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#31 MrNEWZ

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

W00t to Totoro.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:23 PM

Wait there's a kittenbus short? Why hasn't it ever been added to the totoro releases?


It's exclusive to the ghibli museum, and I guess they want to keep it that way. There was some cam video on youtube, but looks like they've removed it.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

Yeah, that one releases theatrically in March. Apparently Disney turned down the rights, so GKIDS has both the theatrical and DVD/BR rights in the US. Expect a BR release sometime in 2013.


Holy shit. DISNEY refused the rights to it?! Wow...I may have to buy the U.S. version(if it's $20 or under) just to spite Disney. On the other hand it's already out on Blu-ray out in Japan and will likely keep the best cover. Hmmm.
As for your comment about Totoro it's been on Blu-ray for a while in Japan(released at the same time as "Grave Of the Fireflies") and has a BETTER cover. Kiki's Delivery Service is soon to be out there, if not out there already. If you'd like me to find the link from Amazon.co.jp which lists them all, I will. It even has them by dates of when they were released. :D
Sadly, "Spirited Away" is still missing on Blu-ray. :(
Jeez gkrykewy, now I'm wishing I went to the Ghibli Museum the last time I was in Toukyou.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:48 PM

Holy shit. DISNEY refused the rights to it?! Wow...I may have to buy the U.S. version(if it's $20 or under) just to spite Disney. On the other hand it's already out on Blu-ray out in Japan and will likely keep the best cover. Hmmm.
As for your comment about Totoro it's been on Blu-ray for a while in Japan(released at the same time as "Grave Of the Fireflies") and has a BETTER cover. Kiki's Delivery Service is soon to be out there, if not out there already. If you'd like me to find the link from Amazon.co.jp which lists them all, I will. It even has them by dates of when they were released. :D
Sadly, "Spirited Away" is still missing on Blu-ray. :(
Jeez gkrykewy, now I'm wishing I went to the Ghibli Museum the last time I was in Toukyou.


Yes, the japanese releases have the disney dubs and better covers (and are region free), but the covers aren't $40 better IMO :)

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

I disagree(about the covers, dislike dubbing) and here's the link for anyone interested in what the Japanese have on Blu-ray for Miyazaki-san.

http://www.amazon.co...&pf_rd_i=656746

Hopefully that comes out right. Apparently "Kiki's Delivery Service" came out at the beginning of December and one other movie also came out but I can't figure it out. Sadly it doesn't look like it's "Spirited Away".

Speaking of covers, I was looking to get the Japanese version of "Wall-E" over the American one. The cover is awesome!!!

Oh and those Blu's shouldn't be too expensive over the American one's. The exchange rate has gotten better, up to 94 Yen to the dollar. Also the Blurays are a little over $50 at Amazon given that exchange rate.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:46 PM

Holy shit. DISNEY refused the rights to it?! Wow...I may have to buy the U.S. version(if it's $20 or under) just to spite Disney. On the other hand it's already out on Blu-ray out in Japan and will likely keep the best cover. Hmmm.


Just as a note, it was directed by Hayao's son, Goro, who directed the somewhat lackluster "Tales From Earthsea". Hayao apparently did script it tho, so it might turn out alright. It apparently did well in Japan.

I don't know if Disney turned it down, or if GKids just values it more. Apparently they have been very aggressive in acquiring the rights to foreign language feature films.

As for your comment about Totoro it's been on Blu-ray for a while in Japan(released at the same time as "Grave Of the Fireflies") and has a BETTER cover. Kiki's Delivery Service is soon to be out there, if not out there already. If you'd like me to find the link from Amazon.co.jp which lists them all, I will. It even has them by dates of when they were released. :D
Sadly, "Spirited Away" is still missing on Blu-ray. :(


Yeah, basically if it isn't out on Blu in Japan, it isn't going to be out in Blu in this country. Personally, I'm still waiting for Princess Mononoke.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:19 AM

I disagree(about the covers, dislike dubbing) and here's the link for anyone interested in what the Japanese have on Blu-ray for Miyazaki-san.

http://www.amazon.co...&pf_rd_i=656746

Hopefully that comes out right. Apparently "Kiki's Delivery Service" came out at the beginning of December and one other movie also came out but I can't figure it out. Sadly it doesn't look like it's "Spirited Away".

Speaking of covers, I was looking to get the Japanese version of "Wall-E" over the American one. The cover is awesome!!!

Oh and those Blu's shouldn't be too expensive over the American one's. The exchange rate has gotten better, up to 94 Yen to the dollar. Also the Blurays are a little over $50 at Amazon given that exchange rate.


