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.
• Feature-Length Storyboards
• Original Theatrical Trailers
• Promotional Video
• Behind the Microphone
• Scoring Miyazaki
• Producer's Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki
• Creating Castle in the Sky
• Textless Opening and End Credits
• Character Sketches
• Additional English Mix of Film
• 12-pg Booklet w/ Statements from Producers and Director
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Castle in the Sky is another fantastic production, all the more remarkable given that it was originally released back in 1986, and was Studio Ghibli's first production. The story is one that viewers today can still relate to - long ago, humans lived on flying cities which were destroyed by some terrible catastrophe, consigning humans back to the ground. Only one city remains afloat - Laputa, which is hidden by a thunderstorm. Sheeta is the lone girl who has the remaining connection to Laputa and she is sought after by many enemies bent on discovering Laputa's location so that they can loot its fabled treasures. The story follows Sheeta and her friend Pazu as they try to locate Laputa and save if before it falls into evil hands.
Besides the stunning visuals, there is much to appreciate in the storyline with its themes of friendship, sacrifice, triumph of good vs. evil, etc. I'd highly recommend this film to any fan of Studio Ghibli productions.
The dubtitles on Castle in the Sky-which follows the English dialogue script, misses most of the nuances that are present in the Japanese audio dialogue and often puts dialogue in places where CLEARLY there is no one speaking in the scene (since Disney seems to believe that we as American audiences NEED to be clued in on every single thing going on in the movie instead of letting us use our own brains to make the connections). It saddens me to see that, with an introduction by John Lasseter, that this production was going to be given a beautiful treatment but instead it shows that 3/4 effort was put into the overall production and therefore will only get 3 stars instead of the 4 I would've initially given it.
Castle in the Sky wins on its story presentation, video quality (as is to be expected for Blu-ray), and on its audio quality (both English and Japanese dialogue) but the hack-slash job on the translation efforts for the Japanese dialogue drops it just enough on my enjoyment level. With other anime companies out there doing better translation/subtitle jobs on their English/Japanese-dialogue productions, this is highly disappointing that a gigantic Hollywood production company like Disney with all the money to burn can release a highly praised Miyazaki movie like this with a poor translation effort for the Japanese dialogue folks. Shame on you, Disney!