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Castle in the Sky
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Castle in the Sky is a timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.
This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineers apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Both Sheeta and Pazu are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and they vow to travel there together to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal. But their quest wont be easy, as soon they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power Sheeta alone can control. Featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Hamill.
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Video Transfer: 3 stars
Japanese Presentation (audio transfer & literal subtitle): 3 stars
English Presentation (audio transfer & dubbing): 2 stars
Supplementary Features: 3 stars
Castle in the Sky is one of Miyazaki's first feature films, following Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds and The Castle of Cagliostro. It is certainly his most ambitious film to date, and would remain so until Princess Mononoke released 11 years later. It clocks in at meaty 125 minutes running time, which should be considered an "epic" for animated features.
While the story is occasionally preachy and predictable, it has all the ingredients of a great epic film. Amazingly imaginative set design (very detailed and original cities and gizmos), sumptuous color and framing, beautiful and haunting music score (easily one of composer Jo Hisaishi's best efforts), great action and drama, and Miyazaki's signature well developed characters. If you like any Hiyazaki's films, you owe yourself to sit down and watch this film. Then again, all of Miyazaki films are a must see!
Disney has done a good job with this DVD, with superior video presentation than the Japanese DVD. The Japanese soundtrack (in Dolby Digital 2.0 Pro-Logic) is clean and free of distortions.
The English dubbed soundtrack, which triggers the English credit and title sequences via DVD's multi-angle feature, features newly re-scored soundtrack by Jo Hisaishi. It is remixed to 5.1-channel Dolby Digital, with good deal of bass and more aggressive use of surround channels. While it is useful for watching the film with younger audience, it is ultimately inferior to the Japanese presentation. For the most part, voice acting is pretty decent -- done by many famous actors instead of professional voice actors (e.g., Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, Anna Paquin). But it is not faithful to the original script. If you are a fan, stick with the Japanese soundtrack.
Included supplements are Japanese trailer and teasers for the film, introduction by Toy Story director John Lasseter, dubbing session behind-the-scene featurette, and best of all, entire storyboard presented on the second DVD with soundtrack.
While there are lots of things for purists to quibble about (and they have their points) for first time viewers, this is a fantastic movie not to be missed.
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