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Gkids To Reissue Six Studio Ghibli Films For Blu-Ray

Gkids, producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio's catalog in North America. Beginning October 17, 2017, Gkids will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli's renowned films with six initial titles from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31, 2017. The remaining titles will be reissued in the coming months in brand new Blu-ray and DVD, and are listed below. 

The Studio Ghibli library, led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most coveted and critically-lauded in animation, and includes such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, which was recently listed at
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Gkids to handle home video on Studio Ghibli catalogue

Distributor now handles home entertainment rights as well as theatrical on Japanese studio titles.

Gkids has announced it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to distribute the Japanese animation studio’s home video catalogue in North America.

Starting on October 17, Gkids will reissue Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s films and kicks off with six titles from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The initial six Miyazaki titles are Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away (pictured), followed by Castle In The Sky and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind on October 31.

The remaining titles, which include Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, will be reissued in the coming months on Blu-ray and DVD.

The home video partnership builds on the relationship between Gkids and Studio Ghibli. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the catalogue since 2010.

Gkids released the studio’s recent
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Matthew McConaughey in 'Gold'; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Sleepless (action-drama; Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney; rated R) Split (thriller-horror-mystery; James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley; bonus content available; rated PG-13) The Founder (drama; Michael Keaton, Laura Dern; rated PG-13) The Dark Tapes (horror/sci-fi; Brittany Underwood, Meredith Thomas; not rated) The Duelist (action-drama; Peter Fedorov, Vladimir Mashkov; rated R) Isolation (action-thriller; Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably; rated R) Ocean Waves...

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‘Apocalypse Child’ Sees Beauty and Pain Both Above and Below

This Week in Home VideoPlus 9 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Pick of the WeekApocalypse Child

What is it? A young man in the Filipino town of Baler suspects he may have been fathered by a certain American director who filmed a Vietnam war epic in town several years prior.

Why buy it? The identity of finding the truth about his father is a catalyst of sorts here, but it’s far from the focus of Mario Cornejo and co-writer Monster Jimenez’s beautiful, raw, and affecting film. Instead it’s the idea of escaping one’s past through self-deception and distraction that pervades the screen alongside gorgeous visuals and performances. You can’t look away no matter how much you may want to. There
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Split,’ ‘Ali,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)

Last year marked the 15-year anniversary of Richard Kelly’s debut cult curio, Donnie Darko. While the film’s cult-status has elevated it into its own separate canon alongside other 21st-century indie-cult hits, Kelly’s two other films — the positively delirious and daring Southland Tales and the labyrinthine sci-fi period piece The Box — prove that he is a director deserving of much greater consideration. Sadly it’s been about eight years since a new
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4 Great Films New to Movies On Demand in April 2017, Including ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘Split’ — IndieWire on Demand

4 Great Films New to Movies On Demand in April 2017, Including ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘Split’ — IndieWire on Demand
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies on Demand. Catch up on the latest films On Demand here.]

Movies on Demand continues to add a wide variety of audience favorites, even as the 2016 awards season is firmly in the rear view. Check out four of our favorite films from the upcoming month below, as well as the full list of great movies available throughout April.

1) “Paterson” (Available April 4)

Making a film about a poet is difficult, but Jim Jarmusch’s modest portrait of a modest Jersey bus driver finds something profound in simplicity. The week-in-the-life approach that Jarmusch takes with his script gives Adam Driver a career-expanding performance filled with warmth and empathy. Toss in one of the most adorable dogs in all of cinema and you have a film from a director returning to form.

2) “Lion” (Available April 11)

Based on Saroo Brierley’s real-life, Google-Earth-aided quest to find his birth family, Garth Davis’ film spans countries with a grace and respect that similar adoption stories rarely have.
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‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’ Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s First Series Will Stream on Amazon

If peak anime and peak television had a baby, her name would be “Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter.”

