CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO
MOVIE COMPANY: MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATING: For ages 13 and up
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DURATION: 109 minutes 

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Master thief Lupin III, a.k.a. "The Wolf", and his right-hand gunman Jigen are hot on the trail of a counterfeiter. But when their search leads them to the secluded European country of Cagliostro, they find far more than they bargained for. Lupin unwittingly attracts the attention of the nation’s mysterious monarch when he tries to help a damsel in distress escape the Count’s henchmen, and in the process stumbles upon the key to finding the lost fortune of the Cagliostro clan. With the help of the beautiful Fujiko, the Stoic Swordsman Goemon and the bumbling Interpol inspector Zanigata, Lupin tries to penetrate the defenses of the Count's fortress, rescue the girl, break up a counterfeiting scheme and escape with the hidden treasure of the Castle Of Cagliostro. Written and directed by anime pioneer and visionary Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service), anime fans will enjoy this lighthearted romp which Steven Spielberg once called one of the greatest adventure movies of all time.


DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated
• Dual Language: English (Dubbed) or Japanese, both with optional English subtitles

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO is considered an anime classic. It features one of the early works of popular director Hayao Miyazaki and also one of the most popular anime characters of all time, Lupin.

This film is over 20 years old and was released in the US over a decade ago via STREAMLINE on VHS and LD. Manga Entertainment has since acquired the rights and gave us a new English dub.

So far from what I watched that the DVD version looks beautiful for an older anime film and since it is pretty old (Japan is known for not keeping good archives for films), there's not much you can do especially with the Japanese audio track. I have watched a little of the dub English track and it sounds very good. People should be happy because it doesn't include Carl Macek's changes. Lupin is Lupin and I'm happy with that.

All in all, this is an anime classic that hardcore anime and Lupin fans...especially Miyazaki fans will own.

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  C-
THE DVD OVERALL:  B+

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