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Blu-ray Importing: May 2010 Buying Guide - Blu-ray Importing: December 2009 Buying Guide - Cont.

Ben takes a look at the latest and best overseas titles.

| Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: May 5, 2010 4:17 pm

Ponyo

 

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Studio: Disney Home Entertainment

 

Country of Origin: United States

 

Purchase: Amazon.com

 

Region: A, B, C

 

Japan's Studio Ghibli is often referred to as the "Disney of the East", so it's no surprise that Disney in the United States has partnered with them to release their DVD and Blu-ray product. For consumers, this means a fantastically consistent video and audio experience (despite the original Japanese being presented in lossy Dolby Digital audio).

 

Ponyo is the first of the Studio Ghibli film to hit Blu-ray, with plans afoot to release others in the collection, including my favourites Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke in the fullness of time. However, for now we shall have to be content to have the latest Studio Ghibli film. Luckily it's a good one.

 

Analyze This / Analyze That (Double Pack)

 

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Studio: Warner Bros Home Entertainment

 

Country of Origin: United States

 

Purchase: Amazon.com

 

Region: A, B, C

 

Released in the same year as The Sopranos and exploring similar themes as the long running TV series, Analyze This! paired Robert DeNiro as gangster Paul Vitti whom has developed a neurosis, necessitating the visit to Psychiatrist Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal). But Sobel takes on more than he bargains for when he is dragged deeper and deeper into mob machinations.

 

With no extra features depite the original DVDs having a few, they do feature a competent video and audio track, with both films being available on the same disc for a bargain basement price.

 

That's it for now, folks. We'll endeavour to be back in the 3rd quarter with the latest in import goodies.

 

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