Anime Review Roundup
Ouran High School Host Club made its UK Blu-ray debut courtesy of All the Anime, and the package is quite nice. Some nifty physical extras and a digipack are all nice to look at. But alas, they used Funimation’s discs which are really getting quite creaky with age. It’s a classic of the anime rom-com genre, with a girl on a scholarship in an elite school stumbling into the wrong room, and getting ‘drafted’ into a host club, compelled to cross dress as a boy to serve girls looking for a little romance. The first half of the show is heavy on the culture clash between the real world and the world of the rich elites, but the show comes to life once it starts looking beneath the surface of the characters.
Ghost in the Shell again. I’ve written about this film more than any other over the years, several DVD versions and then there was the 2.0 Lucas-ed up remaster which made it to Blu-ray, but it took a long time before the original film got a progressive transfer on UK Blu-ray. When that finally happened in 2014, the resulting Steelbook release was more than flawed, with a new, inferior subtitle translation and missing elements in the English surround track. I didn’t even bother with it then, but in 2017, to coincide with the live action Scarlet Johansson movie, Manga re-released the Blu-ray in a standard case. I still didn’t touch it, happy to stick with the DVD release that I knew wasn’t borked. But then I read a forum post that stated that Manga had fixed the issues for the re-release. Long story short, they haven’t. The 2017 Ghost in the Shell Blu-ray is still broken.
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Manga Entertainment released One Piece The Movie: Strong World on Blu-ray and DVD in 2014. Here’s my review of the Blu-ray. It is still available to buy today.
Manga Entertainment released Ghost in the Shell on Blu-ray in 2014 in Steelbook form, while the standard version came out in 2017. Look for the DVD. All the Anime released Ouran High School Host Club on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition in 2016, and it is deleted and very hard to find now. Thankfully the US release from Funimation uses the same discs and is Region B compatible if you want to import.