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Akira: Special Edition

Akira: Special Edition

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Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary Akira gets the deluxe treatment on this twin DVD release from Pioneer. The disc boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Japanese soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are


Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary Akira gets the deluxe treatment on this twin DVD release from Pioneer. The disc boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Japanese soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the option to have the graffiti in the film translated into English, an interview with the director, original trailers, and interviews with the people responsible for restoring Akira into the beautiful shape it is in on this DVD. This is the definitive home video release of Akira.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patrick Macias
When Katsuhiro Otomo's landmark sci-fi anime feature Akira arrived in U.S. theaters in 1988, fans and newbies alike came, saw, and often walked away with mixed emotions. Which is why Pioneer's wonderful 2001 reissue of the film, which brought clarity to various cloudy narrative issues, is such a welcome addition to the library. Upon that initial release, there was no missing that Akira was an animated work of unrivaled power; its Neo-Tokyo cityscape a media-rich, neon-lit labyrinth of plastic, glass, and concrete. Set 31 years after World War III, it was a dystopia where pill-popping tribes zipped around town on tricked-out motorbikes -- a vision destined to be regarded as the stylistic ground zero for sci-fi films yet to come. (You can bet your Matrix action figures that the Wachowski brothers are fans.) Yet, Akira's story seemed vague and unfocused when compared to the version that was familiar from Otomo's original graphic novel. The English-speaking audience could only presume that the narrative holes were a result of style over substance, and had to be content with the fact that the style was breathtaking enough to forgive substantive shortcomings. The 2001 re-release of Akira restores focus and clarity in more ways than one. The new, high-definition transfer, produced by using the original negative, captures Neo-Tokyo's postapocalyptic luster. And the new English translation and dub, far more faithful to Otomo's original text, reveals Akira's symbolic genesis in Japan's political zeitgeist. It is an epic conflict between youth and age, chaos and control, personified by two childhood friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda.
Washington Post - Richard Harrington
The detail is exceptionally realistic, fluid and multidimensional, suggesting both a futuristic world and ancient quests.... Of course, Akira is not a long cartoon, but an ambitious animated feature that can be seen as a parable of scientific responsibility and cosmic rebirth, or just an action-packed serial. Or it can be seen as a visceral example of the future of animation.

Product Details

Release Date:
Geneon [Pioneer]
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital]

Special Features

Disc One: New English translation and dub; HD-5 high-definition mastering with digital restoration; hidden frames accessible through a new selectable feature; THX-ceritifed sound; remixed Dolby digital AC-3 Surround Sound; English and Japanese language tracks; English subtitles. Disc Two: The Making of Akira documentary; The Making of the Akira Soundtrack documentary; a documentary of the restoration process; archival interview with the director; storyboards, key drawings, and character designs; theatrical trailers, teaser and TV spots; Akira Glossary A-Z.

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Scene Index

Disc #1- The Feature
0. Scenes
1. 2019 Neo Tokyo [1:05]
2. Back Street [:33]
3. Joker [1:17]
4. No.26 Takashi [:06]
5. Chase [2:20]
6. Tetsuo vs.Clown [1:33]
7. Interrogation [:12]
8. Colonel's Office [3:22]
9. Vocational School [:52]
10. Clown's Revenge [:13]
11. Illusion [:32]
12. Terrorist Bombing [4:36]
13. Tetsuo's Memory [:05]
14. Control Room [:03]
15. Terrorist's Hideout [:03]
16. Supreme Executives [:49]
17. Invasion [:18]
18. Battle In A Sewer [2:28]
19. To The Baby Room [3:07]
20. Locating Tetsuo [:33]
21. Tetsuo Files [2:26]
22. Haruki-Ya [:04]
23. In Prison [:08]
24. Ready for Battle [:21]
25. Nezu's Mansion [:13]
26. Nezu's Demise [1:38]
27. Olympic Stadium [:04]
28. Frozen Capsule [:56]
29. Sol [1:59]
30. Momentary Break [:40]
31. Stadium Showdown [:44]
32. Tetsuo's Mutation [:32]
33. Akira,Resurrected [1:13]
34. Memories [:21]
35. Destruction [2:31]
36. Return Of Kaneda [3:08]

