Steamboy [Director's Cut] [DVD] [2004]

The 19th century Age of Steam is given a sci-fi twist in Katsuhiro Otomo's Steamboy. This disc does a great job of capturing the epic proportions of the world created in the film and the scope of the action sequences with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, without which the DVD would certainly be flawed. The DVD also includes a featurette entitled "Re-Voicing Steamboy" in which many actors from the English-language cast, including Patrick Stewart, Alfred Molina, and Anna Paquin, discuss the process of voice acting for the film. It is entertaining and somewhat insightful to see and hear actors talk about the acting process in terms of using only their voices as well as acting parts that have already been animated and voiced in their original language. Other extras include an interview with director Katsuhiro Otomo that details the decade-long process of creating Steamboy, which is, likewise, interesting enough for a casual viewer and most likely quite exciting for hardcore fans. Other extras that are amusing but will probably be played only once are a multi-screen landscape study, production drawings, animation onion skins in which scenes are presented through each stage of their development, and a textless closing credits sequence.
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Special Features

  • "Re-Voicing Steamboy"
  • Interview with Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Multi-screen landscape study
  • The Adventure Continues (end credits without text)
  • Production drawings
  • Animation onion skins
  • Includes exclusive Otomo illustration postcard

Synopsis

Steamboy
Katsuhiro Otomo, director of the groundbreaking anime feature Akira (1988), returns with this visually striking fusion of the past and the future. It's the Industrial Age in England, reimagined, and various and sundry inventors and scientists are arriving in Britain to hawk their products while capitalism rears its ugly head. A gadget-happy British lad named Ray (voice of Anna Paquin) receives a mysterious package from his grandfather Lloyd Steam (Patrick Stewart) -- a tiny ball that turns out to be an engine toting immense power. As it happens, several of these little balls run the O'Hara pavilion, a massive, mobile fortress. Ray later discovers that his dad and grandfather are located inside of the pavilion; his dad, Eddie, has become mesmerized by O'Hara and subject to their whims, while Lloyd suspects that O'Hara may want to use the balls for nefarious purposes, and tries to put a definitive end to those plans. Indeed, the O'Hara people soon take over the Great Exhibition and turn it into a veritable circus for weapons dealers. Meanwhile, Ray starts to develop feelings for a young girl named Scarlett O'Hara. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anne Suzuki
    Anne Suzuki - Ray Steam
  • Manami Konishi
    Manami Konishi - Scarlett O'Hara
  • Katsuo Nakamura
    Katsuo Nakamura - Dr Loyd Steam
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    Kiyoshi Kodama - Robert Stephenson
  • Susumu Terajima
    Susumu Terajima - Freddie

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