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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, ...
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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. This DVD also comes with a comic book based on the plot and characters from the film, which is fascinating to leaf through and probably an important collector's item but is only completely comprehensible to those who can read Japanese. The DVD also comes with a set of nine limited-edition postcards featuring characters and scenes from Steamboy and a book containing sketches of every character from the film as well as sketches of various places and things of importance to the plot. Again, these would make beautiful display pieces and could be important additions to the collections of serious fans but offer little in the way of usefulness.
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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; Exclusive Otomo illustration postcard; 166-page booklet containing character designs, mecha designs, and selected storyboard sequences; 22-page manga; Ten Steamboy collectable cards
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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: 7/26/2005
  • UPC: 043396114067
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Japanese, Français, Español, Portugais
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Suzuki Voice Only
Manami Konishi Voice Only
Katsuo Nakamura Voice Only
Masatane Tsukayama Voice Only
Kiyoshi Kodama Voice Only
Susumu Terajima Voice Only
Satoru Saito Voice Only
Ikki Sawamura Voice Only
Anna Paquin Voice Only
Alfred Molina Voice Only
Patrick Stewart Voice Only
Kari Wahlgren Voice Only
Robin Atkin Downes Voice Only
Rick Zieff Voice Only
Kim Thomson Voice Only, Voice Only
Mark Bramhall Voice Only
David Lee Voice Only
Oliver Muirhead Voice Only
Oliver Cotton Voice Only
Paula Jane Newman Voice Only, Voice Only
Moira Quirk Voice Only, Voice Only
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: Japanese 5.1
      Audio: Spanish
      Audio: Portuguese
      Audio: French
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Portuguese
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Featurettes
         Play All
         Re-Voicing Steamboy
         Interview With Katsuhiro Otomo
         Multi-Screen Landscape Study
         The Adventure Continues (End Credits Without Text)
      Animation Onion Skins
      Production Drawings
      Previews
         Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
         The Cave
         Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis
         Astro Boy
         Cyborg 009
         D.E.B.S.
         Memories
         Mirrormask
   Previews
      Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
      The Cave
      Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis
      Astro Boy
      Cyborg 009
      D.E.B.S.
      Memories
      Mirrormask
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    I have looked forward to seeing this movie since last summer when I heard about it. It was never released in theaters in my little podunk town. So I anxiously waited for it to release on DVD. And when it did, I rushed to Blockbuster to rent it. I must say, it was well worth the wait. The action sequences are not much short of epic, and the ending was fantastic. Once again, Katsuhiro Otomo makes an imaginative story come to life through some beautiful animation and vivid characters. A worthy successor to Akira and a must see for any anime fan.

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