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Akira: Movie - Collector's Case (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 feature-length animation and forced the world to look into the future. Without Kaneda and Tetsuo, without espers and psionic assassins, without that iconic motorcycle – our world would be a far less exciting place to exist.
This SKU includes a Steelbook Collector's Case, Blu-ray and DVD product, and a 32 page full-color booklet for the true Akira fan.
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U.S. Trailer (2013)
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"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. The choice of both English dubs is a nice touch, as I'd imagine that many long-time fans (including myself) have a nostalgic connection to the older one. English subtitles are included for translation purposes only. No dubtitles!
The bonus features, by and large, are similar to Pioneer's 2001 Special Edition DVD...which itself borrowed plenty of extras from the company's older Laserdisc release. Two are missing, however: the excellent "Akira Production Report" (a vintage behind-the-scenes documentary) and a gallery of promotional images. Otherwise, it's pretty much business as usual, but die-hard fans might still want to hold on to those Special Edition DVDs.
So essentially, we get a slight visual upgrade, the addition of Streamline's 1988 English dub and many (but not all) of the vintage extras not included on Bandai's 2009 Blu-ray. Funimation's 25th Anniversary Edition is definitely worth a purchase if you don't own "Akira" on Blu-ray yet, but those that do might not want to bother.
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So here it is, in all it's corny glory! Sounding better than ever! Plus I get to brush up on my Japanese with the original sound! There's also the new dub for people who can tolerate Kaneda being pronounced "Canada" and the crap new voice cast with no emotion (I feel nauseous just thinking about it. Screw you, English Vash!), if that's your thing...
Plus, all the extras are here! I love the score documentary :)
The PICTURE IS PHENOMENAL! You can see the layers of cels and amazing detail. It feels like the colorized Manga come to life!
If you're satisfied with your old copy of Akira, you will be sorely disillusioned once viewing this! Go to Blu-ray.com and view the hi-res pictures, or watch an HD trailer. You'll understand immediately.
But, if you are looking at this move here, you probably already know what it is, have seen it, and know that it is a movie worth having in your collection.
... in June of 2009 I bought the first US BD ("Bandi Entertainment") edition, which was a major improvement over all the previous SD disks (e.g., the "Genon Signature Series Edition" SD);
... in 2011 I bought the BD identified as the "DTS Sound Edition" from Amazon Japan as part of my test of Japanese BD picture quality versus that of other countries' releases... At the time I rated it very highly; the A-B Comparison w/the 2009 US Bandai Entertainment BD showed this one had a steadier image, w/more saturated colors and wider audio spread. It was like watching the movie for the first time...
In April of 2015 ordered the "Akira FUNimation 25th Anniversary Edition/ DVD & Blu-ray Combo" from Amazon, w/ASIN of B00ENNA62W, and UPC of 704400094187; its run time is 124 min. I don't believe it was available in this country until recently.
I didn't watch the SD disk. This 2013 FUNimation BD has the maximum amount of detail imaginable; it will challenge all BD players in terms of displaying all of its inherent picture quality. As well, the audio is phenomenal, far better than any previous SD or BD release. I also have the impression that there are slight edits to the film itself that result in a more comprehensible flow of the story. In sum this is the last edition I intend to buy, until something of better (4K?) quality is marketed.