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Akira [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMU182
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Artist-writer Katsuhiro Ôtomo 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 supermonster. 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 shootouts (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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Update: Wednesday 12th April 2017
This review was originally intended to bring clarification to UK Blu-ray collectors regarding the specifications and content of the 2016 Triple Play CE release of the 1988 Japanese anime film Akira. It has now expanded to cover the April 2017 Standard Edition BD, the score, the Manga (graphic novel/Japanese comic book) as it relates to the film and finally a series of suggested purchases (according to each customer's personal preference or needs) for Standard Definition DVD options. Also there is a brief subtitle comparison. I have carefully indicated the intended group of customers or my intentions throughout the review. This is meant as a basic guide. Each potential customer must make his or her own personal choice(s).

Good luck to you all.

PRODUCT REVIEW:
Over the last 25 years Akira has reached legendary status here in the UK.

Personally I prefer the Manga (graphic novel) but it is still a fantastic film that stands up well to repeated viewings.

This 2016 Triple Play Collector's Edition set from Manga UK has FINALLY addressed the many shortfalls of all previous UK VHS, DVD & Blu-ray Disc physical media releases. This 'new' BD release also fixes the "Window-boxing" problem customers commented on in relation to the transfer on the 2011 Manga UK Blu-ray Disc releases.

Purists should note that no multi-angle option exists to view the original Japanese opening title logo & text or closing credits. These are presented in English only.

Since 2001, I have chosen to watch the Japanese language version with the translation used by Pioneer (Geneon) & Madman on their local DVDs not playable in the UK. This 2016 UK BD uses this but also adds on-screen text, signs etc.
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The most fantastic animation , everybody must see it at least once . I will never forget it . Philosophical Japanese " Anime " . Thought provoking and great story . Unfortunately it is with English subtitles so you will be a bit distracted but probably the greatest 2 hours of my life . I always wanted to buy it and the same I recommend to others .
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This is a Mange adventure that starts with the end of the world and Tokeyo been hit by a atomic bomb gangs of bikers run lawless across the city and fight with each other on post nuclear age of an alternative 2019. Here we see a different world but not ours bet with a lots of all the same issues. Crime, social order and mutations and what is the future of man. Not questions that you would find in the average 12 year olds school book as the enjoy their Saturday mornings off school.
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Amazing set. Contains tons of extras and the picture is hands down the best I've seen this movie look in years. Buy it.
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It's a classic, worth owning as part of any DVD library.
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Great movie to add to your cyberpunk collection. Outstanding animation.
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Great anime ...You've got to have in any collection
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This is the first manga film I saw and I love it. Very good animation. Great story. Very different. Just as good as vampire D, and ghost in the shell 1. if your into manga this is a must see. I also enjoyed iche the killer.
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