Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Unboxing [UK]: From Up on Poppy Hill (BD/DVD)

Went to the local HMV store and they were still doing their 2 for £25 deal on Studio Ghibli to promote The Wind Rises being released in cinemas. In the end, I noticed more Ghibli titles available than usual and decided to pick two up for Blu-ray, the one I'll be unboxing is From Up on Poppy Hill.

Note that this post has been updated on 18th July 2017 to reflect the current blog format.

From Up on Poppy Hill (Coquelicot-zaka kara) is a 2011 film directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Hayao Miyazaki who is also known for also directing Tales from Earthsea. The 19th Studio Ghibli film focuses on a story set during the Japanese Olympics back in the early 1960s. Unlike Tales from Earthsea this film was better received from audiences and critics for the director.

This release from Studio Canal is pretty simple. A standard combo pack with English & Japanese audio with English subtitles plus unlockable subtitles and Region B/2 only compatibility. The DVD discs are also PAL authored. The first run of the Studio Ghibli sets also come with slipcovers plus a number on the spine to match each Ghibli film released. The number isn't the exact release order of the films from Japan but rather randomised until the newer films came along.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 [Japanese, English]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: B
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

DVD Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 [Japanese, English]
Video: SD PAL 16:9
Region: 2
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

Plot Synopsis (via Studio Canal):
From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (SPIRITEDAWAY, PONYO, ARRIETTY) comes FROM UP ON POPPY HILL,the uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age storydirected by Goro Miyazaki from the screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki.

Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn filmcenters on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voicedby Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that developsas they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackleclubhouse from demolition.The top-grossing Japanese film of2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation,FROM UP ON POPPY HILL captures the innocence of newlove as well as the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lushsurroundings.

On-Disc Extra Content:
Press Conference Theme Song Announcement
Interview with Goro Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki's Staff Speech
Music Video "Summer of Farewells - From Up on Poppy Hill" - Performed by Aoi Teshima
Yokohama - Stories of Past and Present
Original Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
Making of Poppy Hill Featurette with the English Cast

From Up on Poppy Hill is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Studio Canal (UK), Madman (Australia) and GKids (North America).

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