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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Widescreen) [Import]

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  • Actors: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Tamio Ôki, Kôichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Mamoru Oshii, Mary Claypool, Masamune Shirow, Richard Epcar
  • Producers: Maki Terashima-Furuta, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Ryuji Mitsumoto
  • Format: NTSC, Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Import
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Release Date: Dec 28 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006A9FMI
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Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and animé with this universally-acclaimed cyber thriller about a quest for a killer that becomes a mind-bending search for the meaning of life.

The long-awaited sequel to Ghost in the Shell, Innocence follows cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. There are no easy answers in a futuristic world where the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction.

Innocence is a philosophical thrill-ride through the darkest regions of human - and inhuman - nature, combining full-throttle action, cutting-edge animation, and the most provocative story in recent memory.

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Format: Blu-ray
Disregard the other reviews posted here, as they are reviews copied by Amazon for the original standard-def DVD release.

Ghost In The Shell 2 comes alive on Blu-Ray. After an abysmal DVD release that featured no English dub and horrid subtitles, the folks at Bandai went back and ported the film over to true HD glory. It is the best reason to pick up the film if you have a Blu-Ray player.

The first noticeable difference is the inclusion of a full-fledged English dub. For folks who can't stand English subtitles (myself included), this is a breath of fresh air and a great way to watch the film without broken concentration. The dub is surprisingly well voice-acted and atmospheric. There are still some instances where Japanese is overlaid into the film with an accompanying subtitle option that will only translate those particular sentences. One minor gripe is that this particular subtitle option will also give you the English translation of many of the film's Japanese songs as well.

A completely reworked English subtitle option for the Japanese audio track is present here, and omits the ridiculous work of the original DVD, which featured closed captioning instead of true subtitle work.

There are a few bonus features, including a grungy looking behind-the-scenes documentary detailing the themes and creation of the film. Interesting, but not really relevant unless you're dead curious.

The real shine comes in the video playback. The movie is bursting with crystal clear video and vivid, saturated color. I compared the Blu-Ray release to the standard def DVD, and the differences were alarming. Blu-Ray capabilities are utilized so well that I couldn't think of watching this movie any other way, from now on.
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Format: DVD
It's atrocious that a film this good is held back in it's rating because people are... Lazy? Narrow Minded? Rating this film badly based on the fact that you cannot be bothered to read subtitles is ridiculous.

No offense of course..

Personally I watch way too much anime, and English dubs are almost always, as a rule, quite terrible. I'm not sure what type of Anime your watching if your expecting a good dub.. or what type of grasp on the English language you have where dubs would suffice.
Personally whether or not English dubs actually exist on an Anime I find it better to watch it in it's natural language with English subs. That's the way it was created, things flow better without a messy cheaply done English dub clogging up a good movie. Not "all" Dubs are bad.. Just most.

So if your looking to get this because you enjoyed the first, then get it. It's an equal to Ghost in The shell. I'm not getting into the semantics of the plot.. GITS could be dissected for quite a time by much more aptly equipped people then I.. And they would come up with better conclusions.

Just trust that this is a good compelling film, that will intrigue and entertain you the entire time... But make sure you see Ghost in the Shell before you see this, Or you are really gonna be lost when this one starts.

And look people Subs May seem tedious.. But once you get used to them it becomes very comfortable to watch movies that way.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a worthwhile, even if you purchased the Dreamworks release a few years back, or if you haven't purchased this yet. The feature has been dubbed for this re-release.

DVD Extras
* Making of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
* Director's Commentary
* Bandai Previews

Limited Edition Extras:
* Special Collector's Steelbook Case
* Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Original Soundtrack

There is also a novelization of the film available from Viz.
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Format: DVD
Director Mamoru Oshii takes another dive into the surreal cybernetic world of Shirow Masamune's Ghost in The Shell for a second feature-length release. Again produced by cutting edge animation house Production I.G., Innocence expands on Oshii's exploration of what it means to be human and the nature of consciousness. It appears some time has passed as well, since all of the characters have a slightly older look to them, especially Chief Aramaki and information guru Ishikawa. Since the event of Major Kusanagi's merger with project 2501 and resulting flight into cyberspace at the end of the first film, Togusa has been assigned to work directly with Batou on a tough new case involving prototypes of a new robot model, making for some interesting interplay between the characters as they attempt to become accustomed to each other's working style. Batou becomes the focus this time around and we get something of a glimpse into his homelife as well as his personality and the effect the Major's departure has had on him.
Stylistically, the film's characters are drawn in a similar fashion as before, but now the scenery has been rendered using 3-D graphics. This doesn't make everything look like a video game though, as the crew visited several cities around the globe getting ideas for settings and the visual style, which appears at times to have a gauze effect over the screen to give a hazy film quality to it. This time around, there's more of an obvious reference to the dolls of surrealist Hans Bellmer as well, as the story plays up the aspect of the future where most "people" are actually either cybernetically enhanced or have "dolls" for bodies into which their consiousness has been transferred, and live interconnected by the internet.
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