Last Call for Princess Mononoke DVDs in North America

Fans of Studio Ghibli have waited with baited breath for an announcement of Princess Mononoke being remastered for a Blu-ray release. Sadly, it looks like they are in for some bad news.

Princess Mononoke“In separate emails to each respective company, both Disney (through their Buena Vista Home Video Entertainment division) and Echo Bridge distribution, the former distributor for the defunct Miramax label have confirmed that the US license for Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke is no longer held by either company and has not been renewed,  greatly reducing the chances of a domestic home video re-release.”-via animenews.biz

When ANN contacted Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, they were referred to Lionsgate Films. Lionsgate stated they had "no current information on the release of this title."

While it is not beyond reason to expect either studio to renew the expired license, it is also equally probable that the US distribution rights may simply be let go. It is no secret that the anime market in America has been, shall we say, a little soft for some time now. Regardless of the outcome, without an official blessing from Disney/Miramax/Buena Vista/WhoeverTheHeckOwnsItNow, the theatrical English dub track will not be included even if there is a re-release.

If you are looking to pick up a copy of the original DVD release, they are going for about $19-$26.

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