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I have the VHS, the Criterion Collection Laserdisc, Signature Series DVD, the Special Edition DVD (TIN) and the DTS audio edition DVD. You could say I'm a fan

This new high definition transfer does not disappoint. This one was cleaned and tweaked as much as possible. There is still some dirt and scratches here and there but fortunately the film grain is left almost entirely alone. Very nice. They also boosted the contrast and brightness to reveal more of the animation. I never realized all this years that the previous versions I watched are indeed "too dark". Do not expect that the restoration will make the color "POP". This was made with the artistic intent of it being dark, dull and dirty.

In the past I have done three comparison thread on anime releases, Appleseed Ex Machina, Vexille and Afro Samurai. They have not really delivered any consistency in PQ. Aliasing, banding and blocking plague one or the other. Akira did not suffer any of them.

For todays audience Akira may be seen as just another post-apocalyptic movie but 20 years ago this "anime" is something very new and very different from any animation we see from Hollywood (Disney) at the time. I would say the animation done on this movie is several years ahead of what was being produced in Hollywood. The detail, the fluid movement is just an amazing piece of work. The influence of this movie in the West can be seen on the popularity of Japanese animation and Manga literature today.
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I would like to take this opportunity to beg Sunrise studios to get Code Geass available here in the US this year. The Blu-ray version has been out but unfortunately there is no English subtitles. I could do the Vexille trick but sometimes I am just doing too much just to watch a movie. This TV series in my personal opinion is one of the best to come out from that genre ever.
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DVD Special Edition


Blu-ray File size: 37.00 GB

Bitrate: 19.58 mbps



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Title                                                           Codec   Length  Movie Size      Disc Size       Bitrate Bitrate Main Audio Track                          Secondary Audio Track
-----                                                           ------  ------- --------------  --------------  ------- ------- ------------------                        ---------------------
00001.MPLS                                                      AVC     2:04:28 39,757,596,672  41,446,908,828  42.59   19.58   Dolby TrueHD 5.1 1466Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)  


DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     Akira Blu-ray
Disc Size:      41,446,908,828 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.1

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00001.MPLS
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Length:                 2:04:28 (h:m:s)
Total Bitrate:          42.59 Mbps
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MPEG-4 AVC Video        19583 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

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Dolby TrueHD Audio              Japanese        14340 kbps      5.1 / 192 kHz / 14340 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround)
Dolby Digital Audio             Japanese        640 kbps        5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
LPCM Audio                      Japanese        1536 kbps       2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

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Looks like they definately cleaned it up. Some softness but may have been needed to do a decent clean up. The colors look like they've changed some. I'll have to pull out the original VHS(If it still works that is) and my TIN and see the color change over the three different versions. I was waiting for some nice captures before pulling the trigger. Thanks Xylon.

I've heard the sound is killer. Supposedly it takes up 12 gig of the disk. Can't wait to pick it up.
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Some people have said DNR has apparently been applied in some shots based on screenshots posted elsewhere. I don't have my disc yet (and freakin' DVD Pacific has yet to ship it either, so much for getting the slipcover/booklet), so I'd be interested in hearing whether or not you share this opinion.
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It's not bad, but not as good as some of their earlier titles from the same era. They either went overboard with the clean-up, or more likely they intentionally grain-processed it. In any case, the result is the grain is not very consistent and often moves unnaturally. For most people though it will look great.
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its a massive improvement on the DVD's, I had the tin and the dts version
don't expect to be too wow-ed by the PQ though, compared to other animated titles it looks a bit flat, but for any Akira fans, its a must buy
as for the soundtrack, its simply stunning. The music sounds so immersive, great surround use and with the music each instument seems to be placed specifically
A must buy IMHO
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The film grain for the most part is there. I am more lenient on grain scrubbing done on animation since the resulting image doesn't suffer much to the overall presentation. If the level of DNR was used on a live action film then the result will be different. There are more fine details to be lost when removing grain on live action. Sleeping Beauty has more DNR applied to it but no visible smearing and waxy PQ.

The sewer scene where Kei shot the pursuer in the head was still very grainy and there is still visible scratches. Its very tempting to dial up the DNR on this one but they left it alone. If it was applied on that dark scene the resulting image will have a smeared look and should be too obvious not to notice.
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This TV series in my personal opinion is one of the best to come out from that genre ever.

I would have never guessed by your avatar. :-)
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You know, the DVD doesn't really look that bad. There's some bad edge enhancement but I'm surprised at how well it holds up. I'll definitely pick up the BD version though.
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It's still somewhat of a disappointment to me, especially considering the high profile of the title and the fact that it's actually a brand-new transfer. In my opinion neither sharpness, grain consistency or overall quality/clarity is anywhere near their release of for example Patlabor:

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Yay no more edge enhancement.

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It's still somewhat of a disappointment to me, especially considering the high profile of the title. In my opinion neither sharpness, grain consistency or overall quality/clarity is anywhere near their release of for example Patlabor:

Yeah, Jin-Roh had some nice grain too: http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/foru...pic.php?t=4405

I'm pretty happy with this (Akira) release overall, just wished they skipped the windowboxing, even if it is a tiny amount, and maybe open up the top and bottom to 1:78:1 to get a little more artwork.
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Looks like a huge upgrade to me. Double dip time.
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Yeah, Jin-Roh had some nice grain too: http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/foru...pic.php?t=4405

I'm pretty happy with this release overall, just wished they skipped the letterboxing, even if it is a tiny amount, and maybe open up the top and bottom to 1:78:1 to get a little more artwork.

Please don't mention Jin-Roh to me. I didn't buy it when it "came out" because it was so expensive. Now it is super-rare and goes for even more. I'm still kicking myself.

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The pics look EXTREMELY soft. I expected it to look nearly as good as the cel I used to own from the film. I'm going to wait for the inevitable remaster.
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i just got the movie and i was reading the book about the Hypersonic sound. most systems out there cant even play this formate but here is the info about it
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Please don't mention Jin-Roh to me. I didn't buy it when it "came out" because it was so expensive. Now it is super-rare and goes for even more. I'm still kicking myself.

It's still available from dot-anime if you're in the US. Other than that there's also the Japanese re-release which is about the same price. Though no box or storyboard book.
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The pics look EXTREMELY soft. I expected it to look nearly as good as the cel I used to own from the film. I'm going to wait for the inevitable remaster.

Agreed on the softness. Though since this was a new transfer I think you're going to be waiting a loooong time before it's redone (if ever).
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The pics look EXTREMELY soft. I expected it to look nearly as good as the cel I used to own from the film. I'm going to wait for the inevitable remaster.

I gotta ask... which cel?

A good looking transfer will be directly related to the condition of the elements they have to work with, which I imagine were just so-so. Akira was NOT a success in Japan when it was initially released. I wonder how well it was cared for after it didn't even turn an initial profit?

Wouldn't it have been completely wonderful if they still had all the cels in mint condition in a vault somewhere, and redid the thing on computer by scanning instead of the degrading step of committing it to film? Oh well, one can dream. ^_^;

Picked this one up over the lunch hour... will spot check it tonight.
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Glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's soft. To me it does disappoint.
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Glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's soft. To me it does disappoint.

Agreed. Looks VERY soft to my eyes....

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Yay no more edge enhancement.

Boo! PQ is soft and lackluster/depressing colors.

They cleaned it up too much.

They botched it!

But what the hell can I do? AKIRA is my all-time fav anime. I have to buy the damn thing. ARGH!
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