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Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society (2007)

Atsuko Tanaka , Osamu Saka , Kenji Kamiyama  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano
  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Writers: Kenji Kamiyama, Masamune Shirow, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai
  • Producers: Norihisa Oki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The television movie Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (2006) continues the adventures of the cast of Stand Alone Complex, the TV series based on Mamoru Oshii's watershed feature. It's been two years since Major Kusanagi left Public Security Section 9 and struck out on her own. Batou pursues only investigations that interest him. Togusa is in charge of the Section, largely by default. All three characters, plus Chief Aramaki and the Tachikoma robots, join in the investigation of a string of suicides by agents of a foreign general. The trail leads them to a terrorist plot involving micro-machines created to release a deadly virus, and to the master-hacker known as the Puppeteer. The depiction of a corrupt politician using resources earmarked for the care of an aging population for his own ends reflects recent scandals in Japan. But Solid State Society feels derivative. The plot borrows heavily from the "Laughing Man" storyline, and the general lack of inspiration is evident in the failure to resolve the mystery satisfactorily. (Rated 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delving into a detailed universe... May 27, 2007
Solid State Society is hopefully a sign of what is to come in the world of Ghost in the Shell. After Stand Alone Complex's 2nd GIG, I was definitely left with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The pacing of the 2nd GIG felt uneven and the story felt more convoluted than tastefully complex, creating an adequate but not perfect addition to the GitS series. However, Solid State Society takes the best from the Stand Alone Complex series and in little under two hours presents a story as rich in detail and as lovingly complex as the series preceding it.

A huge plus of the movie is that instead of feeling like an overstretched episode, it feels more like a long arc of quality episodes stringed together while still feeling cinematic in its presentation. Solid State Society gives us everything we expect in a GitS story: a sci-fi universe that draws you in but never overwhelms, continuity in character development, rich and intelligent dialogue and plot that almost seems plausible down the road, and of course, some light philosophy and shades of grey. Even if you aren't an anime or a strict sci-fi fan, you might just enjoy this one.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to the Series June 10, 2007
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This film is one of the best things that I have seen come out of the GITS franchise. I have watched the movie several times, each time enjoying even more. I would give a description of the plot, but I will not ruin it for you. My only complaint about Solid State Society is that it borrows ideas from both of the feature-length movies. If you liked GITS: SAC, and most specially 2nd GIG, you will enjoy this movie.

Note: It is dubbed in English, unlike Innocence. Amazon just has that fact incorrect
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray review January 9, 2012
There already are plenty of reviews for the DVD of this title, but I shall just mention a few reactions to the film, then talk about the blu ray release.

Solid State Society is a Ghost in the Shell motion picture. Do not be fooled by the "Stand Alone Complex" subheading and think it is a few TV episodes or something. This means top quality animation, a great music soundtrack, a complete story from start to finish and not much in the way of needing to see previous content to enjoy. I should know, I've only seen the SAC first series and not 2nd GIG yet. It also has a bit darker feel than the TV series, as to be expected from the films. What is so impressive about the animation is (keep in mind I'm comparing this to previous GITS movies) the use of camera shaking, lens flares, and best of all tasteful use of 3D/CGI-type treatments. Personally I think GITS 2.0 completely ruined the original first film, as the added 3D elements painfully stood out in comparison to the 2D shots, but that's another story.

As for the blu ray, you get some extras but as I always watch with Japanese audio & English subs, I don't bother watching the English 'behind-the-scenes' extras. I will say, however, that the Japanese TRAILER that is included is incredible. So much better than the Bandai English trailer... I only wish there was a subtitle option for the Japanese trailer, but oh well. There are no inserts of any kind, just the disc in the case. The picture quality is brilliant; super-sharp, beautiful colors and of course looks great when colors are muted with the lovely washed-out tone that GITS commonly has. Sorry I can't say much about the audio quality as I just use headphones and play it on a computer, but it sure sounded great to me. Currently this movie is at a very affordable price, especially for anime on blu-ray so don't hesitate - Ghost in the Shell SAC - Solid State Society is worth it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Anime for Grownups. September 14, 2010
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex- Solid State Society. It has been two years since the end of 2nd Gig, when "Major" Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9, a Special Forces unit assigned to cyber crime and answerable only to the Prime Minister of Japan in 2034. Family man Togusa is now leading a much larger force. Chief Aramaki has visibly aged in the job, walking painfully with a cane and attended by Proto. Batou has become a brooding, depressed commander of the training school. All wonder if the Major will ever return. This time around our heroes must deal with the seemingly unconnected rash of suicides, mass child abductions, conspiracy involving elderly healthcare, a "Wizard Class" hacker called the Puppeteer, and as always, corporate malfeasance and political wrangling. All tidied up with a terrific subtle "what if?" ending. At $3.2 million SSS is one of the most expensive TV movie anime's yet, and all the money is up on the screen. Illuminating the convoluted storyline are: Increased detail in both background and foreground (missing in 2nd Gig). "Busy" scenes found only in big budget movies. Naturally smooth movement by people and machines. Small touches like the Nissan concept cars, wrinkled clothing, reflections and small lighting effects, raindrops, "Handheld" camera angles, etc. There are plenty of "remember this?" scenes and other touchstones from the series, including great music by Yoko Kanno, with Origa singing the opening and closing songs. Motoko's face is even cuter than ever and the rest of her- you just don't mess with perfection. GITS: SAC is not for anime fans looking for scantily dressed little girls, giant robots or magical swordplay. Its story lines, dialogue and multiple overlapping themes are more suited to readers of William Gibson's "Neuromancer" or P. K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" So if you prefer the new "Battlestar Galactica" instead of "War of the Worlds", GITS:SAC-SSS might just be for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Anime
Great movie in itself, had to get the hard copy. It's clean, uninterrupted quality was much appreciated as well. Shipping was fast and easy.
Published 23 days ago by Nat King
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What I wanted
Published 2 months ago by Santiago Uribe
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good
Fits well with the series.
Published 2 months ago by Jerry
1.0 out of 5 stars Squeezing the last drop of cash out of the franchise. Nothing to see...
The GIS productions all have a certain adolescent tendency to wander off into the conceptual weeds. This one, unusually, never comes back. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ludwig
3.0 out of 5 stars Different, but slightly dull.
Compared to the gripping storylines that unfold in 1st and 2nd GIGs, this fell short. It feels forced, a reunion that really didn't have to happen, and the inner turmoil in Section... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Best out of 3
This is my favorite out of all the movies they have put out for GITS. As a primary fan of the TV series the fact that this movie has a very similar art style wins it for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Lundy
4.0 out of 5 stars A continuation of the TV show
To be clear, this film takes place after the events of the S.A.C. 2nd Gig series. There are several characters in Solid State Society who were first introduced in that series, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sky McLin
5.0 out of 5 stars Layers Upon Layers
Big fan of GITS:SAC, and this movie did NOT disappoint! The layered plot lines demonstrate that the film makers don't consider their audience to be a bunch of dolts, and that we... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Doc Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great end fo the tv series
I gave this a five star rating because it has a wonderful story line, great action, and nice animation. I would recommend this to anybody interested in anime. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rory Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime finest
This is my girl, she'll kick well you know what she can do but if you don't know, watch her on cartoon network and them buy the better versions here. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cloaked
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