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Special Edition "Ghost in the Shell"




“Two Thumbs Up” – Siskel & Ebert

Chicago, IL – On January 11, 2005, Manga Entertainment is proud to release a newly re-mastered Special Edition DVD of the anime feature film that took the world by storm in 1996 -- Ghost in the Shell. Nearly decade after the film's creation, the characters, settings and ideas in this unprecedented, mesmerizing cinematic masterpiece resonate in Hollywood films such as “The Matrix” and the works of James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator) who describes Ghost in the Shell as “stunning…the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence”. Based on the ground-breaking comic book by Masamune Shirow, veteran director Mamoru Oshii skillfully created a movie that questions the very essence of human existence in the fast-paced world of the information age and produced one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.

Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with state-of-the-art computer graphic imagery, Ghost in the Shell challenged the boundaries of mainstream animation with its detailed artistic _expression and uniquely intelligent story line. Winner of the 1997 World Animation Celebration Awards for “Best Theatrical Feature Film” & “Best Director of a Theatrical Feature Film,” Ghost in the Shell has since become a an international phenomenon, spawning not only a second theatrical feature (Ghost in the Shell: Innocence currently being distributed throughout the U.S. by Dreamwork's Go-Fish label) but an animated Television series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (currently distributed by Manga Entertainment), a PlayStation2 videogame, a second comic book series (Ghost in the Shell: Man Machine Interface published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics) and countless pieces of merchandise.

Synopsis: In 2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of "The Puppet Master", a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.

Ghost in the Shell – Special Edition”

Studio: Manga Entertainment Sales & Distribution: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Street Date: January 11, 2005 Pre-Book Date: December 11, 2004

Running Time: 120 minutes Suggested Retail Price: $34.98

Barcode: 0 1313 82004-9 5 Selection # M2004

Disc One:
Digitally Re-mastered Anamorphic Widescreen Feature, Custom Motion Interactive Menus
English 6.1 DTS-ES Surround, English 5.1 Dolby Digital-EX Surround
Japanese 6.1 DTS-ES Surround, Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital-EX Surround
Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo, French Dolby Digital Stereo, Italian Dolby Digital Stereo
German Dolby Digital Stereo, English Subtitles

Disc Two:
Character Dossiers, Creator Biography, Director Biography, Digital Works
Production Report, Ghost in the Shell Trailers, Previews, DVD Catalog & Web Links

Manga Entertainment is also currently releasing on DVD the first season of the new Japanese Television Series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex which began airing on Cartoon Network in November.

director MAMORU OSHII screenplay KAZUNORI ITO animation director TOSHIHIKO NISHIKUBO key animation supervisors Kazuchika Kise, Hiroyuki Okiura character design HIROYUKI OKIURA mechanical design SHOJI KAWAMORI, ATSUSHI TAKEUCHI art director HIROMASA OGURA music KENJI KAWAI produced by KODANSHA in association with BANDAI VISUAL and MANGA ENTERTAINMENT executive producers TERUO MIYAHARA, SHIGERU WATANABE, ANDY FRAIN

Manga Entertainment Inc., an IDT Entertainment Company (www.idtentertainment.com ), specializes in the production and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga's cutting-edge film catalog also features Asian live-action, cult, pop-culture and international animation. Manga films are distributed in the U.S. through Anchor Bay Entertainment. Manga has offices in London and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Chicago. www.manga.com

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