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Akira [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 2119035
  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (552 out of 559)

    Special Features


    • Akira sound clip (1988)
    • Director interview
    • Storyboard collection
    • The writing on the wall
    • Original trailers
    • Original commercials
    • Restoring Akira
    • Glossary
    • U.S. Trailer (2013)
    • Trailers

    Synopsis


    Akira
    One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, Akira has become a cult favorite in the States thanks to generous midnight-movie exposure and its availibilty on video and cable TV. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jan Rabson
      Jan Rabson - Tetsuo (Streamline English Version)
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      Lara Cody - Kei (Streamline English version)
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      Mami Koyama - Kei (Japanese Version)
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      Taro Ishida - Watanabe (Japanese Version)
    • Barbara Goodson
      Barbara Goodson - Kaori (Streamline English Version)



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 559 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      THE anime classic

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      Dval
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      Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Length: 124 minutes "World War III breaks loose. Then in 2019, in megalopolis Tokyo... As the leader of a group of young delinquents, Kaneda spends his nights tearing through the urban wastes, racing his motorbike against rival groups. One night, while riding with his gang, his friend Tetsuo suddenly encounters a strange boy - a product of human experimentation - and is injured in the ensuing crash. Shortly thereafter, a military squadron appears on the scene to take the boy and Tetsuo away to an army research lab. Determined to free Tetsuo from captivity, Kaneda sneaks into the lab. However, a regimen of extreme experimental procedures has awakened a new power in his friend, and he is now consumed by madness..." Hard to believe that it's now been 25 years since Akira came out. This is the 25th anniversary edition that has been remastered into Blu-ray format. The story of Akira is a classic one of two friends, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who end up becoming enemies as one is consumed by a supernatural power and decides to use it to reign death down on everyone. The amazing attention to detail, intriguing characters, and violent action scenes have kept Akira alive as one of the all-time anime masterpieces. If you're a fan of the genre, then you should see this movie at least once if not more! Akira is definitely an amazing movie, but it does have its faults. That mainly lies in the plot. What caused WW3? How did the top secret projects start? What happened to Akira? And a lot of other questions abound but are never answered. This is circumvented a bit by a clean opening and ending which doesn't leave much room for discussion. The remastering into Blu-ray was done amazingly. The previous remastering from back in 2001 with the audio is used alongside the great visuals. I watched it in Japanese on VHS a long time back, but the English voice casting is so great that I've got no reason to now! The music from the movie really draws out the emotions and feelings of everything as well. The futuristic techno, punkish music is incredibly unique even today. Tons of extras included on this version including trailers, storyboards, director interviews, documentaries on remastering the movie, and even the story behind every song for the movie are on here. Overall, there's over an hour and a half of bonus features to watch as well. Really recommend it if you enjoy the history of things.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's Akira.

      Posted
      Victreebong
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      If you have to ask "What's Akira?", you shouldn't be allowed to watch anime. Columns and articles have been written for nearly 25 years over this landmark in animated cinema. It (along with Ghost in the Shell) firmly cemented the industry outside of it's native Japan. Every second of this film has been used in some other series for it's genre and trope defining grace. Cyberpunk should really be called "Akira Style" or "Wannabe Akira". The picture is as good as Akira will ever be. The movie was re-mastered in 2003 for DVD release , and while it looks glorious, they couldn't eliminate every speck, especially during darker lit sequences. The sound of Akira was the first release of a Dolby Hi-Def media port that utilized the hypersonic effect for both Region A and the Japanese ports, meaning it can deliver notes and sounds not even the human eardrum can register! While it may not be a new 7.1 Dolby Atmos track, it is certainly past the normal Audio 2.0 tracks found on most Japanese dubs to English. As far as extras go, there's an entire extras disc included in the Funimation release, as well as extras on the main presentation Blu-ray including interviews with the director and TV spots. If you didn't pick it up when Pioneer distributed it 4 years ago, GET IT NOW! No Blu-ray collection is complete without Akira.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally, a US Collector's Case for this classic!

