comrade_yui’s review published on Letterboxd:
i'm not inherently opposed to artistic revisionism when it's given enough purchase in a formal ambition, but this is a particularly weird case because it's more like a remix rather than a revision, all the original elements are the same but are just augmented with occasional CG interfaces and touch-ups, which honestly don't amount to much in the grand scheme of the film because the original analog animated material was so well-done that there's little need to replace any of it. the color-grading for that original animation is noticeably better but the whole film's aesthetic has been contorted to fit within ghost in the shell 2: innocence's presentation with a whole lot more bloom and 2000s-era washed out tones, which, again, i don't hate, i love that movie's look, but i don't quite see the need to retrofit this into it, it's not an issue of nostalgia, it's more of an issue of artistic cohesion, 2.0's additions just doesn't feel totally harmonious with the original film's intentions.
what i will say is that the new 6.1 audio track is a straight-up improvement and i kinda wish that they just released the original again but with this new, more nuanced soundmix? that would be nice. oh well. as it stands, this is a nice 'DVD bonus feature' of a 'movie' i suppose, not exactly sure it even needs to be a separate film entry on this website.