'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' Dated for Blu-ray

Posted Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:00 AM PST by

Two more animated masterpieces from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki are on their way to Blu-ray in May.

In an early announcement to retailers, Disney/Buena Vista will be releasing 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' on Blu-ray on May 21.

'My Neighbor Totoro' - Disney presents a Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2001, Spirited Away). Celebrate the 25th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro – available for the first time on Disney Blu-ray, with a new HD digital transfer and perfect picture and sound! Follow the adventures of Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei as they discover their new neighbor is a mysterious forest spirit named Totoro who can only be seen by the eyes of a child. As Totoro introduces the girls to his extraordinary friends, they embark on the journey of a lifetime. Featuring the voice talents of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, My Neighbor Totoro is an amazing animated adventure the whole family will fall in love with.

'Howl's Moving Castle' - A simple young girl called Sophie is put under a curse by the evil Witch Of The Waste, transforming her into an ugly old woman. Ashamed of her appearance, Sophie deserts her hat shop and heads into the hills in search of a cure. She comes across the strange, yet awesome Moving Castle, the abode of the much-feared magician, Howl. Inside the castle, Sophie befriends the fire demon Calcifer, who can see through the spell and offers to help her return to her natural form. For his efforts, however, Sophie must help Calcifer break the contract he has with Howl, the details of which he is forbidden to explain. So Sophie assumes the position of the castle's cleaning lady and gets close to the young, handsome Howl, who takes a fancy to the young Sophie, whom he can also see behind her withered facade.

Specs and supplements haven't been revealed yet, but the suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $39.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under May 21.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
My Neighbor Totoro (Blu-ray)
Howl's Moving Castle (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disc Announcements, Disney/Buena Vista (all tags)