Ghost In the Shell 2 unleashed on DVD in the UK

Following its successful nationwide theatrical release in October 2005, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE comes to DVD on 27th February 2006 as a Deluxe Double Disc Edition boasting a host of never before seen extras including a world exclusive English language dub voiced by the original American "Ghost In The Shell' cast and a bonus booklet featuring a foreword by Jonathan Clements (co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia).

The first ever anime film to be nominated for the Cannes International Film Festival's highly prestigious Palme D'Or, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE is a breathtaking technical and visual achievement four years in the making. A work that is as equally groundbreaking as its predecessor, it seamlessly combines 2-D and 3-D CG animation techniques to produce an action-packed, sci-fi fable of a solitary cyborg struggling to retain what's left of his humanity in a world where the human soul is gradually fading into obscurity.

It is the year 2032 and Earth is a world where the few remaining humans coexist with cyborgs, human spirits inhabiting mechanized bodies, and dolls, robots with no human elements whatsoever. A cyborg detective for the government's covert anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, Batou is charged with investigating the bizarre case of a malfunctioning gynoid - a hyper-realistic female robot created specifically for sexual companionship - responsible for slaughtering its owner. Delving deeper and deeper into the investigation, Batou and his partner, Togusa, are forced to confront violent Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, influential government bureaucrats and powerful corporate criminals. As they move closer to uncovering the mystery, it slowly becomes apparent that the truth behind the crime is far more shocking than anyone dared imagine.

The Deluxe Double Disc Edition of GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (�19.99) by Manga Entertainment on 27th February 2006. This release will also be available as part of a three-disc GHOST IN THE SHELL MOVIE DOUBLE BILL Boxed Set (�24.99) along with the Special Edition of the original feature length "Ghost In The Shell" anime.

Special Features

Disc One
Widescreen presentation (1.85:1); The Making Of Innocence featurette; audio commentary by Mamoru Oshii (director) and Toshihiko Nishikubo (animation director) with subtitles; English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; English Stereo 2.0; Japanese Stereo 2.0; English subtitles.

Disc Two
English DTS; Japanese DTS; English subtitles; UK exclusive "Face To Face Interview With Mamoru Oshii"; Sneak Peak at Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig Volume 2, Episode 5; full-length Japanese trailer; Manga trailers.

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