Steamboy is presented in an anamorphic transfer with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The start of this film is strangely poor with bad artefacting and a murky looking presentation. It's very dark and the deliberate use of autumnal browns and dark reds doesn't help matters at all. The murky picture clears up in the first act and the artefacts become much less pronounced, but the contrast still isn't very high. The blacks are not deep at all which lets it down. Otomo chose to use muted colours to convey a period feel and this works very well, but occasionally you strain to make out things. There are numerous battle scenes and explosions which rip across the screen, and only then are the colours vivid, and the picture nice and clean. Considering the whole thing is digital - it's a cutting edge animated feature after all, the transfer should have been impeccable. It isn't.