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The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III) (1991)

Bob Bergen , Steve Bulen , Hayao Miyazaki  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Bergen, Steve Bulen, Michael McConnohie, David Povall, Edie Mirman
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Haruya Yamazaki, Maurice Leblanc, Monkey Punch
  • Producers: Carl Macek, Tetsuo Katayama, Yutaka Fujioka
  • Format: Digital Video Transfer, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (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 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JL3V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,043 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not-so-"special" edition 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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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki=Anime Excellence November 11, 2001
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic!! 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Lupin, Please! May 19, 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun show to watch.
I love this show. It is always a joy for me to watch.
My kids and wife also enjoy it.
I was sad when I noticed my original copy of this disc was ruined by the case. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MyReview
3.0 out of 5 stars Box came damaged
This is a gift for our granddaughter's birthday so it hasn't been opened yet. The box looks a little damaged but the doll looks ok.
Published 2 months ago by P Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by John I. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
just got it in the mail today and was a little worried about what version this was and as you might tell it was the one i wanted im super happy with this buy im a huge lupin fan... Read more
Published 3 months ago by the bushcraft kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki's first feature-length film is a masterpiece
This movie, which introduced me to Lupin III, is the main reason why I got interested in anime back in the '80s. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane b.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves!
An amazing anime that should be adapted to a live action big budget action comedy! This story is great! Buy it!
Published 5 months ago by Weldon Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars I want more.
One of my favorite movies. Don't know much about Lupin, but after seeing this, I do. One of the more light hearted ones in the series. Fun and adventurous.
Published 7 months ago by Ladyhawke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great episode! Probably not for children.
I thought this was a fun and entertaining full length animated feature, but my daughter vetoed it for the preschool aged grandchildren because of language (surprisingly not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aurora1957
5.0 out of 5 stars A great action adventure
A classic adventure about a thief named Lupin the 3rd who goes on an adventure to a foreign 3rd world country where he must rescue a princess and stop an illegal underground... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Lupin
This movie is fantastic! Region 1, and plays great on all my devices. A real classic, get this out of production masterpiece while you can!
Published 9 months ago by L. Ingram
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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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