From Studio Ghibli, The Studio That Brought You The Academy Award®-Winning "Spirited Away," In Partnership With Animation Distributor GKIDS, Comes The Animated Masterpiece "Only Yesterday" Featuring The Voices Of Daisy Ridley And Dev


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 12, 2016 — (PRNewswire) — From Japan's acclaimed Studio Ghibli comes Only Yesterday, a moving visual masterpiece debuting on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on July 5, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with GKIDS. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) this classic, exquisitely hand-drawn coming-of-age story has been called "magical" by Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times and "A rare and powerful film…truly timeless" by Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly. Certified 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Only Yesterday will wow fans on Blu-ray and DVD with insightful bonus features including stunning storyboards and several in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes with cast and crew.

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Only Yesterday

Having lived her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko (Ridley) decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface and after meeting young farmer Toshio (Patel), she wonders if she's been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Deftly switching between past and present, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by Studio Ghibli, one of the world's most revered animation studios. From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and Producer Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), this critically acclaimed film has never before been released in North America until now - in celebration of its 25th anniversary. 


  • Feature-Length Storyboards – Feature-length storyboards created by the artists of Only Yesterday.


  • The Making of Only Yesterday – Go behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli as Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki and others work to create this timeless film.
  • Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast – Join Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel and Ashley Eckstein as they share what it was like to voice their characters in Only Yesterday.
  • Interview with English Dub Team – The English dub production team talks about what it took to create Only Yesterday's new English version.
  • Trailers and TV Spots – See the original Japanese theatrical trailer and TV advertisements for Only Yesterday.

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel
Directed By: Isao Takahata
Written By: Isao Takahata
Original Comic By: Hotaru Okamoto
Produced By: Toshio Suzuki
General Producer: Hayao Miyazaki
English-language Adaptation By: David Freedman
English-language Version Directed By: Jamie Simone
English-language Version Produced By: Geoffrey Wexler
Music By: Masaru Hoshi

Street Date: July 5, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61179488
Running Time: 2 hours
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG for thematic elements, some rude behavior and smoking
Technical Info: English DTS Audio 2.0, Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, French

Street Date: July 5, 2016
Copyright: 2016 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61179487
Running Time: 2 hours
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG for thematic elements, some rude behavior and smoking
Technical Info: English, Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French

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GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an unrivaled eight Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, and Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016.  GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki's famed Studio Ghibli library of  films, one of the world's most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE - is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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