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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    4K

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    You will not be dissatisfied with this 4k edition. The colors are amazing and the picture quality is outstanding. A definite must add to your 4k Anime collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful Steelbook

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Not the best 4k transfer. The whole movie is a hit or miss with the HDR. But it was worth to have the Steelbook.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Top tier

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    An absolute beautiful steelbook with amazing colors and slipcase!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Decent movie, gorgeous SteelBook

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    This was my first time seeing this. Although it was fun to watch, I prefer the Scarlet Johansson one. As far as the 4K picture quality, I wasn’t impressed. Colors pop here and there, but overall the image of the animation is flat and soft, with some decent grain. The SteelBook is the only thing saving me from regretting this purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    GHOST IN THE SHELL

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    The previous release of Ghost in the Shell contained the original cut of the film, presented with PCM 2.0 Japanese and English soundtracks. This release sports an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack and a Japanese LPCM 2.0 presentation. English subtitle options are also included. The 5.1 track is the clear winner. It's frequently dynamic and exciting, with full-featured sound effects and strong spacing. Helicopters zip around the stage, for example, and gunfire is met with considerable heft. Dialogue is clear and focused. Musical delivery excels, with a wide, healthy stage and strong clarity. It's worlds more potent and rich than the competing Japanese PCM 2.0 track. Every instance where the 5.1 track is big and exciting, the Japanese track is puny and narrow. Take, for example, a dialogue scene at about the 12-minute mark. In English, there's is an audible, hearty vehicle engine rumble underneath the dialogue. In the Japanese track, it's barely audible. A computerized voice heard around the 15:50 mark is full and offers a wide reverberating presence in English, whereas in Japanese it's flat and narrow. At the 19:40 mark, English track listeners will enjoy a big, immersive city landscape din that's comparatively flat and a sonic non-factor in Japanese. Examples such as these run rampant throughout the film. Those wishing to listen in Japanese will find a much more narrow, less precise, less robust presentation. English listeners are treated to a healthy, dynamic presentation.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The Anime that got me hooked on anime

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    My first copy of this seminal film was on a dinged up VHS that I literally played to death. I had never see anything like it (only finding Akira after first viewing GITS) - the subtle dusting of CGI that vaulted Project I.G.’s fluid animation to something hyper-real, the gorgeous backgrounds, colorful cast, a “lived-in” near future that seemed like it could be on our very real horizon, the contemplative score and the film’s willingness to linger and let us imagine, dream and truly wonder just what being human means. Fast forward 25 years and GITS’s impact on pop-culture is indelible, inspiring animated and live-action films, video games all things cool. Though it didn’t invent it, when I think “cyberpunk,” I think Ghost in the Shell. 25 years have also seen various transfers of the film, from VHS to DVD to Blu-Ray and now UHD - through all that innovation, GITS both evolves and retains its elegance. With the UHD transfer, GITS has never looked better, it’s swelling soundtrack, fully uncompressed, is one of its standouts. Colors pop, some of the more kinetic scenes seem almost 3D, jumping off the screen. The steel book packaging, if you are lucky enough to find one without the swelling aftermarket price tag is gorgeous - one of the Best Buy has offered. TL;DR - Even if you already own a copy of this amazing film, or if you are like me and feel compelled to pick up every iteration of GITS, this is a must buy. And if this is your first “jack-in” to this groundbreaking opus, then I envy you. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The next level for an anime classic

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    So much has been said about this movie already, so I will only share some of my observations about what I got from playing it on my home system. As I don't have a 4K TV yet, I couldn't watch that disc, but the standard Blu-ray sufficed. For my first session I perused the Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track, and it has somewhat more definition of clarity than the original stereo track, although some of the dialogue could have been more aggressively mixed to keep it from being buried. The English subtitles were largely a direct port of the script used with older editions of the movie (with the exception of a line from Batou getting changed for no real reason, at one point). The picture overall was beautiful, except for some of the brighter computer screen images which looked a little oversaturated at times, particularly with complex graphics. The only possible disappointment was the use of The Passengers' song "One Minute Warning" in the end credits, which was used for the original American release of the movie back in 1996; because the original Japanese version of the movie is featured on the disc, they could have stuck with the original score by Kenji Kawai, but ended up not doing so. Apart from that, however, the movie holds up as well as it always has, as a true classic, and I would not hesitate to recommend getting it (again) despite any perceivable discrepancies.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent in 4K!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    First, this is one of the most gorgeous Steelbooks. Slide off the provided plastic slipcover and underneath is a matte metallic paint colorful image of the ghost that wraps around the back. It's a true display piece. Now, for the picture quality. Sometimes 2D animation doesn't benefit much from HDR and the highlights seem to alter the original intent of the material. Not so here. It is just enough of a bump to make the highlights give the image a more three-dimensional appearance. I compared this to the recent 25th anniversary Blu-ray and this is quite an improvement. The Blu-ray seems muddy in comparison. Believe me, if you want to see this film in its best presentation, and you should because the art is incredible, this is the disc to own. Speaking of the art, there are special features on the 4K disc, including a look at the backgrounds used in the film. Obviously, I highly recommend this release. Credit to Best Buy for the quick delivery. I opted for standard shipping. I ordered early in the morning and the item arrived the next day! I was overjoyed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Groundbreaking Anime Essential

