Ghibli’s ‘Poppy Hill’ Tops Weekly Releases

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Fans of Studio Ghibli’s lovingly hand-crafted 2D animation are in for a treat as Cinedigm releases Goro Miyazaki’s From Up on Poppy Hill on DVD ($29.95) and Blu-ray combo pack ($34.95) this week. Set in 1960s Yokohama, the film centers on high school student Umi, who daily raises the signal flags at her seaside home in hope of her father’s return. At school, Umi becomes involved in a student group determined to save an old club house from demolition, and finds herself falling in love with newspaper club prez Shun … to whom she may be related. The English voice cast stars Gillian Anderson, Ron Howard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks and Chris Noth.

Combo pack bonus features include a recording of Ghibli’s post-Fukushima earthquake staff speech and press conference with Hayao Miyazaki, feature length storyboards, celebrity cast recording featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, original Japanese trailer and TV spots, a theme song music video by Aoi Teshima and a 20-page booklet containing the original film proposal by Hayao Miyazaki and a letter from Goro. [September 3]

Also out this week:

Top Cat: The Movie [Vivendi Ent., $14.93] The Mexican-Argentinian co-pro brought Top Cat and the gang to LatAm theaters in 2011–Rob Schneider and Danny Trejo star. [Sept. 3]

Hoops & Yoyo’s Haunted Halloween [Hallmark, $6.95] The manic animal buds star in a holiday one-off involving a costume shopping caper. [Sept. 3]

Elfen Lied: Complete Collection [Section 23, $49.98] Enjoy the full series (plus OVA) of this bizarre anime about a beautiful young mutant bred as a military weapon with government killers on her trail and the disposition of a five year old from Japanese studio Arms on Blu-ray. [Sept. 3]

Sharknado [The Asylum, $14.93] SyFy’s vfx-laden horror flick about a hurricane-hit city plagued by man eating sharks hunting its waterways is so bad it’s good. [September 3]

From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill