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Black Friday Week: Home Video Deals for Tuesday, November 21st

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The Black Friday DVD, Blu-ray, and Uhd deals have already started rolling out across the web and in some stores, and over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering my picks for the best deals here on the site in daily updates.

I’ll be gathering deals over the course of the day, and updating this post as things come and go.

These are all affiliate links, and a portion of any sales made will go to helping the CriterionCast.

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Viz Media releasing Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books

Viz Media has announced that it is set to release two new Studio Ghibli Picture Books this December, capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke with easy-to-read text and full-color pictures taken direct from the films, presented in a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

The legends were true! Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath—who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves! But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money—and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient
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Blu-ray Review – My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro, 1988.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Tim Daly, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, and Lea Salonga.

Synopsis:

The classic Hayao Miyazaki movie My Neighbor Totoro is on Blu-ray (again) in a new Blu-ray plus DVD edition released by GKids, which has taken over home video distribution of the Studio Ghibli films from Disney.

My Neighbor Totoro is a favorite in my household. Of course, it’s a favorite in many households around the world, and its influence can be seen in many places, such as a cameo by a stuffed Totoro in Toy Story 3. My workplace even has a wall adorned with Totoro artwork.

I’ll confess, though, that when I first saw it, I didn’t appreciate this film as much as I do now. I was too focused on the narrative from a Western perspective – that is, I expected a
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Miyazaki Announces the Title of His "Last" Animated Movie

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Seeing The Wind Rises in 2013 was a bittersweet experience. On one hand, it was yet another triumph from Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (above). On the other hand, it was reported to be his final film. Still, a part of me had a suspicion that like many artists, retirement simply wasn’t in the cards for Miyazaki. Shortly thereafter, rumblings out of Studio Ghibli (the animation studio Miyazaki co-founded in 1985) confirmed that the master was back to work. The Oscar-winning director behind such films as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro has now announced the title of his next feature-length project. While speaking at the opening of a new museum at Tokyo's Waseda University, Miyazaki took the opportunity to unveil a project of his own: Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru...

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This Last Jedi and My Neighbor Totoro Mashup is Adorable

This mashup of Porgs, the newest creature to be inducted into the Star Wars Universe, and My Neighbor Totoro is kind of interesting but unless you know about the latter the former is what you’re bound to fall into in terms of discussion. After all much of this piece is very Star Wars-related just because of the figures that are shown. Granted the scenery is all My Neighbor Totoro, but the Star Wars characters are impossible to not comment on. Porgs are supposedly small, bird-like things that inhabit the world upon which Luke Skywalker has taken refuge. It’s easy enough

This Last Jedi and My Neighbor Totoro Mashup is Adorable
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Guillermo del Toro’s On Set Nickname Inspires Adorable ‘Guillermo del Totoro’ Illustrations

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Guillermo del Toro’s On Set Nickname Inspires Adorable ‘Guillermo del Totoro’ Illustrations
Whether he’s passionately lauding his fellow filmmakers’ new movies, or enlightening the masses on how to create the perfect movie monster, Guillermo del Toro’s accessible and friendly social media presence has earned the director admiration for more than just his movies. As if his cuddly figure and supportive opinions weren’t enough to endear him to cinephiles, now he has a perfectly fitting new nickname: Guillermo del Totoro.

The name was coined by child actor Mana Ashida, who played young Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) in del Toro’s 2013 monster movie, “Pacific Rim.” Ashida, who is Japanese, could not pronounce del Toro’s name, so she asked if she could call him “Totoro-san,” as a reference to Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbor Totoro.” Del Toro confirmed the story a few days ago on Twitter, solidifying his place as one of the nicest directors in show business.

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Studio Ghibli Fest adds third dates for Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the overwhelming success of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Fathom Events and Gkids have announced that they have added third dates to all remaining titles in Studio Ghibli Fest 2017.

The dates for the four remaining films – Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle – are as follows:

Castle In The Sky – August 27, 28, 30

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – September 24, 25, 27

Spirited Away – October 29, 30; November 1

Howl’s Moving Castle – November 26, 27, 29

Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55 p.m. local time. Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time. Wednesday showings will be dubbed and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time.

See Also: Studio Ghibli reopens for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film

Tickets for the screenings can be purchased online by visiting www.GKIDStickets.com and www.FathomEvents.com
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Studio Ghibli Officially Reopens For New Hayao Miyazaki Movie

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Where many animators might overtly simplify the visual elements of their animated movies, Hayao Miyazaki has always adhered to a painstakingly difficult process for his films.

