Japan action 1989 color 124 min.
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
CAV: out-of-print collectible
3 discs, catalog # CC1294L

CLV: out-of-print collectible
2 discs, catalog # CC1435L

"Laserdisc can put Akira right behind your eyes. Watching it on tape would be like trying to get the full experience from a flip book." --Jay Cocks, Time

Available now for less than half the special edition price!

Criterion's exclusive laserdisc release of this Japanese epic, called the "Blade Runner of animation," brings Akira's explosive colors and action to home video. Visualized down to the last brushstroke of graffiti, Neo-Tokyo's futuristic cityscape is a harrowing and compelling work of art. The story, a mesmerizing blend of teen angst, motorcycle mayhem, and government conspiracies, is science fiction cinema at its best. The Criterion laserdisc contains:

  • a new widescreen transfer
  • Japanese and English soundtracks
  • two theatrical trailers

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