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93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2236 out of 2421)

Synopsis


Ghost in the Shell
In a future in which humanity and technology have begun to merge, a cybernetically enhanced policewoman (Scarlett Johansson) hunts a mysterious terrorist who can hack into his victims' minds and control their thoughts and memories. Her pursuit eventually leads her to discover the full truth about her traumatic past. Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, and Michael Pitt co-star. Directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), Ghost in the Shell is based on a popular Japanese manga series, which was already adapted into an iconic anime film of the same name. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Scarlett Johansson
    Scarlett Johansson - Major
  • Pilou Asbæk
    Pilou Asbæk - Batou
  • Juliette Binoche
    Juliette Binoche - Dr. Ouelet
  • Michael Pitt
    Michael Pitt - Kuze
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must own 3D Blu-ray 9.5/10

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    Jasonsum2003
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    As someone who never got into the books and the movie this is adapted from Ghost in the Shell (2017) is simply a game changer Anyone who loves Blade Runner go out of your way to see Ghost in the Shell If you have a home 3D set-up get the 3D version . In many ways it's actually better then Blade Runner visually it's one of the best films in the last 20 years the 3D is on the same league as Dredd 3D as a film it's a massive game changer (Much like The Matrix was) Hands down a close to perfect film that could easily be the sequel to the Original Blade Runner How it only hit number 3 speaks volumes to how bloody stupid the movie going public is in 2017 Even if you have no clue about the original source material you'll enjoy it if you love HQ Sci-fi I'm more impressed with this film overall then i was with Logan The Cast is almost perfect Scarlett Johansson i find super overrated in almost everything I've seen her in until now In this film she is fantastic and carries the film wonderfully as Major I'm pretty sure she watched BBC's/AMC's Humans and studied how those actors/actresses play Synths and tried to copy that interpretation of A.I./cyborgs I've seen some critics blast Johansson for her performance I just don't think those "so-called" Professional Critics understood what she was doing she really can act who knew! With this part I've actually become a fan of her (There is one scene though i think the director over sexualised her/ the character when the Major climbed onto the boat after she was swimming in the water and she is taking off her swimsuit from behind and you follow the zipper down but, it cuts away It might sound silly and tame compare to the stuff they did with Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad Pilou Asbæk (as Batou) Simply awesome every scene he is in he steals the show Perfect Casting Takeshi Kitano (as Aramaki) Another close to perfect cast choice he is flawless i wish there was more of him Michael Pitt (as Hideo Kuze) I haven't seen the Original Manga film in 20+ years so i forgot many plot elements regardless i think he also did a great job Chin Han (as Han/Togusa) They changed him up a bit But, Chin Han is a great actor i wish there was more of him in this film though Peter Ferdinando (as Cutter) He is hands down the weak link in the chain that would make this film flawless as a villain he is kind of generic and isn't fleshed out nearly enough for you to care in a sense But, there is a sense of satisfaction when he meets his end The best only two formats this was made for is 3D and 4K The quality of the 3D is very much like Dredd 3D it adds a huge layer to the overall film presentation That has to be seen to believe As a film it's living breathing art (I don't think Blade Runner II will be this amazing as far as the overall look and feel) This is The 21st century's The Matrix it changes the landscape of cinema in every possible way If you love art see the film, If you love Sci-Fi see this film, If you want your eyes to explode see this film Close to perfect I hope Paramount/Dreamworks does the right thing and continues this story with this cast and crew This is the type of series that if handled the proper way could be a massive Property I'll openly admit now I'm curious about the manga film Should be spotlighted as a legit true game changer and supported 9.5/10 There was a Ride Along 2, and Honey 3 we should without a doubt get a Ghost in the Shell 2

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Cyberpunk Gem with Psychological Reflections

