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Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [Blu-ray]
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• Making of Ghost In The Shell: Production Report
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• Character Profiles
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do and i don't understand the complaints about the enhancements. but in the end it still offers you the standard version so I am not complainingPublished 23 days ago by Paul M. Ross
Now I have seen both and loved both this one is a more advanced version of the first Ghost and a bit more understandable but they are both well worth spending the money to see. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne Clarkson
Fabulously remastered product. I am proud to have this copy. They brought it back to 21st century standards. Completely! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Soltan
Same great movie, New ultra s***ty animation add-ins that make it look like veggie tales.Published 2 months ago by Alexander Mcevoy
As someone who has not seen the original GITS in years and generally dislikes the way CG is done, I still rate GITS 2.0 five stars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|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
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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