Castle in the Sky
DVD + Blu-ray
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CASTLE IN THE SKY's timeless story of courage and friendship is now more thrilling than ever with the magic of Blu-ray! The pristine hand-drawn animation from acclaimed Academy Award(R)-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, SPIRITED AWAY) and a new digital master -- featuring the original Japanese score -- make this epic adventure soar like never before! Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth -- and from each other. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, CASTLE IN THE SKY is a must-own for families!
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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.
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.