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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 02 (Episodes 5-8) (2004)

Dino Andrade , Kevin Brief  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dino Andrade, Kevin Brief, Loy Edge, Barbara Goodson, Michael Gregory
  • Writers: Dai Satô, Mary Claypool, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai, Yutaka Omatsu
  • Producers: Charles McCarter, Kaoru Mfaume, Ken Iyadomi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J58T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 02 (Episodes 5-8)" on IMDb

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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone

Major Motoko Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa, and the other officers from Public Security Section 9 battle crimes involving hackers, data tampering, and cyber-drugs as the broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell continues. In "Missing Hearts," they pursue a gang of medical students involved in the black market sale of human organs--an unusual subject, as transplant surgery is much rarer in Japan than in America. The character of Batou is more entertaining in the TV series than in Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence. He's action-oriented and engages the other characters in coversation, instead of endlessly quoting Eastern and Western philosophers. Tachikoma, the crab-like robot with the cutesy voice, is an improbable presence in a show that features so much blood and hard-hitting action. The interstitial adventures involving multiple Tachikomas feel like scenes from an unrelated children's program. Extras include interviews with composer Yoko Kanno and the Japanese voice actor who performs the role of Aramaki. There's also a two-disc deluxe edition that boasts DTS 5.1 soundtracks in English and Japanese, plus a CD of Kanno's music from the series. (Rated 13 and older: considerable violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought. September 24, 2004
By D. Wue
The issues concerning the internet these days may well be considered as precursors to GITS:SAC. Privacy, access, surveillance, information, internet morality, and humanity are all problems dealt with in "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex", except that the implications and legal ramifications are well established and things of the past. You will be compelled to outgrow the technological adolescence of the present very quickly to deal with the maturity and depth of the world of GITS.

I've seen the entire series, and it is by far one of the best anime series I've seen. The original movie was quite revolutionary by itself, but I have to say that the creators, producers, and studio have outdone themselves by a long shot with this series. The original characters are all there, Major Kusanagi, Batou, etc., with the addition of several others who provide support and round out Section 9, a futuristic FBI/CIA organization, as a unit. The series is very much like NYPD Blue, in that you get to know the characters and their cases quite well.

What's astonishing about the series is that the creators have provided an amazingly detailed premise: the world has gone COMPLETELY digital, and the world's population is now linked to the future version of the internet with implants to the point where the line between personality/self and this alternate space has blurred considerably. They then ask the mind-boggling question: what could possibly happen in this kind of world? They answer, of course, with half-hour case studies of cyber-crime, political intrigue, digital culture, and philosophical soul-searching.

Each episode is self-consistent and follows very stringently the physics upon which the series is based.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper for Anime fans October 18, 2004
As a fan of the orignal GitS, and of Stand Alone Complex Vol. 1, I really looked forward to Vol. 2 and I was not disappointed. The story continued where it left off in Vol. 1, but this time we learn even more about the Major, her skills and maybe a small scene to some, but to me when she blocked a blow and it...well, don't want to spoil it, but it shows how powerfully build she is. While the Laughing Man from the first vol. took up lots of the time, the other episodes showed more of her personality. Including a huge surprise about her love life that was cut-out of the US verison of GitS comic.

The art, action are crisp and clean, the US voice acting is very good, not perfect at times, but they've spend money getting some good voice actors. As for the sound complain in another review, I started off with no sound, then realised that I had set-up for DTS sound, which I don't have. After resetting to stereo the sound came on and it sounded great.

I recommend Ghost in the Shell for any anime fan.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost -SAC is rockin' October 11, 2004
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So far, I've enjoyed this series very much, more so than the movie, it seems to follow the Manga more closely in both style and story ... I'm looking forward to the next installment as well ...

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Special Edition Features September 26, 2006
I would rate the show as 5 stars, this is a review of the extras and features of the Special Edition issue.

I recently bought all the Special Edition releases of "Stand Alone Complex" after trying to research what I was going to get as extras not included in the regular edition. I found the listings on Amazon's product details to be a little confusing and incomplete on some of the volumes so I decided to write this guide for others trying to decide. I'm not going to review the "Ghost in the Shell" episodes or the series in general because there are so many excellent reviews already on this site, and most of you probably know about this great anime TV series already. There are various other reviews that say that some of the DVD's and CD's have errors on them and Bandai will replace them with corrected discs if you send them in for exchange. I have not ran into problems yet, although I haven't gone through the whole series either. And I will also state that I love the TV series as well as both movies, but I would recommend the Imported Region 2 version of GITS2:Innocence if you have a region free DVD player. Dreamworks really messed up that release omiting the English dub and putting Hard of Hearing subtitles instead of regular ones on the early issues of that movie. Most people find them very distracting and annoying.

First off the discs themselves, you get two DVD discs in each volume with the same episodes on both discs. Volumes 1-5 have 4 episodes each, 6 and 7 have 3 episodes each making 26 episodes total in the series. Both discs are Anamorphic wide screen encoded directly from the High-Definition Masters. Both Discs also have English subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NO Extras on DTS version? June 14, 2006
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The show is great and DVD sound and picture are great. But, I noticed my DVD has no Extras (the interviews with Aramaki's voice actor andthe composer) even though the box says it is supposed to. Also, the DVD does not have 5.1 sound even though the box claims it does. Did I just get an old DVD in a new box? Maybe it was sitting int the warehouse for a long time? Series is worth having on DVD if you can afford it

****Did anyone else experience the NO EXTRAS problem?****

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost In The Shell is one reason why I love Sci-Fi anime
I have all the series and movies of this title. Need I say more about it? Japan has indeed become the forefront for such titles, and they continue to do good work, despite the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Matthew C. Alston
5.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect!
This is what you would expect from the team that makes this awsome film and series! Visuals are as always, Top notch in the anime world, with thought provoking story lines, that... Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Tom E. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the line between humans and machines is blurred
I'll admit to you that I love to watch Adult Swim, and I'll also admit that I like certain types of anime. Read more
Published on November 25, 2005 by Mark Schaefer
5.0 out of 5 stars PLUGGED IN TERRORIST
The agents of Section 9 are desperately tracking down the cyber-terrorist "Laughing Man" before he can carry out his plans to kill the Police Superintendent-General. Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by Sesho
4.0 out of 5 stars Anime to make you think
This is definitely thinking people's anime. GitS masterfully incorporates rich animation with a fast paced and deeply interwoven plot line. Read more
Published on June 23, 2005 by Lotus Mystique
5.0 out of 5 stars Vol. 2 Special Edition DVD may have a problem
Initial batches of the Ghost In The Shell:Stand Alone Complex Vol. 2 Special Edition have the content of Disc 1 and Disc 2 switched. Read more
Published on May 12, 2005 by eau
5.0 out of 5 stars He Who Laughs Last
This is the second DVD in the new Ghost in the Shell series. Again the story uses the premise of a heavily cyberneticized world to create a setting where what reality is often what... Read more
Published on December 17, 2004 by Marc Ruby™
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