Studio Ghibli’s latest release, When Marnie Was There, is slated to land an October 6 home release on Blu-Ray and DVD through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
When Marnie Was There was released in theaters on July 19, 2014 in Japan and it also gained a limited release in the United States on February 27, 2015. Between the two regions, it totaled 3.63 billion yen which equals around $30 million US dollars.
The home release will likely feature both English and Japanese audio and a ton of behind the scenes features. The basics are all there. A “Making Of” feature, interviews with the voice casts, a feature with the Art Director Yohei Taneda, and a full feature length look at the storyboards of the film.
When Marnie Was There tells a story of friendship, as outsider Anna explores a sleepy beach town in Hokkaido and befriends the mysterious Marnie. Their quick friendship is new to Anna, but she soon finds herself questioning things as information about Marnie slowly unravels.
When Marnie Was There is the latest and potentially last release in the “Post-Miyazaki” era of Studio Ghibli. Their film production wing has been put on hiatus and some expect that this film may be their last. While it may be a sad reality, owning Ghibli’s potential last film should be on any true fans list.
I personally hope Ghibli continues to make films, with or without Miyazaki, for years to come. The world would lose one of the brightest film companies in history if they decide to make this hiatus permanent.
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