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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [2004]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (144 out of 154)

    Special Features


    • Commentary with Director Mamoru Oshii and Animation Director Toshihiko Nishikubo
    • Japanese Trailer
    • The Making of Ghost in a Shell 2: Innocence, Trailers

    Synopsis


    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
    Anime legend Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed this eagerly awaited sequel to his groundbreaking sci-fi drama Ghost in the Shell, which follows the continued adventures of futuristic crime fighters Batou (voice of Akio Otsuka) and Togusa (voice of Kouichi Yamadera). It's the year 2032, and Batou and Togusa have been assigned by the anti-terrorist force Sector 9 to track down several "gynoids" -- androids designed to resemble human females and programmed for pleasure -- who have gone on a murder spree. With the help of an android-technology expert named Kim (voice of Naoto Takenaka), Batou and Togusa find themselves following the trail of Locus Solus, an outlaw organization that may be responsible for turning the gynoids into murderers. As he digs deeper into the investigation, Batou finds himself thinking back to his times with former colleague Major (voice of Atsuko Tanaka) and pondering the notion of love and attachment in an increasingly unnatural world. Ghost in the Shell: Innocence was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Akio Ôtsuka - Batou
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      Atsuko Tanaka - Major Motoko Kusanagi
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      Yutaka Nakano - Ishikawa
    • Naoto Takenaka
      Naoto Takenaka - Kim



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    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 154 reviews

    94%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An example of when the dubbing is superior

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      PlaystationTrophyJunkie
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      If you ask any anime fan about how they prefer to watch their anime you will usually get one of three responses. Those who only watch dubbed because they don't want to read at the same time, those who are fine with watching both, and those who are "anime purists" as some like to call themselves who only watch subbed. Now of course you can get variations in your answers but those are the three main responses. As for me, I prefer to watch dubbed because I find it more enjoyable to just sit back and watch something. However, if a good anime is only available in the subbed format, I have no problem reading subtitles; that's how I have kept up with One Piece. Now onto the actual review and why I believe the dubbing is vastly superior to the subbing in this case. When I first watched this movie subbed and I personally gave it three stars. While there was nothing wrong with the movie, I found it rather boring. It just seemed to drag on and on with the only good parts being the action sequences. But in between those was a lot of discussion and attempts to be very philosophical, which brings me to the most annoying part of the movie, the quoting. Oh my god, this movie just quotes and quotes and quotes. I don't know if the writers were trying to hammer in the idea that anime can be a serious form of visual entertainment or if they were trying to prove that anime is not just cartoons for adults but my god did they overdue it. And that's not a hyperbole, I truly believe there was too much quoting in this movie. The main characters would be discussing the case and then, out of nowhere, someone would start a quoting rant that could literally last for about five minutes. Now if it was an occasional thing I wouldn't have minded it, but it was that way for the entire movie and it just destroyed its pacing. So even though the animation, action, story, and just about anything else was fine, I found the writing so annoying that the movie was almost unwatchable for me. This was very disheartening because I really wanted to enjoy the movie, which brings me to why I have given this particular version of the movie five stars. I don't really know what is was about the dubbed writing but the movie was just so much more enjoyable. The most obvious difference was the reduction in philosophical quoting. I would say the writers reduced that amount by at least half if not more which meant that most of the movie had the characters talking to each other more like the original movie; i.e. like standard conversations. Additionally, I just found the overall writing and the voice acting better which simultaneously improved the pacing of the film. Where the subbed version felt like it lasted for hours, this version felt like an hour. I honestly do not have any logical reasoning for that sensation but the improved writing and voice acting just made the film so much more enjoyable to watch. As I was watching the movie and realizing it was better dubbed I gave it a personal four and a half stars. The lack of initial five stars was because there still is a good amount of quoting and sometimes it just comes out of nowhere and felt incredibly forced and awkward as well. However, towards the end of the film Batou, the main character, actually makes a joke about quoting which I almost feel was like a jab at the original over usage of it. Well long story short that one line made me give this film five stars. When someone says that dubbing is better than subbing they could use a couple of examples with a common one being Cowboy Bebop (another great anime I would recommend). Sometimes the dubbed writing just flows with the tone of the show/film, characters, and overall message better. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, in my personal opinion, is an example of that. Now for anyone thinking about upgrading from an older version of the movie, I upgraded from DVD, there are no other differences. No additional CGI, that I could detect, no additional voices, no changes to the story, and so on. It's the same movie that was released back in 2004. So if you are thinking of buying a Blu ray copy of the film, this is the one to get; you simply can't go wrong with Funimation. Ghost in the Shell, the movies and the show, is a phenomenal anime that hardcore and casual anime fans should watch. And while I adore the original movie, its sequel did not leave a positive lasting impression on me, until now. Yes, I pretty much blame my not liking the movie on the quoting, but if a movie has bad writing it's hard to watch. The English dubbed version removed any issues I had with the film and I recommend anyone to give this version a try.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Revelatory Sequel

