Castle of Cagliostro (of 1) (

Review Date: -
Release Date: Thursday, April 26, 2001

What They Say
A long awaited Ghibli release of the 2nd "Lupin III" movie on DVD. The classic film was directed by none other than maestro Hayao Miyazaki! Disc 2 contains the main feature + animated storyboard (played by selecting one of the alternate multi-angle channels on remote), and 2 theatrical trailers.

The Review!
This disc is the Japanese Buena Vista (also known as Disney) and Tokyo Movie DVD release of this classic Hayao Miyazaki masterpiece. Shall we dig in to this bonus bonanza?


This disc contains two versions of the Japanese audio. One is in stereo (Note: I am unsure if it is Dolby Digital 5.1 or simply 2.0), and one is in the original monaural format. The Japanese voice cast performs superbly. The Japanese audio tracks are also crisp and clear, without the nasty crackle and wear that the Region 1 release exhibited. For further analysis of the Japanese audio, please refer to my review of the Region 1 release. The English audio track included is the 1991 Streamline Pictures dub. The voice cast in this dub is a fine selection and in top performance in this film. Even if the translation is far from accurate, it is an excellent sounding track that you should hear at least once.


This disc is in anamorphic letterbox, giving it an immediate boost from the Manga Video release?s non-anamorphic picture. The coloring (which a little bit emptier in the Region 1 release) has been tweaked to perfection. You can see every little portion of the film as it was originally intended. One instance where this is odd is where the gunmen surround Fujiko on the top of the castle?s tower. As she backs away into her little hole, her English voice says, ?Looks like you got me.? This is a line that did not exist in the Japanese, and depending on your copy of the Streamline VHS, you could or could not see her lips remain still. On the Manga DVD (though the new dub does not have her speak there) you could not see her mouth at all. This release makes that sequence completely visible and even shows more of the left and right sides of the picture than were on the R1 DVD. In summary, the video is pretty darn good.


The disc comes in a white single-disc Amaray case with a flippy second disc holder inside, Urusei Yatsura-style. The illustration on the case is absolutely beautiful (at least when compared to the Region 1 cover). It shows Lupin holding Clarisse and her ring, while the Lupin Gang is posed behind them, each with their weapons of choice. Zenigata comes running from the sky above and the castle is exploding, with debris flying everywhere. The rear cover illustration is a serene photo of Lupin and Jigen resting with their Fiat at night. The cover claims it is a ?Ghibli ga Ippai Collection Special,? though it was actually made before Studio Ghibli?s formation. Since Miyazaki had such a big hand in it, however, it is understandable (and certainly acceptable by my standards) that it is included in the collection as a special release.

The discs themselves are very attractive as well (a strong contrast to Manga Video?s pure black disc). The disc with the film alone has a shot of Lupin showing off his cheap magic skills to Clarisse. The extras disc shows a drawing of Clarisse, her Citroen 2CV (with her dog Karl inside), some groceries, and a newspaper with the headline ?Lupin!!? It?s beautiful stuff. It brings a tear to my eye and a glare to Manga Video


The menus are completely in Japanese. Both discs? menus begin with a knife slamming down into the ?Lupin the Third? logo, followed by ?The Castle of Cagliostro? popping up kana by kana, typewriter-style. As the logo moves to the lower right corner, an image appears to the left (the movie disc shows Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon in a collage of various poses from the film, while the extras disc recreates the nice shot of Clarisse that is on the top of the disc). The menus are simple to navigate (if you know enough Japanese kanji). In the Movie disc, the main menu options are as follows: Begin Film, Audio, Subtitles, Chapters. On the extras disc, the selections are: Film/Storyboards, Chapters, Trailers (Castle of Cagliostro), Trailer (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), and More Trailers (Kiki?s Delivery Service DVD, Sherlock Hound DVD). Note: I am unsure if I have listed the trailers in the proper order.


Manga Video should take a lesson from these boys.

There are no extras on disc 1, which is the entire film in bilingual format. The second disc presents the complete film in its original Japanese language again (there is no subtitle or English language option), but if you watch it on Angle 2, it gives you the film in storyboard format! For once, an excellent use of the alternate angle feature, and it was very wise to not use it in the 1st disc presentation, since we wouldn?t want unnecessary clutter to lower our precious bitrates.

Other extras include a trailer for Majo no Takkyubin, also known as Kiki?s Delivery Service, which is released on DVD (in Japan) on June 8th, 2001. In the same title, we get a trailer for the Japanese Sherlock Hound (English release title) DVD, a TV series which Miyazaki worked on between Lupin the Third productions.

There are two trailers for Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro on here as well. They are really the same trailer, played one right after the other. The second version has no words appear on the screen though, except at the end where it shows the film?s title.

The final trailer is of Hayao Miyazaki?s latest production, which comes out the summer of 2001 in Japanese theaters: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.

I?m sure they would have even more on this disc if it did not have the storyboard version of the film, but isn?t that plenty?

Again, if only Manga would take note?.


This film is fantabulous. No, fantabulous is not a word, but it?s fun to say. For more details on this flick I?d check out my review for the Region 1 release because the film itself is unchanged on the Manga release.

The English dub is still a classic, even though there are still some complaints about some of the lines from the diehards (a classic: ?Should have worn an asbestos suit? instead of ?I have soiled my blade on a worthless object?). Even if you don?t care for the changes, there?s plenty reason to watch the dub instead of the Japanese language with subtitles on this disc.

The subtitles are dubtitles.

For the uninitiated (although I doubt you would be importing R2 DVDs if you were a newbie to anime terms), a ?dubtitle? is a subtitle track that is (or almost is) word-for-word identical with the dialogue used for the English dub. Usually dialogue is changed from the original Japanese translation when put through the dubbing process. So those who know Japanese fluently, or just fairly well, are irritated by the often-dramatic variations in the English subs and the Japanese words.

And in this case, English subtitles will appear when there is no dialogue at all in Japanese. The reason it is dubtitled is because Japanese people, when watching the film English-dubbed, will have a visual reference for what is being spoken, as an English education tool. Neat, huh? Another reason for the dubtitle is because no ?official? English subtitle track was made for Cagliostro. That is, unless you count the subtitles that Streamline used for the film?s brief American theatrical release.

So if you?re fluent in Japanese or simply not irritated by dubtitles and/or enjoy the Streamline dub of Cagliostro, this disc is all for you! Also, the anamorphic widescreen function is a huge plus for big screen TV owners! And as an added bonus, you get the storyboards and trailers for all sorts of shows! This is great 2-disc set for anyone with a multi-region player, but if you want a completely accurate translation of the film, you?ll just have to get the Manga R1 version. My suggestion: get both R1 and R2 versions, and enjoy what many consider the greatest animated film of all time!

Japanese subtitles,English subtitles,Japanese and English soundtracks,Original director?s storyboards,Original movie trailers,?Sen? movie preview,?Ghibli ga Ippai? previews

Review Equipment
PC DVD-ROM using WinDVD software, model unknown

Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: TMS
MSRP: 4700
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Lupin the 3rd