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Castle in the Sky Blu-ray

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Laputa / 天空の城ラピュタ / TenkŻ no Shiro Rapyuta / Studio Ghibli / Blu-ray + DVD Disney / Buena Vista | 1986 | 125 min | Rated PG | May 22, 2012

Castle in the Sky (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (24.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 ES
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Anime100%
Animation97%
Family89%
Adventure73%
Fantasy71%
Foreign47%
Romance23%
Imaginary12%
77%
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Castle in the Sky

 (1986)

Castle in the Sky Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

An orphan named Sheeta eludes the clutches of a secret agent named Muska while trying to discern her family's history. After her first escape from Muska, Sheeta meets up with a young boy named Pazu, whose father, a photographer, was disgraced after he took a picture of the legendary flying island of Laputa and had it dismissed as a hoax. When the two realize that a family heirloom Sheeta carries allows them to levitate, the two begin a search for the lost island, trailed by Muska, who is also searching for Laputa.

For more about Castle in the Sky and the Castle in the Sky Blu-ray release, see Castle in the Sky Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Jim Cummings, Richard Dysart
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

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Castle in the Sky Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Rather than re-color, de-noise, or alter the image to suit modern tastes, Disney has honored Miyazaki's vision and created a new digital master from the original film elements. The resulting 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation is nothing less than extraordinary; lovingly restored, unmistakably filmic, and faithful to a fault. While I'm sure someone will complain about the presence of grain, it's clean, natural and unobtrusive. And while I'm sure someone will gripe about the occasional soft shot or Castle's delicate storybook palette, this is a terrific representation of the film Miyazaki made, the film audiences have fallen in love with over the years, and the film exactly as it was intended. And it's, hands down, the best Castle in the Sky has ever looked. Primaries are restrained but lovely, black levels are nice and inky, and contrast is consistent from beginning to end. Detail is exceptionally well-resolved too, with crisp line art, untainted swaths of color, and beautifully textured background brush strokes. Every last nuance has been preserved too: the faint shadows that sometimes separate the characters and the animation cels, the small "mistakes" the animators made in the original animation frames, and the many other personal touches unique to hand-drawn animated productions. Better still, the encode is a knockout. There's no significant print damage or blemishes (save a speck here and there), artifacting and banding are nowhere to be found, and aliasing and other oddities never make an appearance. Cinephiles, animation aficionados and Miyazaki fans will be on cloud nine.


Castle in the Sky Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Disney has included two lossless audio options -- an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 ES surround track (Matrix 6.1) and an original Japanese-language DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo mix -- the quality of which will delight anyone with even a passing affection for Castle in the Sky. There are two things worth mentioning at the outset, though: the English audio track and subtitles still feature the translation differences and discrepancies that have long bothered purists, and there isn't a 5.1 remix of the Japanese-language version of the film. However, neither of these potential sticking points should be considered when evaluating the technical quality of either mix, and I see little reason to factor in either one here. Dialogue is bright, clear and perfectly intelligible, in English and Japanese, and sound effects follow suit. The Japanese stereo track doesn't feel crowded or overburdened at all, and deftly balances Joe Hisaishi's score with the rest of the soundscape. To its credit, the English 5.1 ES track stays true to the tone of the original audio elements, which is precisely the way 5.1 remixes should be handled. The rear speakers are used smartly but sparingly, subtly wrapping Hisaishi's score and Miyazaki's swirling clouds, thundering airships and explosions around the listener without undermining the integrity of the sound design. LFE output is steady and firm as well -- not too light, not too heavy -- and the various battles, shootouts and airship skirmishes have more kick than ever before. Ultimately, the Japanese-language track provides a slightly purer listening experience; the English track provides a slightly fuller alternative. The best of both worlds would have been more ideal, I'll admit, but it would take far more effort to be disappointed with either option than to simply sit back and enjoy what Disney has on tap.



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