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Lupin the 3rd - The Secret of Mamo (2003)

Robert Axelrod , Richard Cansino , Richard Epcar , Soji Yoshikawa  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Robert Axelrod, Richard Cansino, George C. Cole, Richard Epcar, Osgood W. Glick
  • Directors: Richard Epcar, Soji Yoshikawa
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009L4TB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lupin the 3rd - The Secret of Mamo" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Digitized Original Movie Program (Translation In Booklet)
  • Original "Coroner's Report"
  • Conceptual Art
  • Collectible Reversible Cover
  • 12 Page Booklet - Includes Character Guide, Behind The Scenes Comments From Original Japanese Cast And Lupin Creator Monkey Punch

Editorial Reviews

The world's most wanted master thief, Lupin the Third is dead! Despite a coroner's report, Inspector Zenigata is skeptical and discovers that Lupin is actually alive and well and stealing! But who had set up Lupin's death and why? Meanwhile, Fujiko is lured by the promise of eternal youth and beauty by the mad scientist know as Mamo. Pursuing Fujiko leads Lupin and his gang to Mamo's hideaway, where they discover the madman's dark secret and a fiendish scheme that threatens the entire planet! Now, it’s up to Lupin to stop the insane Mamo - before he can complete his 10,000 year-old plans of world domination.

KEY SALES POINTS: Lupin is one of Japan's biggest pop culture icons, spawning 6 theatrical films, 10 television films and 228 TV episodes. This is the first THEATRICAL FEATURE of Lupin series (theatrically released in 1978) Digitally High Definition Remastered for DVD release.

DVD FEATURES: Bilingual format (new English dialog 5.1 and original Japanese audio with optional English subtitles), interactive animated menus, scene access. Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation DVD extras include Conceptual Art Gallery, Excerpts from the original movie program and promo poster

BONUS - FREE INSIDE: Lupin Magic keychain (while supplies last), Collectible reversible cover, Booklet of Interviews, movie information, character information and more!


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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Well, the DVD is pathetically equipped, with a menu that totals to a scene select. There is no Japanese language version with or without subtitles (probably because the company who dubbed it, Streamline Pictures, never made a subtitled version to begin with). The movie itself, however, is very interesting, even if it lacks the animation and spit-and-polish of "Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro." Supposedly, a little blue-fleshed fellow named Mamo has been hanging around Earth for the past several thousand years by self-cloning. Mamo, a psychopath, also claims that he has controlled all of human history and even cloned Lupin III himself (who may very well be dead, hung in Transylvania). Character tensions are detailed, and everyone watching can see how the director felt the players in the film should interact with each other (and it's in a very different way than in the "Lupin III" works of Hayao Miyazaki). All-in-all, it's a pretty good movie, but it takes quite a while to get past the toothpick-like character design and the far-less-than-teriffic animation. Once you get through the slug, it's a fun little ride with some good jokes thrown in, too. But, it's still no "Cagliostro Castle".... Final plug: Visit my Lupin III Webpage!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great release. February 28, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For years Mamo was an expensive collector's disk, now it is out in the best and cheapest release ever, so you can add it to your collection without punishing your wallet.
This is a Lupin movie, self contained and wide screen. While Lupin may not be the best anime ever made, it is definitely one of the great comfort foods of the anime world. It is warm and comfortable and you feel better after having watched it.
The other advantage of Lupin is that it is generally good for all ages, though this movies does have a few non graphic deaths and an little bit of nudity. Young and old alike can enjoy Lupin.

This Discotek/Eastern Star release is even more top notch that the others I have acquired since starting my Discotek binge.
The audio as was mentioned in the other review contains 5 language tracks. 5! 4 in English and 1 in Japanese. If you love dub you can pick and choose. There are differences in the voicings, volume level, audio quality, and big differences in the regionalizations. If you hate dub, there is 4 times as much dub to hate!

The presentation as I mentioned is wide screen (you may have narrow black bars on the edges as it doesn't fill the screen completely but is not 4:3) and had been cleaned up very nicely. Crisp vibrant colors like the other recent Discotek offerings.