Yeah it's the shipping that kills it. ~20 for one disc or 25 for two IIRC. I like the dubs for ghibli releases because I want to taking in the beautiful art, not reading.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:32 AM

fucking TOTORO. THANK YOU JESUS


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:33 AM

Yeah it's the shipping that kills it. ~20 for one disc or 25 for two IIRC. I like the dubs for ghibli releases because I want to taking in the beautiful art, not reading.


Somehow I doubt Miyazaki envisioned those English actors speaking the parts or even had ANY say in their choice. $20 for ONE disc. This is why I hate Amazon.co.jp getting rid of the bulk shipping option. They're just trying to rip people off. How can they be so reasonable with Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.it but not .co.jp/ ?
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:38 AM

Somehow I doubt Miyazaki envisioned those English actors speaking the parts or even had ANY say in their choice. $20 for ONE disc. This is why I hate Amazon.co.jp getting rid of the bulk shipping option. They're just trying to rip people off. How can they be so reasonable with Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.it but not .co.jp/ ?


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

Apparently "Kiki's Delivery Service" came out at the beginning of December and one other movie also came out but I can't figure it out.


"Only Yesterday" - did they ever release that in the US? I think I had to import it on dvd: looks like I'll have to do the same for the blu.

Thanks for the heads up - didn't even know these were being released in Japan :)

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:03 AM

Holy shit. DISNEY refused the rights to it?! Wow...I may have to buy the U.S. version(if it's $20 or under) just to spite Disney. On the other hand it's already out on Blu-ray out in Japan and will likely keep the best cover. Hmmm.
As for your comment about Totoro it's been on Blu-ray for a while in Japan(released at the same time as "Grave Of the Fireflies") and has a BETTER cover. Kiki's Delivery Service is soon to be out there, if not out there already. If you'd like me to find the link from Amazon.co.jp which lists them all, I will. It even has them by dates of when they were released. :D
Sadly, "Spirited Away" is still missing on Blu-ray. :(
Jeez gkrykewy, now I'm wishing I went to the Ghibli Museum the last time I was in Toukyou.


I don't think Disney refused it, but it's wholly possible. Considering the fact that it's about the war on the Japanese point of view, I wouldn't be surprised about Disney giving it the cold shoulder. They're an American company, and there's probably no room for this kind of animated film to make Disney even the slightest profit.

All the research I've done states that GKIDS has acquired the theatrical rights to the Ghibli collection, whereas Disney still has home video rights.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

All the research I've done states that GKIDS has acquired the theatrical rights to the Ghibli collection, whereas Disney still has home video rights.


GKIDS posted on their facebook page awhile back that they would be releasing poppy hill on DVD/BR in Fall 2013.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

I own the majority of the US Ghibli releases on DVD and four of them on BluRay, including Grave of the Fireflies. I'll need to pick up the two I'm missing before these are released. Very excited, as Howls is one of my favorites.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

For the people who already saw Totoro. Read this creepy article: http://my.opera.com/...onari-no-totoro


Oh man, I don't think I'll be able to watch the movie without thinking about that now.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

Oh man, I don't think I'll be able to watch the movie without thinking about that now.


It seems pretty clearly to be a load of crap, like most conspiracy theories. You can find linkages between anything if you only look at the things that fit and ignore the things that don't.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

Amazon trade-in values of DVD versions as of today's date:

Howl's Moving Castle (http://www.amazon.co...p/B000CDGVOE/): $8.50 new/sealed, $5.15 like new, $4.65 good
My Neighbor Totoro (http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B0001XAQ0A/) (older release): $10.18 new/sealed, $9.71 like new, $8.50 good
My Neighbor Totoro (http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B002ZTQV8Y/) (newer re-release): $8.50 new/sealed, $6.25 like new, $5.65 good

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:30 PM

Oh man, I don't think I'll be able to watch the movie without thinking about that now.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

Amazon trade-in values of DVD versions as of today's date:

Howl's Moving Castle (http://www.amazon.co...p/B000CDGVOE/): $8.50 new/sealed, $5.15 like new, $4.65 good
My Neighbor Totoro (http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B0001XAQ0A/) (older release): $10.18 new/sealed, $9.71 like new, $8.50 good
My Neighbor Totoro (http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B002ZTQV8Y/) (newer re-release): $8.50 new/sealed, $6.25 like new, $5.65 good


Pretty terrible. I'll just sell them myself on amazon or ebay as usual.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:43 AM

I wish the Totoro Blu-Ray would have the original Streamline dub as it's sooo much better than the Disney dub IMO. Still, I won't hesitate to buy these!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

I wish the Totoro Blu-Ray would have the original Streamline dub as it's sooo much better than the Disney dub IMO. Still, I won't hesitate to buy these!


