Earwig and the Witch Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on April 6, 2021 and Digital Platforms on March 23, 2021

Earwig and the Witch, the first new release in four years from the legendary Studio Ghibli, will be released on digital platforms on March 23, 2021, as well as in both a Limited Edition Steelbook™ and a Blu-ray™ +DVD combo on April 6, 2021 from GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory. Directed by Goro Miyazaki and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning from Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the feature is based on the children’s novel Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones, and marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature. The all-star voice cast for the English dub features the voices of Richard E. Grant, Kacey Musgraves and Dan Stevens, as well as Taylor Paige Henderson as Earwig. In addition to her debut voice acting role as Earwig’s Mother, six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves sings the English language version of the film’s theme song, “Don’t Disturb Me.” The Earwig and the Witch Blu-ray™ +DVD Combo is packed with bonus features, including behind-the-scenes interviews with director Goro Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and Japanese cast and crew, and feature-length storyboards.

Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.

An official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, the film is scheduled for release in theaters beginning February 3, 2021, and will be available to stream on HBO Max beginning February 5, 2021.

Bonus Features (exclusive to the Blu-ray™+DVD release):

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Creating Earwig and the Witch
  • Interviews with Japanese Voice Cast
  • Trailers & Teasers

The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart Arrive in Limited Edition Steelbook™ Blu-Ray+DVD March 16, 2021 from GKIDS, Distributed by Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart, from the Studio Ghibli library of films, on March 16, 2021 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.

With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.

The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart now join Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

The Cat Returns

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of My Neighbor Totoro and the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away, comes a charming and magical adventure that will delight the entire family.

Haru is walking home after a dreary day of school when she spies a cat with a small gift box in its mouth crossing a busy street, and she jumps in front of traffic to save the cat from an oncoming truck. To her amazement, the cat gets up on its hind legs, brushes itself off, and thanks her very politely. But things take an even stranger turn when later that night, the King of Cats shows up at her doorstep in a feline motorcade. He showers Haru with gifts, and decrees that she shall marry the Prince and come live in the Kingdom of Cats.

Bonus Features:

  • Exclusive Booklet
  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • The Making of The Cat Returns
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots

Whisper of the Heart

Discover the brilliance of this heartwarming coming-of-age classic from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of My Neighbor Totoro and the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away.

A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Together with Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on a life-changing adventure that takes her beyond the boundaries of her imagination. This beautiful tale based on a screenplay from Hayao Miyazaki will delight and amaze audiences of all ages.

Bonus Features:

  • Exclusive Booklet
  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Four Masterpieces of Naohisa Inoue
  • Background Art from “The Baron’s Story”
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Original Theatrical Trailers

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the On-Gaku: Our Sound Anime Film on BD/DVD on March 9, 2021

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Kenji Iwaisawa’s ON-GAKU: Our Sound anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on March 9, 2021. The film will launch digitally the same day.

The release’s bonus content will include the “Mountain,” “Mourning Ice Pop,” “Nicky,” and “Taro Wanted to be Water” short films by Iwaisawa; a feature-length “making of” documentary; a live musical performance; and storyboards.

GKIDS describes the story of the film as:

When you’re a bored teenager looking for thrills, sometimes the only thing you can turn to is rock ‘n roll. Having no skill, money, or even a full set of drums, a feared trio of high school delinquents nevertheless decide they are destined for musical glory in a quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and – most importantly – jam out. Animated almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, and featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamoto, ON-GAKU: Our Sound brings its own sound and vision to the Hiroyuki Ohashi manga from which it was adapted. With pitch-perfect deadpan humor, the film presents a highly original take on the beloved slacker comedy: a lo-fi buddy film with a blaring musical finale that will leave you wanting an immediate encore.

GKIDS screened the film in theaters in North America on December 11, 2020 in 24 cities.

Source: ANN

Information on the Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Every drink has a story, and every story has a drink to accompany it. Hidden in the Ginza district’s back alleys in Tokyo, we find Eden Hall, an intimate bar run by Ryuu Sasakura, the bartender prodigy known to mix the most incredible cocktails anyone has ever tasted. However, not anyone can find Eden Hall, but it must find you. Anime series Bartender, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Araki Joh and illustrated by Kenji Nagatomo, is a charming and heartfelt anthology series that brims with captivating slice-of-life narratives and scrumptious-looking anime. Since its initial debut in 2006, Bartender developed a worldwide cult following. This acclaimed series was directed by Masaki Watanabe, written by Yasuhiro Imagawa, and produced by Palm Studios.

