Ghost in the Shell 2.0

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A film that has spawned a thousand imitations but never been bettered – Mamoru Oshii’s legendary anime film GHOST IN THE SHELL returns in a stunning new edition remastered by Oshii himself. For this definitive Version 2.0 release, all the original animations are re-produced with latest digital film and animation technologies, including 3D-CGI. Set in a re-imagined Hong Kong at a time when cyberspace is expanding into human reality, the story follows top cyberwarrior Maj… More >>

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

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  1. The most groundbreaking anime EVER (suck it Akira!) gets the royal treatment. What makes this great is that this edition includes the original on blu-ray (though I already had the DVD Special Edition) AND the remastered edition! If you watch sci-fi anime and have NOT seen this you are missing out on something great.

    Don’t mistake this with Stand Alone Complex. The SAC series is not related to the movies despite being based on them. The events in the two movies never happened in the SAC series or Solid State Society. So you can watch either the movie or SAC first without spoiling anything.

    Even if you are like me and have the DVD Anniversary SPecial Edition you should still grab this one on blu-ray while it is still available.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. While I enjoyed the original story a great deal, I was never a fan of this movie in any form. Nothing about the production ever really lived up to the hype surrounding it, and with the exception of the backgrounds, the animation was only marginally better than that of the first Patlabor. When I heard they were giving it the George Lucas treatment I couldn’t help but roll my eyes, and when I saw the side-by-side comparisons floating around the internet, I couldn’t find any reason to stop rolling them.

    Despite my feelings of apathy, I picked up the disc and finally popped it in the player last night. While I agree that they went way, way, WAY too far re-doing the major in 3D during the opening and diving sequences, for the most part, I found myself enjoying all the other little tweaks a great deal. While it seems like all they did was run some soft focus filter over everything to hide the rough edges on the surface, this version of the film really does do a better job of sustaining the atmosphere it strives to create than did its predecessor. I’d never really given much thought to the gender mismatch between the Puppet Master’s voice and body, but now that I’ve seen it this way, the character comes off as more benevolent than foreboding, which is much more in line with what I always felt Shirow was hoping to portray.

    Sure, the extras are lame, but what do you expect from Manga? I’m also glad that nobody wasted money paying the TV actors to re-dub anything, as they are absolutely horrible. I have no idea how anyone can sit through anything dubbed in any language.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Ghost in the Shell is one of the finest works of the genre. A groundbreaking narrative about the nature of humanity and what it truly means to be alive. The story revolves around the emergence of a notorious cyber terrorist known only as “The Puppet Master,” a terrorist with the ability to hack into the most highly-secured computer systems around the globe, as well as into people’s cyber-augmented minds. Section 9–a group of highly trained Counter-Terrorism Operatives is tasked with bringing this individual to justice. The movie’s protagonist, the fearless Major Motoko Kusanagi leads this operation and delves into her own inner termoil dealing with the nature of her own blurred past.

    Video 5/5

    OK, since I’m not too familiar with the technical jargon (plus I already used up all of my good SAT words on the intro) I’ll just tell you this–it looks great! Compared to the scratchy, washed out DVD version, GitS 2.0 is vibrant colorful, and incredibly sharp.

    Audio 5/5

    Big explosions, loud cars, booming um…booms? It sounds great. The same care that was given to sharpening the video transfer went into the audio as well.


    The Anime purists out there will undoubtedly turn their collective noses up at the thought of their precious Ghost in the Shell undergoing an unnecessary facelift. However, with the advent of HD technology–a lot of the CG content that was added doesn’t detract from the experience but makes the film seem more polished and just fits in better than the archaic computer generated effects that were present in the original. If you can overlook this, the wealth of new effects and content added makes GitS feel like a whole new movie.

    I highly recommend picking this up if you’re an Anime fan, or if you just want to show off your shiny new Blu Ray player to a room full of your envious friends.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. If you don’t already own a copy of GITS and have a Blu ray player this is the copy you want to buy. looks amazing in hd and is an anime classic. It also has the original version of the movie under the extras menu for those hard core fans who like the original movie’s look better. This is a must own for any anime fan.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I will start by saying the original Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite films of all time. I am a computer scientist researching AI, and it ranks right up there with 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner (Also The Matrix which was influenced heavily by GitS) for movies that have “shaped” my view of reality and what is possible.

    Now you should know that the “original” version of the film is indeed on this blu-ray, Thank you very much! The original, however, does not look cleaned up like the “2.0” version is (maybe because “original” means untouched!). I, like many other people commenting, much prefer the original masterpiece to this new “2.0” incarnation. The original is still worth the purchase of this blu-ray. Really one of the greatest films ever produced.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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