Steamboy

Steamboy

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Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Cast: Katsuhiro Otomo, Anne Suzuki, Manami Konishi, Katsuo Nakamura

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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It's easy to see why Steamboy, the long-awaited film by Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo, took over ten years to come to fruition. The movie is positively bursting with words, images, opinions, characters, and sweeping gestures -- elements that in their overabundance, all detract from each other. Steamboy takes a science fiction look at the birth of the steam age, heavy-handedly casting this revolutionary source of power in the light of today's conflict over nuclear energy. This controversy within the story ignites endless debate between its characters over the true purpose of science, often depicting the polarization with too much bluster to ring true. While it may be a drawback for the film's subtext to hit like a bag of hammers, there is little fault to find with its dauntless art direction. The movie is stylistically epic, sparing no expense with frame upon frame of ornately detailed imagery that frequently overshadows the film's high-minded commentary. Steamboy's aforementioned themes about scientific ethics generate a lot of dialogue, and it appears that Otomo tries to balance all this talk with lengthy action sequences. Unfortunately, more often than not this dichotomy of flashy movement vs. talky exposition has a herky-jerky, stop-start effect, leaving audiences alternately bored and over-stimulated. It's a shame, because Otomo remains an articulate filmmaker. Many of his narrative choices are clever and skillful, such as his use the pubescent character Ray to illustrate not just youthful idealism, but the inevitability of change. Sadly, even Ray's eloquence is swallowed up by Otomo's huge cinematic appetite, as the less than compelling secondary characters in Steamboy tend to steal focus. Ray's only peer, a little girl named Scarlett, is possibly the most gratingly irritating character to ever appear in an anime feature film, while his grandfather spends most of the movie wandering shirtless through the dark corridors of a power plant, raving in a Scottish accent and just begging to be made into a Saturday Night Live character. Perhaps Steamboy would be less of a disappointment if its creator wasn't considered by many to be one of the most important names in anime. Regardless, it's a film that reflects ambition more than achievement.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
UPC:
0043396055032
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:06:00

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

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Suzuki Ray Steam
Manami Konishi Scarlett O'Hara
Katsuo Nakamura Dr Loyd Steam
Masatane Tsukayama Eddie Steam (Japanese Version)
Kiyoshi Kodama Robert Stephenson
Susumu Terajima Freddie
Satoru Saito Voice Only
Ikki Sawamura David
Anna Paquin James 'Ray' Steam
Alfred Molina Dr Eddie Steam
Patrick Stewart Lloyd Steam
Kari Wahlgren Scarlett O'Hara
Robin Atkin Downes David
Rick Zieff Simon
Kim Thomson Mother,John
Mark Bramhall Alfred
David Lee Jason
Oliver Muirhead Admiral
Oliver Cotton Robert Stephenson
Paula Jane Newman Emma,Henry
Moira Quirk Alex,Thomas
Peter Lavin Voice Only
Julian Stone Voice Only
William Hootkins Voice Only
Alan Shearman Voice Only
Rosalind Ayres Voice Only
Blake Neely Conductor

