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[VIDEO] Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Blu-ray Trailer

Just like the video says, we’re going to be seeing Ghost in the Shell 2.0 on Blu-ray and in stores October 26th. Unless the video is wrong and Amazon is correct. In which case, we’ll be seeing it on November 24th. Pay close attention to the newly created CGI footage that director Masamune Shirow has cut into the film. I’m not sure if it blends. If it works. But it looks pretty slick! …Continued…

Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire on Blu-ray in November

Oh, wow! This is exciting. It seems that director Mamoru Oshii has reworked/remastered a bunch of scenes for his original film Ghost in the Shell, which is to see re-release on November 24 in a new 2.0 version, along with Blood: The Last Vampire on Blu-ray. I was never a huge fan of either of these films but concede that they are both visual feasts. Cool design. Great animation. Flawed scripts. Perhaps the 250 scenes-worth of reworked story and image will make me reevaluate my take on Ghost in the Shell. Check out the ads for both discs: …Continued…

Blu-ray Picks for the Week of May 26 – The Sky Crawlers (Review)

I would never count myself among the legion of Mamoru Oshii fans. In fact, I find Ghost in the Shell a hard slog, tough to sit through. Like watching water boil.

All right, I’m exaggerating here. Oshii never fails to deliver beautiful moments and thrilling action in his films but in order to uncover the candy he forces you to suffer the interminable plastic wrapping of verbose philosophical monologues, pretentious classical quotations and ham-fisted expository detail. I’m happy to say that his latest animated film, The Sky Crawlers manages to side step these complications. For the most part.

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