I swear, rereleases of Akira and Ghost in the Shell is all that's keeping Manga afloat. That's the 5th release of Akira by my count, and I could be missing some.
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IncendiaryLemon said:I swear, rereleases of Akira and Ghost in the Shell is all that's keeping Manga afloat. That's the 5th release of Akira by my count, and I could be missing some.
Buzzkillington said:You know reading this just reminded me of the shameful fact that I do not own a copy of Akira, I should really fix that tbh.
For sure, now that it's been brought into my thoughts I'm actually very excited by the prospect of watching it again as I don't think I've seen it since I was at school. :/ the BD is also dirt cheap so no excuses except for I kinda want the steelbook that seems to be long OOP, but I suppose I could always spend the fiver on it now then upgrade to this new release that's coming later.HdE said:Buzzkillington said:You know reading this just reminded me of the shameful fact that I do not own a copy of Akira, I should really fix that tbh.
You really should. I sat down with a mate and his girlfriend a year or two back to watch it on DVD again. For me and my pal (who I've known since school days) it was a way to sit back and reminisce. What neither of us saw coming was my mate's missus LOSING HER **** over the movie and wanting to watch it again almost immediately.
It may not be as dense as the manga, but that film still has power.
Lutga said:What are the major differences between this new Akira release and the last Blu-Ray version Manga put out? I'm tempted to double dip but can remember the transfer being reasonable enough on the last one so will have to be something major for me to pick up again.
HdE said:Lutga said:What are the major differences between this new Akira release and the last Blu-Ray version Manga put out? I'm tempted to double dip but can remember the transfer being reasonable enough on the last one so will have to be something major for me to pick up again.
For me, the transfer isn't nearly as big a deal as having the Streamline Pictures dub on a legit HD version of the movie. That more recent Pioneer dub, as technically good as it is, is just unlistenable to my ears. Streamline's treatment gave the movie a lot of soul.
By way of example, the final scenes of the movie used to bring a lump to my throat, they're that well acted. In the Pioneer edition... I can't watch it without thinking how flat it is.
Four audio tracks are provided. The original Japanese track is included as LPCM 2.0 (48kHz/16-bit), which if you are a purist, is still a strong enough mix. The Japanese Dolby Digital True HD 5.1 mix (192kHz) with super dynamic “Hypersonic” audio however is extremely powerful, if a little bright, with excellent dispersal of sound – faithful enough to the original (although additional sounds have been added), but giving more of a sound stage to the chants and rhythms of the magnificent Shoji Yamashiro score performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi. The English Dolby Digital True HD 5.1 mix (48kHz) is also effective, if you prefer your English dub. Normally, I’m happy to endorse a good English dub, but in this case you are losing out considerably, since Otomo (if I remember from the old Akira Production Report on my VHS edition) went to the trouble of recording the dialogue first and animating mouth movements to lip-sync with the Japanese cast. This is actually a very important element in the overall quality of the film, and the Japanese voice-acting performances are exceptionally good, so that really should be the one to go for. For those without a HD amplifier, a Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also included.
Subtitles are white and are optional. They are basically dubtitles, which means they match the English language track almost word for word, but not always. One example is when Kaneda is getting a dressing down at the police station, where the subtitles read “She cleared the hump, and you left her for cruising, huh?” and the dialogue in English has been changed to “She cleared the hump, huh? What next, a triathlon?”. Unlike most purists, I don’t mind dubtitles, as they are often better and more colloquial than a stiff literal translation that doesn’t take into account context and characterisation. The subtitles here read very well indeed.
The only extra features on the disc are two 32-second Teasers, a 16-second TV Commercial, Trailer 1 (2:07), Trailer 2 (1:01) and Storyboards. The teasers and trailers are worth a look, getting across the dynamic of the film well, but the highlight of course is Otomo’s original storyboards for the full film. All the extra features are in High Definition.
Lutga said:Wait, Chunibyo has been delayed to next year? Isn't it out on August 29th?
Anyone know if Perfect Insider will have a dub yet?