The legendary Japanese director of such classics as “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “My Neighbor Totoro” has always been suspicious of computers and personally draws his own frames by hand, which number in the thousands per film.

Continue reading Studio Ghibli Officially Reopens For New Hayao Miyazaki Movie at The Playlist.
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Gkids To Reissue Six Studio Ghibli Films For Blu-Ray

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Gkids, producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio's catalog in North America. Beginning October 17, 2017, Gkids will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli's renowned films with six initial titles from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31, 2017. The remaining titles will be reissued in the coming months in brand new Blu-ray and DVD, and are listed below. 

The Studio Ghibli library, led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most coveted and critically-lauded in animation, and includes such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, which was recently listed at
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Gkids to handle home video on Studio Ghibli catalogue

Distributor now handles home entertainment rights as well as theatrical on Japanese studio titles.

Gkids has announced it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to distribute the Japanese animation studio’s home video catalogue in North America.

Starting on October 17, Gkids will reissue Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s films and kicks off with six titles from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The initial six Miyazaki titles are Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away (pictured), followed by Castle In The Sky and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind on October 31.

The remaining titles, which include Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, will be reissued in the coming months on Blu-ray and DVD.

The home video partnership builds on the relationship between Gkids and Studio Ghibli. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the catalogue since 2010.

Gkids released the studio’s recent
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Studio Ghibli’s Best Movies Are Being Reissued on Blu-ray This October, Including ‘Spirited Away’

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Fall 2017 is shaping up to be a great season for Hayao Miyazaki fans here in the U.S. The director’s 1979 feature debut “The Castle of Cagliostro” is returning to theaters nationwide September 14 and 19, and now indie animation distributor Gkids has announced it is patterning with Studio Ghibli to reissue its most classic films on Blu-ray starting this October.

Read More: Hayao Miyazaki’s 1979 Movie Debut ‘Castle of Cagliostro’ to Open Nationwide For the First Time

Beginning October 17, Gkids will release new Blu- ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s best movies. The first wave of releases includes six titles all directed by Miyazaki: “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ponyo,” “Princess Mononoke” and the Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature “Spirited Away.” New editions of “Castle in the Sky” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” will debut on October 31.

Gkids has been handling
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Reissues of Six Miyazaki Films in the Works From Studio Ghibli, Gkids

Gkids is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the Japanese animation studio’s catalog in North America, including Hayao Miyazaki’s 2002 Academy Award winner “Spirited Away.”

The alliance was announced Monday and will start with the Oct. 17 reissue of new Blu-ray and DVD editions of six titles from Miyazaki: “Spirited Away” and Oscar-nominated film “Howl’s Moving Castle” along with “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ponyo” and “Princess Mononoke,” followed on Oct. 31 with “Castle in the Sky” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.”

The Studio Ghibli library is led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the Studio Ghibli catalogue since 2010, and released “From Up on Poppy Hill,” “Only Yesterday,” “Ocean Waves” and the Academy Award-nominated titles “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and “When Marnie Was There.”

Gkids previously announced a partnership with Fathom Events to bring six Ghibli titles back to theaters
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Hayao Miyazaki’s 1979 Movie Debut ‘Castle of Cagliostro’ to Open Nationwide For the First Time

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Hayao Miyazaki’s 1979 Movie Debut ‘Castle of Cagliostro’ to Open Nationwide For the First Time
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki better clear there schedules for September 14 and September 19. Fathom Events is bringing the anime director’s landmark 1979 debut feature “The Castle of Cagliostro” to U.S. theaters nationwide for the first time ever. The animated adventure is coming to the big screen to mark the 50th anniversary of Monkey Punch’s manga series “Lupin the Third,” which is the source material on which it’s based.

Read More: Studio Ghibli Producer Confirms Hayao Miyazaki is At Work On His First Feature Since 2013

The Castle of Cagliostro” was released six years before Miyazaki would go on to co-create Studio Ghibli. It found the director making the transition to features after working as an animator for Toei Animation and Tms Entertainment. Prior to “Cagliostro,” Miyazaki had directed anime television series like “Lupin III” and two episodes of “Lupin III Part II.” The story follows the thief Arsène Lupin III
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Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!

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Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!Disney's Newsies, My Neighbor Totoro and Deconstructing the Beatles make our July Events list!Scott Goodyer6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am

It's no secret that we at Cineplex adore movies. But there are plenty of other reasons to visit our theatres - every month we bring special features and old classics to the big screen as part of Cineplex Events programming. Check out some highlights from our July Events list below.

For full details and showtimes for each event, click on their titles! The Old Vic's The Crucible - July 2nd

From London's West End, Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, brought vividly to life in this visceral new production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber.

