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The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III)

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100 minute Japanese animation DVD. Master thief Lupin III, aka the wolf, and his right-hand gunman Jigen are hot o n the trail of a counterfeiter who swindled them...but they find far more than they are looking for when their search leads them to the se


Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) achieved his first international hit with this delightful 1979 adventure yarn. Quick-paced, high-spirited, and loaded with wit, Cagliostro is a dandy throwback to the caper pictures of the '60s. International man of mystery Lupin III stumbles back into the picturesque European duchy of Cagliostro with his faithful and gruff sidekick, Jigen. They will encounter, in no particular order, a runaway bride, a magical ring, an evil count with a dastardly plan, an inspector bent on catching Lupin, perilous rooftop chases, hooded guards with superhuman powers, a well-used dungeon, a counterfeiting scheme, and an ancient mystery promising grand treasure. Lupin deploys an array of Bond-type gadgets, razor-sharp wit, and a surprise up both his sleeves. Despite the hail of bullets, this caper is great fun, never taking itself seriously. Miyazaki's career illustrates how limiting the term anime can be for these films; there are hardly more than 10 live-action films of this genre as entertaining. Far less mean than Hollywood fare, it nevertheless is for ages 9 and up with language and gunplay. The Lupin character has been featured in other anime films, but never as successfully or with as much fun as in Miyazaki's film. The new English-language dubbing is excellent to boot. --Doug Thomas

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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: Digital Video Transfer, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JL3V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III)" on IMDb

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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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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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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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I heard from a friend of mine who spent a lot of time in Japan that Lupin III is their answer to James Bond and Batman. Seeing the movies and videos, I say that Lupin can easily whip either of them. His humor, cleverness, abilities, and wise choice of loyal friends (Jigen, the sharpshooter; Goemon, the swordsman; Fujiko, the femme fatale; and Zenigata, the inspector), make him overcome enemies and obstacles that would make Bond and Batman pause. It's too bad that, while popular in Japan, Lupin never had much of an exposure stateside, like Pokemon and Sailor Moon. Hopefully, the re-release of "Castle of Cagliostro" would change all that. For some time, I owned the Japanese version of the film, and with a downloaded English translation, I still enjoyed the film despite my limited (more like nascent) knowledge of Japanese. The well-crafted plot and story, with Lupin and the gang at their best, makes this my favorite animated feature. I also own copies of the other Lupin TV movies (the latest being "Fujiko's Unlucky Days"), but while all are rather good, "Castle of Cagliostro" is still the top of the form. Watching it finally on DVD further re-affirmed that belief. I wonder of Spielberg still considers this one of the best action/adventure films even, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did. My advice, get the DVD or subtitled versions. Like Pokemon and Sailor Moon, Lupin is best in the original Japanese, and the subtitles are more accurate than the English voice-acting.
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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.
Apr 30, 2008 by Darklighter |  See all 2 posts
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