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5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 15 Jun 2011
This review is from: Laputa: Castle In The Sky - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)
Blu-ray Zone B

Ratio of the feature film:
1.78:1

Languages of the feature film:
PCM 5.1: English (dubbing of 1998 but amended)
PCM 2.0: Japanese

Subtitle for all the videos:
English (translation of the Japanese dialogues)
The Credits are in Japanese.

DVD Zone 2

Ratio of the feature film:
1.66:1 (or close of this ratio)

Languages of the feature film:
Dolby 2.0: Japanese, English (dubbing of 1998)

Subtitles of the feature film:
- English (translation of the Japanese dialogues)
- English for Hard of Hearing (closed caption of the English dialogues)
The Credits are in English.

Verdict:
The DVD edition is the same as the one released before with 2 very different dialogues and an imperfect picture with some scratches.
As you probably know, the English soundtrack has more and different dialogues and music than the Japanese soundtrack.

On the other hand this Blu-ray is much better, the picture has been cleaned to be noise-less and scratch-less, the colours are slightly less warm than on the DVD.
Also, the picture has been reframed which mean we lose a very little bit of picture on the right and bottom side of it when we compare it to the DVD.
Overall, this restoration makes the film look more modern.
The Japanese soundtrack which is very clear is according to me the best with its 80s style of music. The English one has been amended once again. To be closer of the japanese dialogues, the added dialogues in English have been removed leaving only the "same amount" of dialogues as heard in the Japanese dubbing.

NB: The dialogues left on the Blu-ray are the same as before with the same voice -> Mark Hamill, Anna Paquins, James Van Der Beek...

The music of the English soundtrack remains untouched compare to the DVD edition and keeps its symphonic style.
In conclusion, the picture on the Blu-ray is really beautiful and detailed without having detected the use of DNR or edge enhancement making it a true pleasure to watch this film a 101th time in such wonderful conditions !!
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2011 09:02:11 BDT
OK but what about the Sound-Quality...? Why not mentioned about the 5.1 Sound...? Does it work or is it still in Stereo / Blu-Ray Version...? Somehow Im not getting it in 5.1 on my Player....? ?????? But the Picture is really very VERY Good in Blu-Ray....?

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 01:25:01 GMT
Kant Predict says:
I favour the Japanese version almost totally, apart from the much better sense of musical timing in the english soundtrack: in the opening credits when the stone activates right on the musical hit.

Posted on 31 Aug 2013 16:16:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2013 16:21:18 BDT
P. Stark says:
All Blu-ray releases for the films Laputa: Castle in the Sky & Kiki's Delivery Service will feature a re-edited English Dub with original Japanese music score. So the double pack is worth having!

I miss the full performance of the late Phil Hartman in Kiki and the expanded orchestral score to Laputa performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Those were two Disney changes I really did get used to.
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