Manga Entertainment will be giving us ghosts in the UK our latest movie fix with Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team. They recently made the announcement that one of their new and upcoming releases is Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, and that it will retail on May 9th for £19.99 on DVD and £24.99 on Blu-ray.
Aside from it being a bilingual release, no other details have been given as to the extras we can expect for either format. But going by FUNimation’s release also coming soon in the US, our bonuses are likely to be similar, with the featurettes Inside the World of Ghost in the Shell Part 2, Arise Explained in 25 Minutes (Extended Director’s Cut), and 25 Years Reviewed in 25 Minutes (Extended Director’s Cut). There are also the usual promo video, teaser and trailer extras.
Manga UK have described the movie’s plot:
Set in a futuristic Japan after the end of a brutal world war, science has advanced by leaps and bounds giving humanity the choice to prolong life and reduce suffering with the use of sophisticated cybernetics. With all of humanity linked into one system of minds and personalities known as ghosts, the biggest threat to civilization is the cyber terrorists capable of hijacking people’s bodies and memories.
When a ghost-infecting virus known as Fire-Starter begins spreading through the system resulting in the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister, Major Motoko Kusanagi and her elite team of special operatives are called in to track down its source. As they delve deeper and deeper into their investigation, they uncover traces of government corruption and a shadowy broker that bears an all-too-familiar face.
When your target can be anywhere and look like anyone, the only choice you have is to trust your ghost, and hope you aren’t infected too.