Steamboy/Memories Box Set

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Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. In the middle of the 19th century. Before the 1st ever world expo, a marvelous invention called the 'steam ball', behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives from his grandfather in the U.S.


Studio Sony
SKU 40717161
UPC 043396114050
UPC 14 00043396114050
Format DVD
Release Date 6/24/2008
Rating Rating
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note STEAMBOY: Katsuhiro Otomo, the master Japanese anime director behind the international success AKIRA, scores again with this inventive story of a family of inventors from Manchester, England, that gets ripped apart by greed, pride, and power. Ray Steam (voice of Anne Suzuki) is a young boy following in the footsteps of his father, Eddy (Masane Tsukayama), and grandfather, Lloyd (Katsuo Nakamura), scientists dedicated to advancing technology through the use of steam. When Lloyd invents a steam ball that has unheard-of possibilities, everyone wants it--world leaders, wealthy industrialists, and even the government--but most of them want it for evil purposes. And so it is up to Ray to protect the fate of the earth while also choosing between his father and grandfather. The background paintings and 3-D CGI animation are gorgeous, creating a gray-and-white palette of gear-driven machines that melds perfectly with the story, which takes the main characters to a major science exhibition in Victorian-era London. STEAMBOY is an animated gem both kids and adults can enjoy. ^MEMORIES: Three masters of anime--Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamuro, and Katsuhiro Otomo--collaborate on this trilogy of critically acclaimed, stunningly rendered tales of the fantastic. First, in "Magnetic Rose," the crew of a spacecraft answer a call for help only to find themselves trapped in a ship haunted by the ghostly memories of a dead opera star. Next, in "Stink Bomb," a chemical worker takes what he believes to be cold medicine, only to discover that it was, in fact, a deadly biological weapon. Finally, in "Cannon Fodder," the inhabitants of a grim and mysterious city exists only to create and assemble an endless supply of deadly weapons.
Tensai Okamura
Katsuhiro Otomo
Koji Morimoto
Name Voices of Anna Paquin
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Name Alfred Molina
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Cast & Crew
Alfred Molina - [Steamboy] Actor
Anna Panquin - [Steamboy] Actor
Kari Wahlgren - [Steamboy] Actor
Katsuhiro Otomo - [Both] Director
Koji Morimoto - [Memories] Director
Patrick Stewart - [Steamboy] Actor
Tensai Okamura - [Memories] Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 11405
UPC 00043396114050
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review [Steamboy] The real pleasure of this movie, which has many, is the last 40 minutes, when the villain's plan is unleashed and young Ray must save London. It is the most ambitious stretch of any animated film I have ever seen, action-packed and tightly edited, with imaginative conceptions based on the mechanical contraptions of the period. Steamboy is a fine example of how anime uniquely contributes to world cinema.
Reviewer G. Allen Johnson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Steamboy] Steamboy is a noisy, eventful and unsuccessful venture into Victorian-era science fiction, animated by a modern Japanese master. It's like H. G. Wells and Jules Verne meet Akira.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource The Onion AV Club
Review [Steamboy] rings slightly hollow at the core, thanks to the bizarre plot, which has two thoroughly mad scientists and multiple hangers-on delivering heartfelt rants about the purpose and meaning of science, then endangering the lives of countless people to enforce their will.
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Jay Carr, AM New York [Steamboy] An instant classic.
Robert Bricken, Anime Insider [Steamboy] A worthy successor to Akira. . . Only Otomo is capable of pulling off a masterpiece like Steamboy.

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