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Steamboy (2005)

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo     Starring: Paquin,Anna
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40717132
UPC: 043396055032
UPC 14: 00043396055032
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From The Director Of Akira
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.
Editor's Note
Katsuhiro Otomo, the master Japanese anime director behind the international success AKIRA, scores again with STEAMBOY, the 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. In addition to the original subtitled Japanese version, there is an English-language edition featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, and Patrick Stewart. STEAMBOY is an animated gem both kids and adults can enjoy.


Video Features Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/18/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 126 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 05503
Video UPC UPC: 00043396055032
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Japanese, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alfred Molina
Video Cast Info Anna Panquin
Video Cast Info Kari Wahlgren
Video Cast Info Patrick Stewart
Video Cast Info Katsuhiro Otomo - Director
Video Cast Info Sadayuki Murai, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Shigeru Watanabe - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Shinji Komori, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Jablonsky - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Takeshi Seyama - Editor

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"[With] lush, painterly backgrounds and some virtuoso sequences..." 03/18/2005 p.E4

Entertainment Weekly
"It's nifty to behold..." 04/01/2005 p.50

"The setting and winsomeness of the teen protagonists suggest Otomo paying homage to Miyazaki, but the ideological bent and propulsive action here are pure Otomo." 09/01/2005 p.122

Sight and Sound
"[F]ans may appreciate STEAMBOY for its wholehearted embrace of the sub-genre of 'steampunk', which places futuristic technology in period settings....The splendid animation is on a par with AKIRA." 01/01/2006 p.76

San Francisco Chronicle 9 of 10
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. - G. Allen Johnson

Chicago Sun-Times 5 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

The Onion AV Club 6 of 10 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. - Tasha Robinson

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Paquin,Anna
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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