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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: A+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 124
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Akira

Akira (Regular edition)

    July 24, 2001
Release Date: July 24, 2001

Akira (Regular edition)
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
Finally! A new English translation of the original Japanese AKIRA script!

Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes of World War III to become a dark and dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. The government seethes with corruption and only maintains a token control over the powerful military that prevents total chaos and hides the secrets of the past.

Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo’s darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. Tetsuo, captured by the military, is subjected to experiments that make him a powerful psychic, but, unfortunately for Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo’s powers rage out of control and he lashes out at the world that has oppressed him! Nothing can stop the destructive forces that Tetsuo wields except possibly the last boy to destroy Tokyo - AKIRA!

Pioneer Entertainment has re-mastered this classic work with the highest technological standards: A new film transfer from new interpositive of the original negative, completely restored and digitally re-mastered by High-Definition digital mastering (1080i, 16:9, D5). THX Certified Audio components are re-mixed to Dolby Digital AC3 Surround Sound (5.1 Channels, English only).

The Review!
INTRO: This is a title that needs no introduction, otaku and SF fans alike not only know this series but so do a large number of movie goers alike. Said to be the greatest anime of all time, Pioneer has released a remastered Akira in two editions, the Special Edition and the Limited 2 disc Edition in a metal tin. Both are must haves for the true otaku. I have to admit I never cared for this series and when people tell me Akira is the greatest anime of all time I can't help but laugh at loud at that remark, (Joking!!!) but still Akira is one of those titles everyone must own, even an Akira hating otaku like myself. the fact that it was Pioneer releasing it made it that much more of a necessity for my library.

CONTENT: Watching this movie is like watching Star Wars, the original back in the 70's. We're starting a movie midway though the story arc. To a lot of people the story makes little sense because we are nearly half way through the story when the movie begins, and are at the half way point when this movie ends. They should have started at the beginning and done several movies, but what can you do.

CHARACTERS: I don't think these kids were well designed for the movie though then again, there was a lot more time to design and develop their roles in the manga. I do have to admit I like the strong Japanese look that the characters have which is good since they are after all Japanese and should at least look the part, unlike many of today's anime.
AV: The video was amazing even for its time, considering it was entirely done without the use of CG. Folks, let's face it, this is the pinnacle of cell animation at its best, and being remastered made it even more of an eye treat. Now for the remastered sound, using Dolby DTS with 5.1 as well as going the extra step with the THX, you know that this disc was made by the masters for the fans. I have on many occasions had worse audio on brand new major theatrical releases at the theater. The sound is outstanding.

MENUS, EXTRAS & COVER ART: The menus which were simplistic and easy to use also were nicely designed. On the edition I bought the extras were limited to just having the capsules which appear on the screen. By clicking on the capsule, technical information as well as translations for words written in the background were translated. This was neat but grew old after a while, so it was nice that you could turn this feature off. All the other extras were included on a second disc which came with the limited edition version. The cover art is plane and simplistic, but then again with a title like Akira, there is no need for overly intense cover art.

VERDICT: Even though I am not a big fan of this masterpiece, I do respect the following it has earned, as well as for the time and effort that Pioneer has put in to this release to meet the demands of the most fickle of otaku. I knew that Pioneer would not let its fans down, and I was right.

Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Language,English Dolby Digital 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Capsule Option - translation of Japanese graffiti,THX certified / THX Optimizer

Review Equipment
Sony DVPS330P DVD Player, Panasonic 27GT14, AIWA NSX-V76


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