Later this month, Amazon Prime will host the legendary Japanese animation house’s “epic 26-part story” based on the eponymous Astrid Lindgren novel. “Ronja” is the latest in a long line of adaptations for the Swedish Pippi Longstocking scribe, whose work inspired the likes of Lasse Hallström (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat”).

Read More: ‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever

The only Studio Ghibli television series will be available to American viewers for the first time on January 27. “Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter” is directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.

The story centers around a ten-year-old girl named Ronja, who lives in a mountain fort with her parents and their band of merry robbers. She spends
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Rogue One Dominates the New Year's Box Office with $49M

Rogue One Dominates the New Year's Box Office with $49M
With no new movies opening in wide release during the final few days of 2016, many were not expecting a huge weekend turnout, or even a close race between the top 10 holdovers. It's fitting that the unpredictable year that was 2016 went out with a bang, as six of the top 10 movies posted increases from last weekend. Although the box office winner was no surprise, as Rogue One took the top spot with an estimated $49.5 million over the three-day weekend, and $64.3 million over the four-day holiday weekend. This tally brings Rogue One up to $439.7 million, just $46.5 million shy of becoming 2016's top-grossing movie, a title currently held by Finding Dory ($486.2 million).

Box Office Mojo reports that Rogue One's three-day gross of $49.5 million represents just a 22.6% drop from last weekend, but when the four-day total of $64.3 million is taken into account, it actually increased 0.5% from its previous frame. Rogue One has currently
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Studio Ghibli’s ‘Ocean Waves’ Has Aged Around The Edges, But Remains A Poignant Affair [Review]

For all the awful and rot the final act of 2016 has brought us, one small glimmer of cinematic hope was revealed last month with the news that Hayao Miyazaki was coming out of retirement and working on another film for Studio Ghibli. Now, following not far behind, we have the theatrical rerelease of a long overlooked effort from the studio (and the first not directed by Isao Takahata or Miyazaki), the 1993 TV movie “Ocean Waves.” And while “Ocean Waves” never really comes close to reaching the glorious highs that the studio is known for (“Spirited Away,” “Castle In The Sky,” etc.), it is nonetheless a gorgeously realized and deep emotional film of quiet elegance and the fierce longing of youth, and certainly one worth catching again at your local arthouse.

Continue reading Studio Ghibli’s ‘Ocean Waves’ Has Aged Around The Edges, But Remains A Poignant Affair [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Gold’ Review: Chintzy Storytelling Foils a Fun Matthew McConaughey Performance In Worthless Tale of Capitalism Gone Wild

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‘Gold’ Review: Chintzy Storytelling Foils a Fun Matthew McConaughey Performance In Worthless Tale of Capitalism Gone Wild
In 1993, a Filipino prospector named Michael de Guzman emerged from the jungles of Busang, Indonesia claiming to have found one of the largest gold deposits on record — he partnered with a Canadian conglomerate called Bre-x Minerals Ltd., and eventually took the fall for the most famous gold mining scandal of the late 20th century.

In 2011, screenwriters Patrick Massett and John Zinman (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) decided to take the Bre-x story, arbitrarily transplant it to the late 1980s, and re-conceive it as a trite rise and fall parable about the seduction of the American Dream — the result, ultimately directed without distinction by Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”), unfolds like a chintzy ripoff of David O. Russell ripping off Martin Scorsese ripping off real life, a movie that tries to sell us the most boring version of a story that has already been panned for all of its treasure and then some.

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‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever

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‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever
The most modest and least celebrated of the films produced by Japan’s peerless Studio Ghibli, “Ocean Waves” was conceived as an opportunity for the company’s younger talent to make something on the cheap. In spite of those simple aspirations, the project came in late and over budget, eventually airing on local television in 1993 and failing to make much of a splash. Since then, the sentimental high school drama has existed just outside the Ghibli legend, more of a curiosity than part of the canon, unseen to all but the studio’s most dedicated completists.