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      Filmfool
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      I first saw Japanese animation in 1968 when the "Speed Racer" TV series chronicled a young race car wannabe on his journey to competing in the Around the World Grand Prix. The series had a freedom of motion and daring you didn't get from "Jonny Quest" or "Spider-Man". Japanese creators have helped guide the world's animated feature films and series for decades. The 1995 "Ghost in the Shell" revolutionized the field further. Supercharged by the imagination of elf-like director Mamoru Oshii, the creative team adapted graphic novel manga sources. The visuals and action influenced Quentin Tarantino, shaped The Matrix of the Siblings Wachowski, and compelled every action and science-fiction filmmaker to rethink their product. The intricate philosophical thought of Oshii elevated a conventional plot into a classic of metaphysical cinema questioning identity and purpose. In the time since I saw that original "Ghost" on the large screen a wonderland of off-shoots and re-imaginings have spread across the store shelves. Wikipedia can best explain the intertwinings of those movie, TV, and manga variations. This movie, "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence", deserves to be called the direct sequel to the original. Mamoru Oshii and his production crew have even further expanded the nature of animated cinema. The unique visuals and the haunting score by the original film's Kenji Kawai mesh to create a truly other-worldly revelation of how "cartoons" can achieve fine art. Cyber-eyed Batou and family man Togusa, former partners of the action heroine known as the Major, still work for clandestine Section 9. They investigate murders of diverse owners of doll-sweet companion robots. Themes of exploited identity, fundamental relationships, and the malleability of memory parallel the action. Fans of the Major, who vanished at the end of the original film, will detect her subtle influence on her old companions. Appreciators of basset hounds will find Gabriel, a dog modeled on Oshii's own, a touchstone for reality in a film of profound uncertainties. How do we exist with one another when what we experience may not prove trustworthy? Both Oshii "Ghost In the Shell" motion pictures open eyes, ears, and minds far more thoroughly than most other animated offerings. An advisory: This version has English dubbing, but no subtitles for the dialogue other than those which translate Japanese song.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Waited a long time for this

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      JaWa
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      I bought GitS: Innocence years ago on DVD when it came out. As an enormous fan of the original I had to have the continuation. At the time, unfortunately, the only version available in the US was English subtitled. I didn't care, I had to have it. The story is just as gritty, technologically surreal as the original (darker than Stand Alone Complex series) but I felt something was missed by watching and reading. This set of disks is gladly received. The visuals are there and they have the cast from the Stand Alone Complex series of GitS to do the English dub. I finally got what I was missing and this one has the extras such as Blu-Ray and digital (if it is only VUDU or some heretofore unknown anime service, I'd prefer a choice with iTunes). Besides formats there's little changed to the original movie besides the new dub but it makes a world of difference to me. I enjoy the movie on a new level due to it. Also, at ~$15.00 it was a price I was willing to spend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Inconsistent Quality

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      SarcasmSlayer
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      Huge departure from the first film. Focuses far more on the philosophical aspects the director began in the first film unfortunately this degrades into the characters spouting off random quotes in a vain attempt to make the movie seem deeper than it actually is. Quality wise this release is a mixed bag several portions of the movie were obviously of poorer quality than the rest as several scenes are quite grainy and the color palette is off. This mixed with a bizarre blend of CGI that helps to accent the beautiful hand drawn scenes, with jarring extremely dated CGI particularly the cars makes for a confusing experience. If you're a die hard fan worth a look if your a casual watcher interested in the universe stick with the first film or the TV series.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Much better than the original DVD release

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      Movieman
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      I first watched this film over 10yrs ago when it came out on DVD and was turned off by the very LARGE text of the subtitles on screen, which was very distracting while viewing the video. The original DVD that was released by Dreamworks also had only Japanese audio, so the subtitles were required to translate the dialogue into English. This new blu-ray edition contains both English and Japanese 5.1 audio so I instantly watched it in English without the need for subtitles to get a better grasp on the dialogue pertaining to the plot, while being able to enjoy the beauty of the video now in it's full HD glory. This is truly one of the most beautifully rendered anime I've seen and must be viewed on Blu-ray!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An interesting continuation of the original movie

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      Most of the Ghost in the Shell franchise takes place in separate seeming continuities with a few characters and thread being common place, however, Ghost in the Shell 2 is actually a direct sequel to the original film. The story is interesting and the animation is beautiful, the dub is much better than the original film as well. I think this film leans too much on really stilted and unconvincing philosophical dialogue in comparison to the rest of the entries in the franchise though, which one really has to be in the right mindset for as it can become exhausting or pretentious. The image and audio quality is excellent, with the soundtrack becoming surprisingly aggressive during the action.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A brilliant sequel

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      zoomddy
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      As a sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence is both unusual and brilliant. While the story differs significantly from its predecessor, "Innocence" caries on the themes of humanity, self, and the nature of existence in a way that is provocative, as well as thought-provoking. The film is a visual feast . . . one of those rare animated films which is worth a watch simply for absolute beauty of its imagined future. Aside from that, the film is worth watching for an incredibly rich story, and character development. While a familiarity with the first film will provide contextual background detail, the film can still stand on its own for a neophyte to the GITS univers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Much More Cerebral Film Than The First GITS Film

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      Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence is a great example of how to make a solid sequel while taking the series into a more philosophical direction. GITS 2 is a much more introspective film that the first one and it deals with such topics as what differentiates a human from a machine once A.I. and technology advance enough to have human-like machines. And what is a soul? You have to pay attention to this film to see all that it has to offer. If you're looking for a film just like the first GITS, this is not it. It has its moments of great action sequences, but it delves a lot more into the cerebral side of the GITS series.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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