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Grave of the Fireflies Blu-ray

Posted August 14, 2012 01:56 PM by Webmaster

Blu-ray MoviesSentai Filmworks will release on Blu-ray Japanese director Isao Takahata's Hotaru no Haka a.k.a Grave of the Fireflies (1988). Exact technical specs and supplemental features to be included with this release are unknown at the moment, but the street date set by Sentai Filmworks is November 20th.

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, this haunting Japanese anime tells the story of two children, 14-year-old Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi) and his four-year-old sister Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi), who are struggling to survive in 1940s war-torn Japan where bombings by American warplanes and napalm attacks are an almost daily occurrence. When their mother is killed in an air raid, and the fate of their Naval officer father remains unknown, the children are left to fend for themselves. After a brief and uncomfortable stay with a cold and distant aunt, who makes it clear that she doesn't want to be burdened with them, they run away and set up home in an abandoned bomb shelter. For a while they find some happiness living on their own with a field of almost magical fireflies to keep them company. But as the rationing of food grows more unbearable, Seita finds it an increasing struggle to keep himself and Setsuko alive.

Note: In November, Sentai Filmworks are also bringing to Blu-ray Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Season 1 (November 6th), Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (November 13th), and Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto Collection 2 (November 27th).




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News comments (23 comments)


MoulinBlu
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Great film. I haven't seen it since I rented the vhs for an assignment we had in a Japanese language class in college. A rewatch is long overdue.

toddly6666
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Dont forget about the Limited Edition Blu-ray Version that comes with a tissue box.

rollinwith26s
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Day 1 for me!

aimforsilence
 - Aug 14, 2012

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sucks it wont match the other North American Ghibli releases like it does in other countries!

kevin87
 - Aug 14, 2012

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maybe this studio can release the other Ghibli films that Disney doesn't own in the US

Koyaanisqatsi
 - Aug 14, 2012

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one of the most heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful films, and I dont mean just animation, I have ever experienced. ecstatic that it is finally getting a blu-ray release. Im with 'rollinwith26s' on this...Day 1 for sure!!!

aimforsilence
 - Aug 14, 2012

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I wish disney never got the rights to the Ghibli collection. They should of ALL went to an Anime studio that does NA releases so that not only would everything match, but we wouldn't have to wait years between releases!

zoodermin
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Is a wonderful film but is so hard to watch that I don't know if I will buy it. Last time I saw it it stayed with me a long time. However, for anyone who hasn't seen it, this is mandatory viewing!

BDAcolyte
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Sentai Filmworks' remastered DVD is a great boost from the old CPM release of many years ago--but that said, is this Blu a native 1080p scan from film, or an upconvert from their 480p master?

As for 'Grave' not being part of the Disney NA catalog, it's because this film has a different Japanese licensor/distributor as all the rest. Someone better informed than me could be more specific, I'm sure.

dullboy
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Toddly, you didn't get the news apparently...they scrapped the tissues on the LE. It will now come with a set of razor blades.

dullboy
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Actually, it would be cool if it came with this:
http://uberfriendship.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/grave-of-the-fireflies-candy.jpg

zoodermin
 - Aug 14, 2012

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@BDAcolyte you're right, Grave of the Fireflies was produced by Shinchosha while all the other Ghibli films are produced by Tokuma Shoten (Ghibli's parent company) so that's why Disney does not have the US rights for this film. That and of course the fact that is not appropriate for children.

planosuperman
 - Aug 14, 2012

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I really really hope this turns out to be a rewarding and quality release and that eventually Mononoke-Hime and Spirited Away will their release too like aimforsilence said. Those are 2 of the best imo.

J. Severe
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Aw, shame that it won't match the other Glibli movies that Disney owns.

Not that I'll get it, really, I don't have the guts to watch it. :P

Shadoe555
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Man, this movie is depressing as HELL. Keep a few days clear on the schedule to mope around the house after watching. (It's a great show, though.)

Morsoth
 - Aug 14, 2012

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Awesome animated movie, very emotional and deep. I saw it on VHS in 1990's, I will gladly add it in my collection where it's released on Blu-ray.

Grethiwha
 - Aug 14, 2012

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I'll try my hardest to forget that I just spent nearly $30 on the barebones not-great-quality DVD version a few weeks ago, which I haven't watched.

Incredible film.

vtaykw
 - Aug 14, 2012

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It is a great film and heart wrenching..... Watch it and felt depressed for weeks!!!
Will buy it as a collection and show to kids as anti-war education film..... But would never watch it again.
Cannot take the depression again especially I am now a parent with small children.

BluPix
 - Aug 15, 2012

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I already blind-preordered to import the UK version of Grave of the Fireflies to be released by Studio Canal, which I now consider the go-to studio for all things Studio Ghibli for the English-language market. I look forward to receiving it, though I'll pay attention to see what reviews and extras the Sentai Filmworks version has.

I look forward to seeing it, even though it may be utterly sobering. I'm no stranger to depressing films; many of the best films made happen to be rather depressing.

hazelwu
 - Aug 15, 2012

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below is a extremely beautiful movie (as in art), even better than Ghibli ones in my opinion. The movie is very good too.

mishal
 - Aug 15, 2012

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Definite day 1 for 1. I also remember watching it on VHS when I was a kid. Cannot wait for the Blu-ray release. Hoping for a great v/a transfer with extra supplements.

RSuarez
 - Aug 15, 2012

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Fantastic news! let's hope the transfer does justice to this great film

lobo81865
 - Aug 15, 2012

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Awesome, pre-ordered. I already have the 2-disc DVD with addtional extras, but I'll double-dip for this one for sure.


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