The Castle of Cagliostro (Lupin the III)
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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.Read more ›
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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One of my favorite movies. Glad it has all the dubs/subs. I now don't have to watch the best version of the movie on VHS anymore. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DPad
This blu-ray release features the new and old English dubbing, with the intro music restored. It looks beautiful, a testament to blu-ray quality. Sound quality is great too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by brain_spoon
Probably his weakest movie he released but when your going against some of the best movies ever made that's not saying much. Would buy again and have watched multiple timesPublished 3 months ago by Zachary Penniman
Awesome movie of the early day Lupin, it was a great story, it had interesting characters, also lots and lots of action plus it kept me entertained as the movie went on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by azuniga
This is one of my favorite Miyazaki movie. It's very interesting all the translations are different. I enjoyed each one.Published 3 months ago by chris harmon