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of this highly sought-after pop culture series, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, is proud to present Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on national home entertainment shelves and digital on January 19, 2021. Debuting for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition comes housed in an elegant home entertainment packaging which collects all eleven episodes of the series and bonus content in a two-disc Blu-ray set, nine cocktail recipe cards and four collectible coasters.

Watch the Home Entertainment Trailer for Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsD9s5YaalA&feature=youtu.be

Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com.

Bartender Series Overview

Situated in the Ginza district of Tokyo is the Eden Hall, a quiet bar that few people manage to come across. It is run by the legendary bartender Ryu Sasakura, a genius at mixing the right drink for the right customer. Throughout his period at Eden Hall, customers from all walks of life, carrying all sorts of burdens, arrive for a godly glass at the Hall and a kind word with Ryu, both of which assist in clearing their problems up and reviving them for another go at life.

Bartender 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Bonus Content:

  • All eleven original episodes
  • Nine cocktail recipe cards
  • Four collectible coasters
  • Clean opening credits
  • Clean closing credits
  • Bumpers

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Original Japanese
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 253 minutes

Shout! Factory and Anime Limited License the Bartender Anime for North America

Shout! Factory and Anime Limited have announced that the companies have acquired the North American license for the Bartender anime. The anime will launch digitally “across major entertainment platforms” and as a 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc set in 2021.

Anime Limited outlined the contents of its U.K. release of the 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc set at its Cloud Matsuri panel on May 30, 2020. The set will include the entire anime series, nine cocktail recipe cards (as the original Japanese release did), and a set of four drink coasters.

The 11-episode television anime premiered in Japan in October 2006. Masaki Watanabe directed the series at Palm Studio. Yasuhiro Imagawa wrote the scripts and was in charge of series composition. Hirotaka Kinoshita designed the characters. Kaoruko Ohtake composed the music.

Source: ANN

Shout! Factory to Release Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna Anime Film on Blu-ray Disc/DVD in October 2020

Shout! Factory and Toei Animation have announced that they will release the Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna anime film digitally and on home video in Fall 2020. Toei Animation will release the film digitally on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Microsoft, and Sony PlayStation Network on September 29, 2020. Shout! Factory will then ship the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc combo pack on October 6, 2020. Both releases with include both English subtitles and an English dub.

Shout! Factory also revealed the full English dub cast:

  • Joshua Seth is Tai Kamiya
  • Nicolas Roye is Matt Ishida
  • Johnny Yong Bosch is TK Takaishi
  • Tara Sands is Kari Kamiya
  • Mona Marshall is Izzy Izumi
  • Robbie Daymond is Joe Kido and Armadillomon
  • Colleen O’Shaughnessey is Sora Takenouchi
  • Kate Higgins is Mimi Tachikawa and Gatomon
  • Erika Harlacher is Menoa Bellucci
  • Kaiji Tang is Kyotaro Yamada
  • Tom Fahn is Agumon
  • Kirk Thornton is Gabumon
  • Laura Summer is Patamon
  • Anna Garduno is Palmon
  • Jeff Nimoy is Tentomon
  • Cherami Leigh is Biyomon
  • Bob Klein is Gomamon
  • Griffin Burns is Davis Motomiya
  • Bryce Papenbrook is Cody Hida
  • Jeannie Tirado is Yolei Inoue
  • Derek Stephen Prince is Ken Ichijouji and Veemon
  • Paul St. Peter is Wormmon
  • Christopher Swindle is Hawkmon

Shout! Factory initially planned to release the DVD and Blu-ray Disc combo pack on July 7, 2020, but delayed it “due to a production delay.”

Source: ANN

Studio Ghibli Steelbooks for My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke Out October 20, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, from the Studio Ghibli library of films, on October 20, 2020 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.

With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.

My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke now join Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

My Neighbor Totoro

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-winning* director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.

When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki which features the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in one of their earliest roles.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Textless Opening and End Credits
  • Creating My Neighbor Totoro
  • Creating the Characters
  • The Totoro Experience
  • The Locations of My Neighbor Totoro
  • Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Princess Mononoke

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes an epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.

Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Bonus Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Princess Mononoke in USA
  • Behind the Microphone
  • 8-page Booklet with Producer’s and Director’s Statements

Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory to Release The Wonderland Anime Film on Home Video in October 2020

Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Keiichi Hara’s The Wonderland (Birthday Wonderland) anime film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and for digital purchase on October 6, 2020 in North America.

Eleven Arts screened the film in theaters in the United States and Canada on January 31, 2020.

The Wonderland opened in Japan in April 2019 and screened in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019. Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Canada also screened the film in July 2019. Crunchyroll Expo hosted the U.S. premiere of the film on August 30, 2019. The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain screened the film in October 2019.

Source: ANN

Children of the Sea to Be Available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, 2020

From Japan’s STUDIO4°C and director Ayumu Watanabe comes Children of the Sea, a stunningly beautiful adaptation of the prize-winning manga. Featuring a score from composer and long-time Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi, this critically-acclaimed film will be available digitally, as a Blu-ray™ and DVD combo pack, and on DVD September 1, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Children of the Sea is scheduled for a nationwide theatrical release in select cinemas via Fathom Events on August 11 and 12, 2020, in subtitled and English dubbed versions, with more details to be revealed soon.

All editions of the release will include a number of bonus features, including an interview with director Ayumu Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto, an interview with composer Joe Hisaishi, a behind the scenes featurette, animatic sequences, and more. The Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo pack will also include the exclusive “Turep – Looking for Children of the Sea,” a feature-length pseudo-documentary from the creators of Children of the Sea that explores the legends that inspired the film and engages with its larger themes. Framed as a search for a lost brother with an affinity for the sea, this journey takes a young woman through old videotapes, conversations with marine and anthropological experts, and eventually, a small island nation far from Japan. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad worked. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. As the kids get caught up in the mystery behind the sudden worldwide disappearance of the ocean’s fish, they uncover cosmic connections that will change them forever.

B: The Beginning – Season One Unleashes on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and Digital Download to Own October 6, 2020 From Shout! Factory

From the animation powerhouse Production I.G and director Kazuto Nakazawa comes the action suspense anime series, B: The Beginning. Directed by Nakazawa and Yoshinobu Yamakawa, this gripping, character-driven crime procedural uniquely blends the visual marvel of anime, dystopian sci-fi supernatural fantasy, and gritty mystery narrative in equal measures. The series music is composed by Yoshihiro Ike, with the theme song provided by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Hailed by anime enthusiasts and worldwide fans for its distinctive genre-bending storytelling, B: The Beginning Season One arrives on national home entertainment shelves and digital download to own on October 6, 2020 from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited. Debuting for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, B: The Beginning Season One Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) collects all twelve thrilling episodes (both versions – the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub), a mini-poster, two art cards, and insightful bonus content featuring the pilot film that inspired the series, a special video interview with director Kazuto Nakazawa, and more. The English dub boasts a popular voice cast of Johnny Yong Bosch, Allegra Clark, Ray Chase, Brianna Knickerbocker, among other notables.

If ever an anime series was meant to be seen in a deluxe home entertainment packaging, that series is here now. Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, will also release B: The Beginning – The Ultimate Collection on the same day. This limited-edition set comes housed in a visually striking slipcase, with three art cards and a 160-page hardback book. The book is a comprehensive series bible, packed with information about every element of B: The Beginning‘s world and story, taking fans behind the scenes of its production with staff interviews, character designs, background artwork, location information and more. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be the Blu-ray of the complete first season, the pilot film that inspired the series, a special interview with director Nakazawa, original soundtrack on CD (featuring 21 tracks, including the previously unreleased “Farewell to the Black-winged King”), and more. B: The Beginning – The Ultimate Collection is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com.

B: The Beginning Season One Series Overview

The tiny city-state of Cremona has been shocked by a string of gruesome murders. As only vicious killers are being targeted, and from an enigmatic mark left at each crime scene, people call this mysterious executioner, “Killer B.” When former detective Keith Kazama Flick is called back on duty after an eight-year-long hiatus, a new team assembles at the Royal Investigation Service with the purpose of putting an end to the bloodshed. But Keith appears burdened by too many ghosts from his past. And as much greater and ominous scheme starts emerging, he will need to come to terms with them all.