(aka "Kôkaku kidôtai")

 

directed by Mamoru Oshii
Japan 1995


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Theatrical Release: November 18th, 1995

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DVD Comparison:

Bandai Visual/Dawoori Entertainment (2-disc Edition) - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Manga Video (US) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Manga Video (UK) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Martin Norefors for the Bandai caps and Pavel Borodin for the rest!

(Bandai Visual/Dawoori Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC LEFT vs. Manga Video - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Manga Video (UK) - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Bandai Visual/Dawoori Entertainment

Region 3 - NTSC

Palm Pictures/Manga Video

Region 1  - NTSC

Manga Entertainment Ltd.
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:22:30 1:22:39 1:22:42
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.86 mb/s
NTSC
720x576 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.18 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.37
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bandai

 

Bitrate:

Manga US

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Bitrate:

 

Manga UK

 

Audio English (Dolby digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Pro Logic 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 5.0), Japanese (Dolby Pro Logic 2.0)

Subtitles English, Japanese, Korean, None English, and none English, and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Bandai Visual/Dawoori Entertainment

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

 

Edition Details:
• Making Film 1 (29:30)
• Making Film 2 (26:39)
• Synopsis
• Production Notes
• History 2029 A.D (Story background)
• Glossary
• Characters
• Mechanical Design
• TV spots
• Trailers

DVD Release Date: 2003-04-10
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Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Palm Pictures/Manga Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Special Feature:
The Making of Ghost in the Shell (28:00)
Theatrical Trailer (1:30)
Manga Video Commercial (4:30)
Manga Video Catalog and Fan Club Info (3:10)
PolyGram Video Commercial (3:10)
Key Characters: Synopsis and Images
Complete Movie Production Report

DVD Release March 31, 1998
Keep Case

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio: Manga Entertainment Ltd.

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Special Feature:
The Making of Ghost in the Shell (28:00)
Theatrical Trailer (1:30)
Key Characters: Synopsis and Images
Complete Movie Production Report

DVD Release Date: 28 February, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 15

 


THIS EDITION HAS SYNCHRONIZATION PROBLEMS

Comments:

ADDITION (MAY 2004 - Bandai) - As often with Korean editions there are no English subtitles in the extra material section. The "Making film 2" has a English speaker voice and one of the trailers, aswell as one of the TV-spots are presented in English. Other than that there are Japanese and Korean all the way.

 - Martin Norefors

The Region 2 appears not to have been taken from a progressive source and will result in artifacts as well as 'ghosting' (common with conversions from PAL and NTSC). I am unsure if this is also the reason the Region 2 has synchronization problems, but regardless it is an issue. The Region 1 disc is slightly sharper and darker. It has a few more Extra Features as well as 5.1 audio to the Region 2's 5.0 (English). Not a hard decision here - the, earlier released, Region 1 wins in all categories. 

 - Gary W. Tooze



 

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DVD Menus

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Screen Captures

 

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(Bandai Visual/Dawoori Entertainment - Region 3 - NTSC TOP vs. Manga Video - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Manga Video (UK) - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


 

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Image:

Bandai Visual

Sound:

Manga Region 1

Extras: Bandai Visual
Menu: Bandai Visual

 

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Region 3 - NTSC

Palm Pictures/Manga Video

Region 1  - NTSC

Manga Entertainment Ltd.
Region 0 - PAL

 

 

 

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