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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Animé

Reviewed In Issue 99 (Aug 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart & Alfred Molina

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a 19-minute Re-Voicing Steamboy featurette, a five-minute interview with writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo; the 19-minute Multi-Screen Landscape Study, which is a featurette that was originally shown as a three-screen presentation at a Steamboy exhibition; and The Adventure Continues, three minutes of end credits without text, to allow for better viewing of the artwork. There are also five scenes of conceptual artwork, referred to as Animation Onion Skins, five minutes of production drawings, and previews. There are also up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05503
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Action Violence
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/26/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Katsuhiro Otomo
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Katsuhiro Otomo (director of the futuristic animated movie Akira) worked on Steamboy, a film set in the 19th century, for about ten years before its release. The science-fiction tale is set in Victorian England and features a boy called Ray Steam, who is given a mysterious metal steam ball by his grandfather. Said to contain a form of energy capable of powering an entire nation, Ray uses the ball to fight evil and save London from destruction. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD delivers this engulfing animated picture with very pleasing quality. The picture is full of impressive dimension and mood, with smoke and fog, and a great sense of setting (where around the corner you

Although the Japanese and English language Dolby