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Ghibli's Princess Kaguya Blu-ray/DVD Release Slated For February

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases first Ghibli film in N. America on February 17

Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced it will release Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in a Blu-ray combo pack on February 17, 2015. Princess Kaguya is the first Studio Ghibli film to be distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment in North America. The official synopsis is as follows:

From Studio Ghibli, the award-winning studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary filmmaking career for director Isao Takahata. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. Voiced by James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Chloë Grace Moretz.

The home video release's special features include:

  • Announcement of the Completion of the Film
  • Isao Takahata and His Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
  • U.S. Trailers

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held the film's North American premiere on September 8. The Fantastic Fest in Texas then hosted the United States premiere.

Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, The 5th Wave) stars as the title character in the English dub. The cast also includes James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.

The film won the Animation Film Award at the 68th Mainichi Film Awards, Best Animation from the L.A. Film Critics Awards, and Best Animated Film from the Bostom FIlm Critics Society. It is won Best Animated Feature Film at the eighth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). The film was submitted in the Animated Feature Film category for the 87th Academy Awards and is nominated for three Annie Awards. The film was screened at Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight but did not receive any awards.

Thanks to WTK for the news tip

[VIa Blu-ray.com]

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