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Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (1988)

Johnny Yong Bosch , Jan Rabson , Katsuhiro Otomo  |  R |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Johnny Yong Bosch, Jan Rabson, Wendee Lee
  • Directors: Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (962 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ENNA62W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• Interview with the Japanese Director
• Akira Sound Clip • Storyboard Collection
• The Writing on the Wall
• Original Japanese Trailers
• Original Japanese Commercials
• Restoring Akira
• Glossary
• U.S. Trailer (2013)
• Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E!

Akira isn’t just a movie – it’s the genesis of a genre. Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like the The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that badass motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist. But the manga became the movie and the movie became a phenomenon and the world took notice. Now, Akira is everywhere. If you can’t see it in the streets – if you can’t feel it crawling around inside your brain – then you have yet to be initiated. What. Are. You. Waiting. For?

• Listen How You Want: The 25th Anniversary release of Akira features both English dubs that have occurred since 1988, letting you choose the track that’s best for you.

• An Audiophiles Dream: Includes the “Hypersonic” 24-Bit, 192kHz Dolby TrueHD remaster of the original Japanese audio track.

• Exploding with Extras: Packed with over 120 minutes of on-disc extra features; including the “Restoring Akira” documentary and original storyboards for the anime.


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202 of 206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funimation 25th Anniversary Blu-ray review October 30, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Since Amazon condenses the reviews of multiple formats into one pile, I hope this one stands out. It covers the new 25th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Funimation, NOT Bandai'a 2009 Blu-ray or one of the many earlier DVD releases. I was able to get an advance copy from Funimation and also used it to write a separate full-length review of this title, listed below.

"Akira" still holds up perfectly well after 25 years. The film condenses a LOT of material into two hours; not surprising, since writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo's long-running manga series was still being written after its 1988 release. This epic, violent, mind-melting slice of animated history is chock full of terrific visuals, an amazing soundtrack and, of course, the sci-fi tinged story that introduced many to Kaneda, Tetsuo and company. Those new to the film will find it an exhausting experience, but don't give up: the eye candy will suck you in, but there's a real heart and soul to the story that has made countless fans worldwide return to "Akira" again and again. It's practically the grandfather of modern anime.

But that's not what most people want to know; they're probably just curious how this Blu-ray stacks up to previous releases (pretty well, as it turns out). Video quality is ever-so-slightly better than Bandai's 2009 Blu-ray: the image is no longer "picture-boxed" (thin black bars on all four sides) and the colors appear more well-defined and evenly saturated. It's the same 2001 master, so don't expect a night-and-day difference...but it's there. On the audio front, we get two excellent DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio versions of the original Japanese track and the 2001 Pioneer English dub, as well as a new DTS-HD 2.0 Master Audio version of the older 1998 Streamline English dub.
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276 of 309 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
[PLEASE NOTE: THERE WERE TWO BLU-RAY RELEASES FOR "AKIRA", THE BANDAI BLU-RAY REVIEW OF 2009 and THE FUNIMATION "AKIRA: 25TH ANNIVERSARY" RELEASE OF 2013. I AM GOING TO INCLUDE BOTH ON THIS REVIEW BECAUSE AMAZON DOESN'T ALLOW FOR SEPARATE REVIEWS]

[THE BANDAI "AKIRA" BLU-RAY REVIEW]

"AKIRA", the 1988 anime film that became the masterpiece of mangaka and director Katsuhiro Otomo.

My first viewing of "AKIRA" was back in 1993. I have to be truthful, it was one of those films that I had to watch several times because I felt I was missing something integral. Each time I watched the film, there was always something new that I picked up and for anyone who has seen this animated film, just how much was put into the animation, the detail for an animated film.

In 1988, Disney had "Oliver & Friends" and being touted as the first animation to utilize hand drawn art and computerized graphics and as the film incorporated some darkness that may scare the kiddies, in Japan, "AKIRA" was a film that would set records in the Summer and eventually get a limited release in theaters.

The film would surprise and shock people because this was not a children's animation, this was geared for adults. And did it look awesome at that time!

Flash forward over 20-years later for the Blu-ray release!