In a small tight-knit community in Salem, Massachusetts, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition,
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From Genocidal Organ to Your Name: Japanese anime‘s new golden age

As the greats of the genre, such as Hayao Miyazaki, approach the end of their careers, a new generation of film-makers are transforming the genre. As the UK prepares for a deluge of acclaimed anime films, we look at the names in the frame

In 2013, Hayao Miyazaki faced a packed press conference. He said: “I’m really serious this time … My era of animation is over.” Could it be true? The 76-year-old film-maker, creator of cherished classics from My Neighbour Totoro to Spirited Away, is virtually a living god in his native Japan. Had his career come to an end? Actually, no, it hadn’t. As he has done many times before, Miyazaki came back out of retirement this year and is working on a new movie. But still, the end of the Miyazaki era is surely drawing closer.

Miyazaki’s position in the anime world could be likened to one of the giant,
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In This Corner Of The World review

An animated drama about loss and resilience in the shadow of the bomb, In This Corner Of The World is a quietly devastating must-see...

"First, toast and brown some rice. Add triple the amount of water and gently simmer... add miso and violets to yesterday's sardine stew. Reheat rice on the stove." So goes Suzu's recipe for a special kind of wartime rice, designed to make the most of a dwindling supply of ingredients. It's just one of many loving references to food and cooking in director Sunao Katabuchi's animated period drama, In This Corner Of The World. It may be a simple meal, but if you're watching the film on an empty stomach, it's the kind of thing that'll leave you profoundly hungry - at least, until the story takes a gut-wrenching turn.

This is far from the first animated film to take place either during or in
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Lego Origins, Daredevil's Best Fight, Steve McQueen, and More! -- The Lrm Weekend

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By David Kozlowski | 23 June 2017

Welcome to the Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Each week we'll highlight interesting, and offbeat, videos regarding some of our favorite Lrm topics currently trending on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, and other popular video sites around the Internet.

What Is It?

Ever wondered how the whole Lego movie craze got started? Witness the evolution of Lego animation from 2001 until today in this amazing, behind-the-scenes video.

Why Should We Care?

Between the Lego video games, The Lego Movie (2014), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017), it feels like we've been in a Lego world for a long, long time. Way back in 2001 a character named Jack Stone debuted in a 20-minute VHS short,
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My Neighbor Tortoro Kicks Off Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 June 25th & 26th

“Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and decided to buy the house. Hope Mom likes it too. Okay, let’s pay our respects then get home for lunch.”

My Neighbor Tortoro kicks off Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 on Sunday June 25th at 1pm (dubbed) and Monday June 26th at 7pm (subtitled) For details and a list of participating theaters, go Here

Gkids, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2017. Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 is a first-of-its-kind monthly series featuring six iconic animated classics from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. In addition to big screen presentations of these larger-than-life films, each event will also feature an exclusive edition of Gkids Mini-Fest, an ongoing showcase of some of the best short animation from around the world.
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Eric Beckman, Marc Bonny Receive Variety & Mifa 2017 Animation Personality of the Year Award

Annecy, France — Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Animation’s Chris DeFaria and Bonnie Arnold and Sony Pictures Animation’s Kristine Belson were among guests at a seated dinner at Annecy’s lake-side Imperial Palace on Tuesday night to celebrate this year’s recipients of the 2017 Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award: Eric Beckman, founder of New York’s Gkids, and Marc Bonny, founder of France’s Gebeka Films.

The choice of Beckman and Bonny was hardly made a chance affair. As Bonny remarked, accepting his award, the two are in many ways cousins.

Launched in 2008 but really taking off when David Jestead joined the company, Beckman said in his acceptance speech, Gkids is the only independent distributor to have won an Academy Award animated feature nomination. In fact, as a trailer suggested, the films it has distributed in the U.S. have won nine, taking in the Studio Ghibli films,
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10+ Years Later: Princess Mononoke, So Much More Than "The Star Wars of Animated Features"

Blurbs are a strange thing. Always intended to get a certain hype going, they can easily help set up false expectations, intentionally or not. And so, while Roger Ebert was spot on when he placed My Neighbor Totoro in the pantheon of the best family films of all time (and DVDs have proudly sported his words since), a favorable comparison between Star Wars and Princess Mononoke has always struck me as a very odd and deceptive praise quote to promote home video releases of Miyazaki’s 1997 epic. Recently, while in the process of upgrading my Studio Ghibli collection (read: replacing old VHS tapes with prettier Blu-ray editions), I again stumbled upon the strange quote, still in use on a 2014 DVD/Blu-ray combo of the film....

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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