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Castle In The Sky Blu-ray Review

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“Castle In The Sky” is a fun adventure.

In “Castle In The Sky,” an apprentice engineer (Pazu) meets a young girl (Sheeza) who possesses a mysterious glowing crystal that is sought by pirates and Government agents led by the villainous power hungry Colonel Muska. The crystal is in great demand as it may hold the key to the legendary (and powerful) floating island Laputa. The island itself may even be connected to a character or two.

Although it may be lacking the depth of other poignant Hayao Miyazaki films such as “Princess Mononoke,” “Castle In The Sky” is simply a good old fashioned adventure tale. As is to be expected with any Studio Ghibli release, ‘Castle’ brings forth an imaginative fully realized world (in this case a combination steampunk-fantasy universe), a vast number of memorable characters, vehicles galore, slapsticky humor, chases, action set pieces, mysteries and secrets, magic, a floating island, and more. Unlike some of the bleak worlds presented in other Ghibli films, this is a universe that you would want to visit (especially that nifty Laputa). The movie does a fine job of transporting you into this universe to be sure.

On the downside, the movie does run long and is a bit exhausting after it’s all over and done with. ‘Castle’ could have benefited from more character moments and less frantic action as the movie could have used more breathing room.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Another beautiful transfer of a Studio Ghibli title.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? Say what you will about dubs in general, but the Studio Ghibli American dubs are quality thanks to the star voice talent. The Japanese track is, once again, also first rate.

Extras: DVD copy, textless credits, promo video, TV spot, teaser, and trailer, a character sketch featurette, a bonus feature on composer Joe Hisaishi, a booklet containing photos and statements by Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki, and Isao Takahata, a featurette on the American voice acting cast, an extra about the universe of “Castle In The Sky” titled “The World of Laputa,” a featurette called “Creating Castle In The Sky” which talks about the film and animation, and lastly “Producer’s Perspective: Meeting Miyazaki” in which Toshio Suzuki talks about how he met Miyazaki.

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October 18, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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