The Ghost in the Shell franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring Ghost in the Shell to theaters.  The 1995, groundbreaking anime film movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version.  Tickets are available beginning today and can be pre-purchased via the official movie website at funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell.

 Ghost in the Shell first anime film to rank #1 on Billboard in video sales, which currently total more than 1.5 million copies across the franchise. With the release of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie in 2016 and a new live-action version of Ghost in the Shell set to release at the end of March, there has been a huge resurgence in fan interest for the franchise worldwide.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Lionsgate to bring the original Ghost in the Shell movie back to U.S. theaters,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “Ghost in the Shell is truly a seminal work in anime cinema and it helped firmly establish a market for the genre with U.S. movie audiences.”

Ghost in the Shell is an iconic property and it is great that fans will be able to watch it on the big screen for the first time in 20 years,’ said Kevin Carney, VP Marketing Lionsgate. “Many fans will be seeing the movie in a theater for the first time and Funimation has been a terrific partner to help make this possible.”

2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. 

Lionsgate will be releasing a new, deluxe collector’s edition of the re-mastered original on Blu-Ray with Digital HD.  This new edition will feature steel-book packaging and Mondo artwork and will be available in retail outlets beginning March 7, 2017.

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