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

  • SKU: 2119035
  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • Rating: R
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (447 out of 452)

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

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • 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.

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    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: 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

    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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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Come on, this is AKIRA!

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    Nikko
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    This blu-ray of AKIRA was beyond my expectations; the picture quality was outstanding, as was the quality of the sound. The massive amount of work that went into every frame of this masterpiece is mind-boggling. This is Anime perfection. It's not exactly a happy, feel-good movie but it's an adventure that inspired countless other stories. If you haven't seen this, GET IT NOW. If you have seen it but not on blu-ray, GET IT NOW. Yes, I bought it on VHS and then again on the collector's edition DVD and it was worth every penny to purchase even again on this new high definition release.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall Great Edition

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    MGregory
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    This anime film was complicated at first to watch in Japanese with subtitles. I actually didn't like it at first. I picked up a copy on a whim and watched the english dub and thought it was a great film. The audio is superb for this film, the picture quality is about 4/5 just because the picture is great however there are still artifacts on this film, I know, first world problems. However this edition is amazing overall and definitely worth the money, especially if you are into anime.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a classic and important movie

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    Consumer
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    I saw this movie when it opened in the US in the 80's. It made such an impression on me that I bought the poster from the theater, the only movie poster I've ever owned. This BD is an excellent copy of the original us dub that played in the theater when I was a kid, as well as a newer version with different actors and the original japanese version. Image and sound quality are excellent. If you want to own Akira, this is the version to buy.

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