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      Clint
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      I've been biding my time for the US to get a worthy collector's case for AKIRA, always disappointed that Japan and the UK got their exclusives. Finally, I couldn't be happier that the US got ours; and while it's not a SteelBook per se, it's crafted after the Viva Metal Box similar to those Disney used to produce a few years back. The cover has lovely pop-up edging of the iconic image of Kaneda approaching his bike with the AKIRA logo on bottom, with the interiors showing the equally iconic nuclear explosion engraved across the panels and spine. The discs themselves are the very same from the 25th Anniversary Edition, which its best new feature would have to be the inclusion of the original 1988 English dub. If you already own that edition, there's nothing new on disc, but another fantastic addition is the exclusive 32-page booklet included in the US Limited Collector's Edition that came out in 2009, showcasing some of the production process. While I'm bummed that they still didn't include all the special features from the 2001 DVD, I'm still very thrilled by this edition, and it's probably as complete as it will get for the Blu-ray format.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Back in a metal case for the first time in years

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      Dmonik
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      The new metal collector's case for the Akira Blu-ray set is the first of its kind since 2001, when Pioneer put out a deluxe metal case for its Special Edition DVD set. That alone makes it worth getting, but there's also a bonus--the case includes a 32-page booklet, previously produced for the very first pressing of the original Bandai Visual Blu-ray in 2009. Out of print since that initial run, the booklet provides a valuable look at the movie, particularly at the remastering of the original Japanese track into "Hypersonic audio" (currently the only audio track of its kind). The discs are the same as in the original 25th Anniversary set, but the package is absolutely worth getting (again), especially for the "Hypersonic" Japanese track, which can be heard with most receivers that decode Dolby TrueHD (and which is really the way it's meant to be seen and heard, in its original language). I couldn't recommend this any more than it has already been, except to say that this version is a must for anime collectors, and a great jumping-on point for almost anyone who wants to try the graphic medium for the first time.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Treat for the Eyes

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      deusprogrammer
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      Akira is truly a masterpiece when it comes to the quality of it's hand drawn artwork. Anime before the time of computers was all hand drawn. Akira is the finest example of hand drawn Anime. Despite Anime's predisposition towards stills, speed lines, and limited animation...Akira, much like Studio Ghibli movies, is well animated, detailed and vibrant. If you can appreciate an Anime for the amount of detail and effort that went into it, Akira is something you need to see. The Blu Ray edition makes it even crispier. The only way I feel it could get any better would be to own the original Laserdisc versions. The downside is, however, that if you have never read the manga, or been exposed to the series in some way, the story presented to you here will be muddled at best. You can certainly follow this story, but they leave a lot out. You never really find out who Akira really was. You see glimpses of him and his life, but they give no real reason why Tetsuo is so interested in finding him other than revenge. The manga fills in this missing information, so if you watch this...be sure to read the manga afterwards or at least read the Wiki article on it to fill in the missing info.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Packaging

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      Waggy
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      The discs included are essentially the same as the normal Blu-ray case. However, the packaging is what stood out, as it is raised/embossed. It also includes a nice booklet, which I don't recall being included in the 25th anniversary release. I believe it is technically an IronPack. I already owned the 25th Anniversary, so the packaging was the sole reason for the purchase. You probably won't be able to store this in a shelf along with other Blu-ray due to the raised/embossed nature of the package as it might damage the case. If you don't already own the Blu-ray, the audio alone is worth it as it is encoded at 192kHz on the Japanese track. If you do already own the 25th anniversary, you have to consider if the packaging makes it worth it. It was for me.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Edition of an Anime Classic

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      Zatoichi199X
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      I grew up with the old Streamline Pictures VHS of this movie, and it was great to see that old dub included with the more recent dub of the film when it got released on DVD in the 2000s. Tons of features and a great HD transfer of this perennial classic. As for the film itself, what can I say that hasn't been said already. This movie defined anime for a generation, and its influence is still felt today. It isn't perfect, but its strengths far out weigh its flaws. If you haven't seen it then you are missing out. If your on the fence, i would say get this now as if it ever goes out of print you might end up paying a king's ransom later.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Goodbye Japan...

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      LordSteve01
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      When it comes to anime, whether you're a fan or not, Akira is just one of those films that needs to be seen. Words cannot do enough justice to explain how great this movie is. I would normally try to avoid using such descriptions for a movie, but in this case I just feel it is true. Perhaps that's because I put this movie off for a long time and when I finally sat down and viewed it I was just that blown away. Either way, I love it, and I wouldn't really call myself a fan of anime. I consider myself more of a fan of just film as a whole. Enough said.

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