Ghost In The Shell Region 1 DVD review

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>GHOST IN THE SHELL</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed May 2004 by <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?dvdid=Edward Marshall">Edward Marshall.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/GhostInTheShell/GhostInTheShellR1.jpg" ALT="GHOST IN THE SHELL" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995)<B> <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?compare=947"><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/comparedvds.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="18" BORDER="0" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" ALT="Comparison feature coming soon"></A><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ANIMATION">ANIMATION</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ACTION">ACTION</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=SCI-FI">SCI-FI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ANIME">ANIME</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=MAMORU OSHII">MAMORU OSHII</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KEY ANIMATION SUPERVISORS KAZUCHIKA KISE">KEY ANIMATION SUPERVISORS KAZUCHIKA KISE</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HIROYUKI OKIURA">HIROYUKI OKIURA</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>1</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(USA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Polygram/Manga</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">1</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD 5</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">82 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">15</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English DD 5.1<BR>Japanese DD 2.0 Dolby Surround</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">“The Making Of Ghost In The Shell”<BR>DVD Rom Production Report<BR>”A Guide To Ghost In The Shell” Interactive feature<BR>Theatrical Trailer<BR>Manga Video Promo<BR>Fan Club Trailer<BR>Polygram Video Sampler</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Originally released in 1995 “Ghost In The Shell” is a ground breaking animated film. It’s probably true to say that without this movie there would not have been <I>“The Matrix”</I> or any of it’s sequels since there are concepts introduced here that echo throughout the Wachowski brothers trilogy and even into other views of the future, such as the movie version of “Minority Report”.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Set in 2029 AD the world has become interdependent on its information networks. In addition humans are increasingly using micro machines to augment themselves. Helping to police the actions of a new breed of cyber crime is Major Motoko Kusinagi, one of a new breed of cyborg agent who has been modified with so many cybernetic changes that little beside her “Ghost” remains present in her. Aided by her fellow cybernetic officers and the mostly human Toguska she is on the trail of the mysterious “Puppet Master”, a cyber hacker capable of breaking into the minds of his victims and even implanting false memories in order to make them carry out his crimes. But something new has been prowling the information networks, a super agent that is not human and has been born of the networks, something called Project 2501 and now it has declared it sentient and wishes to be granted asylum. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">A combination of traditional cell animation and some, early, CG and compositing techniques. This movie has a film noir look that distances it from the earlier Akira. Thankfully the version on this disk looks clean and has no print damage, dirt specks or digital edge enhancement present. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=GhostInTheShell/GhostInTheShell_1.jpg" ALT="GHOST IN THE SHELL"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The movie is available either in the original Japanese, Japanese with switchable English subtitles or in an English dubbed version. The original release had a Dolby Surround track that appears to have been remixed for this version. The new dub on both the Japanese and English versions is still very front heavy with some good use of low-end bass during the various shootouts that pepper the movie. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=GhostInTheShell/GhostInTheShell_2.jpg" ALT="GHOST IN THE SHELL"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>3</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">A very basic set of extras are present on this single layer disk. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Firstly we have “The Making Of Ghost In The Shell” a basic but functional documentary. Featuring interviews with the animators, behind the scenes looks at production and a guide to the, at the time, ground breaking use of CG and computer compositing in the production of an animated feature film. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Next we have the original theatrical trailer for the simultaneous worldwide release of the movie in 1995, presented in Dolby digital 2.0, the trailer shows no signs of dirt or print damage.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">”A Guide To Ghost In The Shell” acts as an interactive “biography” of the main characters in the film, their motivations and actions. For those new to the world of anime’ this may prove useful as, otherwise, things can sometimes get a little hard to follow.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Also available on the disk are promos for other Manga videos and a fan club trailer. Menus are static and silent. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=GhostInTheShell/GhostInTheShell_3.jpg" ALT="GHOST IN THE SHELL"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">An intelligent, prophetic, science fiction animated movie which produced a number of thought provoking ideas which have influenced the genre since. It may be a little hard going for those new to anime but it’s certainly worth persevering. As usual always try to go for the Japanese sound track for at least <I>one</I> viewing to get the full benefit of the work that has been put into the animation. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0"><TR><TD ALIGN="CENTER">Review disc supplied by <A HREF="http://www.discemporium.com"><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/DiscEmporium.jpg" Align="ABSMIDDLE"></TD></TR></TABLE>
     

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