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Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society

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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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  • 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 (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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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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Format: DVD
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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I have it right now in front of me as I'm typing. It's limited because it is a 3 disc release with a nice collector's metal tin casing. If you've seen the "Appleseed" Limited Edition casing, it practically has the same construction. The DVD casing is very sturdy and has a bit of weight... Read More
Jul 3, 2007 by strawberrysunday |  See all 6 posts
Who is the Puppeteer? (Potential Spoilers)
In the "Solid State Society" two clues are given as to the identity of the Puppeteer. One which is assumed and 'disproven' by section 9 agents. The other clue is more obscure and appears near the end when the Major is linked with a previously assumed Puppeteer. Batou's later observation... Read More
Sep 7, 2008 by B. A. Dilger |  See all 2 posts
Why 3 disks?
One is The Movie,One is Special Features and One is the Soundtrack.
Sep 7, 2008 by Jason Williams |  See all 2 posts
Japanese Language?
The discs in this set are identical to the individual volumes. That is, Amazon is wrong about there not being Japanese audio with English subtitles.

This confirms Amazon's error:

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Apr 7, 2008 by C. Parent |  See all 2 posts
Movie langage
Yes, it is definitely dubbed in english audio (I'm extremely grateful and happy about this). There are two different releases, a normal single disk and a limited edition packaging (2 DVDs and 1 CD)
Jul 3, 2007 by strawberrysunday |  See all 2 posts
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