Ghost In The Shell: Arise
Borders 1 & 2
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2013 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD
Ghost In The Shell films and Stand Alone Complex TV series, now there’s Arise, a four- part reimagining that’s straight- to- disc ( two episodes – or “Borders” – at a time).
It’s a prequel, showing the creation of Team Kusanagi, with US TV- style pacing. It looks magnificent, giving cyberpunk a whole new vibrant aesthetic and delivering pulse- pounding action.
Sadly the plotting is damned near inscrutable, with ill- defined characters and huge amounts of exposition. This improves with Borders 3 & 4, but these first two are very hard work indeed.
Extras: Cast and crew interviews; US cast commentary on ep 2; two animated shorts; textless opening credits; trailers. Dave Golder