Blu-ray: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Funimation)

Order

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence


English Blu-ray Title (Region A)

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Sound:

Japanese (5.1 Surround), English (5.1 Surround)

Subtitles:
Length:
Release:
Company
:
Discs:
Aspect Ratio:

English
99 minutes
2017
Funimation
2 (1 DVD)
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Movie:

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Blu-ray

Extras

  • Menus (English)
  • Chapters (15)
  • Trailers: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, ErgoProxy (US), Psycho-Pass (US), Dangan Ronpa (US), Attack on Titan: First Season (US), Summer Wars (US), Unbreakable Machine Doll (US), Wolf's Rain (US)
  • Audio commentary by director Mamoru Oshii and animation director Toshihiko Nishikubo (Japanese)
  • Making of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (16 minutes)
  • Ultra Violet Copy

Captures


Review

By: Anthony Romero

We have here the second time this film has hit the Blu-ray format in the United States, this time coming from Funimation. The presentation is similar to what has been seen before, with okay video mixed with excellent audio quality while the extras, taken from earlier DVD releases, show their age.

As a side note, this is a dual format release. It contains both a Blu-ray and a DVD. This review will focus on the Blu-ray.


 Video: Star Rating


First off, just for note, the video track present here is the US version that uses the Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence title. That said, the video quality here is good but not without faults. The most overt of these issues is the amount of noise present. This appears to be a combination of grain mixed with compression, smearing these details a little. It's consistent throughout, although only becomes marginally distracting during the darkest scenes in the film. As for the detail in the frame, the movie is blurry... as an artistic choice. To be more accurate, it was likely done to help merge the traditional animation with CGI better, although on high definition it makes it harder to gauge the sharpness at times. When the movie isn't being intentionally blurry, the detail looks good although there are much better Anime examples on Blu-ray. Speaking of artistic choices, the color scape here is also on the dull side, but by intent. That also makes it harder to judge, but the Blu-ray at least has distinct colors to match even if they aren't vibrant. The black levels could be handled a bit better, though,

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

 

 Audio: Star Rating


The Blu-ray features two lossless 5.1 surround tracks, one the original Japanese and the other the English dub. Quality is excellent on both. In fact, switching between them is relatively seamless in terms of the quality, save for the fact that one is dubbed and the other not. That switching can be hard based on your playback device, like I had issues on my older Blu-ray player but was able to do switch fine on my computer.

Now for this production, Lucasfilm's Skywalker Sound was used to help develop the movie's audio. Those efforts shine on these tracks, which offer great directionality and a sense of space. Gunfire, for example, can be heard traveling which is the type of detail very much overt on this release. The score also sounds excellent here, from The Ring (1998) composer Kenji Kawai, and melds in nicely with the overall audio experience. Clarity is also pitch perfect, with all of the dialogue on both versions sounding very clear.

For reference, the English dub here is the one Bandai created for their releases. It's not new and it's also not the "Manga UK" dub.

The movie can be accompanied by removable English subtitles.

 

 Extras: Star Rating


The release has a few extras to offer, although all of which have been seen before on DVD. First up we have an audio commentary track with the director, Mamoru Oshii, and the animation director, Toshihiko Nishikubo. The commentary takes a bit to get going, but is informative when it does. It details about sequences that were story boarded but ended up getting dropped, experiences working with Skywalker Sound on the movie and other details. This commentary is in Japanese with removable English subtitles.

Next up we have the 16 minute making of feature. The making of segment offers a lot of interview comments with the crew behind it, although does so in a rather rapid fashion. The most interesting element of this is probably learning a bit more behind how the movie was created from an animation standpoint, in particular the insight around animating the robots. The only complaint is that it feels like it only touches the surface of the production and could have been a bit longer. This feature is in Japanese with removable English subtitles and is full screen, 1.33:1.

As for the trailers, there is only one for the main movie but it's five minutes long. Sadly, the quality is very lacking as it's heavily compressed, causing reds to smear and other signs of artifacting. It's also not anamorphic, presented as 1.33:1 with large black bars above and below the image. Beyond this are a host of trailers that Funimation created to promote recent Blu-ray releases.

 

 Overview: Star Rating


This is a fine way to watch the movie. It's not perfect, but has enough going for it, especially in the audio department, that fans of the film can enjoy it from this release. For those who use Ultra Violet, this edition also includes this as an option to provide a bit more extra value and to separate it from the earlier Bandai release. In fact, about all this edition is missing is the soundtrack, although it's not nearly as common to see CDs mixed with Blu-rays as it was during the DVD days.