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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina, Anne Suzuki, Masane Tsukayama
  • Directors: Katsuhiro Ohtomo
  • Writers: Katsuhiro Ohtomo, Sadayuki Murai
  • Producers: Hideyuki Tomioka, Shigeru Watanabe, Shinji Komori
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009P42SC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Steamboy - Director's Cut (DVD Gift Set)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director's Cut of the feature film
  • "Re-Voicing Steamboy" Featurette
  • Interview with Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Multi-screen Landscape study
  • Ending Montage
  • Production Drawings
  • Animation Onion Skins
  • 10 Steamboy Collectible Postcards
  • 22 Page Manga
  • 166 Page Booklet containing character designs, mecha designs, and selected storyboard sequences

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The many extras on the DVD have been overproduced but underthought. "Animation Onion Skins" shows five scenes in various phases of production, but there are no captions or commentary to explain the significance of the stages or their relationship to each other. Several artists talk about the production in the "Multi-Screen Landscape Study" (a split-screen making-of for an exhibit in Japan), but nothing tells the viewer who they are or what they did. The interview with Otomo is less than a one-quarter as long as the very standard "Revoicing" featurette. The 166-page booklet contains some striking production artwork, but the notes are only in Japanese--as are the captions in the manga by Tony Takezaki. --Charles Solomon

Product Description

From the leader in animé Katsuhiro Otomo (Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis, Memories), comes his first feature- length directorial project since his breakthrough film (Akira). Ten years in the making, witha total budget of $22 million, Steamboy is the most expensive Japanese animé production ever. A retro science-fiction epic set in Victorian England, Steamboy features an inventor prodigy named Ray Steam, who receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation, the Steam Ball. Young Ray Steam must use the Steam Ball to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. With more than 180,000 drawings and 400 CG cuts, Steamboy is one of the most elaborate animated features ever created. Steamboy will be brought to life with an outstanding ensemble voiceover cast including Anna Paquin (X-Men), Patrick Stewart (X-Men), and Alfred Molina (Spider-man 2).

Customer Reviews

It has great characters and good action.
The creators of the film seemed to focus in too much upon the animation though and less upon character development and plot.
The story is a bit slow and I hate to say it but we all fell asleep the first time we tried to watch it.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Terrell T. Gibbs on July 29, 2005
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In Steamboy, Director Otomo turns his attention to the Steampunk genre, and the result is a gripping Victorian era techno-thriller. The macguffin of the plot is a ball that is supposedly able to store steam at enormous pressure and density. It doesn't make much sense, but it manages to drive a plot with a lot of action, engaging steam-puffing war machines, and some moderately sophisticated debate about the uses of science and technology.

The characters are engaging, although hero Ray is the usual somewhat generic plucky adolescent. The spoiled adolescent aristocrat Scarlett is considerably more interesting, as are Ray's father and grandfather, who personify conflicting ideas about the uses of technology.

The animation is, of course, wonderful, as expected from the director of Akira. The film is full of strikingly original action scenes, which are both well conceived and well executed. Destruction abounds. Reputedly, the film used quite a bit of computer graphics, but it is extraordinarily well integrated. The hand-drawn characters do not have the "pasted in" look that has characterized most previous attempts to combine hand drawn and computer generated art, and I was hard put to tell where the traditional animation ended and the computer animation began.

The DVD includes both the original Japanese version (with English subtitles available) as well as an English dubbed version. The English dubbing is extremely well done, with top notch talent including Anna Paquin (Rogue from the XMen movies) as the adolescent boy hero, Patrick Stewart as his grandfather, and Alfred Molina as his father. The English dubbing was overseen by Otomo himself, and is arguably better suited to the story than the original Japanese, as it is set in Victorian England.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kim on June 16, 2005
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Steamboy is the first movie directed by a giant from Japanese anime Katsuhiro Otomo since his ground breaking movie Akira from 16 years ago. Unlike most anime fans I saw Steamboy before seeing its more famous partner. If you are expecting another Akira you will be disappointed since Steamboy is a 180 degree opposite in ambiance although both movies explore similar themes. Instead of Akira's dsytopic nihilistic Neo-Toyko Otomo re-creates a romantic optimistic Victorian England. Steamboy has the feel of a more mainstream Hollywood style action/adventure movie. Steamboy presents a fascinating intersection of history and sci-fi as its backdrop. The DVD is the director's cut with your choice of having the dialogue in English, Japanese and various Romance languages. Also, one can have subtitles in English, and the other languages.

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Steamboy takes place in Victorian England in 1866. Although Otomo rewrites history by throwing in many elements not yet existing in 1866 but are from that overall period including Tower Bridge and battleships not built till the last decade of the 19th century. The movie is centered on the ownership of a Steam Ball which can generate the power equivalent to a small nuclear reactor. The movie, as typical in many Japanese anime and fantasy movies, centers on the issue of what is the proper use of this new breakthrough technology. This conflict is represented as an intergenerational conflict within the Steam family.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on February 19, 2006
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It's a common law that only gets broken rarely: the more anticipated something is, the less likely chance it'll meet or exceed expectations. A new cd by a band you love might not be that great. The follow-up to a director's past masterpiece falls below expectations. Steamboy is one of those kind of films where there's an obvious enthusiasm and passion involved, it's just not what it should've been.

We're in the mid 1800's right smack in the middle of the Industrial Revolution in Europe. Steam is the big thing so when Ray Steam(very lazy name) gets his hands on an odd "Steam ball", he soon becomes a target for the O'Hara Foundation. They want to harness the power of the ball for their own needs(which obviously don't benefit anyone) so Ray has to keep the ball away from people who would want to use it.

One thing that made Akira enjoyable was that the story just seemed to unfold without any hiccups(even if you couldn't understand it). Steamboy's pacing is incredibly off since it feels so SLLOOOWWW. So much happened yet I was only 40 minutes in. It doesn't help that there's not much to the story either. The moral of the story it seems is that technology for personal use is bad while technology benefiting everyone is good. Granted you could say it's something else but the film is so black and white that you'd have to say it like that. Many technology we use we actually use on our own or for our own needs.

The characters aren't really that interesting either and don't go through much change. Ray is your typical hero that saves the day when he doesn't exactly possess the skills to do so, it's more through luck. There's Scarlett, your very typical spoiled brat who wants things her way and for us to answer everything or criticize when we don't know it.
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The Gift Set has:
"Re-Voicing Steamboy" Featurette
Interview with Katsuhiro Otomo
Ending Montage
Multi-Screen Landscape Study
Production Drawings
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