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Added on: 2/3/2000 06:10
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Ghost in the Shell (a.k.a. Kokaku Kidotai) (UK)

3 / 10
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Humans love machines in 2029 A.D
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 82 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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Mamoru Oshii`s futuristic animated masterpiece, `Ghost in the Shell`, is the perfect film to experience on Digital Versatile Disc. Seamlessly merging traditional cell animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle has broken the boundries of mainstream animation with its detailed artistic direction and uniquely intelligent story line.

`Ghost in the Shell` took the world by storm in 1996, introducing a new wave of Japanese animation through its mesmerizing cinematic expression. A movie that questions our own human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age, this remarkable, award-winning, cyber-tech thriller has gone on to become one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

Special Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Complete Movie Production Report
Additional 30 minute Programme `The Making Of`
Web Link
Hyperactive DVD Rom Content including `A Guide to Ghost in the Shell`

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 Japanese

Subtitle Tracks:

Directed By:
Mamoru Oshii

Written By:

Tamio Oki
Akio Ôtsuka
Atsuko Tanaka
Richard George
Mimi Woods

Casting By:
Takashi Watanabe

Soundtrack By:
Kenji Kawai

Director of Photography:
Hisao Shirai

Shuichi Kakesu

Shigeru Watanabe
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
Laurence Guinness
Hiroshi Yamazaki
Yasushi Sukeof
Yoshimasa Mizuo
Ken Iyadomi
Makoto Ibuki

Executive Producer:
Takashi Mogi
Teruo Miyahara
Andy Frain

Manga Entertainment Ltd

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8 / 10
This is one of the classic manga films. Along with others such as "Akira" it is regarded as the pinnacle of Japanese animation. Want to know why? Good. It`s because it is a good film you see. Bet that smacked you in the face. Let me explain:
The animation is literally unbelievable, in some scenes you have to actually play it back several times just to make sure that it is even animation at all. This is insane as the whole film was done by hand by about 5000 animators (guess). The scenes where things get exciting are incredible, with a mad depth to the detail.
The plot is pretty good with a whole range of philosophical type questions being raised and generally it makes you look inward and think deeply about reality and your place in it.
The "acting" is marginally suspect as the voices are American and not quite suitible for the lips. The voices do fit the characters just the animation is a different matter.
The best part of this film is the gore. It is not frequently gory but if you have seen it more than once you actually look forward to the messier parts. These parts are also great as the guns that do the damage are The designs of the weapons and other technology is truly believable and it is obvious that alot of thought has gone into it.
Technically the films is fine with decent quality all round. The extra features are nice but arent really ever relevant when it comes to rating a film. Me mucho liko zees feelm.
posted by Blazingmonga on 16/10/2000 03:50