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Castle in the Sky [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 5102948
  • Release Date: 05/22/2012
  • Rating: PG
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (425 out of 430)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1
    • Introduction by John Lasseter
    • Original Japanese Storyboards
    • Behind the Studio - Explore the movie's fantastic world
    • The World of Laputa
    • Creating Castle In The Sky
    • Character Sketches
    • Producer's Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki
    • Scoring Miyazaki
    • Original Japanese Trailers
    • Behind The Microphone
    • Disc 2

    Synopsis


    Castle in the Sky
    Hayao Miyazaki's fantasy adventure Castle in the Sky begins with a chase scene through a flying ship, where all the passengers are after the young girl, Sheeta (voice of Anna Paquin). Going overboard to avoid capture, Sheeta is rescued by her powerful crystal necklace which floats her down to safety. She's recovered by Pazu (voice of James Van Der Beek), a young resourceful boy who works in a small mining town. Sharing a common desire to see Laputa, the castle in the sky, Pazu and Sheeta team up to outrun the pirates and the military. Led by hard-bitten matriarch Dola (voice of Cloris Leachman), the pirates are a rowdy yet dimwitted group of brothers who are after Laputa's treasure. Led by the greedy yet civilized Muska (voice of Mark Hamill), the military is after Laputa's secret powers. Everyone races to get to the abandoned castle of Laputa, which has been overgrown with vines and plant life. Its only inhabitants are the animals and robots who protect a magical garden. As the different parties fight over who gets to control Laputa, it's up to Sheeta to use her ancient knowledge to save it from ultimate destruction. The English-language version also includes the voices of Mandy Patinkin and Andy Dick. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • James Van Der Beek
      James Van Der Beek - Pazu [English version]
    • Anna Paquin
      Anna Paquin - Sheeta [English version]
    • Mark Hamill
      Mark Hamill - Muska [English version]
    • Cloris Leachman
      Cloris Leachman - Dola [English version]
    • Richard A. Dysart
      Richard A. Dysart - Uncle Pom [English version]



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 430 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Cannot go wrong with Miyazaki!

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      Morganical
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      Castle in the Sky is in the same playing field as Nausicaa and My Neighbor Totoro; classics that will stand the tests of time. For an 80's film, it hasn't aged at all, considering it came out around the same time Transformers the Movie did. And on Blu-ray with the Hi-Def treatment (and some minor cleaning), the film is a brand new experience for anyone who has seen it before. The picture quality in this outing is on par with other previous releases from around this time. Colors, primaries especially, are more robust than the DVD counterpart, lots of pinks and indigos. None of the typical videotape artifacts are present. That being said, dim lit sequences (the third act especially) do show dust anomalies with the frames, but I believe this is more of problem with the technology in general, not necessarily the individual films. Nausicaa has this issue too, as does Akira, and both of those films have been worked over many times. Sound quality on the Blu-ray is better than many other similar entries. At no point do I have to change the volume level to hear Ponsu's voice over the score. While on that topic, I prefer the American dubbed track over the Japanese track in this film. Mark Hammel (Luke Skywalker people), Anna Paquin (True Blood), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek), Tress McNeil (EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN, but especially Futurama) will peek your attention as they were perfect casting choices for the American dub. Andy Dick is in there too, see if you can decipher which of the pirate bros. he is! I love Disney/Studio Ghibli colabs for this reason. They always get the perfect voice actors for the dubs. All of the typical Miyazaki plot and character tropes are in Castle in the Sky. Powerful indomitable women, misunderstood males, technology vs. nature, flying, aircrafts, eggs, obligatory food and eating segments, it's all there. The storyline is somewhere between National Treasure and Goonies. I'll let you watch the movie and decide which of the 20 typical plotlines it's predominantly comprised of. As for extras, this is one of the few that doesn't have too much additional content. There's some sneak peeks, a storyboard of the film, and that's about it. But for a film that helped spark the Studio Ghibli craze and set the course for other installments like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky is an addition to your anime library that you shouldn't pass up!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      High-flying adventure

