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One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, Akira has become a cult favorite in the States thanks to generous midnight-movie exposure and its availibilty on video and cable TV.
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.