All in all another great re-release of a classic. This leaves me waiting for the next one.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
'Mamo' may be known to some American fans already as the secondary footage in the Laser Disk arcade game 'Cliff Hanger' from 1983. While this film doesn't match the personalities or situations in Miyazaki's Lupin masterpieces, it does stand on its own as a decent anime effort from the late seventies. The first half of 'Mamo' is an incredible globe hopping action adventure going through the Giza pyramids, Transylvanian castles, Paris streets and sewers, Spanish desert and cities and onto an American aircraft carrier. All the sequences are well thought out with a variety of ingenious villains until the middle of the film where Lupin and gang end up on Mamo's headquarter island in the Carribean sea. Suddenly, the plot stagnates and wanders almost aimlessly for the next fourty minutes before the bizarre wrap up. The uninteresting latter half is probably due to the director trying to follow the Lupin manga without proper editing. The DVD version is a little lack luster, but it is still a good film and the english dub is very good. Get it; it's decent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupin The 3rd IS BACK! February 27, 2013
By Yu
Format:DVD
Lupin the third the mystery of mamo was the first feature length animated Lupin the third film and is one of the best films ever made and now its back. This re-release comes with all 4 dubs for the movie:
The Japanese 1979 Dub w/ Subs Ft. Yasuo Yamada As Lupin The Third
The Geneon/Pioneer Dub Ft. Tony Oliver As Lupin The Third
The Streamline Dub Ft. Bob Bergen as Lupin The Third
And The Manga UK Dub Ft. Bill Dufris As Lupin The Third.
All 4 Are Fantastic With My Personal Favorite Being The Geneon Dub.

Plot: The Headlines All Read "Lupin The 3rd Is Dead" But Inspector Koichi Zenigata/ Detective Ed Scott Refuses to belive that Lupin Is Dead. He Investigates The grave to find Lupin alive and breathing. Then The Chase Begins Again! Lupin Steals A Stone From A Egyptian Pyramid For His Lover Fujiko Mine. It All Goes Well With The Help Of Goemon Ishikawa The 13th But A Conspiracy That Nobody Could've Seen Coming Unfolds And A Man Named Mamo Threatens To Destroy The World With Only Fujiko Mine To Live On. The Fate Of The World Rests In Lupin The Third And His Gangs Hands!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun at the movies.. May 2, 2004
Format:DVD
Billed as the first Lupin III movie, "The Secret of Mamo" is a lot of fun to watch. The animation is not the greatest, but the storyline is interesting and contains some very funny scenes. The action is fast and furious and filled with gunplay and narrow escapes. If you've seen and enjoyed other Lupin features like "Castle of Cagliostro" then you will like this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Listing Screwed Up
There are two releases for this, the old release and the modern release by Eastern Star/Discotek. Needless to say, Amazon has managed to combine the two releases into one listing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth A. Arromdee
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Lupin, but.....
I love Lupin the 3rd and I am happy I was able to add this to my collection. But in the way of Lupin movies, this one is lacking. Read more
Published 11 months ago by newagealchemist
2.0 out of 5 stars Lupin the 3rd
'Lupin The Third: The Secret of Mamo' is a retro animation from Japan. It has pretty dated animation and cheesy (but kinda funky) 70's music and is definitely old school. Read more
Published on February 2, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupin's Big-Screen Debut Is One His Best Outings
The earliest Lupin movie many fans remember is the excellent Hayao Miyazaki adventure, "The Castle of Cagliostro. Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by Elias L. Blondeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery of Mamo - Rare Out of Print Anime Classic!
This is the 1995 Streamline/Orion dub of the first LUPIN THE THIRD animated film from the late 1970's, which has many titles but here is called MYSTERY OF MAMO. Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by Alexander H. Widen
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly no Castle of Cagliostro
Oh, what a huge difference a director makes. Where Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Special Edition) had atmosphere, inventive visuals, coherence and plot Mystery of Mamo... Read more
Published on June 28, 2008 by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupin Rocks!
The artwork in this movie is a little different from the usual Lupin the 3rd art. But I thought the movie was really good. You'll watch it more then once.
Published on May 9, 2007 by DaveGrohlLover
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie that stays true to its roots
This is the best adaptation of Monkey Punch's Manga. Unlike the acclamed 'Castle of Cagliostro', this film is very true to its original form. Read more
Published on February 12, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Secret of Mamo Vs. Clone
Whatever the name for the first theatrical film outing for Lupin the Third and Co., this is certainly an oldie but a goodie. Read more
Published on May 5, 2005 by D. Engelhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Smooth
First of All, for any of you who shop for imported subtitled DVDs at conventions [...], this was originally called the "Castle of Cagliostro" and shows Lupin standing tall with... Read more
Published on January 16, 2005
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