- Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: French, Japanese, Spanish, English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Manga Video
- Release Date: Aug. 29 2006
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000FGG5NK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,379 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The Castle of Cagliostro: Special Edition (Bilingual)
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Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) Achieved His First International Hit With This Delightful 1979 Adventure Yarn. Reknowned International Thief Lupin Iii Comes To The Small European Duchy Of Cagliostro To Investigate Some Excellently-Forged Money And Stumbles Across A National Conspiracy Going Back Some Hundreds Of Years. Lupin And His Friends Must Rescue The Beautiful Clarice From The Hands Of The Evil Count Cagliostro And Solve The Mystery Of A Hidden Treasure Dating Back To The 15Th Century.
Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) achieved his first international hit with this delightful 1979 adventure yarn. Quick-paced, high-spirited, and loaded with wit, Cagliostro is a dandy throwback to the caper pictures of the '60s. International man of mystery Lupin III stumbles back into the picturesque European duchy of Cagliostro with his faithful and gruff sidekick, Jigen. They will encounter, in no particular order, a runaway bride, a magical ring, an evil count with a dastardly plan, an inspector bent on catching Lupin, perilous rooftop chases, hooded guards with superhuman powers, a well-used dungeon, a counterfeiting scheme, and an ancient mystery promising grand treasure. Lupin deploys an array of Bond-type gadgets, razor-sharp wit, and a surprise up both his sleeves. Despite the hail of bullets, this caper is great fun, never taking itself seriously. Miyazaki's career illustrates how limiting the term anime can be for these films; there are hardly more than 10 live-action films of this genre as entertaining. Far less mean than Hollywood fare, it nevertheless is for ages 9 and up with language and gunplay. The Lupin character has been featured in other anime films, but never as successfully or with as much fun as in Miyazaki's film. The new English-language dubbing is excellent to boot. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Film: 4 stars out of 5.
It is not Miyazaki's best, but it is easy to see his style emerging. The character designs for the count and the bride would soon appear in Nausicaa as Kurotawa and Nausicaa. Castle of Cagliostro is a great adventure film, but lacks the emotional realism and epic narratives that make up his later films. It may be Miyazaki's best on a pure entertainment factor. Think of it as a James Bond film by way of Pink Panther with Jackie Chan.
Manga's dvd is less then stellar. Picture quality is dicey. Most of the time the picture is fine with good color, but there are problems that pop up. Black spots appear on the film from time to time and several times heavy black blobs show up on the frame. The print also suffers for instances when the images shudders and appears to shake a bit when there isn't movement in the frame. These problems do detract, but generally they didn't distract from my viewing.
The video is presented in letterboxed format with subs that are half on the frame, half on black. I avoided the dub because the Japanese audio was just fine. Purists might be annoyed to find that the end credits are typed in English over a black screen without music, I don't know what the orginial Japanese print had. There aren't any extras other then several lame Manga Video ads.
Castle of Cagliostro is not part of the Disney/Ghibli deal so don't plan on them for releasing a new dvd. I would still recommend this dvd, although hopefully someone in the future will release it without the minor picture problems. Pioneer and Funimation both have recently put out other Lupin dvds, but I don't know of plans to pick up this title.
DVD: 3 out of 5 stars.
My fave character is Inspector Zenigata, if only live action movies had characters as rich and deep in personality as he and Lupin. But you'll find that most of the time animated characters DO have lots of character, to make them seem more real. Live action characters are already real so developing them isn't something you see often.
The architecture of the castle and the geography of Cagliostro is also very cool looking. The castle has dozens of nooks and crannies and even more secret passages. The atmosphere of the landscape in the outdoor shots is always very ambient and calm and really draws you into the movie even more.
Lupin III is a great character and I am going to try my hardest to see more of his adventures. So far I can only find the Mystery of Mamo on DVD and it is out of print but hopefully Manga will release the rest. If they do it will be a winning decision.
Castle of Cagliostro is also VERY different from most other anime movies. It does not focus on ultra-violence and confusing plots. It was quite refreshing to find a film of this sort that is highly, highly enjoyable, full of ace set pieces and an impossible light-hearted tone.
You must buy this movie right now to enjoy the most perfect and exciting adventure you'll ever see or have.
Which is why this DVD is such a tragedy. This is not the Caste of Cagliostro, as raved about by the likes of Steven Spielburg. This is a second-rate parody of it. The entire vocal soundtrack to this DVD has been removed and replaced with one which may well have been written by a first-timer, with no knowledge of the story - and performed by vocal talent that couldn't get a job on a Wendy's commercial.
The end product is entirely unwatchable. Gone are the snappy quotes, and well-paced vocal patter of the film's stars.. it almost feels like the script was improvised on the spot, with the actors having never even seen the film beforehand, let alone been given a storyline to stick to.
I waited paitently for two years for Cagliostro to come back onto the market... and it appears that I'm still waiting. The only bright hope I have now is to locate a pirated copy of the real version of the film, because I'm not keeping this one.
By "The Real Version" I refer to the 1979 dub, sold by Streamline Pictures. Only released on VHS in the american market, it's far superior to the MANGA version. That's the version of the film that won all the awards, and catipulted this film into the history books. That's the version to get.
This DVD has been in my posession for a little over an hour now... just eough time to get it out of the box and into the player - to see the devestation wrought by MANGA Video, and to decide to not only return the thing, but also to warn potential buyers that they're being gypped.
This is not the film as advertised. Don't watse your money.
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