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      XAvenger
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      Castle in the Sky is a great action movie for the whole family and shows that you can have action without violence. The story starts off with a young girl on the run from sky pirates. The girl, Sheeta, meets a boy named Pazu who lives in a quite mining village. What follows is a swashbuckling adventure movie that takes to the skies in a quest for a mythic city in the sky called Laputa. The animation is superb, as is always the case with Studio Ghibli films. All of the characters are well drawn and distinctive. The design of the mecha and the backgrounds is very heavily influenced by the works of Jules Verne, I loved the robots in Laputa itself. The music is great and fits the action nicely. The story is well told and very well thought out. Hayao Miyazaki shows once again that he is one of the world's premiere directors of animation. Castle in the Sky is at turns exciting and touching. A very well told coming of age story. The extras include background on the making of Castle in the Sky and an interactive portion. In one part of the 'World of Ghibli', you can find out which Castle in the Sky character you are most like. In the others, you can play a Where's waldo style game with Kiki, Totoro or Ponyo and uncover video segments and some cute animations. Do not watch the English dub! Not only are the voices ill-cast in the English version (Pazu sounds awful) the English voice actors can't even pronounce the names properly! Laputa is pronounced 'La-pu-ta', just like it's written out, not 'La-peew-ta' like the English voice actor for Pazu mangles it. And that's just one of many problems with the dub version. There are a few problems with the subtitle timing in a few isolated scenes (which does not happen in Kiki, Totoro or Ponyo) but I still recommend the Japanese version. For High-flying fun the whole family can enjoy, check out Castle in the Sky!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a classic under any title

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      GreaterThanDiNozzo
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      Miyazaki's 2nd 'Studio Ghibli' feature film (though Nausicaa technically predated the studio's existence) was originally known under the title Tenkuu no Shiro LAPUTA, roughly translated to Castle in the Sky Laputa. It's an influential anime (Gainax's Fushigi no Umi no Nadia tv series borrowed the levitation stone and some other bits) and a bonafide classic. Every anime fan should see this film, as should animation fans in general. I haven't yet watched the GKIDS Blu-ray but have read positive reviews. Thhe older release by Buena Vista had issues with problematic 'dubtitles' that have apparently been corrected by the new subtitles used on this release.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Such a good movie!

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      Justin
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      Thus movie (like every Hayo/Ghibli movie) is beautifully animated with a beautiful story line to go with it! This is definitely a classic that anyone (old or young) should have in their movie collection. Also it looks better than EVER in HD on Blu-Ray! I owned the DVD version perviously & I could instantly tell the difference! Especially since this is an older movie ('87 I think is the year it was theatrically released in Japan?) So if you own the DVD version & are on the fence about upgrading then do it!!! All the studio Ghibli movies look amazing on Blu-Ray to be honest. Especially the older classics! I'm glad studio Ghibli/Disney is finally releasing all of their movies in HD!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorite Miyazaki films

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      Brian
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      Castle in the Sky is lush, epic, evocative storytelling. It's easily one of my favorite few Miyazaki films, with a satisfying story, the sort of setting that inspires a deep longing, and colorful characters. The bluray is a significant upgrade over my previous Disney DVD. Don't expect a ton more detail, as the artwork just doesn't have as much fine detail as later Ghibli films, but what's there is shown in a much cleaner and more satisfying presentation. I also like that they include a booklet with the discs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Bad copy

      Posted
      Cody

      This isn’t a review of the movie itself, but of the specific copy I received. I was so excited to find a replacement for my old scratched-up copy of one of my favorite movies, but half the lines are missing. Any lines spoken off “camera” are simply gone and it’s an absolute travesty. The movie is not nearly as good without the missing lines and I’m seriously considering returning what I consider a defective and incomplete copy of this wonderful movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      THIS IS THE VERSION TO GET!

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      lzh234
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      The subtitles are FIXED for the Japanese Version! And the English Dubbed Version gets 2 of them where you can have the 2003 approved score, or with the Original Score in Digital Dolby 5.1. If anything, the Disney Blu Ray Version exists to have the English Dubbed in Original Score in DTS MA. So You might wanna keep that around, and you also wanna keep the 2003 DVD Version if you for some reason are curious about the added lines that were said...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Perfect Adventure

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      AndrewS94
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      Easily in my top 5 favorite Studio Ghibli films! The film takes inspiration from the stories surrounding Treasure Island or the lost city of Atlantis, but Miyazaki and his studio give it its own identity and soul. Intriguing, emotional, suspenseful, and adventurous. This movie succeeds in hitting every note that a classic and memorable movie should, and allows itself to be enjoyed by nearly any kind of audience member. Really the closest thing to perfection that a film can get.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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