I had high hopes for Ghost in the shell. Beautifully shot. Seriously I thought the set design and lighting was excellent, but some of the framing was just way off. Another problem was the editing and some of the writing. It was far too long, and Major became far more vulnerable as the story went on. It felt like a combination of Blade Runner, Kill Bill and Black Rain, only not as half as good as any of them.
I’d say skip it in theaters, and only a DVD rental if you are really bored on a weekend.