FUNimation Entertainment is bringing the first two parts of Ghost in the Shell: Arise to Blu-ray this fall. The four-part re-imagining of Masamune Shirow's manga and Mamoru Oshii's feature film (1995) is produced by Production I.G. Borders 1 & 2 arrive on Blu-ray on October 21st.
Official Synopsis: The cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences. Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades, while rebooting the genre it helped define. Episodes include:
Border 1: Ghost Pain - Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.
Border 2: Ghost Whispers - Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.
The 2-disc Blu-ray release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise is presented in 1080p with English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround tracks and English subtitles. 70 minutes of special features are included with Borders 1 & 2, although FUNimation has yet to reveal additional details.
Yawnnnnn. Boring. It's a crime the original SAC isn't even released on blu-ray in the US, but they feel more concerned about releasing this garbage. I hope they muck up the transfer, knowing Fugimation, that's probably very likely
I bought the first two through Amazon in Japan. I'm flying to Tokyo in eight days and will pick up Arise 3. I think that Arise 4 comes out in theatres September 6. You can always order the S.A.C through Amazon Japan