 7th June 2010. The latest film from director Hayao Miyazaki is inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Little Mermaid” and also incorporates a very contemporary concern for nature. The plot centres around a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sosuke, and wants to become a human girl.

Available on single-disc DVD (£17.99 RRP), two-disc SE DVD (£19.99 RRP) and Blu-ray/DVD Combo (£22.99 RRP), extras on the SE DVD and BD Combo include:

  • Storyboards
  • The Five Genuises Who Created Ponyo – interviews with Katsuya Kondo (Supervising Animator), Noboru Yoshida (Art Director), Michiyo Yasuda (Colour Design), Shuji Inoue (Recording & Sound Mixing) and Joe Hisaishi (Music) (48:52)
  • Japanese trailers and TV spots
    • Trailer 1
    • Trailer 2
    • TV Spot
    • Tie-in-Promotion with Lawson
    • Tin-in Promotion with Ponyo Exhibition
    • Tie-in Promotion with Layout Design Exhibition
  • Intro by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall (3:19)
  • A Conversation with Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter (3:30)
  • Behind the Microphone: the Voices of Ponyo (6:01)
  • Creating Ponyo (3:55)
  • Ponyo and Fujimoto(2:56)
  • The Nursery (1:57)
  • Scoring Miyazaki (7:17)
  • The Producer’s Perspective: Telling the Story (2:25)
  • The Locations in Ponyo (9:39)
  • Hayao Miyazaki interview (14.00)
  • Toshio Suzuki interview (29:00)
  • Dubbing Session and interview with Japanese cast 25:00)
  • Music Video of the theme song (3:30)

The Blu-ray tech specs are:
  • 1080P 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • Japanese 6.1 DTS-HD MA & 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • English 5.1 LPCM & 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Optional English subtitles

We can also confirm the UK Blu-ray from Optimum is the same disc as the Australian release from Madman (you get a territory select screen when you pop it in, and can choose between Australia/New Zealand & UK).

The Blu-ray is coded for Region B only.

Below we have the artwork for the DVD and Blu-ray editions. The final packshot is for a Blu-ray Deluxe Edition which currently only HMV appear to be listing...

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