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Steamboy [DVD] [2006]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Producers: Steve Jablonsky, Shinji Komori
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XMLSY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The first feature Katsuhiro Otomo has written and directed since his watershed Akira (1988), Steamboy offers a fantastic, sepia-toned vision of the past-as-future. In place of the dystopic Neo-Tokyo of Akira, Steamboy is set in England in 1866. Young Ray Steam receives a Steam Ball, a mysterious, powerful device, from his inventor grandfather. Governments and businesses covet the Steam Ball, and Ray finds himself in a murderous conflict over its possession. He's also caught between his father, a 19th century Darth Vader who builds terrible weapons for an American arms merchant, and his grandfather, who believes science should improve people's lives. Otomo uses computer graphics to create dazzling visuals that few recent films--animated or live action--can match: monumental systems of gears and pistons; machines that dwarf the Tower of London; antique weapons of mass destruction. But the dazzling imagery can't disguise the lack of a coherent plot and the flimsiness of the characters. --Charles Solomon,

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From the leader in animé Katsuhiro Otomo (Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis, Memories), comes his first feature- length directorial project since his breakthrough film (Akira). Ten years in the making, witha total budget of $22 million, Steamboy is the most expensive Japanese animé production ever. A retro science-fiction epic set in Victorian England, Steamboy features an inventor prodigy named Ray Steam, who receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation, the Steam Ball. Young Ray Steam must use the Steam Ball to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. With more than 180,000 drawings and 400 CG cuts, Steamboy is one of the most elaborate animated features ever created. Steamboy will be brought to life with an outstanding ensemble voiceover cast including Anna Paquin (X-Men), Patrick Stewart (X-Men), and Alfred Molina (Spider-man 2).

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I'm still learning the ropes when it comes to anime, which means I can't compare Steamboy to Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary Akira. I can, however, say that I enjoyed Otomo's contribution to the film Memories more than I did Steamboy. Both share the same kind of heavily industrial world of the past, cast in sepia-like tones reflecting an atmosphere of gloom. That was more than okay for Memories' "Cannon Fodder," but the world of Steamboy eventually grew tiresome to me. The animation of this film is excellent, but it consisted of far too many scenes of exploding machinery, to the detriment of character development and storyline. Frankly, I just didn't care about this plot all that much.
You've got a young, inventive boy who finds himself in the middle of a conflict over the nature of science. It's an argument that will erupt in loud, frightening chaos over the city of London. The boy's name is Ray Steam, and steam is definitely the key word in all of this. Ray receives a parcel from his grandfather containing an ultra-powerful "steamball," and almost at once he's forced to honor his grandfather's request to keep it out of the hands of "the Foundation." His father, however, or at least a somewhat mechanized version of him, happens to be in cahoots with the Foundation, and he begins to win his son over to his own version of science. He has used the vast power of steam to take his own father's vision of a Steam Castle and turn it into a well-armed weapon, complete with steam-powered flyers, subs, and mechanized fighters. The grandfather, looking much the worse for wear, shows up to try and sabotage his evil son's efforts, and he confronts Ray with his own peaceful vision of science.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 24 Mar 2007
I was sad to see the relatively negative reviews about this film as I found it to be incredible. The animation was outstanding and although the dubbing isn't perfect, i've seen a lot worse on Japanese animation dubs. The English voices fit the characters pretty well, although you can't beat the original Japanese voice and reading the subtitles. The storyline was great and yes it did feel a bit slow for the first half, but this only made the second half race forward at break neck speed and add to the drama and action, which I can only guess was the intention. I agree that this is probably the most visually stunning animation outside of Ghibli films and the level of detail is simply breathtaking. The extras disc is great, with well over an hour of interviews and featurettes that give a great view on the animators, directors and voice stars opinions on this film, as well as providing information on animation layering and other techniques. I also received some postcards, mini comic and thick book on film planning animations included with my box, but I'm unsure if this is included with this version or not, but my box is also the directors cut so I hope so. I have to say it makes for a wonderful overall package. Even if you don't get those additional items, this film more than makes up for it and you will own an amazing piece of Japanese animation that is already classed as a cult classic.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
After directing "Akira" in 1988, Katsuhiro Ôtomo avoided making another feature length anime for years. In 1991 he did a live action film, the horror-comedy "Warudo apaatoment hora" and then in 1995 he did the "Cannon Fodder" segment for "Memories." He wrote the scripts for Hiroyuki Kitakubo's "Rôjin Z" in 1991 and adopted Osamu Tezuka's manga for Rintaro's "Metoroporisu" in 2001. But it was not until 2004 that Ôtomo helmed "Steamboy" and left himself open to the inevitable comparisons of this two-hour anime with the classics in the field in which he had a major hand.
