Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Ghost in the Shell 2.0 trailer

Does the original Ghost in the Shell movie really need a re-release? Probably not, classic that it is (and we all know you shouldn't mess with a classic), but that's exactly what it's going to get. Rather than the complete 'rebuild' treatment being afforded to the Evangelion saga, it appears that Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is going to get remastered video and audio (complete with a 6.1 surround soundtrack) and some new CG and digital effects for certain scenes.

Take a look at some before and after shots of Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (top) and the original movie (bottom) to get an idea of what they're doing:

Finally, a trailer has also been released for Ghost in the Shell 2.0, which has of course been 'YouTube'd' already.

I'm still not quite sure what to make of the whole idea, but it should prove interesting if nothing else.


Martin said...

I was about to ask "Why bother?" but the screenies pretty much answer that. It does look noticably shinier and gives a similar reaction to the Evangelion Platinum edition, as in "bloody hell! It's like comparing night and day!"

I'm not sure why they've decided to do it now (re-releasing it in time for Innocence would have made more sense) but I guess Sky Crawlers is as good a time as any.

Considering its extensive use of CGI, the first GitS movie hasn't aged badly anyway. Granted, Innocence and the SAC branch of the franchise are more recent and therefore more advanced from a technical POV but the original is still impressive after...thirteen years now?

valkyriepilot said...

I haven't seen the trailer or the film itself yet, only the comparison images, but i agree, the original GITS film is already impressive enough even for today's standards. Well, maybe they were riding with the remake bandwagon too...

But if there's any other anime film that needs to be remade, I'd gladly suggest Macross Plus Movie edition instead :D