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Amazing movie, mediocre Blu-Ray
on 7 May 2017
Ghost in the Shell is a science fiction classic. Despite being clearly inspired by other sci-fi, it brought many new ideas of its own to the genre and has been copied much in the decades since its release. There would be no Matrix without Ghost in the Shell.
The movie is also a masterpiece of visual and aural design, which should make for an amazing blu-ray. Sadly the reality is something quite different. Picture quality is really weak, with incredibly washed out blacks which make for an image which just looks incorrect. I doubt this was Mamoru Oshii approved. It's also very grainy. Then we have the audio, which is in 2.0 channel Dolby Surround Pro Logic. Yes, 2 channel. A 5.1 mix exists, but Manga Video couldn't be bothered to acquire it for this anniversary release. A great way to treat the movie which brought Manga Video so much success. There is a 5.1 dub on here if that's your thing, but it's not for me.
Extras are completely non existent. There is a very, very small booklet included with a few interviews in it, but that's your lot.
For a celebratory anniversary release it seems all Manga could be bothered to do was put the disc in a Steelbook case. It's a weak release and a disappointing way to treat such a cinematic masterpiece.