On the one hand "Steamboy" is as visually stunning as you would expect, albeit in a decidedly different way from "Akira" and "Metroporisu." This time around Ôtomo is not telling a futuristic story, but one set in 1866 in the London of Victorian England, which mandates sepia toned colors rather than working with a palate of bright neon colors. That alone justifies a different look to "Steamboy," and the chief attraction for this anime are the hand-drawn animation, enhanced by computers, of the massive machines of gears and pistons. But there is another interesting consequences to the setting of "Steamboy," which is that for the first time with a Japanese anime I am recommending that you listen to the English audio track rather than the Japanese. Since the characters are actually English, then for once it makes sense to go this route. Besides, we are talking Patrick Stewart as grandfather Dr. Lloyd Steam, Alfred Molina as his son Dr. Eddie Steam, and Anna Panquin as James Ray Steam, who is the film's title figure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this film immensly. It had a moving and gripping storyline which kept my interest all the way through, wishing it would go on longer. The animation and graphics were increadibly polished and very impressive - clearly high budjet stuff. I am a fan of japenenese anime too and there is a lot of great films with deeper, more intreaging storylines and Steamboy has a small taste of that while being an impressive swashbuckling western style movie at the same time. Will apeal to a broader audience as a result. I got a hold of the directors cut in germany (It is available ealier than the UK here but you have to understand german to watch it) and will buy the UK copy with Patrick Stewart (Who will be brilliant in it) on January 9th when it comes to our shores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
This film is visually incredible. Traditional animation to its best. And the story is set in England. Really cool cartoon
Published 3 months ago by Eduardo
2.0 out of 5 stars Superb visuals let down by dire story and characters, by 'eck, lad!
Only the truly fantastic visuals save this travesty from a one star review, from a real lover of anime at that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
4.0 out of 5 stars 100 minutes: Perfect length (for this movie anyway)
Perfect length (100 minutes), the Extended/Director's Cut Version (126 minutes) has the destruction of London go on way too long. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Bought this for my son, he loves it, he had it a few years ago as its not new, but lost it, great to find it again on here
Published 8 months ago by wilma
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamboy DVD (Sony Pictures Ver.) Review
Before you start reading below i will have to mention this is not so much a review of the film itself as it is the actual release of the movie, its a good film, but this is only a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kjell Kristian
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamboy
Sorry i have not watched it yet due to it being a stocking filler for my son for christmas, but if it is anything like other films from japan ,we can t wait to watch it.
Published 10 months ago by KAZ N
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Quality was good delivery was quick movie was boring sorry not up to the normal standard of ghibli. The picture and design was excellent but for me the story line was off.
Published 11 months ago by gemma bellal
1.0 out of 5 stars Technically well made - but ...
... that can't compensate for the fact that Steamboy's storyline is borring and pointless and most of the main characters, unlikeable - extremely unilkeable - to the point where I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stine Rosenkrans Birkedal
4.0 out of 5 stars animation overload
this gem of animation is set in uk funny coming from Asian animators
like the title says the animation is top notch , its all about steam as the title gives away
but... Read more
Published 17 months ago by david reid
5.0 out of 5 stars People need to stop comparing this to akira and just enjoy this great...
This is truly a great film, the story is simple and sometimes simple is best, in a nutshell its about ray steam (the main character) receives a package from his grandad which... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by Duane
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