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on 21 February 2004
Well what can i say about Akira that hasn't already written. It really is one of the greatest films ever made. I remember when it first appeared as part of the inital wave of anime released by Manga Video back in the mid nineties and i absolutley loved it. The dubbing was ok compared to a lot of other early efforts, but its the storyline and animation that really pull you in.
The film is set in 2019, thirty years after a secret weapons project during World War 3 destroyed Tokyo and centres around the friendship between two gang members, Kaneda and Tetsuo. After Tetsuo is involved in a bike accident with an escaped Military test subject, he is then captured and experimented on to give him powerful psychic abilities. Unfortunately his powers get out of control and a new threat looms on the horizon for Neo Tokyo.
In 2002 they released a version of Akira on DVD, this is what the fans had been waiting for for long enough. It looked beautiful it has to be said, and the remastered sound is a feast on the ears, but what happened with the dubbing. All those classic lines had now been repleaced. Growing up with the original dub i was so dissappointed that they had done this, for me it had ruined an already perfect film. Fair enough the new dub is probably a bit closer, and the syncing is better but it just wasn't akira anymore.
And now we have the 'Ultimate Collection'. Finally they've put the original dub on to dvd but have left it in its original state, and you can clearly see the difference in quality between it and the remastered version. And shame on Manga Video, the first disc is the disc from the 2 DVD version from 2002, they couldn't be bothered to do a completely new package. Very disappointing.
Having said that if you're new to Manga and Akira then get this version as its got everything you could ever want to know about one of the greatest films ever made.
Any chance of a remastered version of the original dub then Manga Video. Then i'll be happy.
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