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Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (2 Discs)

Released on 27 February 2006

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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...

Inspired by the literary works of Phillip K. Dick and the surrealist art of Hans Bellmer, Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence is a philosophical thrill-ride through the darkest regions of human - and inhuman - nature, combining full-throttle action, cutting-edge animation, and one of the most provocative storylines in recent memory.

Disc 1:

  • Japanese or English (dubbed) Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio track
  • Japanese or English (dubbed) Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio track
  • Audio commentary from director Mamoru Oshii and animation director Toshihiko Nishikubo
  • 'The Making Of Innocence' featurette
  • Foreword by Jonathan Clements
  • Disc 2:

    • Japanese or English (dubbed) DTS 5.1 Surround
    • 'Face To Face' interview with director Mamoru Oshii
    • Japanese trailer
    • Sneak peek at episode of 'Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
    • Manga trailers

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     Average rating (10 reviews)

     Oshii does it again

    | | See all Hirsty's reviews (21)

    Okay its hard to start a review for this without mentioning the animation. I will be damned if I ever see any other country produce such high quality animation in my lifetime. It's simply sublime the backgrounds havea gritty realism to them or a spiritual element that really shine through strongly.

    Unlike the first film this one follow Batou as a main character which some people don't seem to like the idea of but personally I feel Batou is a much more sympathetic character and his protrayal is done so well. He misses the Major who he obviously cares about alot (more than friends but not quite lovers is how I see it) but he doesn't force this upon the audience. His feelings are complex and told in a subtle way just as a real human being would deal with the feelings IMHO. I think The performance of Baotu in the English dub is incredible only surpassed by how fantastic the animation for him is.

    Now onto the story, GITS 2 opens up with a murder commited by a special kind of droid the Hidaly also known as a Doll, a robot created for sex (don't worry this isn't some Hentai thing) Normally something full robot does not have a ghost (soul) however the Dolls are clearly disturbed by something and are even driven to suicide. Batou is dispatched to try and get to the bottom of it all with his new partner Togusa, in this film Togusa represents a more innocent side of humanity IMO. The film has many twists and turnsand soemtimes has the feel of a film noir which is something I enjoy greatly. The soundtrack is amazing and the aciton scenes are some of the most impressive I've seen in a anime (the detial is astounding)

    As with the first film I don't reccomend ti to absolutely everybody because it does take a certian level of intellect to admire this movie and to understand what is going on.

    5/5 some people compare it the first alot and rate one higher than the other for me they're 2 very different films made in completely different style so they can't be compared. ie you can't compare Raiders of the lost ark to Sin City they're too damn different

     A good film but not a great

    | | See all Madcap's reviews (7)

    Ghost in the Shell 2, another excursion into the world created by Shirow Masamune, another good film, though you wonder where they are going with the story at times. The combination of CG animation and traditional animation don't work well together in this film, though there are a lot of nice designs, the music fits in well with the imagery and story. The film is good, the CG is the letdown but it is worth seeing.

     just as good if not better...

    | | See all Rainxbox's reviews (15)

    thought it was going to be a let down to the 1st movie but i was wrong this is another fantastic movie that will simply pull you in and will leave you very satisfied and the price is great a must have for fans

     The matrix has you!

    | | See all santefering's reviews (1)

    I had watched the first ghost in the shell movie many times before this sequel came out, and I never believed a sequel could match it. 'Boy was i wrong!' The animation is superb, and the plot is so fantastic and indulging you may even question your own understanding of what is reality. Another plus is the pacing of the story, none of it seems rushed to reach a conclusion. It is very well paced, which I think is very rare in a lot of anime these days.

     Mesmirising!

    | | See all Inoizhot's reviews (16)

    I found this Ghost in the Shell production to be greatly more better than the original. The animation was absolutely amazing, mixed with the other 3D designs and layouts.

    The plot itself was very interesting and some of the scenes in it were brilliant and epic. The screenplay and directing was definitelty the best I have ever seen in anime. Mamoru Oshii it truely a genius. The characters were also reflected on well and it was good to see a new partnership between them.

    I am not the greatest fan of Ghost in the Shell but this is definitely one of the best animated and most impressive productions that I have ever had the pleasure in watching.

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    DirectorMamoru Oshii
    Certificate15 years and over
    Year2004
    ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
    LanguagesJapanese ; English - Dolby Digital (5.1) ; DTS
    SubtitlesEnglish
    Duration1 hour and 37 minutes (approx)
    RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.