The Castle of Cagliostro – Bluray Review

The second Hi-Def helping from Studio Canal and Ghibli in November is not a Ghibli film at all, it is an earlier work, directed by Miyazaki-san called “The Castle of Caglisotro”, aka Lupin III. Made in 1979, it is Miyazaki’s first full-length anime film, and features Wolf (or Lupin in French), a character created by […]

Howl?s Moving Castle Blu Ray Review

It?s time to take a look at the second Studio Ghibli film to be released on Blu-Ray this month. Following on from the under-par Tales From Earthsea we have the ?in-another-league? Howl?s Moving Castle. Both films were being produced at the same time, but it was Howl that was directed and overseen by the master, […]

Tales From Earthsea ? Bluray Review

Ghibli are back with another brace of Blu-Ray releases (Howl?s Moving Castle & Tales from Earthsea) edging us closer to the much-waited for release of their most popular films ?Spirited Away? and ?My Neighbour Totoro?. First up is Goro Miyazaki?s ?Tales Form Earthsea?, based loosely on the third Earthsea book by Ursula Le Guin. Yes, […]

Borrowing from a classic leads to a new classic ? Arrietty Bluray Review by Neil Gardner

2012 is looking like a bumper year for fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. We have already had the BD release of the superb Whisper of the Heart, and now we have their latest masterpiece, Arrietty, available on the shiny (not really) blue discs. Based on the popular children?s story ?The Borrowers? by Mary Norton […]


2012 is already proving to be an exciting year for Miyazaki/Ghibli fans, with their latest movie, Arrietty just released on BD, and several older titles slated for release later in the year. However, I was particularly excited about the release of Whisper of the Heart, the 1995 Miyazaki scripted, Kondo directed film based on the […]