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Ghost in the Shell [Import]

Atsuko Tanaka , Iemasa Kayumi , Mamoru Oshii    Unrated   DVD
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The skillful blending of drawn animation and computer-generated imagery excited anime fans when this science fiction mystery was released in 1995: many enthusiasts believe Ghost suggests what the future of anime will be, at least in the short term. The film is set in the not-too-distant future, when an unnamed government uses lifelike cyborgs or "enhanced" humans for undercover work. One of the key cyborgs is The Major, Motoko Kusanagi, who resembles a cross between The Terminator and a Playboy centerfold. She finds herself caught up in a tangled web of espionage and counterespionage as she searches for the mysterious superhacker known as "The Puppet Master."

Mamoru Oshii directs with a staccato rhythm, alternating sequences of rapid-fire action (car chases, gun battles, explosions) with static dialogue scenes that allow the characters to sort out the vaguely mystical and rather convoluted plot. Kusanagi's final quote from I Corinthians suggests that electronic evolution may compliment and eventually supplant organic evolution. The minor nudity, profanity, and considerable violence would earn Ghost in the Shell at least a PG rating. --Charles Solomon

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4.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make Movies Like This Anymore... June 21 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ghost in the Shell: Special Edition is, in my opinion, the ultimate Ghost in the Shell DVD. Even better than the 2.0 thing they've come up with, since that edition only has certain parts rendered with (I'll admit) beautiful CGI; however, they did take out some stuff that had the potential to look better.
This edition, however, does not take anything out. No censors, no renditions that I can think of, etc. It's just the movie, and a whole disc loaded with special features including TWENTY MINUTES of nostalgic anime trailers (Neon Genesis Evangelion AND The End of Evangelion trailers playing back-to-back!). This edition also has the remastered film, which makes the amazing animation look even better, and the sound even crisper. The English voice actors all played their parts well and matched their characters, though I disagree with some other reviewers when they say Matoko sounds just a LITTLE TOO robotic. She's a cyborg. That's the point.
Now onto the film itself: it's about an omnipresent hacker nicknamed The Puppetmaster who finds a way to hack into a government official, and Major Matoko Kusanagi with her Division 9 to back her up go out to track down this 'ghost hacker'. It's basically the same storyline as the manga it's based on by Masamune Shirow, except with a few divisions of the plot, without most of the subplots. Which is a good thing, because this movie's complicated enough, and while it does get by without being TOTALLY confusing (like the manga), just remember that this time we don't have Masamune Shirow's notes to help us out.
Also, this was one of the key inspirations for The Matrix, another favourite of mine.
This is also one of the 'Big Three' anime films that introduced anime to Western audiences. Ninja Scroll and Akira are the other two, and while it's hard to pick favourites I'd have to say Ghost in the Shell is my favourite out of these three.
****1/2 out of *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. June 18 2004
Format:DVD
Ghost in the Shell is simply my favorite science fiction film second only to Blade Runner- Director's Cut. Which, not surprisingly, influenced this movie a great deal. I remember back in 1996.....already a full blown anime aficionado, I had followed the production of this film since the first Japanese press release and was eagerly awaiting its indefinate arrival on American shores. Having read Masamune Shirow's graphic novel that inspired the film, this became the first anime title that I ever pre-ordered and counted the days upon its release.
But the movie wasn't what I had expected. The entense action was toned down a bit. The humor in the graphic novel was entirely non-existent in the film. What was left were the deep philosophical ovetones. And I commend Mamoru Oshii for making the risky decision to focus mainly on this aspect of the story. The movie, in fact, was BETTER than I could have ever hoped.
The story seems simple even typical when described, but it's the underlining philosophical themes that make this film such a treasure.
Our protagonist is Motoko Kusanagi, an officer of a military division known as Section 9. On the trail of a Notorious hacker dubbed The Puppet Master, Kusunagi begins to question her own consciousness or "ghost" as she unravels the case.
Deep in 'noir' territory, Ghost in the Shell is definately not for the viewer who likes to check their brain at the door. You will be challenged to discover the existential nature of the characters as they discover it themselves. This is not bad filmaking rather than a forced empathy with Kusunagi that will hopefully get you contemplating some of the philosophical issues presented here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Background May 4 2004
By Egoman
Format:DVD
"Ghost in the Shell" is a rather famous animated film- one which has influenced (and been influenced by) a lot of western science fiction. According to the Wachowski brothers, this film (and many other anime movies) greatly affected their ideas for "The Matrix".
This movie, like countless others before and since, ponders the questions of "what is reality?" and "what is the individual?". This is not new ground. The 1982 Ridley Scott film "Blade Runner" (the Director's Cut) covered all this same territory with considerably more style and drama.
The (mostly) good news:
For fans of animation, "Ghost" is not up to the standards of a Miyazaki movie, but it is a worthy purchase. There were some scenes in which the producers were clearly trying to save money, but they were few and far between. CG effects were used sparsely, but blended seemlessly into the cel animation.
The Japanese voice-over is solid but, as is often the case, the English version is just awful. I couldn't even watch the entire film in English a single time.
The bad news:
Like most anime, this movie is based upon a lengthy manga series and, at less than one and a half hours, it doesn't offer any help to those (like me) who aren't familiar with it. There just isn't much (or any) background information put into the film. In some cases, the uninitiated viewer won't find out some details they should know at the beginning until the movie is almost over. In other cases, it's apparent that important details are never covered.
This tendency to cater toward the manga fans also presents itself in the area of character development. Without background, I found it difficult to care about the characters or their mission.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good action and story
the action was awesome but it could have used more. The story is deep and reminded me of a mishmash of terminator, matrix, and blade runner.
Published 3 months ago by Sorpse
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to start your collection
Hands down, a great anime to start a collection, with a series that follows. A provocative and action packed storyline that has a life of its own.
Published 6 months ago by Niels Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mamoru Oshii award winner!
Based on Masamune Shirow's original Manga, renowned Japanese director and screenwriter Mamoru Oshii adapts Ghost in the Shell into a full length Anime film! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anglophilechap263
3.0 out of 5 stars More Style Than Substance
As a recent convert to the world of Anime, I didn't think that any reviews of movies that I did would be very helpful as all the movies I've seen I would rate as either Very Good... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2008 by General Ledger
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your facts straight !
This movies ideas do not come from the Matrix. It came out before the Matrix. They do not come from Blade Runner, but from the author Phillip K Dick. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2004 by Ryan G
5.0 out of 5 stars Best anime next to Akira!!
This anime was revolutionary, well drawn, well animated, and highly philisophocal. I love how GITS intrigues the mind with how technology has created highly sophisticated robots... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by KarlMarxEmilioZapata
4.0 out of 5 stars Matrix like anime
Ghost in the Shell is by far the most intellectual anime I have seen so far. The story deals with a group of cyborgs running after a new sort of being, the Puppetmaster. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic.
intellectually and visually stimulating. great shots, action, and dialogue.
Published on June 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME TIMES 5!
Well, how can i start. Awsome out the Ying-Yang!! Well, I've been an anime fan for about a year now, and I actually have just watched this movie recently. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by buster12
5.0 out of 5 stars The number one anime of all time.
Ghost in the Shell is the perfect movie if you love animes, it has a great story line, stunning animation, and its based off of Shirow Masamune's Ghost in the Shell manga. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by animeTHC
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