VIDEO & AUDIO:

For one, the film is now in 1080p and 16×9. Having seen this film evolve with each release from the VHS to LaserDisc and then DVD and now Blu-ray, for a film created back in 1988, "AKIRA" just looked amazing.

From the action scenes and just watching it on a large screen, I was amazed of how great it looked.
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87 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira November 22, 2001
Format:DVD
Akira is one of those movies that you never forget. The images are extremely powerful and graphic, so that they stick with you long after the movie is over. Despite its sometimes-confusing plot line, this movie is a wonderfully written, chilling look into the future, and into humanity as a whole. The movie more or less centers around a teenage biker gang in Neo-Tokyo, thirty-years after World War III. The main characters, Kaneda and Tetsuo, are two childhood friends who are constantly in competition with each other (Tetsuo being the weaker, taunted one.) Regardless, Tetsuo still looks up to Kaneda. As the introduction moves out of the chase scene, an interesting encounter with an odd looking child (who awakens the physic abilities lying dormant within Tetsuo's mind) truly begins the movie.
The animation quality in this movie is almost enough of a reason to buy it. The detail is incredible, umparalled even by Disney?s standards. No one background or setting is used twice, and the environment is in constant change, be it blinking lights or a person exiting a random building. Oddly enough, the Bladerunner-esque buildings throughout the movie also help to establish the feeling of urgency, and the sensation of teetering on the edge of something great, something that we cannot possibly understand. The characters also move in a realistic, smooth motion, something that is missing from many anime television shows, like Pokemon or Digimon.
The music in this movie is also an aspect that really stands out, with a sound all its own. With this new DVD cleanup, you can hear every bell, whistle and drum beat. It sounds more Japanese than most animes out there, and that is not a bad thing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars seminal masterpiece
Akira. What can I really say about it that has not already been said? One of the best anime ever made. A real treat to see in any format. Read more
Published 1 day ago by N. Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds up against the test of time
Akira is still relevant and beautiful as ever. The animation of NeoTokyo leaves your eyes thirsting for more. Watching it once, with your mind turned off, you'l enjoy the film. Read more
Published 4 days ago by T J
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best. The Original. What started it all...
One of the (if not THE) best anime ever.
Published 5 days ago by D. Mckay Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love those movie !!!
Published 5 days ago by Tom Warner II
5.0 out of 5 stars and in perfect condition. Thank you
A high-quality movie in high-definition - and the purchase is highly rated! Arrived very quickly, and in perfect condition. Thank you!
Published 9 days ago by Andrew A Scharnhorst
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about the picture quality
I feel like I'll get some flak for this review but it's primarily about the Blu-ray itself. The movie is solid as usual, and slightly different presentation won't change much... Read more
Published 12 days ago by mjk280
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic!
Published 18 days ago by Edllanos1
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version of the first must-see anime film.
I understand why people like the Pioneer dub or the original Japanese, but I will always prefer the Streamline dub. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Eric W Meckl
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
Akira is an older anime and I hadn't seen it in many years. Most shows from your childhood seem silly when you see it again much later. Read more
Published 19 days ago by K. Pankratz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best looking version of "Akira" on home played software, in my humble...
VHS, Laserdisc, DVD (steelcase version and then the DTS remaster) and now the Blu-ray version. I feel the 4K remaster coming on, but will wait on that one, since I do not plan on... Read more
Published 20 days ago by D.T.
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Widescreen or Fullscreen?
Fullscreen releases were always cropped. The film was composed at a widescreen ratio.
I think originally intended to be done on 70mm film which would have been on a 65mm negative but i think in the end because of budget it was done on 35mm and blown up for 70mm.
Oct 20, 2013 by M. Gaudet |  See all 2 posts
Streamline dub?
Anime network news has confirmed that this will include the Streamline and Pioneer English dubs as well as the original Japanese language track with subtitles. This was my only buying reason also. love the original Streamline dub.
Sep 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer |  See all 7 posts
digital copy?
Doesn't appear to be so. I was hopeful that in this day and age it would have been included in the combo, but alas, we're both disappointed
Dec 17, 2013 by John Dinger |  See all 2 posts
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