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Australia Gets Gorgeous Studio Ghibli Limited Editions This December.

There's probably never been a better time to be a Studio Ghibli fan in the English-speaking world than right now. What you get in what order depends on where you live, but the UK and Ireland and North America have both seen a slew of recent releases of their films old and new on beautiful Blu-ray. Our friends down-under haven't been left out either, as December sees some major Ghibli releases in Australia and New Zealand- including some juicy exclusives.

Madman Entertainment are the distributors of Ghibli products in Oz and their next wave of releases are due in December, including The Wind Rises, Grave Of Fireflies and Hayao Miyazaki's d├ębut Castle of Cagliostro. Most likely to make fans drool however is a trio of exclusive limited editions featuring three Miyazaki films. The Wind Rises, Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle are all being given the lavish treatment, housed in large-scale collectible packaging. Each collector's edition contains the film on Blu-Ray and DVD combo, and a gorgeous hard-cover art-book. These are the stunningly beautiful Art-books available in English from Viz, and contain concept art, storyboards and the original script. The rest of the content varies between each title:

  • The Wind Rises Collector's Edition contains the Blu-Ray/DVD,  Art-book, Art cards, the documentary feature the Kingdom Of Dreams and Madness on DVD and a collector's coin.
  • Kiki's Delivery Service 25th Anniversary Edition contains the Blu-Ray/DVD,  Art-book, and Art cards, and a collector's coin.
  • Howl's Moving Castle 10th Anniversary edition contains the Blu-Ray/DVD,  Art-book, and Art cards, a Heen figurine and a collector's coin.

These are the nicest Ghibli editions we've seen so far, and any Aussie or Kiwi fans will want to get their hands on them- but hurry as they're strictly limited and will likely sell out fast. The best price online is currently JB Hi-Fi, but the sets are currently retailing for between $94 and $122 (Australian).