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The Castle Of Cagliostro [VHS]

Bob Bergen , Steve Bulen , Hayao Miyazaki    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Bob Bergen, Steve Bulen, Michael McConnohie, David Povall, Edie Mirman
  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Haruya Yamazaki, Maurice Leblanc, Monkey Punch
  • Producers: Carl Macek, Tetsuo Katayama, Yutaka Fujioka
  • Language: Japanese
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Manga
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CSCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,807 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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A hugely influential piece of Japanese Anime. Lupin and Jigen, a pair of modern day Robin Hoods, realise that their latest haul of booty just happens to be counterfeit, and manage to trace the forgers to the tiny country of Cagliostro. They also discover that the evil Count of Cagliostro has imprisoned a girl who knows the secrets to a marvellous treasure. The pair then join forces with the swordsman Goemon and Interpol inspector Zanigata and plan an assault on the laser-beam protected castle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Info on the this DVD 25 July 2008
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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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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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The Castle of Cagliostro doesn't really conform to the usual expectations one might have of the great Miyazaki's work, particularly in light of his more personal and celebrated projects like Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro. However, that said, it is worth noting that the film will definitely appeal Miyazaki's die-hard fans who are interested in seeing how their master's unique visual style would develop from this, his first theatrical film, through to the films aforementioned. It is also an important document within the whole world of Manga/Anime, as it represents what some fans consider to be the definitive film adaptation of the long-running and highly celebrated Manga series Lupin III.
Although it is true that the film lacks the flair and the individual charm that Miyazaki would develop throughout his later work for his famed Studio Ghibli, we can certainly see his unique style and his intuitive approach to character developing through the high-risk escapades found here. The Lupin III series focuses on the suave gentleman thief Arsène Lupin (distilled from the character found in Maurice Leblanc's long running series of novels... hence the lineage), who gets himself into all manner of scrapes and adventures whilst trying to readjust the economical balance. The film gets off to a great start with Lupin and his gang making a getaway from a robbery just pulled on the national casino of Monaco. When the gang discover that the haul has left them with a fortune in counterfeit cash, they head for the small European duchy of Cagliostro to lay low and investigate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English dub is bad. 10 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm an anime fan who lives in Japan.
Please forgive me for my poor writing.

I love to watch Japanese anime that has been dubbed into other languages​​.
I saw a lot of great English-dubbed anime.
It is, "Evangelion" "Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica" "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex "
However, the English dub of "The Castle of Cagliostro " This is terrible.

Characters' dialogue is different from the original script.

In this dubbing of the Lupin name has been changed to Wolf.
Lupin is called the boss to Jigen.
However, Jigen is not a subordinate of Lupin.
Lupin and Jigen is a partner.
It is the same as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

English dubbing is ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
When you see this movie, please look at whether Japanese voice.
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