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Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment (WDSHE) confirmed on Friday that the Japanese Blu-ray Disc (BD) and DVD versions of Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's Karigurashi no Arrietty (Arrietty the Borrower) film will ship on June 17 with English-language subtitles.
The Blu-ray version will feature Japanese, French, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean. (The Japanese soundtrack will be available in linear PCM stereo or DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch, while the other soundtracks will be in DTS 5.1ch.) While the BD's listing does not include an English soundtrack, it will have Japanese, English, French, and other subtitles. The Region 2 DVD version will just have the Japanese soundtrack in Dolby Digitial stereo and DTS 5.1-ch, as well as Japanese and English subtitles.
The Blu-ray Disc version's bonus extras will feature the storyboards as a picture-in-picture option, the audio recording script, an interview collection including one with Hayao Miyazaki (about 24 minutes long) and an another with Yonebayashi (about 41 minutes long), the television special Ghibli Sakuhin no Genryū o Sagaru Tabi (about 43 minutes long), the music video of Cécile Corbel's theme song, and a collection of trailers. The Blu-ray Disc version's bonus extras will feature the storyboard and a collection of trailers on a second disc.
The suggested retail price for the Blu-ray is 7,140 yen (about US$91), while the DVD version is 4,935 yen (US$63).
The film is slated to open in North American theaters on February 17, 2012. The film re-imagines Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers by moving the story to a Tokyo suburb. The story revolves around Arrietty, a member of the "little people" who live under the floorboards of a regular human family's home, and their struggle to remain hidden from the human "beans." Producer Frank Marshall revealed in January that Bridgit Mendler is voicing the title character. Joining her in the cast are Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Carol Burnett.