Beginning with the packaging, we’ve opted for a limited first run of slipcase editions for both DVD and Blu-ray.
Within the slipcase, you’ll find a clean slick with variant ‘Shibuya’ artwork on the front and rear.
On the inner, exclusive illustrations taken from the Japanese release packaging.
Onto the discs!
Of course, in addition to the feature in both original Japanese with English subtitles and English dub – there are a stack of great additional special features.
First up is the main feature. A Making Of Documentary (43:42) that any fan of Hosoda’s works will relish.
This is a detailed and eye-opening behind the scenes piece that covers the production inside and out – featuring everything from location scouting and candid interviews with Hosoda himself and many Studio Chizu staff, right through to highly informative, ‘fly on the wall’ production footage (such as illustrating, storyboarding, editing, etc) and much, much more.
Next, we have a host of cool smaller features underneath the ‘Cast Interviews’ section.
– News Zero Spin-Off (26:29)
A ‘News Zero’ culture spin-off segment that goes behind the scenes at Studio Chizu with The Boy and the Beast voice cast – Koji Yakusho (Kumatetsu) Aoi Miyazaki (Young Kyuta) – to focus on a variety of aspects of filmmaking and animation.
– The Boy and the Beast Countdown Special: An Enchanting Story (7:11)
An extended pre-release interview with Koji Yakusho (Kumatetsu) and Aoi Miyazaki (Young Kyuta) regarding the process of making the film.
– Release Special (10:50)
Pre-release interviews and insights with the extended cast.
– Event Video (19:50)
Cast and crew Q&As and footage from the June 15, 2015 ‘Completion Premiere’ advance screening at the Tokyo International Forum, the July 11th opening day Toho Cinemas gala event and the July 29th ‘Major Success’ celebration screening.
And finally, a variety of Japanese Promotional Videos, Trailers and TV Spots.
– International Animation Festival Special Promo (5:23)
An extended trailer to promote the film at international film festivals.
– Kumatetsu (5:14)
A promotional reel about The Beast, Kumatetsu.
– Kyuta (5:04)
A promotional reel about The Boy, Kyuta.
– Studio Chizu x Zip! Collaboration (5:39)
A look at a number of concept artworks, backgrounds and key scene animation details.
– Green Da Ka Ra Collaboration (1:58)
A number of Da Ka Ra brand Mugi and Green Tea drink tie-in commercials.
So, like what you see?