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

Johnny Yong Bosch , Jan Rabson , Katsuhiro Otomo  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (953 customer reviews)

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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 (953 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ENNA62W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018 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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201 of 205 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funimation 25th Anniversary Blu-ray review October 30, 2013
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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274 of 307 people found the following review helpful


"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!


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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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira November 22, 2001
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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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 1 day ago by D.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The audio and video scans were done very well. This is definitely a blu ray worth buying.
Published 8 days ago by RyanamirraH
5.0 out of 5 stars an animated and sc science fiction classic!!
This is a classic and must have for my collection and in my opinion, proof that you can make an entertaining and compelling animated feature film longer than 90 minutes.
Published 9 days ago by C.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira is a master work that needs to be in every collectors library!
A masterpiece! It took three years for the anamorphic conversion to come out on laser disk and was well worth the wait then, and is still a great work of Anime! Read more
Published 11 days ago by GDoC63
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray looks terrible, worse than the dvd
Blu ray looks terrible, worse than the dvd, maybe worse than vhs. I am now going to buy all my old favorite anime in dvd format.
Published 13 days ago by Chad
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of anime
AMAZING!! watch it and buy it. It is a must have in your collection. ahead of his time.
Published 17 days ago by luiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's almost perfect. One minor setback is the subtitles.
Published 20 days ago by SharpieTG
5.0 out of 5 stars An Anime Classic
A classic anime film, influential. I'm glad it is now available in this amazing Blu Ray DVD.
Published 20 days ago by MOVIEKIDZ LLC
5.0 out of 5 stars this Blu-Ray version is superior in every way to the version I watched...
Akira is a classic. I first watched a bootleg non-dubbed, non-subbed VHS copy in 1987 or so, and have been fascinated by it ever since. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Voyn238
5.0 out of 5 stars KANEDAAAAAAAA!!!!
F#%kin' A, I love this! One of THE best Japanese animated films of all time! XD
Published 23 days ago by Drew W.
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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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