GHOST IN THE SHELL
DISTRIB. COMPANY:  Manga Entertainment
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action
DURATION: 82 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed to a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth... Mamoru Oshii's futuristic animated masterpiece, Ghost In The Shell, is the perfect film to experience on Digital Video Disk. Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle has broken the boundaries of mainstream animation with its detailed artistic direction and uniquely intelligent story line. Ghost In The Shell took the world by storm in 1996, introducing a new wave of Japanese animation through its mesmerizing cinematic expression. A movie that questions our own human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age, this remarkable, award-winning, cyber-tech thriller has gone on to become one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated, Complete movie production report, Documentary "The Making of Ghost in the Shell"

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

I remember when this movie came out. It was so hyped and people either loved it or hated it.

It's definitely a cerebral anime that has to be watched a few times before you can understand it. Also, the character designs were completely different from what people were used to from the manga and the video game.

But what made me enjoy this movie is I'm a big fan of Masamune Shirow's work and it was great to see this DVD as one of the first anime DVD's to be released.

The DVD comes with long extras such as a complete movie production report and the documentary of the making of the movie.

At the time, this movie was visually stunning and the movie was something that not many anime fans could truly enjoy due to the movie's intellectual level of storytelling.

For me, I enjoyed the movie and it was great to see it available on DVD. Definitely much better than the LD and VHS releases.

THE OAV's: A-
THE DVD EXTRAS: B+
THE DVD OVERALL: B+

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