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Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2007
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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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 9, 2012
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2010
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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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2007
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I saw this movie for the first time on Sci-Fi Channel's Ani-Monday. I was getting ready to call it a night when this was advertised as being next and had to stay up and watch it. It's a very well done movie with a lot of feeling of the first movie that was brought to the series. Alot of things have changed, alot of feelings are different, but it's all very good. I think I saw an edited version but for the most part it was very well done. All the original cast has returned to do the voices so there's no problem with the english subtitles or with dubbing. Overall it was a good movie.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Those who have been following the "Ghost in the Shell" film and TV adaptations know that "Ghost in the Shell - Solid State Society" follows the "Stand Alone Complex" narrative arc. Unlike the two previous films (which belonged to an arc of their own), "Solid State Society", like the aforementioned television series, is extremely fast-paced, heavy in dialogue, and complex in plot.

For the average viewer, "Solid State Society" might pose far too much of a puzzle to be enjoyable: who is this character? why does he matter? what in the world is going on here? who is this Puppeteer everyone keeps talking about?

But for the GiTS fan, especially a "Stand Alone Complex" fan, this film is extraordinary. Picture, if you will, taking 4 full episodes of GiTS:SAC, giving them one solid plot with a beginning, middle, and end, and increasing the production value tenfold. That's what this film is, essentially: like the "Star Trek" movies, it's not really much different than the series, but it looks, feels, and sounds far better than any individual episode.

LIMITED EDITION NOTES:

The Limited edition comes with a DTS audio track as well as the usual 5.1 track. Definitely excellent sound if you have the audio equipment. The second DVD includes a ridiculous number of extras, most of which I haven't bothered to watch. But the great thing about the Limited Edition is the included Soundtrack CD. It's very J-Pop/Techno/Fusion/Whatever, but it has certainly grown on me (and has a reserved spot in my car's CD set).

FINAL WORD:

If you like the "Stand Alone Complex" series, and have watched a majority of it, you ought to see this film. And if you're a fan of the show's music, this particular edition of the movie is by far worth the extra cost.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
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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 their presence could confuse if watched out of order.

...though I doubt any Ghost in the Shell fan would be particularly bothered by being little confused from time to time.
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on June 17, 2013
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This takes place in Japan 2034, a few years after S.A.C. ends and Motoko leaves Section 9. Togusa is now the leader of Section 9, and I'm happy about that because he has always been one of my favorite characters. You can really feel his struggle to balance work and family with his new position. Not going to spoil anything but there is a scene where I was actually tensed up and holding my breath, and it deals with Togusa and Batou. As usual all the voice actors do a great job and the animation is solid. Not sure if the frame rate is choppy or it was just my xbox 360 but there was flickering every now and then.

The story itself is good but takes a good chunk of the movie to get rolling. I'm not saying it needs action all the time, because we're talking about Ghost in the Shell here and if you know anything about the series is that it is VERY dialogue heavy and requires your attention to understand what's going on. It was good seeing the Tachikomas again, although it felt forced like they just threw them in there for the sake of it. Overall the movie was enjoyable and if you like the tv show then you will like this movie!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2007
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I have always been a fan of Ghost in a shell since the very first movie. Solid State Society is an awesome movie, I think one of the best so far. The writing is good, follows the series very well. I loved the music. And if you get the limited edition version you get the sound track on CD, and an extras DVD, plus the main movie DVD. If you are a fan of the series this is a must have. I keep watching it over and over.

This is not a movie for young childern. It is violent, dramatic, and fast paced.

I think all anime fans would like it. As a fan I personally recomened it!
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