Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
$5.37 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $0.25 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
discountedm... Add to Cart
$12.61  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Ghost in the Shell (Special Edition) (1996)

Atsuko Tanaka , Iemasa Kayumi , Mamoru Oshii  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)

List Price: $19.98
Price: $12.61 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $7.37 (37%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, April 21? Choose Two-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy
Ghost In The Shell (English Dubbed)   -- --

Other Formats & Versions

Amazon Price New from Used from
Blu-ray 2-Disc Version --  
DVD 1-Disc Version $11.48  
  Special Edition $12.61  

Frequently Bought Together

Ghost in the Shell (Special Edition) + Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Complete Collection + Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society
Price for all three: $48.21

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Product Details

  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio ‘tsuka, KŰichi Yamadera, Tamio ‘ki
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Kazunori ItŰ, Masamune Shirow
  • Producers: Andy Frain, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Ken Iyadomi, Ken Matsumoto, Laurence Guinness
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Japanese (DTS ES 6.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002RQ2T4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Character Dossiers
  • Creator and Director Biographies
  • Digital Works
  • Production Report
  • "Ghost in the Shell"Trailers
  • Previews
  • DVD Catalog
  • Web Links
  • Digitally Remastered Anamorphic Widescreen Feature
  • Custom Motion Interactive Menus

Editorial Reviews

2029-A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of "The Puppet Master," a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, the embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
248 of 262 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning March 1, 2000
By A Customer
I've read a few reviews comparing 'Ghost in the Shell' to 'The Matrix'. Personally I don't think it's an accurate comparison at all. Think 'Blade Runner' here. It has the same kind of atmosphere that made BR such a cult movie and it deals with the same subject. Compared to most other animes out there, GITS may seem a little dull, but if you're the kind who likes to have some brain activity when watching an anime, then you'll probably like this. One other thing that caught my attention is that, like 'Blade Runner', it flows along like water. You could easily start watching it and find yourself loosing track of time. It is short tough, only 82 min. It's a shame really, because with the vast amount of sub-plots present in Masamune Shirow's original work they could easily make an anime with well over 2hrs. That aside, the animation is some of the best you will ever see. Kusanagi's battle with the tank at the end comes to mind. Very sleek. The music is also very peculiar. It's kinda of a cross between ambient, electronica and new age. It's not for everyone be warned. Unlike normal music scores, Kenji Kawai's score does not bring the action to life, quite on the contrary. It's always present very softly in the background to the point of you forgetting about it. It creates a sense of detachment, or contemplation that, in my opinion, works great for this kind of movie, however I can see why some people would disagree. All in all, this one is a true classic to be ranked along the side of Akira. Get it!
Image Quality: Very good for the most part. The anime's dark atmosphere and dull colours transfer well to DVD.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual, existential action anime March 6, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
An existential action anime? That's what Ghost In The Shell, a.k.a. Kokakukidotai (Shell Mobile Force) is, with animation sporting top-of-the-line computer imagery in the Bladerunner-like metropolis of Newport, but that's secondary compared to the underlying intellectual theme.
Major Kusanagi Motoko is a skillfully trained cyborg assassin in Newport's Section 9, who's taking out a diplomat illegally trying to give immunity to a listed programmer, demonstrates her training, including an amazing moment when she dives off a building, picks off her target, and via a thermoptic camouflage (i.e. portable cloaking device), vanishes from sight.
She and the members of her team, consisting of the mostly human Togusa, Ichikawa, and Batou, a burly no-nonsense blond cyborg with electronic eye implants, are trying to track down the Puppet Master. The Puppet Master is a master hacker who hacks into people's brains and uses them for his dirty work, presumably to carry out espionage or terrorism, leaving his puppets no memory of their infiltration. One of his puppets keeps using a public computer to try to infiltrate the brain of his wife, who is divorcing him and wants custody of their child. When he's picked up, he is told by Section 9 that his wife, child, and divorce are all false memories imprinted by the Puppet Master, causing further distress to the man when he is told the fake memories can't be erased.
However, there are two conflicts going on. One is Kusanagi's mission to hunt down the Puppet Master. The other and the one with a deeper meaning is the search for her identity within the scheme of a whole, or rather, something beyond her individual self, highlighted by her words taken from the Book of Corinthians: "For now we through a glass, darkly.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really a unique film for the genre. August 10, 1999
By A Customer
Ghost in the Shell has a very cranial plot, so those viewers who think anime is nothing more than flying guts and warped tentacles might as well crawl back into their sewer, because they're not going to like it. On the other hand, anyone who has seen and appreciated 2001 or Royal Space Force: Wings of Onneamis will love Ghost in the Shell. The movie is much more complex than it actually appears, and has a fascinating plot surrounding the destination of the human soul in the future, although the more memorable images are of rampant gunfire and Motoko Kusanagi's omnipresent bare breasts. The animation is excellent in both its computer and cel forms, although the character design is very original - and very worthwhile. Ghost in the Shell surpasses Akira as a vehicle for the popular display of anime largely because of its more charismatic cast and its fascinating plot. Akira dealt with similar subject matter, had a longer running time, and had the same high-quality animation that Ghost in the Shell has, but Ghost is better because it can be widely appreciated not for its spectacle but for its intelligence. Both Akira and Ghost in the Shell had important messages in them. Unfortunately Akira's violence has become a myth in its own right instead of incidental. Some people will fault Ghost in the Shell for not going to the same extremes. They should stick to Akira. In short, if you want beautiful, intelligent and original anime, Ghost in the Shell is for you. It is the showcase that Manga Video promoted, but not in the way they think it is. Still, you don't want to miss it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars better then I remembered.
A much better anime than I remembered. The classic art style is breathtaking. This a definite must buy for any anime fan.
Published 14 days ago by MR. Dotsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost in the Shell
An interesting existential movie about one's soul that questions artificial life and the human existence void one's human body, added with cool mecha machines and action!
Published 18 days ago by Thou who should not be named!
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
I love old school anime and this is a real good movie. A good one to add to ones collection:)
Published 1 month ago by Kenshin333
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks amazing...
I wish every anime had this level of quality animation and artwork. GITS is truly top dog in this department. Even scenes that only last afew seconds look amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonemonkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, bad dub
A really clever and well produced anime here. Great animation and story line - I just wish there was an undubbed sub-titled version available for streaming since the actors are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan M. G. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love this series of films. I also purchase the others in the movie series as well as the ones in the TV series. Good action with good wit.
Published 3 months ago by L. L. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and an even greater series.
Love this movie. I wanted to pick this up on Blu-Ray, but sadly that version includes heavily altered scenes that just ruin the movie for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by igotit
4.0 out of 5 stars Was good, but hard to follow
Was a great movie, but was kinda slow and didn't explain much. I went into this knowing nothing about the series, but not bad for 1996. This was pretty impressive. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost in the Shell
I enjoy the movies and series. I had thought this movie had Batou and his Bassett hound in it, but that must be another movie...and I hope to get it soon.
Published 5 months ago by Zoe Watt
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty art, but not compelling story
To be honest, I bought this thinking it was the anime series, but it is actually a stand alone film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Igor Uzilevskiy
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category