The first Ghibli film that wasn’t directed by either Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, “Ocean Waves” is glaringly absent the former’s flair for fantasy or the latter’s gift for minimalist heartbreak. In both scale and subject, it cleaves closer to the delicate wistfulness of a Haruki Murakami novel — one of his earlier,
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Will Rogue One Ring in a New Year at the Box Office?

Will Rogue One Ring in a New Year at the Box Office?
The holiday frame at the box office is always a crowded one, but this year seems to be more jam-packed than years prior. There were six new movies opening between December 16 and December 23, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Collateral Beauty, Passengers, Sing, Assassin's Creed and Why Him?, with Paramount's Fences also expanding nationwide. None were able to come close to Rogue One over the Christmas holiday weekend, as it took in $64.3 million for the three-day weekend, and $96 million for the four-day holiday weekend. This weekend, there is actually no competition for Rogue One, at least in wide release, meaning it should have no trouble taking the top box office spot for a third weekend in a row.

The Star Wars spin-off will only have two indies in limited release as its competition this weekend, Bleecker Street's critically-acclaimed Paterson and Gkids' animated film Ocean Waves, both of which are opening in limited release tomorrow,
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‘Ocean Waves’ Sweepstakes: Enter To Win Studio Ghibli Prize Pack

As Studio Ghibli fans continue to anticipate the official theatrical release of “The Red Turtle” (Sony Picture Classics opens the film in select theaters January 20), Gkids is about to make the wait a whole lot easier. Starting tomorrow, December 28, the distributor is releasing the company’s 1993 drama “Ocean Waves” in U.S. theaters for the very first time, and IndieWire is celebrating by giving one reader the chance to win a Studio Ghibli prize pack.

Read More: ‘Ocean Waves’ Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s 1993 Animated Film Explores Changing Friendships

Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, “Ocean Waves” tells the story of two friends, Taku and Yutaka, who head back to school for what they believe will be another uneventful year. But their relationship is tested by the arrival Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo.

Now through Friday, December 30 and 12pm Et, IndieWire readers can enter to win the Studio Ghibli prize
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Rogue One Wins the Christmas Weekend Box Office with $64.3M

Rogue One Wins the Christmas Weekend Box Office with $64.3M
Disney and LucasFilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story became a box office hit in its first weekend, taking in a massive $155 million. That weekend, it only had one movie going up against it, with Warner Bros.' star-studded drama ensemble Collateral Beauty. But in its second frame, it had much more competition. This year's crowded Christmas slate featured Universal's Sing, Sony's Passengers and a pair of 20th Century Fox films, Assassin's Creed and Why Him?, none of which were expected to give Rogue One a run for its money this weekend. Rogue One easily came out on top again, taking in an estimated $64.3 million for the three-day weekend, and $96 million for the four-day holiday weekend, which includes Monday estimates.

Box Office Mojo reports that, over the three-day frame, Rouge One dropped 58.5% from its opening weekend, but if you use the four-day numbers of $96 million, it only dropped 38%. That latter
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‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 Trailer Is Filled With Wild Beasts and Bloody Battles

‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 Trailer Is Filled With Wild Beasts and Bloody Battles
The holidays just got better for “Attack on Titan” fans. Funimation released the official trailer for Season 2 of the manga series, which features enough wild beasts and bloody battles to pump you up for its return.

The new footage begins with a breach in the Wall Rose, the second wall protecting the citizens of the Chlorba, Trost and Karanese District, and an army of titans headed towards civilization.

“Today marks the new darkest day in humanity history,” the voiceover says in the trailer. “If ever humankind needed to give its all, that time is now!”

Seen in the clip are Eren, Mikasa and Armin fighting back and taking on the beasts, while a handful on new titans attack various Survey Corps.

