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VINE VOICEon 22 May 2015
The best Lupin film to date.

Fantastic animation combines with superb background art its almost a work of art in itself.

If you like Lupin this is a must. If you have not seen any Lupin then this is the best one to get.
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on 24 January 2012
For 'The Castle of Cagliostro' there were two Region 2 UK DVDs with different English dubs.

The Manga version released in 2002 features a superior transfer (others would disagree) in the original reported aspect ratio of 1.85:1 despite being non-anamorphic (4:3 Letterbox). The subtitles are pretty good for the Japanese version and new Manga English Dub truer to the Japanese script. This new dub is OK but Lupin has always been mischievous/anarchic in English which is unfortunately not the case here.

Manga's voice actor David Hayter who is credited as Sean Barker - the name of his character from 'Guyver: Dark Hero', is much more restrained and respectful to the material but in doing so is missing all that made the original English dub work so well. Hayter is an OK actor but better screen-writer in my opinion.

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

X-Men Quadrilogy - X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Blu-ray]

Guyver II [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Now to the 2005 Optimum Asia release. The image is of poorer quality than I'd like. It is typical of these Optimum releases with complete storyboards as an alternate angle to have some noticeable blocking/compression artefacts (but not so bad as to spoil enjoyment of the film). This time the aspect ratio is 1.77:1 anamorphic and does include some minor window-boxing presumably to prevent over-scan (???). I try to avoid Optimum/Studio Canal UK anime DVDs in favour of Region 1 USA imports where available. I'm not a fan!

The introduction by Jonathan Clements is fascinating/informative and is a brilliant way to introduce UK audiences to a character they may be less familiar with as only a few lupin feature length adventures have been given an outing on VHS of DVD in this country. The introduction will hopefully convince those who know Miyazaki's work from the Academy Award winning 'Spirited Away' to watch the likes of 'Nausicaa: of the Valley of the Wind' & 'Princess Mononoke'. The trailer and line-drawings complete the extras.

The English soundtrack for Optimum's 2005 DVD is the original Streamline Pictures USA Dub produced by 'Robotech' legend Carl Macek previously available on the VHS. This is much more in keeping with how the character of Lupin is played in memorable USA/UK dubs. For the original dub they downplay the drama & accentuate the comical aspects of the performance. It is less subtle but very funny. Bob Bergen (who is the main voice actor to play Porky Pig since Mel Blanc passed away) is credited as Lupin and in all honesty I will always hear the voice used in the Streamline dub as it was the first audio track I heard in any Language.

This older dub is easier on the ears and features a more appropriate English script.

To compare the difference think back to Astro Boy 1963 as presented edited and dubbed for the USA then to the muddled 1980 colour series. The name Astro Boy no longer made sense. Tobio Tenma in the Japanese series Tetsuwan Atom - Mighty Atom was renamed Astor Boynton III in the Fred Ladd English adaptation but became Toby Boynton in 1980 in name only with no script revisions to explain the USA name for Astro Boy. Referencing his status as an atomic powered robot/android.

Yes I know that was a little off-topic but dubs succeed or fail based upon how you see your intended audience and perceive the genre of the project. Is 'Cagliostro' an adventure, heist, action, suspense or comedy picture. All could be used to describe this film. With that in mind the Streamline dub works best for a western English speaking country like the UK.

Sometimes it is OK to make dubs for foreign film and television with linguistic and regional references that are localised to suit a particular market. The 'Castle of Cagliostro' and Lupin as a character would certainly qualify for and benefit from this treatment at all times.

CONCLUSION:

Picture - Draw - MANGA UK better colour & clearer picture, OPTIMUM Anamorphic transfer
Sound - Japanese MANGA UK
Sound - English Dub OPTIMUM (Original Streamline)
Subtitles - MANGA UK
Extras - Optimum
Overall - MANGA UK for the subtitled Japanese original in its best UK release to date (January 2012).

If you value the Japanese track starring Yasuo Yamada as Arsène Lupin III buy the Manga release for the subtitles.

An anamorphic Region 1 import reported to be the MANGA dub is available with extras (see product link below) but I can't comment on quality as I don't own it yet. If you can play region 1 DVDs it should be noted the 2006 region 1 special edition release is a double-sided disc with the storyboards and bonus on side B. Reliable reports also say the dub now has a 5.1 English option but the picture is NTSC 480i.

However if you prefer English dubs go for Optimum as it stands up to repeat viewing (a classic).

I bought both Region 2 PAL UK DVDs. These can now be obtained pretty cheaply no matter what your preference.

I hope this helps people weigh the pros and cons.

The Castle Of Cagliostro [1980] [DVD]

Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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on 13 April 2013
I have seen this version on the old VHS Australian Manga Version (Streamline). I was really happy to see that this copy was the old version I had grown up with. I know that in the 2000's Manga released the Castle of Cagliostro on DVD I wasn't to impressed with this Dub.

Other wise it is a great purchest for any Lupin fan out there, quality of picture was good, both sound tracks in English & Japanese (English Subs) good

I do recommend to watch some of the TV series either Season 1 & Season 2 to understand the relationships between the chararters, I was new to Lupin when I first watched this and I had no idea how they were all connected as a Lupin fan now I really enjoy the chemistry between Lupin & Jigen.
The sceen where their Fiat 500 blows a tyre and they have the Rock, Paper Scissors game to see who changes it is so classic of their chemistry even to the point where Lupin is smoking on top of the car while Jigen is jacking up the car.

I have never found Lupin's interest in Clarisse all that beleavable but still cute.
Other supporting charaters make the movie great from Fujiko to Zenigata.
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on 25 July 2017
Great movie, great quality, however the image for this product shows it in the numbered cardboard sleeve, which is the new remastered DVD & Blu-Ray editions for the Studio Ghibli collection, I did not receive this, which was my original reason for purchasing, bit gutted, but aside from that a great Ghibli film.
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on 13 June 2014
This is Hayao Miyazaki's first film, before Studio Ghibli was formed and this was a great way to kick-start his career. Even though the animation does look slightly dated, the colour style and character design is really cool, the main character is memorable, the music is cool with the jazz undertones in certain scenes, the film is a lot of fun and the story itself is solid. I definitely recommend you check this out.
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on 7 May 2016
Hayao Miyazaki's first masterpiece as an animated film-making genius. The initial chase sequence alone is a masterclass in staging dramatic action in a series of wildly inventive, cinematic shots. Impossible driving stunts seem entirely convincing and all achieved in "Old School" 2D Cel animation. The pacing of the cuts, the depth and variety of the characterisation. The evocation of the spirit of 1960's "devil may care", fun, adventure films and anti-heroes. Just brilliant!
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on 6 October 2017
Lupin is a good at what he does. I enjoyed watching this film. It’s one to have in the collection.
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on 4 June 2017
It's an enjoyable movie, some beautiful animation and a refreshing take on the "princess trapped in a castle" trope we've gone through the past years. It did have a few faults and my copy didn't come with any kind of sleeve.
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on 30 August 2013
Gotta love Lupin! As a massive fan of the series I loved the film. Its great to see Miyazaki direct a film for a classic japanese anime. The story, plot and characters are superb

Also worth watching is the Lupin special "Lupin III's Greatest Capers" which has 2 episodes directed by Miyazaki
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on 7 June 2017
Just got into lupin the third really enjoying this film and all the others .
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