Let me preface this review by saying that if you are at all fond of steampunk, disregard the two star rating and substitute it with five. If you're not aware, "steampunk" is a style of fiction that deals with an alternate history wherein the aesthetics and steam-powered technologies of (chiefly) the Victorian era are taken to stylistic and scientific extremes. That's what this movie is about. You'll find within this DVD more steam-powered contraptions, gadgets, conveyances and monstrous mechanical behemoths than you've ever known you wish existed. Sadly, though, impressive as they are, they don't quite manage to carry the somewhat predictable plot and one-dimensional characters into the realm of great cinema. Sure, the imaginative steam-mechanics here will see you through the first viewing without boredom, but the movie simply doesn't have enough substance to bear repeat viewings.
Additionally, this DVD only contains an English language track. Not a great detriment, the English cast do a very passable job of it (most notably Patrick Stewart), but "anime" buffs may want to look for a version with the original Japanese voices and subtitles.