1st 6 releases slated for this fall
GKIDS announced on Monday that it has licensed most of Studio Ghibli‘s catalog for Blu-ray Disc and DVD distribution in North America. The company will re-release all the titles on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starting with Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoke on October 21, followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31 and My Neighbors the Yamadas in early 2018.
Ghibli will provide the English subtitles for the Japanese audio on all the releases, and the discs will also have separate French subtitles and English SDH subtitles for the dubs.
GKIDS has handled theatrical rights for Studio Ghibli films since 2010, and most recently began a partnership with Fathom Events to screen older Studio Ghibli films in theaters. Its ongoing “Studio Ghibli Fest” series began with My Neighbor Totoro last month, and the next will be Kiki’s Delivery Service on July 23 and 24. The company has previously released From Up On Poppy Hill, Only Yesterday, Ocean Waves, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There on home video.