Technical Credits
Katsuhiro Otomo Director,Screenwriter
Kunihiro Abe Animator
Eiji Abiko Animator
Yasuhiro Aoki Animator
Atsushi Aono Animator
Hiroyuki Aoyama Animator
Koichi Arai Animator
Hideki Araki Animator
Tsutomu Awada Animator
Setsuko Azuma Associate Producer
Takehiko Chino Executive Producer
Hisashi Eguchi Animator
Masaaki Endo Animator
Tetsuo Gensho Associate Producer
Takayuki Gorai Animator
Kazuya Hamana Executive Producer
Koichi Hashimoto Animator
Takashi Hashimoto Animator
Koichi Hatsumi Animator
Satoshi Higashi Associate Producer
Motonobu Hori Animator
Hiroyuki Horiuchi Animator
Takashi Hyodo Animator
Katsumi Ikeda Animator
Tatsumori Imoto Animator
Toshiyuki Inoue Animator
Atsushi Irie Animator
Mitsuru Ishihara Animator
Kensuke Ishikawa Animator
Susio Ishizaki Animator
Hidetsugu Ito Animator
Nobutaka Ito Animator
Masahiko Itojima Animator
Yukihiro Iwata Animator
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
Hideki Kakita Animator
Yutaka Kamogawa Animator
Syuichi Kaneko Animator
Kunio Katsuki Animator
Takehisa Kawamata Associate Producer
Hirotsugu Kawasaki Animator
Shinji Kimura Art Director
Eiji Komatsu Animator
Shinji Komori Producer
Masahiko Kubo Animator
Kazunari Kume Animator
Ikuro Kuwana Animator
Takao Maki Animator
Hirofumi Masuda Animator
Hidenori Matsubara Animator
Soichiro Matsuda Animator
Katsumi Matsuda Animator
Tadashi Matsuzaki Animator
Isao Minegishi Production Manager
Keichi Momose Sound/Sound Designer
Taro Morishima Associate Producer
Yuji Mukoyama Animator
Sadayuki Murai Screenwriter
Hiroo Murakami Executive Producer
Yasushi Muraki Animator
Nobuaki Nagano Animator
Morifumi Naka Animator
Chuji Nakajima Animator
Satoru Nakamura Animator
Manabu Nakatake Animator
Kazuto Nakazawa Animator
Tetsuya Nishio Animator
Takehiro Noda Animator
Tsunenaka Nozaki Animator
Mitsuru Obunai Animator
Yasushi Ohara Animator
Atsushi Okuda Animator
Naoyuki Onda Animator
Atsuko Otani Animator
Yukie Sakou Animator
Eiiji Sashida Associate Producer
Mitsuhiro Sato Cinematographer
Yoko Sato Animator
Hironori Sawada Animator
Masahiro Sekino Animator
Yasuhiro Seo Animator
Kazuhiko Seta Associate Producer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Yuji Shigekuni Animator
Masahiro Shimanuki Animator
Yasuyuki Shimizu Animator
Ryuji Shiromae Animator
Yuko Sobu Animator
Kazuhiro Soeta Animator
Shigeki Sunada Animator
Tsutomu Suzuki Animator
Shinobu Tagashira Animator
Akira Takada Animator
Akira Takada Animator
Shinya Takahashi Animator
Tsutomu Takano Executive Producer
Tomohiro Takayama Animator
Yuichi Takiguchi Animator
Masao Takiyama Executive Producer
Wataru Tanaka Associate Producer
Takahiro Tanaka Animator
Tatsuya Tomaru Animator
Hideyuki Tomioka Producer
Yasumasa Tsuchiya Production Manager
Shigeto Tsuji Animator
Ryohei Tsunoda Executive Producer
Katsutoshi Tsunoda Animator
Hitomo Tsuruta Animator
Kenji Uchida Executive Producer
Takashi Uchida Animator
Hitoshi Ueda Animator
Yoshihiro Ueno Associate Producer
Toshiya Washida Animator
Shigeru Watanabe Executive Producer
Koji Watanabe Animator
Kazuyoshi Yaginuma Animator
Masaki Yamada Animator
Makoto Yamada Animator
Sawako Yamamoto Animator
Takaaki Yamashita Animator
Toru Yoshida Animator
Kou Yoshinari Animator

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:55]
2. James Ray Steam [3:45]
3. A Manchester Family [5:52]
4. The Steam Ball [5:12]
5. Train Chase [4:08]
6. Stephenson [2:11]
7. Kidnapped [3:58]
8. Miss Scarlett [3:41]
9. Father [3:00]
10. Steam Tower [5:47]
11. Submersible [3:36]
12. Mirrors [3:11]
13. Grandpa's Warning [5:48]
14. Healing the Steam Ball [6:21]
15. Exhibition of Science [5:25]
16. Weapons Demonstrations [3:13]
17. Counterattack [2:26]
18. No One to Trust [4:23]
19. Father Vs. Son [2:44]
20. The Steam Tower Revealed [1:55]
21. Battle Plan [4:28]
22. Steam Tower Vs. Navy [2:59]
23. First Flight [1:33]
24. Battle for the Tower [5:31]
25. Into the Core [5:27]
26. London Falling [6:44]
27. Steamboy Triumphant [5:07]
28. The Age of Science [3:56]

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