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Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [Blu-ray] (2009)

Atsuko Tanaka , Akio Ôtsuka , Mamoru Oshii  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera, Tesshô Genda, Masato Yamanouchi
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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• Ghost In The Shell 2.0 (Original Movie)
• Making of Ghost In The Shell: Production Report
• Theatrical Trailer
• Character Profiles
• Creator Biographies

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A film that has spawned a thousand imitations but never been bettered Mamoru Oshii's legendary anime film GHOST IN THE SHELL returns in a stunning new edition remastered by Oshii himself. For this definitive Version 2.0 release, all the original animations are re-produced with latest digital film and animation technologies, including 3D-CGI. Set in a re-imagined Hong Kong at a time when cyberspace is expanding into human reality, the story follows top cyberwarrior Major Motoko Kusanagi as she hovers on the border of total immersion in the digital world.

Special Features:
- Ghost In The Shell 2.0 (Original Movie)
-Making of Ghost In The Shell: Production Report
- Theatrical Trailer
- Character Profiles
- Creator Biographies

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303 of 315 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few problems here... October 25, 2009
I'm going to break this review down into two parts.

The movie itself:
This is Ghost In The Shell in HD. It's beautiful, but for a smoother translation into the look of Innocence the greenish colors of the original film have been touched up and made to be more of an amber color like that seen in second film. This isn't really a change that I mind, and it's pulled off fairly well. I assume that several scenes were cleaned up digitally because the line art looks amazingly clean.

Sadly, someone felt it would be appropriate to replace some of the most iconic and stunning animation from the original with CG. A few scenes are done well like those where the CG is only helicopters or buildings, but whenever it replaces characters with crappy looking CG models it becomes stunningly bad. If you watch the making of the original movie you can see that their limited use of computer assisted animation was carefully planned and fit in with the other artwork and improved the film. The CG in 2.0 sticks out like a sore thumb in most cases. The only CG part that I liked was the pan over the cityscape at the end of the film.

If you have a bluray player and haven't seen GitS yet 2.0 isn't a bad way to see it, but fans of the original will probably be disappointed with the lack of any significant changes and the quality of what was changed.

The bluray by Manga:

Somehow Manga Entertainment never ceases to screw something pretty major up on their releases. The box lists a commentary with Oshii, an interview with Oshii and a making of GitS 2.0. None of these features are present on the bluray. You get throw away character profiles, glossary, and the old english trailer.
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114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Ahh...Ghost in the Shell. The 1995 movie based on the manga that was called by some the second coming of Akira. I can't help but agree with that. So here we are almost 15 years later and we now have a sequel, a spin-off TV show, with a TV movie and it's influence is seen in movies such as "The Matrix." Now we have GitS 2.0, which is not a sequel (though I can see why people could be misled into thinking that.) but a redone version of the first movie. The colors has been changed and some CG has been brought in to replace the old animation. Its supposed to look more like the sequel, "Innocence," but honestly it looks weird since the original movie was made 9 years before the sequel. But I'm not going to review the movie itself, I'm just going to tell you why you should buy this on Blu-Ray.

The first thing all you purists need to know, the original Ghost in the Shell is included on the disc in HD. It doesn't look that great but it looks better than the DVD for sure. Also, the transfer is not the DVD master from the 2005 re-issue simply upconverted (contrary to popular belief), it is the Blu-ray master from Japan. They didn't really clean up the film but this is pretty much the best it's ever going to look unless Bandai, Manga or Production IG want to put up the money for a full re-master.

Which brings us into the new 2.0 version. This puppy has demo worthy video. The animation has been nicely cleaned-up, the new CG pops, and the re-mixed soundtrack (which I'll get back to in a minute) can bring the house down. This is one of the best animated Blu-rays out there, up there with "Cars," "Wall-E," and "Akira." While consistency is off thanks to the new CG, new colors and old animation, but this is not the fault of the transfer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All data that exists is both reality and fantasy." December 18, 2009
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Movie: 4.5/5 Video Quality: 4.5/5 Audio Quality: 5/5 Extras: 2.5/5 Overall: 4.1/5 (rounded down in total star ranking)

This was the second genuine anime film I ever watched, and even after repeated viewings I've been confused and confounded by it. It may be short and it may boast some cool action scenes, but for the most part it is a tight, complex, and highly cerebral thriller. The combination of philosophy, psychology, technology, and politics is often overwhelming in this film.

Only recently have I been able to understand the movie's plot and issues, and I must say that it is a very sublime picture with some very deep issues concerning the human soul, technology, and society. For that matter, each viewing does reveal deeper meaning. On this basis, the movie not only makes for quintessential anime, but it is also an essential (and influential) piece of cyberpunk sci-fi.

The movie's plot and characters may seem muddled, but they have nuances and complexities of their own. I do find that other features in the "Ghost in the Shell" series (namely, "Innocence," "Stand Alone Complex," and "Solid State Society") offer easier storylines and more understandable characters, but they are not quite as original or distinctive as what's in this film. The movie is slowly-paced, but has lots of interesting visuals and some brilliant action scenes. Production design features some very interesting and original sets, props, costumes, vehicles, and weapons. Music is interesting.

For better or for worse, this disc showcases the 2.0 version, which offers enhanced CGI effects to replace certain scenes, as well as an enhanced soundtrack and a new music score.
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Does 2.0 include the original version?
Allow me to clear things up. The original version of GitS (the 1995 version) IS IN HD on this disc. However, it is simply a bad master. It is the same one from the Bandai Blu-ray in Japan, not the master used for the 2005 DVD. Chant 3 for the original Japanese version is back in the original 1995... Read More
Nov 8, 2009 by Jose Argumedo |  See all 10 posts
How does the included original version compare to the 2005 re-release?
The audio is indeed 2.0 and the video doesn't look very good. If you want the original movie I'd say go with the special edition.
Dec 22, 2010 by HoverLover |  See all 2 posts
Booklet? (Anyone who has already bought this)
I don't believe this release had any inserts to begin with. I've never seen one that had any.
Dec 22, 2010 by HoverLover |  See all 2 posts
On Sale
All their anime Blu-rays are on sale. There were no instore signs. You can look online to see which titles are on sale.
Nov 1, 2009 by Sesho |  See all 2 posts
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