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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. The film has gone on to inspire a generation of filmmakers and has become the most revered anime feature of all time. Veteran anime writer/director/producer Mamoru Oshii, working in conjunction with the animators at Production I.G. (Blood: The Last Vampire, Kaidohmaru, Kill Bill) brought to life Masamune Shirow's vision. This excellent cyberpunk thriller was co-produced by Manga Entertainment and enjoyed both critical and popular success at the U.S. box office and was the first Japanese animated film to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top Video Sales Chart.

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  • Actors: Anime Characters
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2014
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00L6AW2MC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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141 of 145 people found the following review helpful By bonjanqi on September 21, 2014
If you're reading this, you've probably seen Ghost in the Shell and don't need me to recommend the content. It's a five-star anime movie, and this blu-ray is an excellent HD presentation of the original 1.0 version. The awful CG effects and green filters from the 2.0 version are gone. Hooray!

Unfortunately, the set still has serious flaws, so I subtracted two stars. For one, the subtitles are shamefully bad for such a high-profile release. There are serious timing issues, grammar and spelling errors all over the place, and a generally stiff and unnatural tone, as if the person writing the titles didn't speak English very well. At one point they even mess up the gender of a minor character. (FYI, it's a later reference to the programmer seeking asylum in the opening scene. They call him "she." Twice!) A few errors are understandable, but there are so many in this version that they start to distract from the story. Unpaid fansubbers have gotten it right in the past, so how can a publisher fail so badly?

Secondly, there are no extras apart from a couple of brief essays in the insert booklet. For a "25th Anniversary Edition," that seems pretty cheap.

To sum it all up, if you haven't purchased this film before, this is definitely the best version available in the United States. However, it's far from a definitive release. This may be the best we'll ever get, but if you hate spending money on sub-standard releases, you may want to avoid this one anyway.
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By chronoclast on October 3, 2014
The film itself I would easily rate 5 stars. The video quality and Japanese audio are also very good. The 1 star however is for the serious problems this release unfortunately has.

Like mentioned in bonjanqi's review here, the subtitles are not good with misspellings, errors, and numerous lines with awkward phrasing.

What hasn't been mentioned though is that the 5.1 English audio is also badly screwed up. It's missing numerous sound effects, it's very attenuated, and the LFE is muted. The English audio on the previous DVD releases are of much better quality than this with the sound effects in tact. There are forum posts elsewhere with the same complaints such as on The Fandom Post and Blu-ray forums.

To make matters worse, instead of acknowledging the problems and standing behind their product, Anchor Bay are trying to hide and ignore it by deleting posts that mention it off their social media pages like their Facebook. After waiting years for a proper Blu-ray of the original version of Ghost In the Shell to come out in America and for it to get a poor release by a publisher that doesn't care is extremely disappointing.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Blaze on September 25, 2014
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Like many other anime/cyberpunk/action-epic/virtual-existential fans, I consider the original GHOST IN THE SHELL film to be the zenith. Of course it stands on the shoulders of other cyberpunk novel and film apogees, but as an aggregate of the genre, GITS changed everything. But this release has a few issues for me~

First off: 25th anniversary? I may be wrong, but I recall the film coming out in 1995. So that leads me to think they are celebrating the anniversary of the manga -by Shirow Masamune- release back in 1989. If we are going to celebrate the concept's initiation, then why not have more manga-related content in the blu ray's special features or in the booklet within the blu ray's case? Why not a few sample pages of the original artwork?

Another issue: subtitles. Like a few others, I noticed some slight issues regarding gender at times. I will point out, it's in regards to hacker characters, who later on we learn that the section 9 and section 6 team-members never really know the exact gender of the hackers and give them 'male' code-names (although this issue was with calling a male a female). But this is just my desperate attempt to find an excuse to keep this poorly managed release. There are some spots where the subtitles are updated from previous GITS releases (i.e. - the gun used by Togusa), but to still have a few mistakes can bother fans who've seen the film enough they could recite the entire dialogue (and probably will, don't tempt them! Your sanity has been warned...)

Some positive: the graphic transfer is brilliant. Many scenes stand out so well due to their enhancement. Which seems impossible, considering when the film was released, it already looked decades ahead of its time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TJ on September 23, 2014
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I'd have to say it's a good transfer visually. It looked good on my 23 inch 1080p IPS glossy monitor playing from my PS3 with some better quality settings ticked regarding color. It has the original english dub in 5.1 and the Japanese in 2.0. I watched the dub since I personally like it and wanted to see how the 5.1 was. Apparently the subtitles have some minor typos like calling a character a "She" at one point instead of "He". It has no extras of any kind other than a booklet. Looking at the book. It looks like it has an interview with Oshi, a section on the world of Ghost in the shell, and talking about the impact the film had. Haven't read it yet but was looking at the chapter names. It's just the film with a scene select, options menu for subs and language and a play option.

It is the original cut and not 2.0 and it does not have 2.0 has an option to watch. It looked good like I said though. It was never too dark or anything. It did not go to the edges of my screen and I'm not sure why that is. It was barely off the edges on all sides. I'm guessing they couldn't make it true 1080p but it certainly looks good. I'm really not an expert on this though. Maybe it was my PS3 or monitor size. It wasn't noticeable at all.

Also, America does not get the steelbook case. I wish they would have at least put a trailer as an extra or something. I suppose if it was transferring extras or focusing on the quality of the movie's transfer I would say to focus on the transfer quality.
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It's the original cut. Not the CGI edit version
Aug 2, 2014 by Doctalen |  See all 2 posts
Best Buy has it for $19.99. Also, This is the original cut. Not the CGI...
It's also currently part of Best Buy's "buy more, save more" sale in which you can get 25% off if you buy three items off the list which brings it down to 14.99
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