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Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Special Edition)

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Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) achieved his first international hit with this delightful 1979 adventure yarn. Reknowned international thief Lupin III comes to the small European duchy of Cagliostro to investigate some excellently-forged money and stumbles across a national conspiracy going back some hundreds of years. Lupin and his friends must rescue the beautiful Clarice from the hands of the evil Count Cagliostro and solve the mystery of a hidden treasure dating back to the 15th century.

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  • Actors: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue, Gorô Naya
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Haruya Yamazaki, Mary Mason, Maurice Leblanc, Monkey Punch
  • Producers: Carl Macek, Haruyo Kanesaku
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FGG5NK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By R Nelson on January 6, 2015
Format: DVD
**Update(5/18/15): Blu-ray packaging photos added, some details updated.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: I was actively involved in the development of this DVD/BD. BUT I was not paid to write this review, and this listing really needs an informative review, and my love for the movie is very real! The feature film itself is easily worth five stars, in any case.

ABOUT THE MOVIE: This is the second Lupin the Third anime film, and the first anime feature directed by Hayao Miyazaki, originally released in Japan mid-December 1979. It's a wonderful film filled with action and adventure, some mystery, and even a hint of romance. The story is one of master thief Lupin and his partner-in-crime making off with wads of cash in their latest heist, all of which, they are surprised to learn, are counterfeit. Lupin heads for the source of these fabled, near-perfect "Gothic bills": the tiny, picture-perfect European principality Cagliostro. There, Lupin meets a young lady, Clarisse, under duress to marry the wicked Count Cagliostro. With an elaborate plan and the help of his friends, Lupin infiltrates the trap-filled Cagliostro Castle to rescue the damsel, and maybe even take a little something home for himself in the process.

THE VIDEO: First off, the DVD easily has a better picture quality than any preceding US release. It features full, anamorphic widescreen with no overscan border. The colors are no longer washed out but instead reflect those found in high-definition releases. The opening credits, which were butchered into a still-frame sequence in the previous "Special Edition" release, are now completely uncensored. There are no overlays or any alterations to the source video here.
(*NEW*) The Blu-ray is basically a major step up from the DVD.
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115 of 125 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Kaylor on November 11, 2001
Format: DVD
One of my all-time favorites. I personally prefer it with the original Japanese dialogue, but the english dub included on this DVD isn't bad. Though I must say the English dub directed by Carl Maceck was better, if less literal. (Quickly dodges all the Robotech-haters out there...) (Carl Maceck's translation is NOT included on this DVD)
Lupin III is a master thief. With his cohorts Jigen and Goemon and the unwitting help from his ex-girlfriend Fujiko as well as Lupin's self-proclaimed nemesis, Inspector Zenigata, they free a beutiful Princess from her evil captor who is intent on marrying the young princess to steal the family fortune.
Like all of Miyazaki's other works, this film has gorgeous animation that compliments a very intricate and heartful story.
Fans of the original Lupin III comic by Monkey Punch may not appreciate it as much since the characters act a little 'nicer' than the fans may prefer, but Miyazaki's talent lies in weaving a good story together with beautiful animation, and it is clearly evidenced here.
This film stands not just as a good example of whats good about Japanese animation, but as a good movie in general... Interesting characters, clever plot twists, amazing action, and a good dose of heart. I still stand surprised that some hollywood shmuck hasn't bought the rights to it and mangled it into the lame "blockbuster" live-action formula that America is currently plagued with. But I digress...
I can think of no better introduction to anime than Hayao Miyazaki. Castle of Cagliostro is definitely one of his better works, and you will find yourself amazed at how 'real' this hand-drawn animation feels compared to the generic pocket-monster-giant-robot-half-naked-girls-with-guns-otaku-fanboy-teenager-boobshow stuff... in fact I'd say that's the only thing this film is missing. :) ... again, I digress...
This work is a cut above and deserves a higher respect, as it's done by a man who clearly has more respect for the art.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Robotech_Master on August 20, 2006
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Be warned: while the anamorphic video quality of this release is top-notch, and it has some great extras, Manga Video replaced the gorgeous, dream-like opening titles animated sequence with a series of still frames with English credits superimposed over them. This is a dreadful liberty taken with one of the greatest animated movies of all time.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robb Boutros on November 12, 2004
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There is probably no anime character as revered or as celebrated as Lupin the 3rd (well maybe Captain Herlock). Lupin's adventures are truely some of the most entertaining in the entire medium. And The Castle of Cagliostro continues that tradition in spectacular fashion.

Directed by the legendary Hiyato Miyazaki who directed Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, The Castle of Cagliostro follows Lupin, Jigen, Fujiko, and Goemon to the European country side. There they find that the Duke of Cagliostro is about to wed a young lady, who has ties to Lupin's past.

This is, without a doubt, an absolute joy to watch. At a time when so many anime series are overly tedious, brooding and melodratic, it's refreshing to see a film that has a grand sense of adventure and being humours at the same time. Lupin the 3rd may be the world's greatest thief, but in this film he gets to play the hero. Which is a great change of pace for Lupin. One of the great things is that even if you're unfamiliar with Lupin the 3rd, you'll have no problem following this film. This is almost a "stand alone" movie.

The transfer is excellent. The color is very clean even for an older film. The original audio track is presented in 2 Channel Dolby stereo as is the English track. One of the things I couldn't get used to was that the English voice actors are different than that of the current voice talent on the Lupin the 3rd series currently airing on Adult Swim and released by Pioneer. But if you listen to the original Japanse dialog that's not a problem.

The DVD has a very good menu layout. There are animated scene selection menus, which I found very nice considering that most older DVD's don't feature them. One of the things is that the "Extras" are a little sparse.
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Is this a new DVD release?
I'm curious about another thing. Does the picture shake all over the place like in the 2000 release? I owned the VHS version and there was no picture shake, but the DVD annoyed me to no end with the picture moving back and forth.
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