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Akira [Blu-ray] [1988]

Katsuhiro Ôtomo    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O2AZHI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,785 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Product Description

Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require either a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play.


The genre defining anime as you've never seen it before! On Blu-ray for the first time. Digitally restored in full HD with super dynamic hypersonic audio.

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!



  • Actors Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda, Hiroshi Ôtake, Kôichi Kitamura, Michihiro Ikemizu, Yuriko Fuchizaki, Masaaki Ôkura, Tarô Arakawa, Takeshi Kusao, Kazumi Tanaka, Masayuki Katô & Yôsuke Akimoto
  • Director Katsuhiro Ôtomo
  • Certificate 15 years and over
  • Year 1988
  • Languages English
  • Additional Languages Japanese
  • Subtitles English
  • Duration 2 hours and 4 minutes (approx)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute Masterpiece 2 Feb 2003
To call Akira a piece of 'classic' Manga would be a serious insult. This isn't just a piece of Manga history that has found its way into the hearts of millions - this is Manga incarnate. Without Akira it's very possible that us Westerners would never have got to see a single Manga film!
This was a massive hit over here and off the back of this landmark piece other Manga titles began to flow. And you know what? This is still better than most of them! The vibrant colours of the breathtaking Tokyo cityscape and the crisp sharp images that assault the mind show up most other films of its kind to date. This is something that has been improved on further still with this DVD that features a remastered picture as well as sound.
The soundtrack in particular makes this a worthwhile purchase on its own - even if you do already own the film. The music is, as ever, superb in Akira but the entire English dub has been completely redone for this special edition to give you speech that is not only good but also very convincing.
The story is something of a testament to the whole Manga name. It delivers all the usual themes but still manages to keep you firmly in its grasp right up until the explosive ending. Akira revolves around a group of bikers who stumble across a government run testing program that is trying to unleash (and control) psychic powers. Powers that lie dormant in all human beings - Unfortunately for them their latest subject and gang member Tetsuo becomes a little bit unstable to say the least. The result is some explosive animation and a deserved two-disc set.
After seeing some other fantastic two-disc sets this package may be a bit of a let down to the compulsive DVD buyer.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For many of us, the first. 27 Jun 2011
By DeeJay
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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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the subtitles 11 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Akira - DVD of original film print, 1982
The original - the best - including japanese soundtrack with english subtitles, or english dubbed soundtrack. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Tetsuo!
So when are they going to make the movie? When? This animated version, great. Pseudo-mystical stuff and Kaneda's stupidly cool bike aside, the action and set pieces are what set... Read more
Published 1 month ago by tel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic transfer of a legendary film
What an amazing blu ray. The only shame is there are not more extras included other than a trailer, but for a fiver I cant complain.
Published 1 month ago by Hig Hurgenflurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira - The Untimate Collection
I have given this product 5 stars because 'Akira' is a classic movie and a 'must' for all manga fans. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars neo tokyo?
I had first seen akira in japanese with subtitles. after i had just turned 16 it was on late night t.v, part of a season of Japanese classics i proceeded to watch..... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dean P Rickaby
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, hate the dub..
I am not sure if I am in the minority but I am one of those who prefers the original English dub. I wish this was an option on the blu-ray as while I don't mind watching in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. New
4.0 out of 5 stars old but good
very good story for those who are sci-fi fans and awesome characters ,last but not least the drawing and the animation is perfect
Published 3 months ago by sotiris
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
My boyfriend loved it, it ment so much too him as it brought back his childhood. His favourite present yet.
Published 3 months ago by yemi allaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Anime
I'm only echoing what others have said here, but Akira is an essential watch for any anime fan. Or any film fan, really. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bishmanrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive version of a classic
Remastered sound and high definition video make this the definitive version of this classic Manga masterpiece. Read more
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