Anime Film ‘The Deer King’ Coming to Digital Oct. 4, Blu-ray + DVD Oct. 18

Shout! Factory and GKIDS have announced the Oct. 18 release of the new animated film The Deer King in a Blu-ray Disc + DVD combo pack.

The disc release will be preceded by the film’s Oct. 4 availability on all major digital platforms, for both rental and purchase.

Bonus features include conversations with the voice cast, an introduction from director Masashi Ando, a design gallery, and more.

The Deer King is based on the award-winning fantasy novel series by author Nahoko Uehashi, which has sold over 2 million copies and won major literary awards. Animated by the Production I.G studio, the film marks the directorial debut of animator Ando, who previously worked as a character designer, animation director, and key animator with the famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke), and with directors Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. Co-director Masayuki Miyaji is best known for directing the 2009 series “Xam’d: Lost Memories” and work on Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbors the Yamadas. Notable works from  Production I.G include Ghost in the Shell and the series “FLCL,” “Haikyu!!” and “Psycho Pass.”

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The Deer King is a story of survival. Following a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom — and its possible cure.

Shout! Factory, GKIDS in June to Release Three Makoto Shinkai Anime Classics on Blu-ray Disc

GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, on June 7 will release new Blu-ray Disc editions of three early masterworks by acclaimed anime director Makoto Shinkai.

The three films, The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) and Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), come loaded with bonus features including audio commentaries, interviews with Shinkai, storyboards, trailers and more. The 5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-ray Disc will include Shinkai’s lauded short films Voices of a Distant Star and She and Her Cat. Fans can preorder their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com or GKIDS.com.

Shinkai’s feature film debut, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, is the haunting story of friendship and loss set in an alternate post-war Japan. Three teenagers become obsessed with a mysterious tower across the Union border, which reaches far into the sky. Hiroki and Takuya work on a makeshift airplane, which they promise their friend Sayuri they will use to visit the tower together someday, but she disappears before it is completed. Several years later, the tower suddenly activates, starting a phenomenon that threatens the world. And the young men now discover their long-lost friend Sayuri may hold the key to it all. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is the winner of Best Animated Film at Mainichi Film Award, Silver Prize at Fantasia Film Festival, and Award for Expression Technique at the Tokyo International Anime Fair.

Told in three vignettes, 5 Centimeters Per Second: A Chain Of Short Stories About Their Distance explores the joys and heartache of falling in love. Takaki yearns to spill his heart out for childhood crush Akari, but both their families move away before any feelings can fully blossom. They stay in touch, but eventually drift apart with school and new friends to distract them. As the seasons pass, Takaki navigates his relationships while haunted by all the things he left unsaid with Akari, his first love. Also included is Voices of a Distant Star, the debut film from Makoto Shinkai, available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America. 5 Centimeters Per Second was winner of Best Animated Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below is an epic fantasy adventure in a world of ancient gods. Asuna is an introvert who prefers spending her time listening to a radio left by her deceased father. One day, she hears an odd song that resonates in her heart unlike anything else. It leads to a chance encounter with a mysterious boy, who transports Asuna to Agartha, a land of legend where the dead can be brought back to life. Compelled by the song and the boy, Asuna journeys through the mythical lands, but hostile warriors and ghastly creatures will stop at nothing to prevent Asuna from uncovering the secrets of their world. Children Who Chase Lost Voices was nominated for Best Feature at Annecy and winner of Best Art Direction at the Tokyo Anime Award.

Anime Film ‘Weathering With You’ Arrives in 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition Nov. 17

GKIDS and Shout! Factory are following up their initial home release of Weathering With You with a special collector’s edition that becomes available Nov. 17.

The four-disc set includes the film on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc, along with the feature-length documentary “The Making of Weathering With You.” Priced at $79.98, the collector’s edition also includes the film’s soundtrack CD, a 104-page perfect-bound book, a mini poster, and a decal, all in a hard limited-edition case.

The set also comes with all the bonus features included on the earlier home releases.  Weathering With You first becomes available for home audiences on Aug. 4 as a digital download. A standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc, as well as a Steelbook, will be released Sept. 15.

A new film from director Makoto Shinkai and produced by Genki Kawamura, Weathering With You follows the story of a boy named Hodaka, who runs away from his remote island home in Tokyo the summer of his high school freshman year. He quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits, and notices the weather is unusually rainy and gloomy every day (a sign of his troubled future). He lives his days in isolation, finally finding his place as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. One day, he meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina, who possesses a strange but wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit Trilogy”), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” movie franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit” Trilogy), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” move franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

Shout! Factory, GKIDS Set Aug. 4 Home Release Date for ‘Weathering With You’

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced the Aug. 4 release date of Weathering With You, a  new film from director Makoto Shinkai and produced by Genki Kawamura.

Initially available for digital download, the film will be available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, including a Steelbook, on Sept. 15. Then, in November, Shout! Factory will release a limited-edition collector’s set.

Weathering With You follows the story of a boy named Hodaka, who runs away from his remote island home in Tokyo the summer of his high school freshman year. He quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits, and notices the weather is unusually rainy and gloomy every day (a sign of his troubled future).

He lives his days in isolation, finally finding his place as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. One day, he meets a bright and strong-willed girl named Hina, who possesses a strange but wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

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Japan’s official submission for the Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival official selection, the film is backed by an all-star voice cast, including Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Hobbit” Trilogy), Alison Brie (Glow, the “Lego” move franchise), and Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom).

Bonus features to be included on disc editions include the featurette “Weather Front,” “Exploring Makoto Shinkai’s Filmography,” and the theatrical trailers and movie spots. The Blu-ray and SteelBook copies will also include a talk show interview with Shinkai.