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Castle Of Cagliostro (Blu-ray + DVD) [1979]

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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008V7NY8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,568 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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“A Hilarious Mix of Hitchcock and the Marx Brothers” -- Hollywood Reporter

The Castle of Cagliostro is the first feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Now available for the first time on Blu-ray and in stunning high-definition, the film is also part of the hugely popular Lupin III animated TV series of which Miyazaki had written and directed a number of episodes.

Here, our iconic super-thief Lupin pulls off a thrilling heist at a Monte Carlo casino, only to discover the spoils are counterfeit. Lupin traces the fake bills to the country of Cagliostro where an evil Count is generating forged money and distributing it worldwide. With partners in tow (including a retired gangster, a modern-day samurai, and a beautiful female thief) Lupin heads to Cagliostro where he also finds a promise of hidden treasure and Clarice, a beautiful Princess in need of rescuing from the Count’s dastardly clutches.

Maintaining the lineage of the Lupin III franchise, Miyazaki also imbues the proceedings with his customary wit and sense of the romantic - Miyazaki’s heroes are always ready to come to the aid of a damsel in distress. Moreover, the film is lovingly detailed with the storybook kingdom of Cagliostro being beautifully redolent of the director’s equally inspired later works.

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The delightful 1979 adventure yarn The Castle of Cagliostro was the first international hit for Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro). Quick-paced, high-spirited and loaded with wit, Cagliostro is a dandy throwback to the caper pictures of the 1960s. 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 animé 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 nine and up since it contains adult-orientated language and gunplay. The Lupin character has been featured in other animé films, but never as successfully or with as much fun as in Miyazaki's. The new English-language dubbing is excellent to boot. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A dashing young thief robs a casino, blowing up police car tyres and sneaking out of windows, and manages (Ocean's Eleven notwithstanding) to escape with the money, only to find it counterfeit. Causing an immediate traffic jam by shovelling it out of his physics-defying car, he decides to track the money down to a little-known European kingdom. That's just the first five minutes of this terrific film, and the fun has hardly begun.

Cagliostro's Castle was my introduction to anime, and it's hard to imagine a better transition-- if this were live-action, it would be world-famous. The hero, Wolf (Lupin in Japanese, I believe), is a likeable rogue with impossible gadgets, a bizarre streak of chivalry and a determined policeman on his tail, and if that doesn't sound like a recipe for great fun I'm not sure what does. Throw in an eternally unruffled swordsman, a matter-of-fact sharpshooter, a refreshingly love-to-hate villain, a sassy lone agent and a beautiful 19-year-old damsel in distress, and you've got this amazing film, which mixes romance and action with comedy and doesn't waste a single minute.

One word of advice: get used to EITHER the subtitled OR the dubbed version, don't try to like both-- they seem to have been based on scripts at different stages of production, and as a consequence don't always match up even at crucial moments. If you speak fluent Japanese, fine.
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I think the other reviews here do justice in saying how good this film is, so I won't focus on praising the film. However, I would like to inform you about this version of the film. For the average person looking to buy this dvd, this information may not be that useful but for an fan it may be relevant.


There are other editions of this film including streamline and manga editions.

This is the Optimum Asia release. This Optimum re-release marks a general improvement over the previous Manga edition. Whereas that version came without anamorphic enhancement and was essentially lacklustre in the visual department, here we find a fine clarity, superb colours and anamorphic transfer. That said, we also arrive at an NTSC-PAL conversation which results in some noticeable - if never overt - ghosting. The film remains watchable, but then this was never a problem with the Manga disc for all its other flaws. As for the soundtrack we arrive at both Japanese and English options in DD2.0 form. Both remain clean enough and technically sound though no doubt the purists will go for the Japanese original (which comes with optional English subtitles of the white variety, unlike some of Optimum's other Ghibli offerings). The English dub is the old Streamline edition and not the newer re-recording which appeared on the Manga disc. The Manga edition used David Hayter (the voice for Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games) as the voice for Lupin, which I do think sounds better than Bob Bergen, who voices Lupin in this Optimum edition using the older streamline soundtrack.

This DVD edition still sounds great though and the voice acting is still brilliant. I would definately recommend it.
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The second big screen outing of Lupin III is already one of the best Anime movies ever made, while rivaling anything Disney or Pixar has to offer. Green ogres, fat superheroes or a zillion gigabytes of computer animation still cannot compare to 12 frames of hand drawn charm.

For the uninitiated, Lupin III is the grandson of Arsene Lupin, the gentleman thief, created by Maurice Leblanc in the Twenties. He's always breaking into some impenetrable vault, or has a zillion gadgets up his sleeve to help with escaping if things go awry. He's also rather wacky and buffoonish, which makes his antics a joy to watch.

Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle), in his movie debut, tones down the out of control wackiness of the Lupin III TV show and gives Lupin a rather decent plot to dig his teeth into. This is not an excuse to string together a bunch of insane set pieces.

Seconds after robbing a Monte Carlo casino, Lupin and Jigen discover that every dollar note they have swiped is a fake. Only one place in the world is known to make these counterfeits and Lupin's underworld knowledge leads them to the tiny European country of Cagliostro (think Luxembourg, only much, much smaller).

Half a moment after crossing the border, Lupin and Jigen are involved in a car chase and rescue the Lady Clarisse from a bunch of goons. But she's promptly kidnapped again, though manages to leave Lupin a clue in the form of a strange wedding ring.

Their suspicions over the kidnapping lead them to the titular castle where they discover that an evil Count has seized control of the country, using - guess what? - funny money. And the ring is the key to a great treasure that can only be uncovered when the Lady Clarisse is married to the Count.
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This is the ultimate animated crime film. Full to bursting with brilliant action, an old castle in the middle of nowhere which seems to still be in business, a handsome, but crafty crime lord, cool settings, a thematic storyline, a crazy young runaway thief on the run from a Police Inspector and a nineteen year old damsel, it's the "James Bond" of Japanese anime films. I always laugh at the antics of Wolf, since he's particularly talented with all kinds of things, especially the windy thing hidden in his belt buckle, and his agility skills when climbing rooftops. He also happens to be very good at getting himself into trouble with the Police Inspector and the Count of Cagliostro, and the Count's butler who looks like he's eaten something which made his hair and face go green is as villainous and scheming as you could wish. There are some amazing stunts too, such as the scene in which Wolf manages to make a perilous jump onto the young girl's chamber tower, the swimming scene, the confusion between two identical Inspectors and a trap door, one in a deserted hallway, and one in the Princess's room which look like they're never there. The funniest for me is when Wolf and the Inspector are both on the way to rescue the Princess when they're meant to be enemies, and when Wolf goes off at the end pursued by the police whilst Fujiko, an undercover agent rides on up the road to avoid being caught as well. It's the high speed chase somewhere in the beginning that gets the daring action started. If this were live action, it would be even better, but I think it's great as it is. Since other similar films like "Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind", "Laputa: Castle In The Sky" and "Princess Mononoke" which I've also bought, it stands in fourth place beside them. It's a change from the more gory crime you see on television, and an ideal film for teenagers.
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