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Castle in the Sky (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (1986)

James Van Der Beek , Anna Paquin , Hayao Miyazaki  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt_Disney_Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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CASTLE IN THE SKY's timeless story of courage and friendship is now more thrilling than ever with the magic of Blu-ray! The pristine hand-drawn animation from acclaimed Academy Award(R)-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY) and a new digital master -- featuring the original Japanese score -- make this epic adventure soar like never before! Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth -- and from each other. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, CASTLE IN THE SKY is a must-own for families!

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141 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winsome fantasy April 17, 2002
"Castle in the Sky" is a masterpiece of one of Japan's finest filmakers. There is a simple artistry to Miyazaki's stories. This is a children's film, but it is in the tradition of children's stories that appeal to all ages. A rare, pure fantasy, the film has the same magic as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" and other early Disney films.
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.
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189 of 214 people found the following review helpful
By K. Shin
*Slight spoiler*
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...
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Admired and Adored Miyazaki Film January 24, 2002
Laputa, Castle in the Sky, is the most creative, ambitious, and adventurous Miyazaki film I have ever seen. I like Miyazaki's work very much for its grandeur, originality, and imagination. Sadly to say that Disney has lost its creative edge. It has been copying stories all over the world. Disney promised to release the Castle in the Sky video in 1999 but they failed to keep their promise. (Disney, please include the original Japanese soundtrack on the US release because I don't like the English voice actor behind Pasu.)
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.
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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney has utterly destroyed a wonderful film. May 15, 2005
I first saw Castle in the Sky in the original Japanese while living in Japan in the early 90s. I was instantly captivated. The characters were engaging and immediately likeable, the cliffhanging action was fantastic, the plot was original and rather gripping, and the music was just absolutely gorgeous. If I were rating the original film (titled "Tenku no Shiro: Laputa"), I would readily give it five stars. Miyazaki is easily one of the most original and watchable animators in the business.

That said, this is an atrocious rendition for American audiences.

Overall, the voicecasting isn't too shabby. However, the actor playing the main character - the adventurous boy Pazu - is just plain awful. Not only does he sound more like a 28 year old than a 13 year old, but he has two voice settings: loud and soft, and absolutely no nuance in between. Listening to him is a rather teeth-grinding experience.

The translation of the dialogue from the original Japanese is pretty wretched. A lot of the original meaning was simply discarded and replaced by Disney. The lines of the air-pirate sidekicks were completely altered and not for the better. By the end of the movie, their constant stream of inane babble will have you wishing someone would just jettison the entire airship crew at high altitude. Overall, the dialogue of most of the supporting characters shows extremely poor scriptwriting.

For some odd reason, Disney decided to mute most of the sound effects in this movie. The ominous whirr of massive propellers, the sudden crash of explosive shells, the crisp sound of gun shots. All of it was toned down and muted-out by Disney.
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Fantastic movie, as expected since Studio Ghibli is involved. This copy was a gift for my brother's birthday, because 'Castle in the Sky' is one of his favorites.
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Transfer is great.

But one star for the dubbed version.

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Definite Studio Ghibli fan. Beautiful work.
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I wish they had included the expanded score track as a choosable audio track. There are three audio tracks, none feature the expanded score. It's the original Japanese soundtrack. I really liked the expanded score. I'm halfway through watching the blu-ray now. Really miss that score. I wonder... Read More
May 24, 2012 by Nathan Hale |  See all 7 posts
Blu-Ray Replacement Program
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
Amazon needs to stop carrying over old reviews
I just want Amazon to give us the option to filter review results based on the product we're looking at, instead of looking at all reviews for all versions of the product at hand. If they did this, the old reviews would be a non-issue.
May 26, 2012 by C. Gallo |  See all 3 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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