GKIDS and New Video Group, a division of Cinedigm Entertainment, have officially announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Studio Ghibli's latest animated film, From Up on Poppy Hill. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, his son, the critically acclaimed coming-of-age story streets on September 3rd.
Official synopsis: Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) - but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.
From a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte's Web) and features an all-star English voice cast including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy executive produced.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release of From Up on Poppy Hill features over three hours of bonus materials including:
Original Japanese and English Language Versions with Subtitles and Dubtitles
Post-Fukushima Earthquake Staff Speech and Press Conference with Hayao Miyazaki
Feature Length Storyboards
Celebrity Cast Recording Featurette with Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Interviews
Interview with Goro Miyazaki
Original Japanese Trailer and TV Spots
Theme Song Music Video by Aoi Teshima
20-Page Booklet Containing Original Project Proposal by Hayao Miyazaki and a Letter from Goro Miyazaki
Embedded below is the film's original Japanese trailer (with subtitles), as well as an English dub trailer and clip.
It seems odd to me that Disney isn't handling distribution, they've done all the other modern Ghibli films, but oh well. I've heard pretty mixed things about this one, but I'll still pick it up since it's a Ghibli film.