Photos - Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro (Blu-Ray 720p)
Finally got around to downloading the fansub copy of the Cagliostro Blu-Ray fansub, which uses the exact same subtitles from the Manga DVD. The movie looks terrific, much better than the DVD releases. So I'm sharing screenshots from the magnificent title sequence (uncut, of course).
This is a favorite sequence of mine, as it brilliantly establishes the mood of the film, while also showing a glimpse of these action heroes on their off-hours. I've written about this before, when discussing the 2006 Manga DVD reissue. I'm still cranky about the title scene being chopped up on that release, and I've never really touched it since. The picture quality may have been a great improvement over the original Manga DVD, but I just couldn't accept the cuts. I only hope that Manga and Telecom can figure this out whenever they decide to release the Blu-Ray in North America.
I think my favorite element in this scene is the theme song. It's so wonderfully sung and flows so nicely. It has the feel of a Leonard Cohen song, doesn't it? All of the music in Castle of Cagliostro is excellent. Definitely dated to the late '70s, yes. But that's what makes it great.