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  • Directors: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O2AZHI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The definitive anime masterpiece! Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III. Kaneda and Tetsuo, two high school drop outs, stumble on a secret government project to develop new weapons - telekinetic humans. Tetsuo learns of the existence of his 'peer', Akira, the project's most powerful subject, and determines to challenge him...

Beautifully restored in full high definition, with an incredible True HD soundtrack, this is an unmissable anime Blu-Ray!

Special features include: Fully remastered THX sound in TrueHD 5.1, Original theatrical TVC's and trailers, Storyboards

Note: English audio available.

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Artist-writer Katsuhiro Omoto began telling the story of Akira as a comic book series in 1982 but took a break from 1986 to 1988 to write, direct, supervise and design this animated film version. Set in 2019, the film richly imagines the new metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms. Two disaffected orphan teenagers--slight, resentful Tetsuo and confident, breezy Kanada--run with a biker gang, but trouble grows when Tetsuo start to resent the way Kanada always has to rescue him. Meanwhile, a group of scientists, military men and politicians wonder what to do with a collection of withered children who possess enormous psychic powers, especially the mysterious, rarely seen Akira, whose awakening might well have caused the end of the old world. Tetsuo is visited by the children, who trigger the growth of psychic and physical powers that might make him a superman or a super-monster.

As befits a distillation of 1,318 pages of the story so far, Akira is overstuffed with character, incident and detail. However, it piles up astonishing set pieces: the chases and shoot-outs (amazingly kinetic, amazingly bloody) benefit from minute cartoon detail that extends to the surprised or shocked faces of the tiniest extra; the Tetsuo monster alternately looks like a billion-gallon scrotal sac or a Tex Avery mutation of the monster from The Quatermass Experiment; and the finale--which combines flashbacks to more innocent days with a destruction of Neo City and the creation of a new universe--is one of the most mind bending in all sci-fi cinema. --Kim Newman

On the DVD: as befits this film's status as a Manga classic, Akira has a wide selection of extras spread across two discs, including a "Making of Akira" documentary, a photo gallery, a quiz and a "Make your own trailer" feature, as well as one hidden feature on each disc. The film has been digitally remastered and presented in widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 for the English-dubbed version, and Dolby Digital 2.0 for the original Japanese language version. The only disappointment of the disc is the animated Scene Selection, where the clips are rendered so small that they can be a bit difficult to decipher. --Rob Burrow --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By R. Stevens on 11 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't intend to offer a full review here, just make a couple of remarks regarding this version of the film. I originally bought the collector's edition of Akira when it first came out on VHS. I love the film and it is as good as its reputation, so if you've never seen it and are hesitating about buying it, go right ahead.
But just a few words for those hardcore Manga fans out there regarding this particular release. If, like me, you prefer watching the original language versions of Manga films you may want to think twice about the Ultimate Collection. Why? Well, there's only one English subtitle track and it's for the hearing impared. This means that, along with the dialog, you get a load of little notes regarding what sort of background sounds accompany the scene, which is, frankly, as annoying as hell. Take the opening, for example, with the dramatic shot across the crater, you're just getting into the mood of the film when up pops "[wind blowing]" along the bottom of the screen. This sort of thing spoils the atmosphere of the film, especially when you can hear the wind blowing for yourself. I'm not saying there shouldn't be comments for the hearing impared, I'm saying that there should be the option to have regular subtitles as well, without all the little sound effect comments.
Second issue; one of the selling points of the re-mastered version is the new translations. Sadly, though some parts of the dialog are much better and flow more naturally, many other parts lose out. The original had more 'peotic' phrasing in some areas where the new version sounds cold and awkward. For example, where the orginal version wonders whether Akira's power might be "divine", the new version wonders if it "comes from God". On the whole I prefer the original text.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on 27 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
The first Anime movie that left us with our jaws on the floor, our eyes melting and looking for more. Sure, we had G Force and the Japanese/French Animated Cities of Gold, not to mention Dogtanion. But, aside from looking a bit alike and being strangely appealing, a connection to a wider market was mostly never made. When Akira came out I was in my teens and drifting away from "cartoons", but when I got taken along to my local arthouse to see Akira for the first time I abandonded "cartoons" completely and my love for Anime began - I owe it all to Akira.

Firstly, the steelbook is gorgeous and only 10,000 made. Inside we have the movie on Bluray and DVD, coupled with a 32 page collectors booklet. The booklet goes in depth on the sound of Akira, its impact, expression and so on. For a mere 32 pages make no mistake, it isn't a light read but rather something you can get your teeth into.

I have to mention that nobody involved in Akira's making thought it would be a success, as a result most of the original prints were destroyed, or ended up in the hands of overseas collectors. The last time I saw Akira in the cinema (many moons ago) it was an absolute mess and falling to bits. Which makes the work done here all the more impressive. There is a bit of debris over the print, the usual black and white flecks but nothing too distracting from your sofa. The colours reflect the original print and are nice and clear. The animation also holds up well with no jagged edges or wavering. By and large blacks are handled well also. To be honest from a picture point of view I think it's a triumph, it has its flaws but many of them will be inherent from the source and the era in which it was made.

Sound quality (True HD 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A on 22 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
When it comes to anime, AKIRA is the film that defines the term classic. Even though it is not my favourite anime film, I acknowledge its greatness! The animation is perfect and there is no way you can tell this film was made in the 80s. The work these people have put into making this film is incredible and the viewer can actually verify that by looking into the extras, where you get an hour-long feature on how the film was made. Although the content of the production notes is quite interesting it is presented in a somehow dull note but it is still worth viewing. As far as the other extras of this DVD are concerned, I really expected more for a masterpiece like this. The ‘make your own trailer’ feature is not exactly great fun, but you do get to watch some of the most memorable scenes, thus it serves a good purpose. I found the quiz a bit too hard and hoped the trailers and the gallery would have been presented in a better manner. Nevertheless, the extras cannot ruin your viewing experience, as the film alone is a good reason to get this DVD.
AKIRA is a film that really makes you think. In fact I was quite depressed when I first watched it, thinking there is a slight possibility of this being our future. It is a dark film all the way, which mostly takes place during the night, with a lot of violence and action, but not meaningless in any sense. The plot is slightly confusing and leaves the viewer with many questions to be answered. The characters of AKIRA are all distinct and memorable, with Kaneda being my personal favourite (cause he’s just so cool). I thought the English dub was very good; the voices can really match the characters.
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