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    For any fan of dystopian sci-fi or cyberpunk from Blade Runner to the Matrix this is an essential film in terms of examining our relationship to not only the world wide web but questioning what it means to be human in the midst of advanced technology. Now in the age of emerging VR and a constant state of "connection" to the web Ghost in the Shell is more relevant than ever. The new 4K transfer with HDR really pushes the hand drawn animation and CGI elements to the max and gives viewers a whole new experience combined with totally immersive lossless surround track featuring the classic score by Kenji Kawai. It also helps that the steelbook is beautifully designed with a layered approached making the slipcover and front art function together. A must own.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Ghost in the Shell 4K!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Set in the year 2029 and following World Wars III and IV, a Japanese-led Asian block dominates world affairs. The alliance maintains its international supremacy through its elite security force whose cybernetically enhanced operatives tackle an array of hi-tech terrorists and other threats to international security. These augmented agents can "ghost hack" (i.e., download their consciousness) via the now omnipresent internet into other machines and human/machine cross breeds. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cybernetically augmented female agent, has been tracking a virtual entity known as the Puppet Master with her crack squad of security agents. The shape-shifting Puppet Master, a rogue creation of a rival agency of the security apparatus, has concluded that it is a life form in its own right, "born in sea of information," and requested political asylum and true physical existence in defiance of its creators.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful Steelbook

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Set in the year 2029 and following World Wars III and IV, a Japanese-led Asian block dominates world affairs. The alliance maintains its international supremacy through its elite security force whose cybernetically enhanced operatives tackle an array of hi-tech terrorists and other threats to international security. These augmented agents can "ghost hack" (i.e., download their consciousness) via the now omnipresent internet into other machines and human/machine cross breeds. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cybernetically augmented female agent, has been tracking a virtual entity known as the Puppet Master with her crack squad of security agents. The shape-shifting Puppet Master, a rogue creation of a rival agency of the security apparatus, has concluded that it is a life form in its own right, "born in sea of information," and requested political asylum and true physical existence in defiance of its creators.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Ghost in the Shell with better audio

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Finally released in the US, I grabbed it the moment it hit pre-order. When you start the disc up, it says to use an HDR display (which I have). I chose Atmos as my sound format (using upward firing sit on tops of my fronts). Using a Vizio P-Quantum 65" 2018 model. I can't really tell that the picture is a whole lot cleaner, but the colors seem to pop a bit more. The HDR is used sparingly, for parts of Tokyo's lights and car headlights around the city. The biggest improvement is in the audio. The soundtrack feels so much fuller and the use of the channels for the audio is nice (vs 2.1). The vocal track is also well done and clearly uses the center channel, and everything is clear. Overall I'm happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Classic anime

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This is one of the best classic anime ever. While the art is no longer considered state of art, it was considered one back when it was released. The plot is terrific and the music is outstanding. This movie was re-released as GITS 2.0 which tried to used CG but it failed miserably as it did not mate well with the scenes without CG. My only misgivings is that the subtitles need some updating as the translation seems outdated. The 4K transfer offers a little more dynamic range but the transfer is still outstanding.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Same movie, different graphics.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    There is only one tiny problem: there is a stanza of poetry (taken from Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric") that appears at the beginning. It's written in Japanese, and the translation only appears on the screen if you're watching the movie in the original Japanese.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Anime Classic in 4K

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Ghost in the Shell is an anime that I grew up on. I grew up on the original 96 movie as well as the Standalone Complex show that aired weekly on Toonami/Adult Swim. This new 4K transfer is very good. Usually a lot of animes or cartoons receive very digital looking restorations, but this one kept a good amount of the grain. The only thing that held back was some softness from digital alterations. Regardless of that, it's a very good upgrade from the old Blu-ray. I bought this in steelbook packaging and I love it. It's very well packaged and the art design was worth every dollar. I recommend this if you are a fan, it's worth picking up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Classic anime never looked so good

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    The audio is clean and punchy, the colors are vibrant and rich, the HDR highlights are well done, not too flat or overwhelming. If you like this movie, then this is by far the definitive version. I like the steel case too, definitely worth the extra $2. The code inside redeems at 4k on vudu. Well worth the price to see this influential anime in arguably better form than the initial theater release. A true reference version of a great film.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    great Anime

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This is an awesome movie first, and I already have every version of Ghost but I had to get this for the steelbook artwork. I didn't get it for the 4K aspect of it. But its worth having for two reasons, for me, that is...Maybe in the future when I get a 4K when my 3D tv blows up. And the second is the entertainment world is getting rid of physical media.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    GORGEOUS steelbook for an amazing film!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Wow! As countless others have said, the steelbook is even better than any photos or video can show. Gorgeous in every way with a slip cover that truly makes it better. If you have seen the movie or not, this is a must own if you collect steelbooks. The film itself is a classic and has been since it was released. A true must own.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    An Anime Classic gets the 4k treatment

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    I'm old enough to have already owned this first on Vhs, then DVD, Blu-ray and now finally on 4k. This was first released on 4k in Japan and this Lion's Gate release is not taken from the Japanese scan. I have not seen that release, so I can't comment on which is best but I can say that this new 4k is much better than the previous Blu-ray. The picture is light years ahead of the Blu-ray and the audio is much better as well. It features a new Commentary Track along with some other Special Features available here for the first time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing 4K/HDR remaster

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    As a long time fan of this anime, I still own a DVD copy, I cannot stress enough how awesome this new 4K/HDR remaster is. This movie has never looked or sounded better. I don't even have surround sound, but the new Dolby Atmos mix really pops on my TV speakers compared other versions I have watched. I watched this from disc on an Xbox One X.

    I would recommend this to a friend