Ghost In The Shell: Arise

Bor­ders 1 & 2

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2013 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

After the

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

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