Read More: ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ Teaser Trailer: A First Glimpse of the Live-Action Adaptation of the Beloved Manga Series

Attack on Titan” is an anime series adapted from Hajime Isayama
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How the Body-Switching ‘Your Name’ Became an Animated Oscar Contender

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How the Body-Switching ‘Your Name’ Became an Animated Oscar Contender
With its surprising Los Angeles Film Critics Association win for best animated feature, the delightful, body-switching, “Your Name,” from director Makoto Shinkai, has been elevated to Oscar contention as a result of its unique anime style and off-beat, fantasy romance.

Of course, it helps that Shinkai’s breakout hit is not only the year’s biggest box office success in Japan ($288 million), but also the fifth highest-grossing anime in history. And it’s easy to see why: it taps into Ya fantasies about vicarious excitement, romance and upward mobility. The director wants young adults to ponder why people meet and think about what it means for them.

Read More: ‘Ocean Waves’ Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s Restored 1993 Animated Film Explores Changing Friendships

Two high school students meet in their dreams: Mitsuha, who’s frustrated living in a seaside village, switches bodies with Taki, who lives in Tokyo. They instantly make contact
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Will Rogue One Dominate the Crowded Christmas Box Office?

Will Rogue One Dominate the Crowded Christmas Box Office?
Last weekend, LucasFilm's Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set the box office on fire with a whopping $155 million opening weekend, which puts it in a great position to dominate the box office throughout December and well into the new year. This weekend, however, it will face much more competition than its opening weekend, when it only faced the under-performing Collateral Beauty, with three new movies opening tomorrow, Universal's Sing, Sony's Passengers and 20th Century Fox's Assassin's Creed, with 20th Century Fox's Why Him? opening this Friday. Despite this influx of new competition, Rogue One should have no trouble staying the course, and winning for a second weekend in a row with $87.3 million.

This $87.3 million prediction represents a 56% drop for Rogue One, which is par for the course for a blockbuster of this size, especially heading into a crowded holiday frame. This stand alone Star Wars adventure,
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Trailer For Studio Ghibli’s Newly Restored ‘Ocean Waves,’ Finally Headed For U.S. Theaters

For a studio that’s effectively shut down, Studio Ghibli seems pretty busy. A handful of animators have branched out and formed their own studio, with a new movie coming next year, and now a title from the company which has mostly gone unseen on our shores is finally arriving.

Given a new, 4K restoration, Tomomi Mochizuki‘s “Ocean Waves” was originally made for Japanese television, but now it’s landing on the big screen in the United States courtesy of the fine folks at Gkids, and it looks like another sensitive work from Studio Ghibli that fans are going to fall in love with.

Continue reading Trailer For Studio Ghibli’s Newly Restored ‘Ocean Waves,’ Finally Headed For U.S. Theaters at The Playlist.
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Newswire: An unreleased Studio Ghibli film is coming to the U.S.

Studio Ghibli is a pretty big name in the United States—at least far as anime production houses go—but some of the many films the studio has produced still haven’t found their way over here. Now, though, one unreleased Studio Ghibli film is getting a limited theatrical run and an eventual Blu-ray release thanks to indie film distributor Gkids.

Unfortunately for people hoping for the next Howl’s Moving Castle or Princess Mononoke, though, the film is a low-key teen drama called Ocean Waves and not a fantasy epic. It was originally made for Japanese TV in the ‘90s—hence the lack of a theatrical release in the U.S.—and Gkids says it’s about two friends named Taku and Yutaka whose relationship is tested when a “beautiful new transfer student” from Tokyo moves to their town and starts breaking hearts.

You can see a poster and
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‘Ocean Waves’ Trailer: Studio Ghibli’s 1993 Film Is Finally Hitting American Theaters

The great Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement a few years ago following the release of The Wind Rises, only to come out of retirement a few years later to try his hand at CG-animation before announcing last month that he’s prepping his next animated feature. In other words, the rumors of Studio Ghibli’s closure were greatly exaggerated, especially […]

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