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Studio Ghibli Collection Available Digitally This December

Studio Ghibli has traditionally been rather stuck in its ways when it comes to embracing new technology. While there has been a major shift to digital distribution over the past few years, for a long time the only way you could see a Ghibli flick was in a cinema, on Blu-Ray or DVD- or possibly TV.  This stubborn attitude showed no sign of changing until this year, when GKIDS Films, the custodians of Ghibli's library in North America announced a world-first deal with HBO Max to stream their films when it launches in 2020.

What if you don't want to pay for a monthly subscription? GKIDS have now announced that for the very first time Ghibli's films will be available to buy digitally in the US and Canada from December 17.

The films will be available from all major digital outlets, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony and Microsoft's store. Each film will retail at $19.99 (SRP) and will be available in either subtitled or dubbed versions, and are available for preorder at select outlets, now.  A bundle featuring six of the studio's most popular films will also be offered for a suggested retail price of $99.99

The collection will include:


Castle in the Sky
The Cat Returns
From Up on Poppy Hill
Howl's Moving Castle
Kiki's Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind
Ocean Waves
Only Yesterday
Pom Poko
Ponyo
Porco Rosso
Princess Mononoke
The Secret World of Arrietty
Spirited Away
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Tales From Earthsea
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart
The Wind Rises (Available Q3 2020)

The physical media versions are still arguably the best option- containing both dubbed and subtitled versions plus extras all in a single package. But for those who prefer the convenience of digital or have left physical media behind, it's great to have the option

[Source: GKIDS]