One of my first transactions on CAG was buying the Fox release of Totoro, which we still have. The English dub is absolutely classic.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:27 AM

"Only Yesterday" - did they ever release that in the US? I think I had to import it on dvd: looks like I'll have to do the same for the blu.

Thanks for the heads up - didn't even know these were being released in Japan :)


Disney does own a license for Only Yesteday, but I really can't see them dubbing it and releasing it here (because it isn't "magical"). The Japanese Blu-ray does has English subs.

There's also the elusive Ocean Waves, which has never been released in the US, either. The Japanese DVD of that also has English subs, but there's a UK DVD that can be obtained cheaper.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:58 AM

My three-year-old loved Ponyo. I wonder how well she would like some of the other Ghibli films...

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:03 AM

Hmm, might have to resign up for Disney Movie club in May then.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

Debunked: http://sophisticated...end-rant-debunk


Debunked my ass. It skates over a ton of stuff on tenuous conjecture. Also, this looks like it was written by one of those English teacher in Japan dudes. Real solid source.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

Debunked my ass. It skates over a ton of stuff on tenuous conjecture. Also, this looks like it was written by one of those English teacher in Japan dudes. Real solid source.


I don't really understand what you're trying to write here, but that "debunking" source reads a lot more credibly than any of the articles that lay out the supposed linkages.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

I don't really understand what you're trying to write here, but that "debunking" source reads a lot more credibly than any of the articles that lay out the supposed linkages.


Yes indeed. The urban legend thing is completely silly.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

I don't really understand what you're trying to write here, but that "debunking" source reads a lot more credibly than any of the articles that lay out the supposed linkages.

Besides the questionable credibility of the writer, it looks like some American lesbian in Japan probably doing the English teaching thing, and the lack of source citation, her interpretations has just as much bias as the alleged conspiracy theories and she makes a lot of authoritative statements on things which being a foreigner would be kind of asinine.

"All these “You can only see Totoro/susuwatari if you are close to death” is tomfoolery because they don’t have any history in Japan whatsoever." -- How would she know?

"Yes Jizo is the Buddha that takes care of the souls of children but these Jizo aren’t sinister. They’re very beloved little statues. People knit hats for them and things. The fact that Mei is next to one isn’t indicative of her being dead anymore than any other anime where kids are standing next to Jizo being dead- standing next to Jizo happens a lot. It actually makes her look safer. Here’s the Jizo standing guard over the little one, sort of thing." -- Pure subjective interpretation. Doesn't hold any more water than the opposite interpretation

"It doesn’t mean dead person: it can be synonymous with yuurei which are dead people but when I told my coworkers I didn’t like bakemono/monster movies as much but I liked obake movies, they got confused and asked me what I meant before saying “Oh no obake and bakemono are the same. For dead people maybe you say yuurei.” They clarified to me that obake can be a forest spirit or any other kind of creature or monster as well. The catbus is a bus for obake- totoro is an obake. All those little critters are obake. On that note, the fact that the catbus says “墓道” or “tomb road” literally doesn’t mean anything. Regardless though it changes it’s “heading to” direction when the kids board so I think it’s just put there as a “Look they are otherworldly but they can go to real places too.” -- Obake can mean "supernatural" creature as a primarily definition and "ghosts" as a secondary, but "墓道" literally means the "path to the grave." Not a whole lot of elasticity to that definition. She just glosses over that part as well with a "literally doesn't mean anything." Ok...

“Besides, WHY WOULD MIYAZAKI MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT AN IMPORTANT EVENT IN JAPANESE HISTORY AND ABSOLUTELY LEAVE OUT ANY REFERENCE TO WHAT MADE THE CASE SO IMPORTANT: THE ACTUAL ACTIVE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION OF BURAKUMIN PEOPLE IN JAPAN.” -- Because that topic is even more irrelevant in a children's movie?

I don't see how her tirade is any more credible than this Japanese talk show.



For me personally, I can believe it because Miyazaki was born in '41 in Japan, and growing up in that era, having a morbid mind is easy to imagine.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:30 PM

Disney does own a license for Only Yesteday, but I really can't see them dubbing it and releasing it here (because it isn't "magical").


No, it is because Disney is not comfortable with the subject matter.