Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Borders 1 & 2 [4 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 8447154
  • Release Date: 10/28/2014
$24.99

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (102 out of 106)

    Special Features


    • Ghost in the Shell: arise at Anime Expo
    • Border: 1 - cyberbrain I.G night & cast night talk shows
    • Border:2 -
    • U.S. commentary
    • Logiooma beat
    • Decoce 501file
    • Surface & Pacific racing team promos
    • Commencials
    • Blu-ray & DVD spots
    • Promotional videos
    • New flashes
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Textless songs
    • U.S. trailer


    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting Reboot of a Beloved Title

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      G04tamer
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      It's been almost 20 years since the original Ghost in the Shell film was released theatrically. Since that time, there have been other animated entries in the franchise. In general, they've all been pretty solid. Admittedly, Oshii's original film is a bit dull and... well, soulless, but it's still a beautiful film. Its sequel (Ghost in the Shell: Innocence) is equally beautiful, but it actually manages to be more entertaining despite being equally dull. The TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and its sequel Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig are far more entertaining and are certainly high water marks of the anime medium. With gorgeous animation and character designs, a stunning score, an impeccable dub, wonderful scripting, fascinating character development, and some genuinely funny humor added in, Stand Alone Complex is amazing. That said, where does Ghost in the Shell Arise fit in? Well, it's certainly entertaining. On some level, it's better than the original film. It certainly isn't brooding and dull. On the other hand, the substance is a bit lacking. While the original film is a trite dull, it manages to ask fascinating questions about what the soul truly is and what the value of life is. There really doesn't seem to be much of that in Arise. Compared to Stand Alone Complex, it's okay. Honestly, the crime procedural aspects of Stand Alone Complex are really some of the best procedural work ever seen on TV. The mysteries are genuinely engaging and at times, there's a personal element to the cases which ties into the team. That's effective story telling that allows the characters to grow and develop while telling a fascinating story. Arise attempts this in both episodes found on this set, but it just doesn't pan out as well. Perhaps that lies within the more obvious nature of the mysteries. That said, Arise is no slouch. It manages to entertain. The new dub cast is solid. The music is certainly different from previous Ghost in the Shell works, but it's still good. If nothing else, it's fascinating to see how the team came together in this reboot. That should be the most fun. As for the actual release? It's solid. The picture on both the Blu-ray and the DVD is solid. Sadly, the subs are locked on the Blu-ray. It'd be nice to turn the subs on during the dub to compare to the two. The discs have a nice wealth of bonus features. There are some Japanese trailers and interviews along with the US trailer, a dub commentary, and the usual selection of FUNimation trailers. Also included are two booklets with character models, info on characters, creators, and more. There's one booklet for each episode. All in all, it will be interesting to see where this OVA series ends up... and where the franchise will go from here.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      GiTS Prequel (Sort of)

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      MarkTwainTimeTraveler
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      Here's where it starts and it certainly starts as you would expect for a GiTS Anime. For the curious, Arise (1 through 4 + New Movie) is a complete-sort-of prequel to the hit Anime series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex; which is based on themes and characters presented in the original GiTS manga and later film. It features a much younger Major Kusanagi; within a younger appearing prosthetic body (simulating for her, and the audience, a feeling of "age" or what might call it for a Cyborg). It deals with many themes of "self" and identity throughout this mini-series, if a human were to become a cyborg could they still trust their own pysche if it were to be hacked. A larger mystery and story unfolds throughout as well with the Major the tip of the spear. And of course it's done within a layer of Cyberpunk with an excellent OST. The packaging comes within a box - two films per dual border set. While it doesn't add truly anything groundbreaking for GiTS in particular, it IS a decent entry for Sci-Fi Anime at the very least. If you're fan, its worth collecting.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Kusanagi's early days examined

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      Dmonik
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      As a prequel to the Ghost in the Shell franchise, GitS: ARISE looks at Motoko Kusanagi in her early days, before Section 9 even existed. Viewers will see how she gets scouted out by the section's future chief, Daisuke Aramaki, and how she has to filter through her own twisted memories to find those who perpetrated horrible crimes. There are even appearances by the earliest members of Section 9, including Batou, Saito, Ishikawa and others, as the team is slowly formed. Some of the details contradict what was explained in the two seasons of the Stand Alone Complex TV series, but if you can get around these things the show as a whole is rather enjoyable as an introduction to the major characters.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      2015 Japanese TV series finally gets released!

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      whalter58
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      No new ground broken here story wise. Some characters don't look the same as previous films & TV versions. But nobody does this like real Japanese Anime from Japan. Be sure to get companion release Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Borders 3 & 4 for the whole series. And like I always say watch with English sub/Japanese language first , then watch again in English dub...while things are getting better with translations...hearing the original emotional intent of the Japanese actors is always best.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Interesting take on GITS beginnings

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      eapleitez
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      This is not a prequel to the other GITS works, strictly speaking. It's more like a reimagining of what a young Section 9. The animation style is different from the shows and the movies, but pretty slick it its own regard. Pretty good for seasoned fans. If you're new to GiTS, I'd recommend starting with the first movie or Stand Alone Complex show, as they are a better representation of the themes of the franchise. Can't wait for the final two episodes!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another Saga in the Ghost in the Shell Franchise

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      ReaL
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      This is another series in the Ghost in the Shell franchise, and it's a reboot in the sense that it tells the origin of Major Motoko Kusanagi and her elite team of former soldiers, intelligence operatives, assassins, and officers. The stories in these first two episodes may be difficult to follow at times, but the characters and their interactions remain interesting. There's plenty of action for those who prefer that, too.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good for a prequel

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      capnsid
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      GITS Arise details Section 9s recruitment of Motoko Kusanagi, a military cyborg who attempts to stop the security detail from exhuming her commanding officer from his coffin. This leads to an exploration of the start of Kusanagi's association with former teammate turned mercenary Batou, her forced recruitment of him and the rest of the team. Highly stylized and well worth a look. I recommend it!

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Interesting take on a classic anime...

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      TMAN
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      This is an interesting and enjoyable journey through the early lives of some classic anime characters. The new character designs were fun, although I missed the beauty and detail of the original. Video is crisp and lush, action scenes are awesome, and the animation style moves smoothly and looks great. A worthy addition to any anime collection!

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