Review – AKIRA 4K Limited Edition
★★★★ Based on the groundbreaking manga of the same name by the man of many talents Katsuhiro Otomo, "AKIRA" follows the story of a biker gang leader named Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata). Kaneda stalks his friend Tetsuo (Nozomu Sasaki), who while in the middle of a gang war, crashed into an Esper, causing him to lose […]

★★★★

Based on the groundbreaking manga of the same name by the man of many talents Katsuhiro Otomo, "AKIRA" follows the story of a biker gang leader named Kaneda (Mitsuo Iwata). Kaneda stalks his friend Tetsuo (Nozomu Sasaki), who while in the middle of a gang war, crashed into an Esper, causing him to lose psychic powers. This leads his Tetsuo to become the target of a secret government research center. These new powers could mark the end of an already fractured Neo-Tokyo as Tetsuo begins to evolve into a new entity ...

It's been 30 years and Akira still lives up to its well-deserved hype. Not only in terms of history, but also visually. AKIRA is a thrill ride from start to finish and looks great in its new 4K transfer. This film's remastering process has been kind with the colors sticking out a lot more than its previous home press releases. Now, of course, as with all older movies uploaded, there are going to be some visual imperfections - but there isn't anything of major concern that interferes with the enjoyment of watching in any way. The sound quality of this print is also pretty crisp, although it doesn't appear to be a massive improvement over previous home press releases.

This new limited edition version of AKIRA is a must see for any fan of the movie. Not only does it come in a beautiful collector's box, it comes with a whole host of special features.

AKIRA 4K Limited Edition
1 UHD 4K Blu-ray Disc
2x standard Blu-ray
1x 40-page booklet including: `` Akira Energy Stimulates the Human Spirit '' by Ryusuke Hikawa, `` Akira's Music Continues to Evolve '' by Reiji Asakura, a panel discussion with the director of Japanese casting and sound, and 'Chronology of Events in Akira'

Special bonus Blu-Ray features include: AKIRA 2019 sound creation, AKIRA sound clip from Geinoh Yamashirogumi, End credits for the 1998 theatrical release, Theatrical Preview - Collection of trailers with English subtitles, collection of Storyboard.

I highly recommend choosing this product if you are a fan of the movie and haven't seen it transferred to 4K yet.

This is sure to be a hot collector's item for any anime collection so I recommend you check it out soon before he's gone!




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Netflix’s ( NFLX ) stock rose 5% following the news. The new prices will take effect starting immediately for new members while current members will be notified that their subscription is going up as it rolls out over the next few months.

' We understand people have more entertainment choices than ever and we’re committed to delivering an even better experience for our members, ' a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. ' We’re updating our prices so that we can continue to offer more variety of TV shows and films. '

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Netflix’s price hike, which was first reported by The Verge, is not a huge surprise. Netflix spends billions on content, and this is a way to boost revenue as the ' outlook for subscriber growth is substantially slower in the future than the past, ' according to Bernie McTernan, a senior analyst at Rosenblatt Securities.

' The price increase was a matter of when not if, ' McTernan told CNN Business. ' It shows they think people will be willing to pay more for the service as the pandemic disrupts content fabrication thus making their vast library more valuable. '

The news comes a week the company posted slowing growth in new subscriptions and lower-than-expected profits. This came after Netflix had a huge 2020 because of people being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Netflix was asked about raising prices during its earnings call last week.

' The core model we have, and what we think really our responsibility and our emploi is, is to take the money that our members give us every month and invest that as judiciously and as smartly as we can, ' Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief operating officer, said on the call. ' If we do that well... and make that efficiency and effectiveness better, we will deliver more value to our members, and we will occasionally go back and ask those members to pay a little bit more to keep that virtuous cycle of investment and value creation going. '

Netflix is the king of streaming and the moves it makes, especially in terms of cost to the consumer, reverberates throughout the market. For example, McTernan noted that Disney’s stock had a positive reaction following the announcement of Netflix’s pricing going up.

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The Oscar-winning Steven Soderbergh brings together a jaw-dropping ensemble — including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts — for this sly, funny remake of the 1960 “Rat Pack” caper, investing the new work with a “seismic jolt of enthusiasm. ” Soderbergh keeps the basic story ( a gang of con artists robs several Las Vegas casinos simultaneously ) and the “all-star cast” hook. But he also updates the story to acknowledge Sin City’s current, family-friendly aesthetic and invests the heist with enough unexpected twists and turns to keep audiences guessing. ( Pitt also shines in “Moneyball, ” another Netflix offering. )

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This winking update to “The Scarlet Letter” has much to recommend it, including the witty and quotable screenplay, the sly indictments of bullying and rumor-mongering and the deep bench of supporting players. But “Easy A” is mostly memorable as the breakthrough of Emma Stone, an “irresistible presence” whose turn as a high-school cause célèbre quickly transformed her from a memorable supporting player to a soaring leading lady — and with good reason. She’s wise and wisecracking, quick with a quip but never less than convincing as a tortured teen.

Stanley Kubrick’s most controversial film, and perhaps his most disturbing ( neither a small claim ), was this 1971 adaptation of the cult novel by Anthony Burgess. Tracking the various misdeeds and attempted rehabilitation of a certified sociopath ( Malcolm McDowell, at his most charismatically chilling ), this is Kubrick at his most stylized, with the narrative’s hyperviolence cushioned by the striking cinematography, futuristic production style and jet-black humor. Our critic wrote that it “dazzles the senses and mind. ”

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“I’ve always wanted to be in the movies, ” Dick Johnson tells his daughter Kirsten, and he’s in luck — she makes them, documentaries mostly, dealing with the biggest questions of life and death. So they turn his struggle with Alzheimer’s and looming mortality into a movie, a “resonant and, in instants, profound” one ( per Manohla Dargis ), combining staged fake deaths and heavenly reunions with difficult de famille interactions. He’s an affable fellow, warm and constantly chuckling, and a good sport, cheerfully playing along with these intricate, macabre ( and darkly funny ) scenarios. But it’s really a film about a father and daughter, and their lifelong closeness gives the picture an intimacy and openness uncommon even in the best documentaries. It’s joyful, and melancholy and moving, all at once.

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