Ghost in the Shell [DVD] [1996]

  • SKU: 3130677
  • Release Date: 03/31/1998
  • Rating: NR
Ghost in the Shell, following in the footsteps of Akira, is one of the most critically acclaimed animated movies of the 1990s. Director Mamoru Oshii's bleak cyber-punk anime makes for a good, but flawed DVD. Picture quality is outstanding. The 1.85:1 widescreen transfer does the movie's bold vision justice, and color contrast is excellent. The sound, however, is problematic. The English dialogue track is very good, the voice acting is acceptable, and the sound effects are commanding. Turning on the subtitles while listening to the Japanese audio track, however, reveals flaws. The voice acting on the Japanese track is particularly awkward; the actors simply read their lines without emotion. Also, sound effects are buried on the Japanese track, no matter how loud the volume. The DVD's special features are not as exciting as the case's artwork would have viewers believe. The 30-minute "making of" featurette is dull and offers little insight or substantive information; it's similar in nature to the promos found on cable television, but infinitely less professional and interesting. The theatrical trailer is also a waste of time. "A Guide to Ghost in the Shell" brings up nine areas of background information, such as character bios, crew bios, a plot summary, and some design information. Ghost in the Shell is Grade-A anime and maybe a Grade-B DVD.
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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (690 out of 719)

Special Features


  • Digitally remastered
  • "The Making of Ghost in the Shell" (30 mins.)
  • Interactive menus
  • Complete movie production report
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Japanese with English subtitles and closed captioned
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Japanese Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound
  • Wide-screen version presented in a matted format with original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Enhanced for wide-screen TVs

Synopsis


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

Cast & Crew


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    Richard George - Bateau
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    William Knight - Aramaki
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    Richard Cansino - Diplomat



Customer rating

4.6
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    An Awful Blu-Ray Release for an Iconic Classic

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    PleatherJacketCritic
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    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Hated it!

    Posted
    Dricent

    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. >:(

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a new dimension

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    Rocky
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A timeless film that still holds up to this day

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    LyonHart
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    Ghost in the Shell has always had a special place in the lives of anime watchers and the medium's history in general. With profound ideologies, incredible character development, and an unforgettable story, Ghost in the Shell makes you think about what the future could be, and what it means to be human when technology has reigned supreme. Technology consumes us, but here it's almost literal, and with everything interconnected, Motoko Kusanagi does what she can to make sure the citizens stay alive and things are in order from going completely haywire. Ghost in the Shell is up there with the likes of Akira, and of course Studio Ghibli films, in terms of seminal works of art that continue to leave an impact on the artform.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An outstanding and essential Anime classic

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    vr4dreamer
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    "Ghost in The Shell" even after 25 years, still brings strong and creative visuals as well as a captivating soundtrack to this anime classic and is a perfect film for fans as well as newcomers to the genre. Through a sweeping and sprawling vision of an endless city-scape GITS not only offers action and adventure, but delves into the larger questions of artificial intelligence, surveillance, and existence; all which still resonate today. This pioneering work of animation not only helped to bring anime into the main stream but also helped to establish the cyber-punk genre. While the visuals still remain sharp, with some cgi segments may have not aged as well in comparison, both benefit from Blu-ray treatment and offer lots of eye-candy. In the end, GITS still remains a must watch for anime fans and for those looking for an adventure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    sci-fi anime super action

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    TCFromDUVAL

    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.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it was good 25 years ago, now it's not that

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    Anthony
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    I bought this because I wanted to know what the live action movie was going to be about. This anime was ahead of its time. Now, it's something you can pass. The conversations and ideas are still very thought provoking but that's all you really get out of it. I'm sure the movie will be nothing like its anime but at least I know what they started with and why they would make changes. If you're fan of anime, this can hold its own right next to Princess Monoke, Spirited Away, and Akira. If you're not, you won't get the idea nor keep up with the great artwork that goes into making these older animes. I'm not recommending this to everyone, only the people that value good anime stories that make you think.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible blu ray of an amazing film

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    ChrisC
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    I bought this at $6.99 with a $5 reward zone certificate and even that was too much to pay for this horrible release. One of the most influential anime films of all-time, and its saddled with one of the most worthless blu ray releases ever conceived. They've brightened up the film, which makes the dark, gritty tone subdued and less impactful. Their subtitled translations (which were spot-on on the DVD release), are laughably inaccurate and incoherent in places. And no special features on an anniversary release. If you want THE release to buy for this film, track down the DVD, barcode 013138200495. It is far superior in every way, including accurate subtitles and great special features.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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