The 2020 Studio Ghibli animated feature film “Earwig and the Witch” is officially coming to Blu-ray Disc in North America on April 6th via GKIDS, distributed by Shout! Factory. The CG animated film, a first for the studio, was directed by Goro Miyazaki and features an English dub voice cast that includes Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves, and Dan Stevens. The original Japanese language track will be included as well with this release, featuring English subtitles. Tech specs for the release have yet to be detailed but stay tuned for a possible update on that. The release will come as a “combo pack” meaning that it will include its DVD counterpart. Not only will there be a standard Blu-ray release, but there will also be a limited edition Blu-ray Disc SteelBook available (pictured below).
Both the standard Blu-ray Disc and the limited edition Blu-ray SteelBook are now available for preorder over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included with each Blu-ray release of the film are listed below.
- Feature-Length Storyboards
- Creating “Earwig and the Witch”
- Interviews with Japanese Voice Cast
- Trailers & Teasers
Further below, after the break, you can find the official English trailer for the film and full details about the North American home video release of the film.
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The 2019 Japanese animated film “Weathering With You” will be receiving a 4K physical release in the “Deluxe Limited Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray Disc set on November 17th via Shout! Factory / GKIDS. As mentioned this set will notably include an exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc in the 4-disc set, as well as the Blu-ray Disc. Plus, there will be a Blu-ray bonus disc, the original CD soundtrack, a 104-page booklet, a mini-poster, and a decal sticker (pictured further below). The film, written & directed by Makoto Shinkai, features an English dub voice cast that includes Brandon Engman, Ashley Boettcher, Lee Pace, Alison Brie, and Riz Ahmed. This collector’s edition set will feature the same tech specs for the Blu-ray: a 1080p presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with both English & Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound mixes. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p 4K presentation in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as both English & Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound mixes. The bonus materials, in addition to those found on the standard Blu-ray releases (coming September), will include further materials that have just been finalized — as I was told by the folks at Shout! Factory, along with the full tech specs today. Those bonus materials include the following.
Weathering With You (Collector’s Edition)
For the complete Weathering With You (Collector’s Edition) UHD experience, viewers will need a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR and a UHD Blu-ray™ player.
- 4K UHD Presentation of Feature Film *
- CD Soundtrack *
- 104-page Book *
- Feature-Length Documentary “The Making of Weathering With You” *
- Mini-Poster *
- Decal Sticker *
- Interview with Director Makoto Shinkai
- “Weather Front” Featurette
- Talk Show: Makoto Shinkai and Yumiko Udo
- Director Filmography Featurette
- Trailers & TV Spots
* Indicates items exclusive to the Collector’s Edition
You can now find this Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc set available for preorder over at Amazon and directly via Shout! Factory’s website. Below, you can find a glimpse at the contents for this collector’s edition Blu-ray set and its physical extras set (previously discussed) set to be included.
Further below, after the break, you can find even further details about this upcoming Collector’s Edition Blu-ray version of the film coming in November. That is not to be confused with the standard Blu-ray Disc releases (mentioned) coming in September.