Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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.
• Akira Sound Clip • Storyboard Collection
• The Writing on the Wall
• Original Japanese Trailers
• Original Japanese Commercials
• Restoring Akira
• U.S. Trailer (2013)
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
[THE BANDAI "AKIRA" BLU-RAY REVIEW]
"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!
VIDEO & AUDIO:
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AKIRA! What more can i say? Its one of thee best animation movies ever made till this day! If you havent seen it, whats wrong with you? Watch it now! :DPublished 19 days ago by Nia
im one of the people that wants The original English dub.
the new dub sounds funny... yuk.
My favorite anime of all time. I bought this because it has the original english soundtrack. Men we are going to the Olympics!Published 27 days ago by D. D
A great movie made even better. This edition includes a director interview as well as bunches of other bonus features to expand upon the film as a whole. Read morePublished 28 days ago by John Murphy
Stunning movie! considering the original comics are vast in story they made a condensed action packed version .Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
First off, the movie is fantastic. Fantastic story with great action and plot and character development on such an epic scale. My personal favorite animated movie of all time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob VanNieulande
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