**ENDED** Win a Blu-ray Copy of Studio Ghibli's "From Up on Poppy Hill"


Right now, no one is making 2D animated features on the level that Studio Ghibli is, and it's due in no small part to the brilliance of Hayao Miyazaki, who has brought us such animated masterpieces as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and the current release creating a stir in Japan, The Wind Rises. From Up on Poppy Hill is proof that the fruit hasn't fallen far from the tree as Hayao's son Goro Miyazaki has now given us his second Directorial effort (from a script written by his father) which is quite a bit better than his still quite beautiful first try, Tales from Earthsea. The story of an imperiled young friendship boasts a huge voice cast of Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Aubrey Plaza, Christina Hendricks, and more.

In anticipation of From Up on Poppy Hill's arrival on Blu-ray and DVD on September 3rd, we'rd giving away 3 Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of the movie. If you want to know how to win, keep reading. Or, if you're the impatient type, hop on over to Amazon and pre-order it now.

The dazzling, hand-drawn FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is set in Yokohama in 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) - but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award®-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte's Web).


from_poppy_bluFor a chance to win, you just have to do two things...

1) "Like" JustPressPlay on Facebook

2) E-mail your entry to contest [at] justpressplay [dot] net with the subject line "Poppy Hill" and tell us your favorite Studio Ghibli film.

Also, you can gain one additional entry (aka chance to win) each day by tweeting this story using the button to the left of this story.

This giveaway ends on September 3rd, 2013.

Limit of one e-mail entry per person (with the exception of Tweet entries), any violation of that rule will result in disqualification. Winners will be notified via e-mail used to comment for entry, if the winner fails to respond to the e-mail within seven (7) days, the prize is forfeit and will be offered to the next runner-up. Many will enter, 3 will win. Prizes may not be exchanged for different prize or format. Must be a US or Canada resident to participate in this giveaway. All e-mails are deleted at close of contest and are not sold or used in mailing lists, because companies that do that are scum.



*** Congratulations to Edward Thomson, Jessica Miller, and Joe Leamanczyk on winning our From Up on Poppy Hill Blu-ray contest! ***

Lex Walker • Editor

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