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Castle in the Sky [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hammill
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Studio Ghibli (Presented by Walt Disney Home Entertainment)
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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!

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GB Banks (publisher, author) on 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 By M. Hammon on 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 By John Thomas Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 27 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elfdart on June 2 2010
Format: DVD
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. He runs up to a platform and sees that it's a young girl floating down from the heavens. Just as he tentatively reaches out to catch her, almost as if she weren't real, she stops floating and falls heavily into his arms, almost knocking him off the platform himself. The girl's name is Sheeta and she is on the run from the leader of this organization who wants to get his hands on a crystal Sheeta got from her grandmother and keeps on a necklace. Pazu decides that he'll help Sheeta escape both the man and an unruly gang of pirates who are also after the crystal. This back and forth chase leads everyone to a mythical castle in the sky. Pazu's father got lost in a storm surrounding the island and Pazu has been preparing to go find the floating castle that his father was searching for.

This is a wonderful film. There is action, adventure, romance, and suspense. It's both whimsical and grounded at the same time. The movie is about a dream of a floating castle, but that fantasy and whimsy is brought down to earth by greed and power. The characters are wonderful and I enjoyed the dynamic between Sheeta and Pazu. A wonderful film for all ages.
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