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The Boy and the Heron Coming to 4K, Blu-ray and DVD This Summer

If you’ve been wanting to own a physical copy of The Boy and the Heron, Hayao Miyazaki’s new Oscar-winning movie, then mark your calendars for July 9. That’s when the film will become available on 4K UHD + Blu-ray, Blu-ray + DVD, as well as in a Limited Edition Steelbook that has 4K UHD + Blu-ray, and features Dolby Vision and additionally Dolby Atmos. It’s now available for preorder.

Shortly before that release date, on June 25, the movie will become available both subbed and dubbed on “all major on-demand digital platforms.”

A press release further explained:

Special Features on the release include feature-length storyboards, an interview with Golden Globe®-nominated composer Joe Hisaishi, an interview with Academy Award®-winning producer and Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, an interview and drawing featurette with Annie Award-winning supervising animator Takeshi Honda, the music video for the film’s theme song “Spinning Globe” from global J-Pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu, and teasers and trailers.

GKIDS gave this description for the movie:

After losing his mother during the war, young Mahito moves to his family’s estate in the countryside. There, a series of mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower, and enters a fantastic world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world, and the truth about himself. Featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson and Florence Pugh.

The Boy and the Heron is the new critically-acclaimed fantasy adventure from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro. Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award® -winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film “Spinning Globe” was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.

Source: Press release