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Ghost in the Shell

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 3/10/17

I'm not a fan of Japanese anime; in fact, I rarely watch any animated films. This is apparently one of the best out there. It was made in the 90's, so they're re-issuing it with this beautiful cover above. The DVD cover is very cool and looks like metal.  A new live action movie based on this story is coming out this year, so I'm sure that's why they came out with it.

Visually, it's beautiful. The story seems more like a real movie than animation.  I just found it to be way too slow and confusing. I didn't really know what was going on half the time.  Even though I'm not deaf, I usually put on the closed-captioning so I can understand what the actors are saying (when they mumble or use strange words).  However, this doesn't have the regular kind of "English for the hard of hearing."  It was more like subtitling, even though the DVD is in English (with some occasional Japanese thrown in). So the translation of the words was VERY different, which I found disconcerting and too difficult to watch.

There are no features or extras that I could see. Too bad! I'm sure fans would have loved some information about how it was made and how it's been received in the past 25 years.


Limited Steelbook Packaging with Exclusive Mondo Artwork
Coming to Blu-ray + Digital HD March 14, 2017 

Also Returns to Theaters for Limited Engagement
February 7 - 8, 2017

Mamoru Oshii Classic to Screen in 110 U.S. Theaters

A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.  Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm in the mid-90’s, exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented, mesmerizing cinematic expression. Seamlessly merging traditional animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle challenged the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line. Veteran director Mamoru Oshii skillfully creates the ultimate anime experience in this futuristic masterpiece based on the groundbreaking comic book by Masamune Shirow.


The groundbreaking anime film Ghost in the Shell arrives on Blu-rayTM + Digital HD with limited-edition Mondo key art in collectible Steelbook packaging from Anchor Bay Entertainment on March 14, 2017. The groundbreaking anime celebrated the 25th anniversary of the original Manga in 2014. Directed by legendary anime director Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell questions human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age, this award-winning, cyber-tech thrilled has established itself as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complete Season 1 and Season 2 previously only available on DVD will be arrived on Blu-rayTM for the first time on February 21, 2017. Ghost in the Shell will be available on Blu-rayTM from Anchor Bay Entertainment on March 14, 2017 for the suggested retail price of $34.99.  

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