Castle in the Sky (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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I first saw this movie when it was released in US theaters as "Laputa the Floating Island." The mythical floating island of Laputa is taken from Swift's "Gulliver's Travels." Like Swift, Miyazaki cloaks a political statement with a fantasy, giving deeper meaning to his story. Environmentalism has always been central to his films, and "Castle in the Sky" is no exception.
Visual, the film is a literal flight of fancy. Much of the film takes place in the air. Air pirates travel in unwieldy flying machines. Giant dirigibles sail the skies. Travel by kite is an acceptable option. The animation is of the highest quality, as is the sound and acting.
The story may seem familiar to followers of animation. Miyazaki also work briefly on the script of "Nadia: Secret of Blue Water" using some of the same concepts. The story was also adapted by Disney as their film "Atlantis," sending the characters underground instead of up to the sky. However, "Castle in the Sky" is the story in it's original, best form.
I cannot recommend this film enough.
After 16 years since Castle in the Sky was first released in the theatres, I still consider it the creme da la creme of all anime movies. Certainly Laputa's art direction cannot compare to today's S/B CGI and S/B 3D animation. However, the story is much more fascinating and breathtaking than KiKi Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and even Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke is a graphically stunning piece of art but Castle in the Sky is a wonderful story of courage and determination. While there are a few graphically violent scenes in Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky is packed with action without graphic violence.
I considered myself fortunate to be able to see it on the big screen (the original English version.) Castle in the Sky is a grand movie that deserves the big screen. I love the soundtrack of the movie very much. It is very uplifting and motivating. The title song, Carrying You, communicates the same kind of warmheartedness that permeates throughout all of Miyazaki's films.
Also disclaimer: This review contains complaints galore so if you're not in the mood, it's best you pass this one by.
I love Studio Ghibli movies. There's a magical element of adventure and heart that are hard to find elsewhere. And Laputa is by far my favorite movie of all Ghibli movies I've seen (seen most of them). I think the English release unfortunately killed it. Note: The 2003 and the newer 2010 DVD versions both point to the same reviews. This review is based on the 2003 Disney American DVD release. It appears that the 2010 version reverts back to the original Japanese soundtrack, extra filler dialogue not present in the Japanese version have been removed. That said, the main points in the review - the choice of voice actors and change in dialogue - still apply. Also, below the title on the Amazon page, you'll see the list of actors as: Barbara Goodson (Actor), James Van Der Beek (Actor) - this is completely confusing as Barbara Goodson is not in the Disney version (read about that in the updated section of this review at the end). I wish Amazon wouldn't blindly combine different versions of this movie onto one page with shared reviews...
I won't focus on the story since many others have done so (it's amazing) but more on the audio, the dub and the translation. First is the dub. It's atrocious. It's horrid. It's painfully subpar. And I cannot help but be overwhelmed with utter frustration that I must accept this as the final product. It's been released. It's done. There's not a do-over. We're unfortunately stuck with this.
I'm a native Japanese speaker so I can tell how well things get translated...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a Christmas surprise for my daughter who is a major anime buff! She was thrilled!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lovestudio Ghilbi, but I expected this movie to be a little more kid-friendly like some others (Song of the Sea, KiKi's Delivery, Totoro). Read morePublished 20 days ago by Shauna M.
I was surprised at the missing dialogue from this version when compared to when Disney first released this. Read morePublished 20 days ago by s34w33d
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I think the filter idea is good although I almost wished it already came filtered and then it gave you a choice to look at alternate product reviews that way it will be a non issue for those who are familiar with the product but just want to know about the specific release.
Aug 20, 2012 by gagm | See all 3 posts
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What is it with Disney and changing things? First, ALL of Their remasters have an annoying red saturation. Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin are terrible. Belle's horse is pink.
2nd: You'd think they learned anything when They got called out a couple years ago when they released Spirited Away... Read More
Jul 6, 2012 by bart927 | See all 11 posts
When Disney brought the film in 2003, they requested Joe Hisaishi to rerecord the score for the film because they felt that the synthesizer score would date the picture (and Hisaishi had always wanted to have an orchestral recording for the film anyway). So Hisaishi complied, but many many... Read More
May 24, 2012 by Jonathon Turner | See all 7 posts
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I also hope they fix the dubtitles. Regardless of the dub's quality, it's absolutely essential to have a good translation, for those of us who would rather watch the movie in it's original form.
As for the dub, who knows? I wouldn't be surprised if there was someone at Disney looking over at... Read More
May 5, 2012 by Tyler J. Nieuwendorp | See all 8 posts
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