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Laputa: Castle In The Sky [DVD]

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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Isao Takahata, Tatsumi Yamashita
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CBEWYW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,388 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Japanese animated feature. Jumping overboard on a flying ship to avoid capture, Sheeta is rescued by her powerful crystal necklace which floats her down to safety. Sheeta longs to see Laputa, the castle in the sky, but the pirates are after its treasure and its secret powers. As the different parties fight over who gets control of Laputa, it's up to Sheeta to use her ancient knowledge to save it from destruction.

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Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, the fantasy-adventure Castle in the Sky was Hayao Miyazaki's third feature, and helped to establish his reputation as a visionary in both Japan and America. The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the legendary sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world. Castle echoes elements in Myazaki's earlier Nausicaä, and anticipates imagery in his later films, from My Neighbor Totoro to Spirited Away. Disney's new English dub, which features Anna Paquin (Sheeta), James Van Der Beek (Pazu), and Cloris Leachman (pirate matriarch Dola), is lively and close in tone to the original Japanese, if a bit talkier. The exciting flying sequences, appealing characters, and fantastic vision of a steam-powered future Jules Verne might have imagined make Castle in the Sky a must-have for fans of Japanese and Western animation. --Charles Solomon , Amazon.com

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Laputa is one of the earlier films from the well known and respected Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The story is about a legend of a lost floating castle in the sky - Laputa, of which nobody really believes to exist anymore taking it as an old story, and the story of two children, Pazu, trying to find Laputa to finally prove his father did see it and earn him the respect he should have had, and Sheeta, a girl thrust unwillingly into the story through a family connection and a mystical crystal pendant she inherited.

One of the great things about this film is the fact almost everyone can watch it and get something out of it. I remember watching it as a five year old and enjoying it, and more recently discovering what the name of this film I remember watching was, and finally getting to rewatch it as a twenty year old, and enjoying watching it just as much, if not more than I did in the early ninetys, Miyazaki's incredible talent of telling the story in a completely unpatronising and enjoyable way and the setting of a place so completely different, yet familiar and nice to us watching at home.

All the animation is simple, yet very well done in the now familiar Miyazaki/anime style, all done pre computers by hand, and dosen't look dated or old in the slightest.

I cannot really comment too much on the dubs and voices, as I have only watched the film in it's origonal japanese (subtitled of course) but I do know of two different versions, the origonal english dubs (as shown on tv in the early ninetys) and a newer Disney dub, which is the version on the new dvd's.

This is definately a film I would recommend to pretty much anyone, from anyone getting into anime/Ghibli films and wanting a great film to watch, or for a parent wanting a film to watch on a sunday afternoon with the kids. Spirited Away may seem to be one of the most well known of the Studio Ghibli films, but I would say this one is just as good.
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Set in a period when miners were commonplace, this tells of a young orphan boy named Pazu, who is working in a mine with some other miners when he sees a beautiful but unconscious young girl named Sheeta float down from the sky courtesy of a mysterious crystal around her neck.
When Sheeta regains consciousness the following morning she tells Pazu of how she escaped from a group of pirates led by their mother Dola, and how they were after her crystal when she fell from an airship in which she was held captive by a man named Muska. After that, she does not recall a thing, but she catches sight of a photograph of a mysterious floating castle named Laputa (Pazu's father had taken the picture before dying, in an ultimately vain attempt to prove that such a place existed).
An excited Pazu, who learns that Sheeta wants to go to Laputa, agrees to join forces with her to help her get there and to prove to those that doubted his father's words that Laputa really exists somewhere in the clouds above. But how can they stay one step ahead of Muska and the Dola gang?
After seeing SPIRITED AWAY in 2003, I suddenly became intrigued when titles from director Hayao Miyazaki's back catalogue were being released on DVD, and, after heavy recommendation from other Miyazaki fans (mostly on IMDb), I took the plunge and ordered LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY, and I'm delighted that I did because this film is an absolute stonker!
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This film brought back all the memories of child hood adventures, not a care in the world and every where had a charm all of its own. From messing around on the river with my friends to exploring woods and time worn old buildings, this film brought it all flooding back.

Imagination is a gift that children have in abbundance, which we sadly lose when we grow up with rationallity taking its place.

Watching this film made me long for the days when the only thing i cared about was having fun and wondering what was on the other side of the big stone wall in the park which myself and none of my friends dared to jump over and take a look.

Wonder and mystery are something that i will probably never feel again, but, for an hour and a half, whilst watching this film i felt like a kid again and for that Hayao Miyazaki i am eternally greatful.
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By Chappers TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2004
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I remembered this film when it was shown on TV in the late 1980s, I recollected small parts of it, like the lush colours, the airships, the floating island and the robot. It took literally YEARS for me to find out what film it was once I had grown up. Once the internet came to full fruition, I discovered that Laputa was the film which captured my imagination as a child. At that time, there was no indication that the film was to be released in VHS form (DVDs were a rarity!). But now all that has changed, and Miyazaki's collection has made its way onto the scene. And they couldn't have come too soon!
Laputa takes you into Miyazaki's inventive and imaginative world of steam and air, a world that seems far preferable to our own. The young heroin plays his (and her) parts again, as the re-curring theme in all of Miyazaki's creations, but in doing so, it allows his films to touch your own inner-child.
Although not quite as encompassing and thorough as some of his later work, such as Spirited Away, Laputa serves up adequate action and adventure to keep adult and infant alike amused. I leant this DVD to a colleague to show her daughter, and when she brough it back to me, she said that she really enjoyed the film herself, and her daughter thought the film was "lovely!".
So there you have it. A "lovely" film.
Get it.
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