Audio: Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Linear PCM Dolby Surround), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1).
Subtitles: English, Japanese.
Rated: R (graphic violence and brief nudity)
Released by Bandai Visual under their Honneamise label. This version (6-69198-62004-1) is out of print.
Artist-writer Katsuhiro Ôtomo began telling the story of Akira as a comic book series in 1982 but took a break from 1986 to 1988 to write, direct, supervise, and design this animated film version. Set in 2019, the film richly imagines the new metropolis of Neo-Tokyo, which is designed from huge buildings down to the smallest details of passing vehicles or police uniforms. Two disaffected orphan teenagers--slight, resentful Tetsuo and confident, breezy Kanada--run with a biker gang, but trouble grows when Tetsuo start to resent the way Kanada always has to rescue him. Meanwhile, a group of scientists, military men, and politicians wonder what to do with a collection of withered children who possess enormous psychic powers, especially the mysterious, rarely seen Akira, whose awakening might well have caused the end of the old world. Tetsuo is visited by the children, who trigger the growth of psychic and physical powers that might make him a superman or a supermonster. As befits a distillation of 1,318 pages of the story so far, Akira is overstuffed with character, incident, and detail. However, it piles up astonishing set pieces: the chases and shootouts (amazingly kinetic, amazingly bloody) benefit from minute cartoon detail that extends to the surprised or shocked faces of the tiniest extra; the Tetsuo monster alternately looks like a billion-gallon scrotal sac or a Tex Avery mutation of the monster from The Quatermass Experiment; and the finale--which combines flashbacks to more innocent days with a destruction of Neo City and the creation of a new universe--is one of the most mind-bending in all sci-fi cinema. --Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This movie was the first thing that I ever saw as a child, that turned me on to the anime genre. I watched it when I was around 8 or 9, (against my mother's wishes, of course-- as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chelsea Dreher
Great anime, considered a milestone in graphic achievement, but overrated as a movie in the genre, in my opinion.Published 10 months ago by jay
An awesome HD remastered release. The story is ahead of its time and absolute mind-blowing. A must have for any collector or fan.Published 20 months ago by Robert Huang
The one from 1988.
- You're king of the hill now ? Too bad it's garbage !
Ah ! I felt 16 again, watching it for the first time on the big screen. Read more
However, you won't likely find THIS movie in any garbage mountain. Why? Because it is freaking awesome!
It's Akira. Not much can be said that hasn't already been said. Read more
While a pricey pickup, it was worth it for the high resolution 24/192 sound. The rarity of this bluray makes for the high price but for the audiophile in me the sound was truly... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2013 by Johnathan McNeil
This blu-ray disc doesn't work on North America reader. This is a region B disc... You should specify this in your product description...Published on Oct. 9 2012 by Hugo