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Akira: Special Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this movie 5 stars. The animation was amazing, and the storyline was addictive. from the opening scene to the final credits. Kineda and his friends lead you through an amazing adventure in the future. A do nit agree with the rating. The MPAA has given it an R rating, the violence is sometimes graphic, and the gang fight where the girl gets her shirt ripped off is probably the reason, but I saw it as a PG-13. I reccomend this movie to anyone who dearly loves anime, or a good sci fi adventure flik.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one movie that's so good, you have to digest it for a long time. After seeing it for the first time and going throught the initial ''WOW!'' factor, I had to sleep on it. Then I watched the next day. And the next. What followed was a complete film analysis in my head, where I realized this was better than many of the the live-action films in my library. This movie started the Anime craze in America (which was before my day) and I can understand why. This is not one movie you see and forget. Akira stays with you forever. You hear songs or see other movies and you think, ''hmmm, that sounds like Akira.'' That's how good this movie is. My brothers, who are defidently not huge Anime fans, loved this movie. However, I still haven't gathered the guts to show my parents as their initial response would be, ''Hmph. It's a rated-R animated movie. Something must be seriously wrong.'' But what they have yet to understand is the Japanese are not great at live-action movies (see Dead or Alive, you'll understand), but their ability to take their greatest ideas and craft them into animated features is their gift. (Heck, this practically is The Matrix, and an obvious muse for other sci-fi films.) This has to be one of the most provocative films in Asian cinema- and Amerian film culture as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reviews below are pretty substancial, this is THE Akira. Yes, the anime title that single handedly begun the wave of importing to America. Though it is a bit adult at some points the content could be watched by anyone over 16. The movie was made in 1988 and the animation still blows half the stuff that is producted today away. The setting is in Neo Tokyo, after WWIII, biker gangs and corrupted politicians rule the country of Japan while secretly creating a new evolution of mankind...
Guest More than 1 year ago
great movie with good anime and realistic charactures. Great story line too
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first anime that I had ever viewed was like nothing else I had ever seen. The storyline was wonderful the animation was great(Even though it has been surpassed by Princess Monoke) and the characters where well developed. The only thing that wasnt too great was the voice acting, But that has been cleaned up and is not awesome on the new DVD. BOTTOMLINE-- If you like Anime, or just like SciFi, you must watch this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of the best anmes ever. this should really get a 7-star for its greatness. this is true anime straight from japan. my freind kyle inspired me to read this because of the genre. the story is only 6 books long, but there really long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the original VHS like 10 years ago, it was great. Now with Dolby 5.1, the quality of DVDs and the treated cels, its simply incredible. It has been more than 10+ years since Katsushiro Otomo's Akira was released and still today has the streng and energy it had back then. If you are an Otaku I will recommed the special Ed which comes with two DVD's one for the movie and the other one full of pre and post productions shots, videos and much more. I will like to go on telling about the movie but there are only two kinds of persons here, the ones that seen it and the ones that dont, for the ones that did, I have nothing to say, and for the ones that dont, I dont want to ruin your fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If only such masterful animation could be done in this country. Only the Japenese realize that animation can be more than talking mice, dogs, or fish. They realize that it can be used to tell adult stories and comment on the human condition. The Closest American Animation comes is Pixar's The Incredibles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best anime movies of all time! If you only see one anime film this should be it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Akira is a brillant piece of work and I am glad that I have seen it. It is truly amazing, although difficult to understand at times. If you watch it about three times it is easy to understand and I would recommend it to any anime fan looking for some action. I would not recommend it to small children because of the intense violence and graphic scenes but either way it is one of the best movies of all time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago