Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro Gets U.S. Theatrical Release in Fall

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Screening celebrates 50th anniversary of Lupin III franchise

TMS Entertainment began streaming a video on Thursday, revealing that it will screen Hayao Miyazaki's 1979 Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro anime film in the United States this fall. The video claims that the screening will be the first theatrical release of the film in the United States, although Streamline Pictures screened the film in theaters in 1991.

The screening celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Lupin III franchise.

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro was the first feature film Miyazaki directed, and it features the master thief Lupin the Third, created by the manga artist Monkey Punch. In the film, Lupin and Jigen search for a counterfeiter who swindled them, and end up in the secluded country of Cagliostro. The story also involves a wicked count and an innocent princess (the latter voiced in Japanese by Sumi Shimamoto, who would play Miyazaki's heroine Nausicaä five years later).

The film received a remastered edition that screened in theaters in Japan in May 2014. That remastered edition served as the base for new MX4D screenings in Japan earlier this year on January 1.

Discotek Media released the film with three separate English dub tracks on a 35th Anniversary Edition DVD in January 2015, and on Blu-ray Disc in June 2015.

Streamline Pictures originally released the film on VHS and Laserdisc in the U.S. in the 1990s. Manga Entertainment then re-dubbed the film and released it on DVD in 2000 and again in 2006.

TMS Entertainment is also screening the Lupin III Italian Game special at Anime Expo on July 3. The Lupin III: Part IV television anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on June 17 with an English dub.

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