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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Complete Collection

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The Smash First Season Anime Extravaganza in one complete set! Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful but deadly cyborg that is squad leader of Section 9-the Japanese government's clandestine unit assigned to battle terrorism and cyber warfare. Surrounded by an expertly trained team, Motoko faces her ultimate challenge- the Laughing Man- a terrorist who orchestrated a kidnapping and extortion plot many years ago and has suddenly reappeared. In order to discover the identity of this enigmatic criminal, Motoko and Section 9 are drawn into a deadly labyrinth and they ll have to use all their expertise to survive. This acclaimed anime series is from Production I.G (Kill Bill) and features the amazing music if Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Behop) with stories by Kenji Kamiyama (Blood, Jin-Roh) and Dai Soto (Eureka SeveN

Special Features

• Interviews with Cast & Crew
• Tachikomatic Days Animated Shorts

Product Details

  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D265RQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By M. Sewell on December 17, 2008
Format: DVD
I just bought this title (again) and it's really the way to go if you are into SAC. There is however a flaw with the set that has continued from the initial release of the limited edition disks. Specifiacally disk two. The limited edition releases came with two disks, a conventional disk and one coded for DTS. Volume two's disks were the only disks in the series that were silk screened in reverse so that the DTS disk was labled as if it were the standard version. This problem continues in this set. What this means is that a conventional DVD player will not give you any volume from the disk and you can tell on the main menu because it will read DTS disk in the right corner of the menu. Maybe Bandai will concede to replacing the erronious disk with one that will play on standard players but, I haven't gotten that far yet. That's the ONLY reason I can't give it a 5 star rating.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rubio Quake on June 19, 2012
Format: DVD
In the first season Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex. Major Motoko Kusanagi is the top cyborg of Section 9. Section 9 is the top agency for cyper-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion and corporate espionage. Its been six years seen the laughing man case. Now some copycats is now doing the work of the laughing man and leaving behind a trial of copycats and hacked cyborg citizens. Now follow the intense cyborg Motoko Kusanagi in a world high technology and cyper-terrorism. Which in the end may lead to the destruction of Section 9 and all the team as will.

Season One Disc BreakDown

Disc 01
01.Section 9
03.Andoid And I

Disc 02
08.Missing Hearts

Disc 03
09.Chat! Chat! Chat!
10.Jungel Cruise
12.Escape From

Disc 04
13.Not Equal
15.Machine Desirantes
16.Ag2 0

Disc 05
17.Angel's Share
18.Lost Heritage

Disc 06

Disc 07
26.Stand Alone Complex

DVD Features
English and Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
English and Japanese 2.0 Stereo
English Subtitles

DVD Extras
Tachikomatic Days Animated Shorts
Interviews with cast and crew
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C4 on August 2, 2009
Format: DVD
First of all, I just want to mention that I was always interested in GITS SAC, but between the other expensive collection floating around and the fact that it only airs once a week at 4am, I've never really had the chance to take a closer look. That is, until this convenient, affordable set-up.

Well, anyway, GITS SAC revolves around the investigation of a cyber-terrorist known as the "laughing man." Throughout the series attempts are made to stop this heinous criminal only to reveal that the plot is much thicker and deeper than first imagined.

Along with the overlying plot, stand alone episodes act as avenues for character development, philosophical questioning as well as world building. Perhaps two of the better (or at least entertaining in my point of view) episodes consist of Batou's backstory while investigating a fighter and the tachikoma's consistent questioning of life and death.

Though these stand alone episodes offer much in the way of development, they have a habit of breaking the pace a little. If you are not intending to watch large chunks of the series at a time or in reasonable sucession, important details can easily be forgotten.

All and all, GITS SAC offers espionage, action, philosophical debate and characters that you can't help to feel for. Just remember one thing while diving through the GITS SAC world: Nothing is at it seems. And one other thing: it doesn't hurt to keep the remote in hand to rewind to what you missed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elc on May 16, 2011
Format: DVD
After years of watching anime and hundreds of series I have plowed through, this series still takes the cake as one of my all time favorite anime.
For those of you who are not very well versed in anime, you should really take a look at this series, to give you an idea of how influential "Ghost in the Shell" is, Ghost in the Shell inspired the American movie series "The Matrix". "The Matrix" was basically an American play on "GitS" to a degree. also, a bit of a note, every single episode of this series got nearly a movie budget, so the animation quality is top notch and they really didn't seem to cut any corners in general, it's well thought out and does not have a rushed ending of any sorts.
It does an amazing job of portraying a very possible future, and if you are into computers and engineering, you will know that the future portrayed is frighteningly possible. Where the line between human and machine blur, and where the world is a very troubling place if you just poke a little under the surface. The series follows a cyborg woman named Motoko and her co-workers in the special police force named "Section 9" as they tackle the crimes of the future.
The good first large chunk of episodes are there to basically introduce you to the characters of Section 9 and to the world. Given that these are some pretty deep characters and a pretty complicated world, they do a good job in fleshing out the characters and giving you a feel for how the world is like in the future in preparation for the main story arc, "The Laughing Man".
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How is this different from the first season one release?
The 2004 Release was a Collection of the seven DVD's in a box that held all seven DVD cases.
This Release is all seven discs in one box much like the Anime Legends and Complete Collection Releases from Bandai.
Like Cowboy Bebop Remix Anime Legends, Outlaw Star Complete Collection, and Escaflowne... Read More
Jan 17, 2009 by J. M. Hernandez |  See all 7 posts
Anyone know where i could purchase just one disc of this?
This series was originally sold as seven individual dvds. The anime legends edition is also seven dvds. Just buy volume 3 of the original single releases.
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