Studio Ghibli’s ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ Comes to Blu-ray May 21, 2013

Howl's Moving Castle

Another great Studio Ghibli film is finally coming to blu-ray, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. Considered by many to be one of the best film’s made by Studio Ghibli, the film follows adventures of Sophie, a quiet girl who works in a hat shop, who is one day whisked away by a mysterious wizard named Howl. The film, like all that come from this studio, is one of enchantment, wonderment, and fun, as well as being strikingly beautiful to look at as well. This is another one of my favorite animated features, and I’m glad to see it finally coming to blu-ray, featuring a brand new high definition transfer. Not only will the film finally be available in high definition, but it’s going to look absolutely striking to boot, thanks to a new remaster done on the film.

As with all the previous releases, Disney will release the film with its original Japanese voice over work, as well as the English language dubbing. This is great for those who don’t enjoy reading subtitles, or are just enamored with the English language cast that they usually put together for these films. For the people in that group, you’ll be excited to know that the English dub of the film features a truly extraordinary cast, with the likes of Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Jean Simmons, and Emily Mortimer. It’s a very strong ensemble cast, and one of the best made for a Studio Ghibli film. I really can’t wait to add this to my shelf, and I really look forward to being that much closer to finishing my Studio Ghibli collection on blu-ray.

Hit the jump to get a look at the special features of the film, as well as the trailer for the film. Are you excited that ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ is coming to blu-ray? Let me know in the comments below, only here on Chip and Company!


  • Original Japanese Storyboards
  • Original Japanese TV Spots and Trailers
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Interview with Pixar Animation Studios Director Pete Docter
  • Hello Mr. Lasseter: Hayao Miyazaki Visits Pixar Animation Studios




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  • Description Modifier:
    English/French/Japanese DVD
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  • Sound:
    Audio: English and Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Subtitles: English, English SDH and French

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Patrick Campbell is a self a huge geek and cinephile. Currently residing in Orange County, CA, he finds his time watching movies, reading comics, and trying to keep up with the latest film and theme park news. He actively uses twitter. Follow him at @pj_campbell.