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My Neighbour Totoro and Castle of Cagliostro on double-play in November

9 October 2012

One of the most beloved of all Studio Ghibli films, company co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's glorious 1988 My Neighbour Totoro / Tonari no Totoro, together with the director's lesser seen first film, the 1979 The Castle of Cagliostro / Kariosutoro no shiro, are to be released on UK double-play (Blu-ray and DVD versions in the same package) on 12th November 2012 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £24.99 each.


My Neighbour Totoro / Tonari no Totoro

From the creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro is a charming tale about 10-year-old Saksuki and her inquisitive younger sister Mei who move to a new home in the country to be closer to their mother in hospital. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the big fluffy Totoro woodland creatures.

Conceived as a family film suffused with the joy of country living, My Neighbour Totoro unites the unique vision of Hayao Miyazaki with an elegy to two ever-fading miracles: the fairytale world of childhood and the disappearing countryside.

It remains a key film for Ghibli, whose logo includes a portrait of Totoro himself.

Extra features will include:

  • Storyboards
  • Creating My Neighbor Totoro (new)
  • Creating the Characters (new)
  • The Totoro Experience (new)
  • Producer's Perspective: Creating Ghibli (new)
  • The Locations of Totoro (new)
  • Scoring Miyazaki (new)
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Textless Opening
  • Textless Closing
  • Original Japanese Theatrical Trailers
  • Studio Ghibli Collection Trailers

 

The Castle of Cagliostro / Kariosutoro no shiro

The first feature film by the distinguished Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle), The Castle of Cagliostro also marks the latest instalment in the hugely popular Lupin III animated TV series, of which Miyazaki had written and directed a number of episodes.

Here, our iconic super-thief Lupin pulls off a thrilling heist at a Monte Carlo casino, only to discover the spoils are counterfeit. Lupin traces the fake bills to the country of Cagliostro where an evil Count is generating forged money and distributing it worldwide. With partners in tow (including a retired gangster, a modern-day samurai, and a beautiful female thief) Lupin heads to Cagliostro where he also finds a promise of hidden treasure and Clarice, a beautiful Princess in need of rescuing from the Count's dastardly clutches.

Maintaining the lineage of the Lupin III franchise, Miyazaki also imbues the proceedings with his customary wit, and sense of the romantic – Miyazaki's heroes are always ready to come to the aid of a damsel in distress.

Extra fgeatures are:

  • Picture in Picture
  • Trailer