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Neo-Tokyo is about to explode!
"Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated." - The Guardian
"Accept no substitutes; 23 years on, Akira is still the genre's crowning achievement." - Total Film
"A phenomenal work of animation with all the hallmarks of an instant cult classic." - New York Times
"Easily the most breathtaking and kinetic anime ever made." - Village Voice
Neo-Tokyo is about to E X P L O D E!
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.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 4.66 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 28935078
- Director : Katsuhiro Otomo
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Animated, Blu-ray, Color
- Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
- Release date : November 12, 2013
- Actors : Johnny Yong Bosch, Jan Rabson, Wendee Lee
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Funimation Prod
- ASIN : B00ENNA62W
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Released in 1988 and based on a manga that was published between 1982-1990, the story takes place in the then-futuristic 2019. The depiction of Neo-Tokyo as a mega city built after a third World War evokes earlier cyberpunk works like Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” and William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” while foreshadowing stories like the Wachowski’s “The Matrix.” The film was one of the first animes to receive widespread recognition for its artistic value in the U.S. and opened the way for later anime to reach U.S. audiences. This set includes both the Blu-ray and DVD with three language tracks, deleted scenes, and making-of featurettes.
For those who do not know, if you enable the capsule feature, when there is interesting graffitti or signs, a capsule will appear on screen, if you press a button on the remote, a transaltion of said graffitti will be shown. I saw it on DVD in 2002 and it gave the movie a deeper level than in the theather.
couple that with the fact that this version has a new music mix, and this is a great addition to your collection. If you never experienced the capsule feature, is a great excuse to view akira again.
PS: Pump up the bass, enable dynamic bass, and every single bass relaed feature of your home teather. Under no circumstances watch this with the punny speakers built in your TV
The artwork is incredible (and the style has thankfully not been copied much, although fans of Dragonball Z will see clearly the inspiration their shows have taken), with fluid animation and lifelike, frightening images of destruction and illusion come to life. The troubled characters try to live within the bizarre nightmare world in which they are placed. The story follows a couple of young men caught up in a government scheme to bring about a psychic super-being: a human weapon that cannot be controlled, a warning about tampering with the mind and doomsday weaponry as well as the loss of innocence and cheapening of human life when overwhelmed by technology, greed and the lust for power. It's a thrill ride that inspired many later on down the line besides Dragonball, but also the Matrix and Blade-Runner. Sci Fi fans will recognize inspiration taken from the Star Wars movies and Tron, and video game fans of the early 90's will see images shown here (Turtles in Time for one). Next to the works of Studio Ghibli, this is probably the best example of big budget anime as mature entertainment one can find (mature as in 'not just for kids').
Package includes the DVD version as well as the Blu-ray, extras and you can listen to it with or without subtitles and have the choice of original Japanese language or two different English tracks (from the 80's and a new one done in 2001). This is worth it for collectors of the genre not just fans of the movie.
However, after I got a DVD player, I bought the DVD version and was completely disappointed. The English on the original version was dubbed, for sure, but it was done with style - the language and story, nuances and emotion, all represented the story and its depth. The new dubbing was amateur and seemed cheap, and definitely took away not only the story but bumped Akira down from being a favorite. Some examples include the use of profanity when it wasn't necessary, and the use of various cliches which didn't even relate to the story, plot, scene, or tone. I bought another one on Blu-ray, hoping it would be better, and it wasn't.
But this one is it! It allows you to select the audio as the original 1988 english dubbing (not the default), which is something I have been hoping for for years. Decades even. Sad that it took this long, but better late than never.
The version I'm talking about it the one with Kaneda walking towards his bike from above, with "25th anniversary edition" above the Akira logo on the bottom, "Blu ray + dvd combo pack" on the top in the blue banner, and "Funimation" on the lower right hand corner of the title.
Finally... so happy I can share this with others now without being embarrassed about the terrible dubbing quality.