Thursday, November 24, 2011
Next Wave of Ghibli Blu's
Well I received the first two blu-ray's from the next installment from Studio Ghibli (The third is still en-route). I present Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo! I watched Howl last night and I must say this is a fantastic disc, the picture quality is leaps and bounds ahead of the DVD I had. The 6.1 soundtrack is magnificent to behold and truly places you right in the midst of the story and action as it unfolds. I must admit upon my first viewing of Howl I wasn't all that impressed, but as I re-watch it, I am coming to like it more and more (Hopefully the same will occur for Tales From Earth Sea, which I also didn't care greatly for on my initial viewing)
I haven't had a chance to watch Ponyo yet, but I did have a quick look at the disc and I must admit I am a bit disappointed that it is simply a re-hash of the original release. Whilst it is nice that the cover now matches the rest of the releases, it is a shame the disc contents are set out completely different and not in keeping with the theme from the others. I guess maybe it was a little too much to ask, but I was hoping Studio Ghibli may have obliged us. Oh well, it is still a great film and an excellent addition to the collection!
Ponyo also came with a little extra in the form of a sticker album (pictured below)
Now the waiting game for the next wave starts!!