News: Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Box Set – UK English Version UPDATE

“Make some room in your life…”

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Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Release Date: 8th December 2014

Following on from my previous post about this great box set bargain, which is basically all of Hayao Miyazaki films as a Blu-ray Box Set. The picture of what it’s supposed to look like has finally emerged from the producers, and I’m in love with the clean looking design.

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Each disk is housed in a cardboard sleeve, with the official artwork for the film encasing it. If there was ever a reason to pick up all the movies from the legend Miyazaki, this is the time to do it.

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The box set is produced by Studio Canal, who have handled the rest of the Ghibli releases in the UK, so I’m expecting both English and Japanese dubs on the disc.

The set contains twelve discs, of which eleven are movies, and there’s one mysteriously titled Bonus Disc. I just can’t think of what it could be, possibly short films or commercials?

Soundtrack? (*fingers crossed*)

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I’m disappointed that more films weren’t included. Yes, I wanted a Ghibli box, instead of just Miyazaki, just to save me the hassle of collecting those stray films, but maybe the price point would be driven even higher, and it’s already making a hefty dent in anyone’s wallet at £180.00 down from previous RRP of £250!

Get the Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Box Set here.

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News: Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Box Set – UK English Version PRICE DROP

“Being a total steal.”

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Studio: Studio Ghibli

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Release Date: 3rd November 2014

There is a fantastic deal I’ve spotted on Amazon UK for the Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Box Set. This is basically the collection that got released in Japan, and is the 13 discs that features all of Miyazaki’s movies. The price has actually dropped drastically from £250 to £160.40! That is insane, it brings down the cost of each Blu-Ray disc to around £13.33!!

It couldn’t have come at a better time really, with the fans fretting what will happen to Studio Ghibli. Retail therapy may be required…

Admittedly, details are not yet confirmed about WHAT will actually be on there (the picture shown above is the Japanese version), but a good guess is all of the fan favourites (Spirited Away, Howl’s, etc) will be on there. Since this being released by Studiocanal, it will likely contain the English dubs as well, even if the only language mentioned is Japanese with English Subtitles. The English dub feels forgotten in the description.

The big difference between this and the Japanese version is that, this is twelve discs, the Japanese version had thirteen, but, still worth investing in.

Get the Hayao Miyazaki Blu-Ray Box Set here.

Purchased: Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition DVD Box Set (UK Edition)

“Super Anti-Nerd Makeover Time!!”

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Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Josei, Romance, Drama, Age: Adult

Released: 3rd September 2012  (US version)

I mentioned the release of the Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition in a previous post, and I remember rushing out pre-order it. It arrived sometime last year, but I haven’t yet put up any pictures of how stunning this collection is.

This edition comes with the Clara toy, which is a massive keyring-type plush. I always seem to have grubby hands whenever I come near this box, and haven’t had the nerves to take the plush toy out. It sort of rolls about in the box. From my initial impressions, I was expecting it to be larger, but the toy is no larger than the palm of my hand. That’s pretty big for a keyring, but not really for a plush toy.

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So far there is no BluRay release of this in the UK. The actual DVDs are contained in a cardboard slip inside the larger box. This slip features some truly stunning artwork. I’m not sure if this is from the manga, but it does look in a similar style. Unfortunately, there is no way of securing the cardboard slip when traveling, and my method is to place it inside a folder is it ever needs to be transported. (The larger box feels too awkward to carry around).

More information and pictures below:

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Purchased: The Hobbit

“Adventure? No, thank you!”

Author: J R R Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s+

Released: 30th August 2012

How amazing are these covers for the film tie-in of The Hobbit by HarperCollins Publishers. Being a really big fan of The Lord of The Rings trilogy films, I couldn’t wait until The Hobbit was released. This time though, I’m deciding to take the plunge into the world of Tolkien, and seriously educate myself on this epic series, in the word.

I have high expectations, that will no doubt be fulfilled, considering every fantasy author names Tolkien as one of their inspirations. My only shame is how long it took me to buy the book!

Just to make life more lush, there’s a children’s version of the film tie-in cover, featuring a lovely illustration. I have the grown-up looking cover, but am kicking myself for not spotting the cuter cover first.

Read the blurb below!

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News: Princess Jellyfish Collector’s Edition DVD Box Set Release Date

“Mum, I’m sorry I didn’t turn out to be a princess..”

Studio: Brain’s Base

Genre: Josei, Romance, Drama, Age: Adult

Released: 3rd September 2012  (US version)

There’s something magical about this series, which follows an unattractive, shy girl. Living in a house full of otaku nuns, Tsukimi meets a charismatic young woman, who turns out to be bored cross-dresser Kuranosuke. Their lives start filling up fashionable teens, tenacious property developers, and lots of jellyfish.

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News: The Hogwarts Library Box Set

“Educate yourself, muggle!”

Author: J K Rowling

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s+

Released: 11th October 2012 (UK version)

I miss a lot of things when it comes to collecting books. I remember not being able to buy Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them the first time it was released for Comic Relief. I remember missing the Tales of Beedle the Bard after the seventh book was released. For such a big Harry Potter (and fantasy) fan, I have my feet firmly planted on good-old financially boring earth.

It’s a good thing that epic series never die; Harry Potter now has a special Box Set for all those accompanying books that were gradually released over the previous decade.

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News: Lord of the Rings Box Set Re-Release Date

“You shall not pass!”

Author: J R R Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 30th August 2012 (UK version)

Lord of the Rings is an immortal series. I remember attempting to read it before, but the heavy volumes and the sheer epic scope of the series eventually beat me and I remember abandoning it halfway through the first book.

Now, I’m happy to say that my reading level is up to par and stories don’t get any meatier than this so… it’s a good thing a box set containing SEVEN volumes is being released. They break down this epic story into manageable (and easy to hold) chunks.

Definitely have a look if you’re new to the stories, or like me have been eying the books for a while.

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