The live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, is due out on March 31, 2017, but the original animated feature from Mamoru Oshii will be getting an updated re-release a couple of weeks earlier. Anchor Bay Entertainment and its Manga Entertainment subsidiary are bringing about a deluxe, limited collector’s edition of the classic film to Blu-ray, with some lucky theaters also getting a screening of the high-definition remastered original film.
As The Film Stage reports, the Blu-Ray will feature a steelbook casing with exlusive artwork from Mondo. There’s no word on whether or not the edition will have new special features, but the good news for die-hard fans of GitS is that this will be the original cut, one that’s remastered in high definition but otherwise unaltered. That means we won’t be getting Ghost in the Shell 3.0, or another cut of Oshii’s poorly received 2.0 take that first debuted on Blu-ray in 2008. A new trailer for the re-release, which you can watch below, gives a glimpse of what you can expect when the Blu-ray hits March 24, 2017.
However, the trailer also suggests that this new version will use the original English voice track recorded back in 1995. That would be unfortunate. Fans have long waited and asked for a new English voiceover from the cast and crew of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. (Anchor Bay also plans to bring that TV series to Blu-ray in February for the first time outside of a Japanese release.) For the feature at least, the original Japanese voice track will likely remain untouched; Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, and Koichi Yamadera star.
Also, if you’re in the U.K., you’ll be able to check out the animated film in a theatrical re-release; details here. Hopefully the U.S. and the world over will be treated to theatrical showings as well, so we’ll keep an eye out for more news in the run-up to March 2017.
Check out the new trailer below, followed by the film’s new Blu-ray artwork:
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