Two Anime Films On the Way From Studio Ghibli, GKIDS, Shout! Factory

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, have announced the Sept. 21 home release of Porco Rosso, a 1992 Japanese animated adventure comedy, and From Up On Poppy Hill, a 2011 Japanese animated drama film.

The films will be available in limited edition Steelbook packaging, which will house a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, alongside bonus features, a booklet with art, and statements from the filmmakers.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso follows the story of a world-weary flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell. When he upsets a band of sky pirates, the pirates hire a hotshot American rival named Curtis to get rid of him. Together with the help of the teenage girl and aspiring airplane designer Fio, and Sultry lounge singer Gina, Porco takes to the skies for what may be his final high-flying showdown.

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Bonus features include an exclusive booklet, feature-length storyboards, an interview with producer Toshio Suzuki, and the original theatrical trailers.

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, From Up On Poppy Hill is set in Yokohama, Japan in 1963 as Japan is picking itself up after World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. A friendship blossoms between high school students Umi and Shun, but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

Bonus features include an exclusive booklet, feature-length storyboards,  an interview with Gorō Miyazaki; a Hayao Miyazaki documentary; a speech and press conference with Hayao Miyazaki; a Yokohama featurette, a music video, and the original theatrical trailers.

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