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Akira [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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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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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).
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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.Read more ›
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amazing collection and awesome movie, great recommendation!Published 2 months ago by Pedro Miguel A. Carvalho
Definitely the best edition I have seen. Both dubs are on here the original (aweful but nostalgic) and the newer dub (closer to original Japanese translation) in case you don't... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cult classic worth a watch if you are a sci-fi fan and especially if you are a manga one.Published 5 months ago by Dimao