Akira (Blu-ray + DVD) R

Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.
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Format:  Blu-ray  (2 Discs)
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Blu-ray Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 12, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: Funimation Prod
  • Blu-ray/DVD Features:
    • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
    • Note: Akira sound clip (1988)
      • Director interview
      • Storyboard collection
      • The writing on the wall
      • Original trailers
      • Original commercials
      • Restoring Akira
      • Glossary
      • U.S. Trailer (2013)
      • Trailers
    • Audio:
      • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Japanese
      • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Japanese
      • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, Japanese
      • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
Edited by
Produced by , , &

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh89%

Total Count: 47


User Ratings: 148,238
Rating: 4/5 -- Put it up there with the most astonishing animated features ever made.
London Evening Standard
Jun 24, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- While its typically convoluted sci-fi plotting and sprawling ensemble of characters occasionally lead it to border on the incoherent, it's hard not to be in awe of the giant hand-drawn cityscapes that make up the backdrop for the eye-popping action. Full Review
Little White Lies
Jul 18, 2013
5 stars out of 5 -- Pretty much every frame delivers startling new peaks of animation, and the sheer ambition of the thing takes the breath away.
Total Film
Jun 1, 2011
Rating: 3/4 -- [Akira] is a blast and a half, a twisted dystopian parable of violence and rock and roll, Japanese-style. It's Disney on PCP, mean, rotten, psychotic, but incredibly vivid. Full Review
Baltimore Sun
Apr 10, 2013
Moments that can only be captured as animation make Akira still worth watching: gusts of wind from chopper blades, ka-tooming bursts of fiery explosions, Tetsuo's visions. Full Review
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)
Jan 12, 2012
Rating: 5/5 -- Style and substance run neck and neck in this thrilling, bold landmark film that just refuses to become dated. Full Review
Jun 23, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Mar 15, 2013

Product Description:

A landmark film that introduced much of the Western world to modern animé, AKIRA is a marvel of modern animation. Based on Katsuhiro Otomo's 2,000 page manga, AKIRA begins on July 16, 1988, when what was believed to be an atomic bomb was dropped on Tokyo, completely destroying the city and marking the beginning of WWIII. Thirty-one years later, Neo-Tokyo has sprung from the ruins of the old city and is experiencing a prolonged period of civil unrest caused by student uprisings, political instability, and, most destructively, biker gangs. One of the members of these biker gangs, Tetsuo, is detained by the military after a near accident with a strange young boy. After recognizing innate psychic ability in him, the military begins using Tetsuo as a test subject to channel Akira, a source of unimaginable power and the cause of the explosion that destroyed the original Tokyo. However, the military's plan backfires, and instead of locating the source of Akira's power, Tetsuo becomes a medium for it. Endowed with incredible psychic powers that make every one of his destructive impulses a reality, Tetsuo begins to go on a rampage that threatens to completely annihilate Neo Tokyo. Combining a complex science-fiction universe with intricately detailed animation and phantasmagoric images, AKIRA is a stunning visual experience and a disturbing vision of the future.

Plot Synopsis:

In this landmark classic of Japanese animation, a race of children with special powers is being used by the government -- following the nuclear devastation of a world war.


Production Notes:

  • Original theatrical release: July 16, 1988 (Japan).
  • Copyright 1989 Akira Committee.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 49,453
  • UPC: 704400094187
  • Shipping Weight: 0.29/lbs (approx)
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