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Ghost in the Shell [DVD] [1995]

Atsuko Tanaka , Iemasa Kayumi , Mamoru Oshii    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Richard Epcar, Akio Ohtsuka, Tamio ‘ki
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCLU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a futuristic world where cyberspace, artificial intelligences and cyborg cops are the norm, only the Ghost (the indefinable element of human consciousness) exists to determine who is alive and who is purely a creation of the Net. Major Motoko Kusanagi is an elite officer in the Shell Squad who has been so heavily modified that little more than her Ghost remains. She is assigned to finding a computer criminal who is skilled enough to hack into the minds of his victims, and she finds that he uses humans as puppets to do his evil deeds. Things soon take on a more sinister twist. The special edition box set features the original subtitled version of the film and a documentary into the making of the piece.

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The skilful blending of drawn animation and computer-generated imagery excited anime fans when this science fiction mystery was released in 1995: many enthusiasts believe Ghost suggests what the future of anime will be, at least in the short term. The film is set in the not-too-distant future, when an unnamed government uses lifelike cyborgs or "enhanced" humans for undercover work. One of the key cyborgs is the Major, Motoko Kusanagi, who resembles a cross between the Terminator and a Playboy centrefold. She finds herself caught up in a tangled web of espionage and counterespionage as she searches for the mysterious superhacker known as "The Puppet Master."

Mamoru Oshii directs with a staccato rhythm, alternating sequences of rapid-fire action (car chases, gun battles, explosions) with static dialogue scenes that allow the characters to sort out the vaguely mystical and rather convoluted plot. Kusanagi's final quote from I Corinthians suggests that electronic evolution may compliment and eventually supplant organic evolution. The minor nudity, profanity and considerable violence would earn Ghost in the Shell at least a PG rating. --Charles Solomon


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 9 Mar 2005
Format:DVD
the first time i saw GiTS was when i was sixteen and i have to admit, save the stunning action which on its own is absolutely a reason to watch this film, it was a bit lost on me. However I came across it once more two years ago, bought it, watched it without the stupid half-arsed American dubbing that had confused me originally, and now it is most probably the most watched film in my collection...
I'm sure you have read the Amazon review/ synopsis so I will try not to repeat, but it is all true. The pace and action style reminds me a lot of the film HEAT (Al Pacino, Robert De Niro) with long, reflective stretches cut up by hard faced, military style action. GiTS has enough to fill three films, weaving though a world of science fiction- terrorisim, political games, and an investigation that unpicks the two is on the surface of this story, underpinning this is a facinating love triangle where actions and vocal tones, not words, speak the volumes of need, desire and jealousy. Mamoru Oshii uses Motoko, and the film finally to spell out his own philosophical fears of the future, contemplating life, reality, existence and memory, but despite this i still find the puppet-master the most interesting character, although highly intellegent, commanding and controlling, under the surface he is jealous lonely and insecure.
Unless you are lucky enough to speak Japanese, using the DVD's English subtitle option is the only way to get the most from this film's heavy dialogue as using the American dubbing is futile, whoever arranged it must of either been very dumb, or not cared at all about preserving the subtleties of the voice acting or dialogue which has been altered to make the film more culturably watchable, but misses huge amounts of humour, character building and story telling in the process.
this film is great, buy it love it tell everyone else... After two years i still pick up on new things, its just great
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introduction. 23 Aug 2005
By ARX78
Format:DVD
For lovers of Japanese animation there are two titles that seem to be well known Akira and Ghost in the shell. Both carry a strong support of fans and with this film you may find yourself joining them.
Ghost in the shell is set in the future where cybernetics has led to a new evolution in mankind, allowing humans to become enhanced or completly immersed in prosthetic bodies. The further advancements in computer technology also allows these advancments to change the quality of life for the people of this time, and also allow for new waves of crime and terrorism.
We are introduced to the public security section 9 a group led by chief Aramaki who are hot on the tail of a cyber terrorist known as the puppet master.
Ghost in the shell features the same style of dialoge that the books from Shirow Masamune wrote. As such the science aspects are complex but interesting, however the true beauty of this film lies in the philisophical concept of the title. The ghost refering to the equivelent of a soul, and the importance of individuality amoungst those who are now encased in almost identical prosthetic bodies. The main charecter Major Motoko Kusinage is a full cyborg, who dispalys thoughts and feelings on her own individuality through the films amazing visuals or conversations with her own team members.
The film follows this theme to its conclusion while giving plenty of action and visuals along the way. Some may be quick to dismiss this film as an arthouse kind of film, but in my opinion it is a fantastic film that rewads the patient viewer. The soundtrack by Kenji Kwai is a beautiful and haunting score featuring traditional japanese instruments and music styles mixed with fantastic singing and ambient sounds.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Extras are merely a Ghost Themselves... 19 Sep 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This review is for the 2014 Blu Ray Steelbook version of the film.

I won't go into the plot of iconic anime film of the 90s since you probably already know about it. Instead I will talk about the Steelbook and features.

The steelbook itself is quite nice. A matte finish with a nice shine to it. The front is different from what other previous releases have had, but it works. Nothing much to say about the back, but the inside art looks fabulous, This was the artwork for the first DVD release which I remember buying as a birthday gift for myself many years ago and so it is an iconic image that has stay with me whenever I think about this film. I am happy Manga Entertainment were able to put this image somewhere on this release and is of very good quality.

Now onto the disc. I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to the technical stuff, but as far as I can tell, the picture does look very good. Also to note that this is the original version of the film, presented in 1080p for the first time on a UK Blu Ray (Unlike the original on the 2.0 release which is not 1080p). The 2.0 version of the film is nowhere to be seen, so no George Lucas style CGI changes which I did not care for. Sound for the English Dub is 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio but sadly the Japanese audio is only 2.0.

Now for the reason for only 4 stars, the Extras. There are none. I was quite surprised as the 2 previous DVD releases all had extras and could not understand why even in SD they could not port those over. Even Manga's previous Steelbook animes all had extras and even a DVD copy of their films too, which this also lacks. Your only "extra" to say the least is a booklet which a decent read.

If you're after a steelbook and/or a proper Blu Ray of the original, then by all means pick it up. If you do not care about picture, versions, or Steelbooks, you might want to settle with the cheaper 2.0 Blu Ray or a DVD copy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars amazing movie but sadly can not enjoy it as the ...
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amazing movie but sadly can not enjoy it as the 5.1 mix is seriously messed up... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by SGT HICKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
don't buy, the subtitles are not in sync, and English subtitle text and speech are not identical.
Published 2 months ago by alexander duytschaever
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, different cover-art
My DVD did not come with the advertised cover-art but a new version I haven't seen before and that's not nearly as good... Disappointing but the film is and always has been great.
Published 3 months ago by SebbStrife
5.0 out of 5 stars i would hate to order this only to find out its just ...
EDIT: After some looking around i feel safe that this is most likely the original cut movie and not the 2.0 version so i eagly pre ordered this. Read more
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