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 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

I really like the film, and wonder if there is a score that exists

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 1:51 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

Has anyone even SEEN this masterpiece and triumph of animated film (the only animated film that I really like until final fantasy comes out).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   Spacehunter   (Member)

I've seen clips from it, but I've wanted to see it for a long time. I've heard it (or it's look, rather) described as an "animated BLADE RUNNER."

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

Ugh, look at me. i am so bored that I'm responding to my own posts. I will now go read a book.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

Highly Recommended. Man, I just can't stop!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   H. Rocco   (Member)

A GREAT MOVIE!

There were several (legal) issues of Shoji Yamashiro's score (performed by his band Geinoh Yamashirogumi, a massive choir, and a host of bizarre percussive instruments.) The one I have is the first, "Symphonic Suite AKIRA," sort of a 70-minute conceptual version of the score, although all the important music is there. A more direct soundtrack, with cues as heard in the film, came out later. Finally, an American company issued the straight soundtrack version, which I've never heard. I DO have a CD single of a couple of themes, which were also mixed far differently than on Symphonic Suite. It's all the same music, really, it's just that Yamashiro enjoyed playing with it (and the Japanese record companies enjoyed stringing fans along -- the CD single was the ONLY release in Japan for MONTHS, and the "original soundtrack" version might have come out a full YEAR later! Inscrutable ...)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

do you like the score?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2000 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   H. Rocco   (Member)

I didn't make that clear? I OWN THE SEVENTY MINUTE VERSION! A lot of it is kind of atonal and difficult to follow, but it was worth it just to own the opening and ending.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2000 - 12:46 AM   
 By:   gaijin51   (Member)

I have two different CDs of this---

JVC JIMI 1001 - a score only presentation of 10 tracks (69:35). Very highly recommended.

Demon Soundtracks DSCD 7 - 4 very long tracks (43:07) which unfortunately combines music with dailog and sound effects.

NP: Images (Mr. Williams)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2000 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   H. Rocco   (Member)

Yep, the JVC copy is the one I have. I remember the four long tracks on the other version ... didn't know about the sound effects, though.

I recommend the JVC version highly.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2001 - 3:29 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

There are two versions, and I'm buying one. Should I get the four song one or the ten song one? Which is better?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2001 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   AndrĂ© Lux   (Member)


Songs? What songs?

My version has no songs at all.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2001 - 5:18 AM   
 By:   H. Rocco   (Member)

Verbal: Can you post the labels and/or titles of each version?

My feeling is the "ten-song version" is the one you want, as there seems to be more music and it's the more interesting album. But I'm not absolutely certain what the "four-song" version is (probably the OST?)

My own rule of thumb would be: Get the longest one! AKIRA is a great score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2001 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   gaijin51   (Member)

The 4 track one has dialog and sound effects. Not a very good listen. But, gess which one has the best cover art?

NP: Ennio Morricone "At the Movies"

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2001 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   keyser soze   (Member)

Yeah, I saw the covers for both and the four track one has the better of the two. To be honest, I was probably just going to buy the ten track one anyways.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

(Decided to reopen an old thread rather than start a new one.)

I had a couple of hours to myself and I was in the mood for both some Japanimation AND some apocalypse. "Akira" fits the bill.

Every time I watch this movie I get something new out of it.
I wish the DVD had a commentary track with some of the creators involved.
Or is there a newer edition that has one?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2013 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   facehugger   (Member)

(Decided to reopen an old thread rather than start a new one.)

I had a couple of hours to myself and I was in the mood for both some Japanimation AND some apocalypse. "Akira" fits the bill.

Every time I watch this movie I get something new out of it.
I wish the DVD had a commentary track with some of the creators involved.
Or is there a newer edition that has one?


I'm not aware of a version with commentary.

But to me, the reason that I get more out of repeated watching of AKIRA is, that there is little explanation of what it really means.

I tried to read the original manga but couldn't finish it. The manga is just too detailed and there is a lot more explanation and I feel that it detracts from the mystical tone of the film.

Kinda like Blade Runner and The Matrix. I don't need the directors to explain what they were trying to express with commentaries.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I'm not aware of a version with commentary.
But to me, the reason that I get more out of repeated watching of AKIRA is, that there is little explanation of what it really means.
I tried to read the original manga but couldn't finish it. The manga is just too detailed and there is a lot more explanation and I feel that it detracts from the mystical tone of the film.
Kinda like Blade Runner and The Matrix. I don't need the directors to explain what they were trying to express with commentaries.



No, it's not any explanations of the story that I'm after with a commentary track. I never had any problem following the story. It was merely just some reminisces and production stories that I would like to have heard.

I agree that a track explaining the story would have been unnecessary, taking away from its appeal.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

This post is timely, as a new Blu-ray edition of Akira is forthcoming.

http://comicsalliance.com/funimation-akira-25th-anniversary-edition-blu-ray-dvd-video/

Greg Espinoza

 
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