Ghost in The Shell Gets First Ever Blu-ray Release

Mike P Williams
5 May 2014

This weekend it was unveiled that the anime classic 'Ghost in the Shell' will be making its way to Blu-ray this September in a beautiful steelbook version.

Not only is it the first steelbook the 1995 film has ever had, but it's the first time the movie, directed by Mamoru Oshii, has been released in high definition, too. Previously, the best transfer 'Ghost in the Shell' received was an upscaled DVD version on the 'Ghost in the Shell 2.0' release, so will be welcomed news for fans of the movie.

Announced by Fetch Publicity on Saturday, they tweeted that the film would be released by Manga UK and would be out later this year in a gorgeous limited edition Blu-ray steelbook. The tweet read: "@MangaUK to release original #GhostInTheShell anime movie as a Ltd. Ed. Blu-ray Steelbook on 29th Sept" and followed up with a link to Zavvi where pre-orders were already happening.

This release is a worldwide exclusive, in fact, which will have fans all over the globe looking to import the film, which comes with a 24-page booklet accompanying the Blu-ray. It also includes an interview with director Mamoru Oshii, an article about the original manga, its transformations and more.

It's unclear how many steelbooks will be produced, but the likelihood is that it'll sell out way before its release in four months time. 'Akira' experienced the steelbook treatment not too long ago and completely sold out, which has made that steelbook a highly sought after collector's item.

'Ghost in the Shell' Blu-ray steelbook will be available from 29 September and can be pre-ordered at Zavvi now.

Are you excited by the first ever Blu-ray release of 'Ghost in the Shell'?

indulges in all genres, with a particular affinity for anime -- specifically Studio Ghibli. His favourites include 'Spirited Away' and 'My Neighbour Totoro', but also has a lot of time for 'Akira' and 'Wolf Children'. For more thoughts on movies and other such frivolity, follow him on Twitter.

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