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    TechBuyer
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    If you love action movies with psychological reflections, then I think you'll love this movie or at the very least be intrigued by it. Ghost in the Shell presents us with a journey of self-discovery in a technology-is-king-universe - where minds can be hacked and humans enhance themselves in forced evolution. From the very beginning we are presented with the birth of a cyborg, The Major. Being the lead soldier of Section 9, her and her team are a special forces unit that attempt to take down a cyber-hacking terrorist known as Kuze. Johansson completely owns the role, giving us this tough as nails super soldier while her ghost is still becoming accustomed to living and breathing naturally in this new cyborg shell. Kudos need to be given to The Major's Boss, Aramaki and her second in command Batou. Both play a huge role in The Major's development and give us some great dialogue that compliment her on her journey. One special direction was having Aramaki only speak Japanese while everyone understands him. In this tech world of telepathy and communicators, one's personal barriers of communication and the self has been torn down. As in the original property, deep diving and reflecting on what it means to be human are all there. Unlike the original property, we see her grow from stilted walking and blank expressions to using more comfortable reflections with those she trusts. Seeing her develop more confidence and eventually progress to her badass is refreshing. There is a lot to digest if one chooses to discover it. In addition, the villain Kuze serves as a beautiful foil to the ever evolving Major and their interactions really shift the movie into its own. The action scenes were excellent and the landscape and soundtrack of this dystopian world only enhanced the effect. - The 4K truly looks beautiful. Major props need to be given to the artists and Rupert Sander's direction. A Robocop clone or a cut and paste of the original anime/manga this is not. Ghost in the Shell presents us with its own uniqueness while still paying huge homage to the original property. What exactly constitutes the soul? What makes you human? What defines you? Can one live being transferred to another and is it really living? To what lengths do powerful entities attempt to control and train you to do their political bidding and by what means? The journey and control of one's self identity and evolution in a world of technological power is truly telling and a prophecy in its own right of what our world is coming to. Ghost in the Shell touches on all of these questions and more, and in my opinion delivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ghost in My Blue-Ray

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    SweetMotodachi
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    This movie has received a lot of negative and controversial reviews like the Hollywood phenomena of white washing and just unfaithfulness to the source material, both from critics and consumers. I love the Ghost in the Shell franchise. It was one of the first animes I saw back in the mid 90s and it has stayed with me as a measuring system for other movies, particularly cyber punk and other anime. This movie, though it removes a lot of the philosophical elements that made Ghost in the Shell great, it does a very faithful job as an adaptation. I approached this film, not as something replacing or re-doing what's already been done, but as a tribute. I love going to the theater and so I've seen like 12 different versions of Hamlet, all of them drastically different, but holding on to the same material. I approach cinema the same way and maybe that's why I enjoyed this movie. The movie recreates many of the iconic scenes and though it doesn't really add much too the film, it does leave out parts that I think made fans upset. I wasn't really planning to buy this, If found it rather mediocre, but I see now it's cheap plus it includes the Dvd, Blue-ray and a digital copy. I'd like to rewatch this film and study it a bit more, but I think it's also entertaining. All the actors did a superb job and the sets are amazing. I feel this film got harsher criticism than it deserved

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Steelbook!

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    ReviewDude33
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    First, I've been a fan of the original 1990 manga by Masamune Shirow. I was also very impressed with the 1995 anime film. So I'm afraid that after hearing initial lukewarm to bad reviews, I kept putting off seeing this movie until I missed the theatrical release. However, I am very pleased to say that this live action version of the film delivered on a lot of levels - color me impressed! Although the director chose to exactly replicate key moments from the anime instead of producing a truly unique take on the material, I do applaud the effort. And if given a choice between honoring the source material versus a complete Hollywood rewrite to appeal to the taste of a perceived "current movie audience" (hyper-fast and incoherent editing, CGI overload, and major destruction/bombast at every turn)… Well, I'd choose the former every time! This story, like many of my sci-fi favorites, deals with a lot of cool themes: sense of self, what is consciousness, what does it mean to be truly human, the vital connection to others, etc. Like Blade Runner, Total Recall and Moon, Ghost in the Shell needs time to unfold the story and let experiences impact the characters. And speaking of characters, ignorant outcries of whitewashing regarding the role of Major-- All I need to say is if you're familiar with the source material, then you would see how misguided those protests are. Sad, self-righteous people just looking for a trigger to be offended… pathetic. I regret not seeing this in the theater-- It's a gorgeous visual feast, tells a great story, and has a high rewatchability factor! And I'm a big fan of the gorgeous steelbook graphics as well… Two thumbs up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality is Beautiful

