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Castle in the Sky [Blu-ray + DVD]

Anna Paquin , James Van Der Beek    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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Inspired by "Gulliver's Travels," the fantasy-adventure Castle in the Sky (1986) was Hayao Miyazaki's third feature, and helped to establish his reputation as a visionary in both Japan and America. The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the legendary sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world. Castle echoes elements in Myazaki's earlier Nausicaä, and anticipates imagery in his later films, from My Neighbor Totoro to Spirited Away. The exciting flying sequences, appealing characters, and fantastic vision of a steam-powered future Jules Verne might have imagined make Castle in the Sky a must-have for fans of Japanese and Western animation. (Unrated: suitable for ages 10 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Castle in the Sky.... July 12 2004
Format:DVD
Is it just me, or do those very words, without even knowing what they refer to, contain a whimsical, imagination-inspiring power to them?
"Castle in the Sky" is by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who I've come to believe is one of the most masterful storytellers alive today, and maybe of all time. It begins with a young girl, Sheeta, drifting down from the sky into the arms of a young miner named Pazu. From there begins an incredible adventure as these two search for answers to the girl's origins while running from both air pirates as well as mysterious agents. I don't intend to reveal much of the plot here, but suffice it to say, this movie reignited the feelings I used to have as a child when watching such classics as "The Wizard of Oz" and the "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (which I also just recently purchased on DVD.
The movie was created several years ago, but was recently brought to America, with a wonderful redubbing into English, thanks to Disney Studios. If you're looking for visuals like the mind-blowing, computer simulations in recent Disney hits such as "Finding Nemo", this isn't it. However, if you're a fan of traditional cel animation, this film may be one of the best ever produced. Miyazaki's attention to detail, his ability to bring these two dimensional characters to life, is awe-inspiring.
For me, the greatest thing about this movie is that it's reminded me of the kind of fictional magic I hope to create myself one day, and makes me wonder if it's too late in my life for me to become an animator. The bad thing about seeing a movie like this, is that I know that I could never produce anything nearly as beautiful.
Fortunately for me, if I ever get the opportunity, I'm just stubborn, determined, and delusional enough to give it a shot anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! April 30 2004
Format:DVD
This movie was one of my favorites. It looked great, especially for a movie done in 1986. The extras weren't that exciting, but who would buy a DVD just for the extars? It's the movie that really counts, and it's here that Castle in the Sky really shines. I especially liked watching it in Japanese (Pazu sounds really funny). Definately worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story May 20 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A beautifully told story of friendship and trust. Fantastic animation, voice characterization and music. Great escape into a world full of magical and humorous occurrences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By John Thomas Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the newest edition of one of the most classic of all Studio Ghibli films. Disney first issued it back in 2003 as a dvd set, then re-issued it in 2010 as another dvd set with a changed English sound track that more closely resembled the music on the Japanese track. Normally this is a good thing but in the case of Castle in the Sky; the Disney folk had done such a wonderful job of enhancing the sound track that many Otaku consider it better than the 2010 redo. However, if you haven't heard the original, you'll be quite happy with the 2010 redo since the 2003 English track was never offered as an extra.

This BD/combo pack is the third edition of this classic and basically duplicates the 2010 dvd set while upping the ante to a high definition video and audio bluray. Once again, the English 2003 track is not offered as an extra. All further comments are for the bluray.

Video is enhanced to a true 1080p, 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Castle has never looked better. The colours shine and like all Ghibli films, the detail is amazing. It really looks impressive for a film that was made back in 1986.

The English dub has also been enhanced from the dvd's Dolby Digital 5.1 track. My BD player shows it as a DTS-HD 5.1 Master audio. Strangely my Denon receiver shows it as a DTS-HD 6.1 master audio. Either way, it's very impressive. The japanese sub gets slightly boosted from DD stereo to DTS-HD 2.0 and the french track remains the same with DD stereo.

I won't go into great details on the plot as you can read any of the other reviews for that. Instead note that it's the typical boy meets girl who's being chased by villains and lots of action follows. And being a Hayao Miyazaki movie it's one of the best examples of the genre.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By stryper TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
After some investigating (and an erroneous online review) I was stupidly given to believe that this re-release had been properly English subtitled with corrected Japanese translations (for those interested in watching the film in it's original language) but alas, after forking over the additional funds for this, my third version of this film on DVD (having previously purchased a rather nice "Studio Ghibli" collection DVD box set as an Asian import (with truer subtitles but with a lot of, "Engrish" translations and miss-synced or flash past text) and the previous Disney release) I was ticked to discover that the subtitles where still dubtitles (it is very evident from the beginning of the film as the pirates keep referring to their leader (an old cantankerous woman) as "Mama", but the word never appears in either the subtitles or English audio dub).

So if you where hopping (like me) that this re-release would have fixed this issue, then prepared to be disappointed :(

BTW: the three star ratting is due to the lack of proper subtitles, as the film itself is worth 5+ stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Studio Ghibli film with imagination and flair...
Once again the Japanese show us their creativity and story telling capabilities with this movie. It is well written and entertaining. Though it is older, it is worth buying.
Published 7 months ago by Teena Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice adult/childrens story.
Watched this with my grandchildren. We enjoyed the story together and I especially liked the technological aspects of the Anime.
Published 16 months ago by John M., Gwilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars love Ghibli
great story, not as good as some of the other Ghibili movies but still rated the same. Love the characters
Published 18 months ago by Kim E Melville
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Pazu is an orphan who works for the owner of a mine and one night after everyone has left he sees something falling from the sky. Read more
Published on June 2 2010 by elfdart
5.0 out of 5 stars Floating castle
Steampunky airships, robots, sky pirates and an ancient city that floats in the sky -- even if it weren't a brilliantly-written movie, Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky" would be... Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Must-see for Miyazaki fans
I particularly recommend this one for those who liked Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

You can look forward to all the beauty and originality of other Miyazaki films,... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2010 by Bethany Kiessling
5.0 out of 5 stars Castle in the Sky
This is probably my favorite movie of all time. I love it because it portrays a mix of fantasy and reality. Every time I watch it, I feel like I've been transported to their world. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2008 by Lila May
5.0 out of 5 stars The old good vs. evil in a new exciting setting
This review is based on the Disney version of the movie, voiced by James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill and others. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2006 by Amanda Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully strange story with fascinating images
This is a wonderful movie. The story is enchanting, with fantastic flying machines and cities in the air. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Craig Matteson
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