Weekend News Roundup: GKids Digital, Avatar, Tokyo Godfathers, King of Queens Blu-ray

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GKIDS’ Full Studio Ghibli Film Library on Digital Platforms Available Today

It’s not King of Queens, but what is?

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced earlier this month that it will release the catalogue of Japan’s legendary, Oscar®-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada. As of today, films will be available to purchase in both English and Japanese languages on all major digital transactional platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft and FandangoNow.This marks the first time the Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital transactional anywhere in the world.
The Studio Ghibli acclaimed catalogue of films released for digital download-to-own includes:

 

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
Nausicaä 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)

 

Starting today, the Studio Ghibli catalogue will be available to own digitally in HD for the suggested retail price of $19.99 per film. A six-film bundle of some of the studio’s most popular titles, featuring Howl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServiceMy Neighbor TotoroPonyoPrincess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, will be offered by several platforms for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Holiday Tip – Pre-Order Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Holiday shopping got you stressed? Wishlists picked over? Items backordered? Run out of room/time/patience?

These are common challenges this time of year, but shopping for the die-hard Collector(s) in your life can be an even greater hurdle. So why not treat them to something that’s not even available yet?

Pre-order the Avatar: The Last Airbender 15th Anniversary Steelbook Collection and print out this special holiday card for their stocking. No muss, no fuss, no wrapping. Plus, there’s no way they have it already!

Pre-order link here

GKIDS Announces Re-release Of Satoshi Kon’s Classic TOKYO GODFATHERS

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GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American theatrical and home entertainment distribution rights for the critically-acclaimed animated feature TOKYO GODFATHERS, by director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika). GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller Perfect Blue in 2018, and ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced that Kon would posthumously receive their Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation. GKIDS will release a new 4K restoration of Tokyo Godfathers early next year, in both the original Japanese language and a new English language dub.
“Satoshi Kon remains one of the animated medium’s most celebrated and visionary storytellers,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “With the re-release of Tokyo Godfathers, a timely work of deep humanism and beauty, we are proud to play a part in sharing his legacy with audiences old and new.”
SYNOPSIS
In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together.

MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT DELIVERS COMPLETE SERIES OF “THE KING OF QUEENS” ON BLU-RAY

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Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the complete series release of THE KING OF QUEENS. All 207 episodes from the show’s 9-seasons run are available for the first time together in widescreen, high-definition on Blu-ray, currently selling for as low as $99.99!

The King of Queens consistently delivered laughs and is one of the most popular and longest-running comedies in television history! Kevin James stars as Doug Heffernan, a lovable regular guy with an adoring wife, Carrie (Leah Remini), and a frustrating father-in-law, Arthur (Jerry Stiller) under his roof. As a parcel deliveryman, Doug’s only refuges are the little time he spends alone with Carrie and the company of his buddies Deacon (Victor Williams), Spence (Patton Oswalt) and Danny (Gary Valentine), whom he turns to for advice that just might make his life better, if he only bothered to follow it.

Mill Creek Entertainment produced this 20-disc Blu-ray set exclusively for Couch Potato Entertainment to sell online on Amazon, eBay and other retail outlets.  This special edition release also contains numerous bonus features that have been ported over from previous DVD releases including:

  • Pilot Episode Commentary with Kevin James and Show Creator/Executive Producer Michael Weithorn
  • Behind-the-Scenes featurette
  • Laughs Montage Featuring the Most Hysterical Moments from the First Season
  • Audio Commentary with Kevin James and Michael Weithorn
  • Series Retrospective
  • Thanks To the Fans
  • 200th Episode Celebration
  • The Writers of The King Of Queens

Created by Michael Weithorn and David Litt, The King of Queens ran for 9 seasons on CBS and consistently ranked high in the weekly ratings.  Kevin James received an Emmy® nomination for his portrayal of Doug Heffernan and the hit series also benefited from guest appearances from Lou Ferrigno, Anne Meara, Ricki Lake, Rachel Dratch, Bryan Cranston, and Ray Romano!

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