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Ghost In The Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition (1995/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: A-

The year is 2029. Major Motoko Kusanagi is part of Section 9, a group of highly trained cyborg military unit that hunts illegal cyborg crimes, but in an age where hackers can hack minds, even bodies how do you catch the criminal? Section 9 has a chance to catch the mysterious and greatest cyber hacker of all times "The Puppet Master", but like everything in their world, nothing is as simple or as it appears to be. In the future, mankind is able to transfer the human mind into cyborg bodies, but it has given rise to the question where does human end and machine begin?

Motoko leads a team of cyborgs to hunt down any illegal activities related with cyborg bodies, hackers, data that threaten the common peace. They are suddenly ordered to catch the Puppet Master, a hacker with unknown gender, age, or nationality that has broken into every government and database, but then they discover the Puppet Master was a rogue government AI that now claiming it is now self aware and new form of life form, but the government will do anything to silence it and the secrets it knows.

Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm, one of the first anime to combine animation and early computer graphics with cyborg futuristic future story. Created by Masamune Shirow, Shirow challenged the limits of the human soul, nature and machine. That if one day man does become a machine, where does the human ghost exist, and what if there are other 'ghosts' that are not human and how do you tell the difference? Ghost in the Shell challenges some of those ideas and how important some of those questions might be.

Note that the anniversary refers to when the original manga book was issued, and not this animated feature, which arrived 5 years later. The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image looks as good as it can for a film this age with its kind of animation and early CGI animation, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is a welcome upgrade of the original audio. There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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