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Original GHOST IN THE SHELL Gets Re-Shelled With MONDO Art Steelbook

Original GHOST IN THE SHELL Gets Re-Shelled With MONDO Art Steelbook

When you think Ghost in the Shell nowadays, or ask anyone about it, they may think you’re referring to the live-action Scarlett Johansson movie coming out on March 31st. Two weeks prior, however, Anchor Bay is doing the moviegoing world a good deed and use the remake’s timing to remind the world how great the anime film was. 1995’s Ghost in the Shell, which you may or may not have known actually has the full translated-from-Japanese title of Mobile Armored Riot Police: Ghost in the Shell, is coming back to Blu-ray inside a new steelbook with artwork by Mondo. And before you say anything about double-dipping, consider that the entire Ghost in the Shell premise is all about giving existing content–the mind of a cyborg, or “ghost”–newer packaging, which is to say the body, or “shell.” Making the movie available in a newer metal container is arguably more appropriate to this franchise than any other.

And it isn’t just the groundbreaking feature film (that was the most obvious inspiration for The Matrix) that’s coming to Blu this spring. The animated series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex will make its U.S. Blu-ray debut Feb. 21st, also through Anchor Bay. So even if you’re that hardcore fan who never wants to see anime become live-action, you stand to benefit with some very cool HD versions of the original Ghost, buster.

This is, of course, not the entirety of the GITS franchise: there’s a movie sequel, a Stand Alone Complex movie, a second series called Arise, and a movie based on that one. It would be nice to collect all of them in a unifying Mondo style, so here’s hoping those are the follow-up plans.

Are you planning on making this Major acquisition? Maybe give a few as gifts to friends who need a gateway into anime? Download your thoughts into our comments below.

Images: Mondo/Anchor Bay/Production I.G.

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