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Ghost in the Shell In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who -- like many in her department -- is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? What, exactly, is the "ghost" -- her essence -- in her cybernetic "shell"? When Section Six gets involved in the case, she is forced to confront the fact that there is more here than meets the eye, and that the Puppet Master may hold some of the answers she seeks. But little does she know that he has been seeking her as well. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi
Posted by: Dricent from: Lorton, VA on
I own the original Ghost in the shell and when this came out on Blu-Ray I figured I would check it out. To my extreme disappointment the new 2.0 has done only 1 thing right and that is successfully butcher a great movie. The new CGI draws away your focus from the story, the new voice are OK but they redid all the sound effects and got them all wrong. A tank is crushing the leads robotic head and breaks some tough metal goggles and the sound of them breaking is comparable to if you snapped a toothpick in half. Along with the new CGI come slight changes to the story line. Instead of driving in a surveillance truck they fly a helicopter now. All in all I would not recommend this as a purchase for anyone. What I WOULD like to see is the original film put on Blu-ray without all the fancy new stuff they put in it. >:(
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
An Awful Blu-Ray Release for an Iconic Classic
Posted by: PleatherJacketCritic from: on
Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite anime movies of all time. I've owned the DVD for some time and was hesitant to buy the Blu-Ray because I had heard it wasn't great, but when I saw this steelbok, I caved and bought it. Let me tell you, this is an awful Blu-Ray release. Manga Entertainment should be ashamed for releasing such a poor product for the 25th anniversary of the GitS manga. Almost everything is better on my DVD than it is on this Blu-Ray.
First off, I will say that in the area of picture and sound quality, it doesn't disappoint. There's nothing to much complain about there. If you want Ghost in the Shell in HD, this is the best option. The only thing I'd note about it is that the picture is significantly brighter than o the DVD, which isn't a big deal, but I feel the darker lighting fits the tone of the movie better. Brightening it up probably wasn't such a good move, but this is a minor gripe.
Now on the my real complaint: the subtitles. I watch Ghost in the Shell with Japanese audio and English subtitles because, honestly, the English dub isn't good at all (and this is coming from someone who likes English dubs). The subtitles on the DVD were fine, actually, they were more than fine, they were perfect, but the subtitles on the DVD are HORRIBLE. Even as someone who knows next-to-none of the Japanese language, I can tell that these subtitles were horribly translated, and a comparison between the subtitles on the Blu-Ray and the subtitles on the DVD just solidifies this even more. They're so poorly translated that lines lose their emotional impact entirely, and some of them are so improperly translated that they don't even make sense!
It's mind boggling to think that they couldn't just take the old subtitles from the DVD and put them on the Blu-Ray, but no, instead they half-hardheartedly re-do them. If you're one of the very few people who likes the English dub for this movie, then you probably won't have a problem with the subtitles being bad, but as for the rest of us, this Blu-Ray release is next to unwatchable.
What about special features? Since this is a release commemorating the 25th anniversary of the manga, you'd think there would be some exclusive features on here, but nope. There are literally no special features on this Blu-Ray. None. This is even more pathetic when you consider that even the DVD had a few special features, even if it was only one or two things. The fact the they couldn't even put in the effort to transfer those special features form the DVD to the Blu-Ray is astoundingly lazy.
As for the steelbook itself, it's pretty cool. The front shows the puppet master (which is weird since the cover has traditionally always been Motoko), and the back is pretty much blank aside from the cyber design that's also on the front. The inside shows a close up of Motoko from the original GitS poster, so I guess the switching of the cover was made up for there.
Conclusion: This is an awful re-release. There are almost no redeeming qualities to it besides the fact the it is in HD for the first time ever. The subtitles are awful and render the movie almost unwatchable and the are no special features at all. There is literally no reason someone should buy this if they have the DVD. If you have the DVD, keep it and don't bother buying this. If you don't own Ghost in the Shell at all, please, for the love of anime, buy the DVD and not this poor excuse of a Blu-Ray transfer. This is probably the only Blu-Ray I've bought where I can say without a doubt that the DVD is superior in almost every way.
13 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: CabC from: Sunnyvale Ca. on
I have had this movie on VHS and now Blu-ray. The video and audio quality is about the same. There are no extras at all. Which for as famous as this movie is I find hard to believe that some could not have been added in.
I am glad I got the movie so that I can view it again. But there could have been more effort put into it to bring it to the new generation of movie expirance.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great movie, poor for an "Anniversary Edition"
Posted by: FATman from: Bothell, WA on
No special features is a huge disappointment, you would think that there would be something, anything other than just the movie. Huge disappointment.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Not as Advertised
Posted by: intelgamer from: on
My comments pertain to the Blu Ray, not the quality of this fine film. I bought this Blu Ray with the understanding that audio had been fully redone with new sound effects in HD quality. This was not the case. I don't recommend this Blu Ray to audiophiles or purists who want the most quality version of this movie.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Very good anime/philosophical movie!
Posted by: Devin from: on
This movie is very good if you want to watch a movie that really makes you think. The action scenes, music, and overall animation are great for a movie from 1995 and the story is very interesting. Makes you ask yourself what makes a human a human?
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
See the Original Version. This is Trash.
Posted by: ThomBo from: on
Feature: No. Just, no.
The original Ghost in the Shell is a masterpiece, and one of the reasons for this was its direction and what it did in terms of visual imagery, and the meaning every image contained.
This version decides that meaning is over-rated, and replaces it with distracting CGI, and awkward color changes.
You'll be doing yourself a favor by watching the original rather than this washed-out, destroyed pile of remains. It's a shame that the original doesn't get released on BD.
Video: Animation on Blu Ray. Need I say more? It's amazing.
Audio: Much better than the DVD release, which was already pretty good.
Features: Also good. A lot of nice, in-depth featurettes.
5 out of 9 found this review helpful.
sci-fi anime super action
Posted by: TCFromDUVAL from: Greensboro, NC on
This anime like Akira revolutionized anime besides having just a straight out plot that could be followed by anyone. This anime was created for an intelligence audience. The philosophical qoutes and verses from the Bible that are incorporated into this movie only make it more revolutionary.
So revolutionary that the creators of the Matrix (The Wachowski brothers) acknowledge that Ghost in the Shell gave them influence for the trilogy. Also there is a rumor that there will be a live action version and steven spielberg will direct(only a rumor i heard through the grape vine).
I would deffiently recommend this to anybody. This is not the short of movie you can get up an walk away from because you have to absorb every lil bit in order to get the full effect. Each time you watch it again you notic something new.
3 out of 5 found this review helpful.
a new dimension
Posted by: Rocky from: on
2029 A female government cyber agent and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of The Puppet Master - a computer virus capable of invading cybernetic brains and altering its victim's memory. Created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and codenamed Project 2501, this 'hacker' is actually a prototype virtual agent which has now defied its makers by seeking asylum within a new host body outside of the electronic net. Now the two agencies must maneuver against each another in a violent, high-tech race to capture the omnipresent entity. Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented and mesmerizing cinematic expression. Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle broke through the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Love the Original
Posted by: TjLex from: on
I love this anime movie. Its smart and the animation looks great. The picture doesnt look great but its an old movie so I doubt they can make the picture quality clearer and vibrant than today's animes. Anyway the picture quality really adds to the atmosphere along with the excellent music.
The movie also has a little bit of letter boxing when watching it but its better than cropping and losing all of the picture. The story is very intelligent and might lose you if you dont pay attention carefully.