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Akira [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata, Tesshô Genda, Hiroshi Ôtake
  • Directors: Katsuhiro Ohtomo
  • Writers: Katsuhiro Ohtomo, Izô Hashimoto
  • Producers: Haruyo Kanesaku, Hiroe Tsukamoto, James Yosuke Kobayashi, Ryôhei Suzuki, Sawako Noma
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: Feb. 24 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMU182
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,229 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on Jan. 10 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Lets just get one thing straight,In the details of the product, it claims that its just 2 disc's. There are not 2 disc's that come included in this package. The are 3 disc. the DVD version that comes with one dub. the Blu ray version with the streamline, original, and the remastered Japanese dub. and the bonus features on another Blu ray disc. worth noticing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mapletran on Nov. 26 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The item arrived very quickly and in excellent condition.

I had no idea what this movie was about besides that it was maybe one of the original anime movies that made it big outside of Japan. Anyway, my husband had requested it and so I bought it.

I thought it was very well done. I mean, who has the time to draw cells upon cells of pictures nowadays? No CGI's here. I don't think I will give a synopsis since that sort of information can be procured anywhere online (i.e. Wikipedia). All I can say is that it's very ...typical. I enjoyed watching it, just some parts I was scratching my head but then I realized it's fiction and it's meant to entertain though I did sense some anti-establishment undertones. I was also kind of shocked part way into the movie because one of the characters threw a few F-bombs. What?? In anime? Perhaps I'm too naïve.

I believe my husband liked it alright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Few anime films are as groundbreaking, mystifying, or head-scratching as Akira. For years, it's been the benchmark which all other anime films are measured against. Its scope and ambition is far beyond most films, anime or otherwise, and it serves as a figurehead for mature, intellectual stories built on unique concepts that nobody has really ever attempted to replicate. Now we have the 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray, which could very well be called the definitive version of this wonderful classic.

Akira takes place in a dystopian Tokyo circa 2019, 31 years after a massive explosion decimated the city and triggered the onset of World War III. The city is rife with political corruption, civilian protests and biker gangs, one of which is the Capsules, led by a young boy named Kaneda. The Capsules are at war with a rival gang known as the Clowns, who they routinely battle for control of territory. During one particularly violent skirmish, young Capsule gang member Tetsuo is severely injured when he nearly runs over a young disfigured blue-skinned boy. Tetsuo's motorcycle explodes just before impact under mysterious circumstances. Military forces arrive at the same moment as the Capsule gang, and Kaneda witnesses Tetsuo being taken away for medical treatment. The disfigured boy, known as Takashi, is taken back to a secret military research facility that has been conducting experiments on he and two other children. The hospitalized Tetsuo begins to manifest telekinetic psychic powers brought on by his close encounter with Takashi, but he also experiences severe headaches and psychological trauma in the process. Tetsuo escapes the hospital and begins to manifest antagonistic and antisocial behavior, the former of which is directed at his close friend and rival Kaneda.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ruth on May 26 2004
Format: DVD
To do the lengthy Akira graphic novel series complete justice would require a Peter Jackson-like effort in a series of movies. Nonetheless, this anime does a decent job of taking us into the world of Neo Tokyo. Much oif the overall story is missing, but I did love the direction of this film.
I saw this movie when it was first released in the US years ago and even today I still fondly recall those flashback scenes of Tetsuo and Kaneda growing up together, best friends always, yet doomed to their tragic conflict.
I'm the kind of fan who always opts to watch anime in the original Japanese with English subtitles. You get more of the intended emotions from the voice actors that way I find.
Past editions of Akira in English were down right boring because of the dubbing. The new edition is better, but I still prefer to watch it in Japanese.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tragic composure on Nov. 16 2001
Format: DVD
I got the Limited Edition Tin within the first week of it's release. Well, to say the least it was worth my money and then some and unlike many of my DVD's don't collect dust.
The picture is just incredible. There were a couple scenes where the reds were slightly too bright but it was not so obvious that it detracted from my viewing of the movie. This is an entirely hand drawn animation that is still more detailed than anything Disney or even Pixar supplies us today and it was treated with the dignity it deserved.
Japanese Audio is always the way to go. I wish they had remixed it in the Dolby 5.1 but unless you have an elaborate entertainment system setup it isn't that signifigant. Just would have been a nice treat. Voices were PERFECT. It just all fit perfectly. I love the Japanese voice for Tetsuo, he just had that perfect, insane, but you still feel for him to a certain extent, something that I felt was lost in the English translation.
English Audio: Um... how does anyone miss that crap of a job dub done in '88? Masaru sounded like my grandfather for crying out loud, the girlfriends of Kanada's biker gang have thick Jersey accents, Kaneda sounds like he's 30ish and it goes on (I won't even begin to mention that it was the FIRST dub that screwed up the japanese script, not vice versa!). And this is exactly what people complain about. I've heard a lot of people complain about the new voice of Kaneda because he sounds too young. Did everyone forget that Kaneda and Tetsuo are in the age ranger of 14-17? They are supposed to sound young! Same problem came up with the kids.... in the Japanese script I hate to say it but the numbers do sound like small children.
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