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  • #6067948
  • Manufacturer: Starz/Anchor Bay
  • UPC #013138309587
  • Model #N3095
    • Release Date: 2009-11-24
    • Genre: Science Fiction
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    • Director: Mamoru Oshii
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    • MPAA Rating: Unrated
    • Category: Animated
    • Cautions: Nudity, Questionable for Children
    • Year: 1996
    • Running Time: 85
    • Movie Country of Origin: Japan
    • Available Language: Japanese
    • Subtitles: Eng



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    (Manufacturer # N3095 )

      In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who -- like many in her department -- is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? What, exactly, is the "ghost" -- her essence -- in her cybernetic "shell"? When Section Six gets involved in the case, she is forced to confront the fact that there is more here than meets the eye, and that the Puppet Master may hold some of the answers she seeks. But little does she know that he has been seeking her as well. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Science Fiction
    Movie Level Themes
      Race Against Time, Computer Paranoia, Cyberspace [Anime], Yakuza, Virtual Reality, Technology Run Amok, Future Dystopias
    Movie Level Tones
      Eerie, Tense, Ominous, Moody, Austere, Deliberate, Gritty

    DVD Features

    • Ghost in the Shell (original movie)
    • Making of Ghost in the Shell: production report
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Character profiles
    • Creator biographies
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        Based on a manga by Masamune Shirow and directed by Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell marries the best aspects of both creators' styles. As in Appleseed, Shirow's tale is set in a near-future that should, by rights, be a utopia, yet still has a need for specialized police and military. Once again, Shirow uses his characters to pose questions about the nature of humanity -- how we regard each other, how societies form, and how we can expect to cope when technology pervades every aspect of life to the point where the line between man and machine blurs. Oshii, who has turned even the most popular of properties into personal, pensive films (Urusei Yatsura, Patlabor 2), runs with Shirow's world of high-tech thrills and armchair philosophy and makes it his own. He adds layers of luscious, CGI-enhanced visuals and a dark, moody soundtrack, and paces it all in a way that makes even the most pulse-pounding action scenes seem dreamlike. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi


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