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    Gogeta5026
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    For those unfamiliar with the 1995 anime film, Ghost in the Shell, the story is well paced and easy to understand for newcomers. For fans this is a very special experience as the story has a new but familiar feeling. Having seen both original Ghost in the Shell series and movies, I think this live action adaptation did the best job possible in terms of bringing the anime to life. Much of the live action is very much the same as the animated movie. There were a few tweaks to the storyline made but is catering to a mainstream audience with the main iconic action scenes still intact. As we are nearing the age of cybernetic enhancement, this was the perfect psychological thriller of how our consciousness might be transported in the future. It was a perfect rendition of the setting in the series: dark, gritty, cybernetic, futuristic, metropolis and cyberpunk. Nothing could have prepared me for the immersion and dystopia of the senses that brought home so many important issues of the technological age. The acting was far better than expected, the script was believable and the visual effects were stunning. Overall, Ghost in the Shell is a solid movie in the Sci-Fi genre. The atmosphere, effects, music and aesthetics are beautiful. The story is slightly changed but still thought provoking. If this wasn't an adaptation but an original film I'm convinced the ratings would look completely different and the critics would be positive. Don't let negative ratings of super critical anime lovers stop you from seeing this movie. If you have never seen the original Ghost in the Shell - now is the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great as a "Stand-Alone" Syfy

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    TJB85
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    First I must say that the red Steel-Book Blu-ray case is gorgeous. The Ghost in the Shell film is a solid action/sci fi through and through. I grew up with the original film before ever seeing any remasters or special editions. I have read bad review and bad review about how it doesn't truly stick to the anime and how the story was terrible. This is from the same people who argue that there is no originality anymore and yet like the same cut-and-paste movies. As a stand alone film, and I mean that as if this title had never been heard of before, brand new to everyone, it was a great movie. The visuals are breathtaking, the fight scenes are well acted and the score.. Ladies and Gentlemen, the film score to this by Clint Mansell is like candy for the ears. And unfortunately, the record company pulled the release for the album before it ever had a chance to be in the public's hands and ears. So we have to make due with only listening during the movie. Scarlett Johansson has been acting in some very interesting roles lately, from Lucy to Under the Skin, and as Major (a human brain in a fully synthetic body) she once again proves that women are great as lead-role action stars. Maybe it's one of my favorite movies, Blade Runner, rubbing off on me, but if you go into this knowing that you're about to watch a futuristic film about a woman('s brain) trying to piece together her past while dealing with a half robotic mafia type group, and you enjoy originality, give this a shot. Let the music score and visuals take you somewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Watered down kool-aid.

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    LordSteve01
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    The film is full of color and style that at first glance seems to capture the environment of Ghost in the Shell perfectly. Though one viewing cleared up that miscommunication right away. While GitS is definitely sewn into the film, this film plays out more like a "hits" list of over stylized and underrealized segments brought together by director who doesn't have enough creative gull to push the film over the top and into proper territory. I'm not one to weigh the film up against the original, nor any of its follow up features, or even its original roots in manga form, but I do feel if one is going to set out to make a film of the same name and characters, it should at least embody the spirit and energy of its original source, which this film fails at doing when it comes to actually telling a story. And even worse is it's watered down to appeal to the American masses - it oozes this ugliness from every pore, even down to the famous finale that opts for ugly CG to avoid the more mature content if the scene - which visually plays into the emotional value in the original GitS. There is some entertainment to be taken from the film, but ultimately left me disappointed, as I expected the film to have at least a sliver of depth to it, only to be blasted with visuals and an unnecessary plot in the end. Rental worthy at best, and that's if you're watching it with half a brain at midnight. Forget the original exists too, or else you could find yourself offended by the fragile handling of the source material.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Good Sci-Fi Movie

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    Tcubed
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    First a short evaluation of Std Bluray vs 4K on a First I watched the std Blu Ray on my LG DB670 to get a feel for the image quality The I watched the same Bluray on a new LG-UP970 and then the 4K version on the LG-UP970 all on a 65" Sony X900e), The Blu-ray to Blu ray comparison on a 4K player; the 4k player certainly improved the std output,mostly in the darker scenes where more detail could be seen "in the shadows"; and the new player was much faster to get started and react to commands. No onto bluray vs 4K... well initially is was just better, but as the action got more intense the quality of fast moving images the picture improved, they we more three dimensional, the shadows had more content to them, the wide angle shots were gorgeous. With really no way to exactly compare side by side images, the original blu ray, seemed flatter, the 4K version was voluptuous (in a good way) just more ripe with detail. On to Ghost in a Shell, again the colors and cinematography were outstanding, and with the movis have many "dark" scenes where picture were outstanding. I'm officially a fan of 4K films. Ghost in a Shell tells a scary story of "Drs" making quality decision and then doing more research to improve their 'product' discarding that deemed inferior; don't think this give anything away, but the "Dr" never expected their research subject to interact with each other.... It a good suspenseful sci-fi movie, that really touches on moral decisions.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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