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Ghost in the Shell: Laughing Man [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka
  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Writers: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VDL7JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

The year is 2030 and six years have passed since a criminal known only as ''The Laughing Man'' swept through top medical nanotechnology firms committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, and corporate espionage leaving no known suspects. New information is revealed to Japan's top homeland security force, drawing Major Kusanagi and Section 9 into the hunt for a suspect capable of hacking the eyes of every operative, obscuring all details of his appearance and leaving behind a trail of copycats and hacked cyborg citizens.

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The OAV Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex--The Laughing Man (2005) consists of footage from the 26-episode Stand Alone Complex TV series (2002), recut to tell the story of a police battle with an über-hacker. Writer-director Kenji Kamiyama oversaw the re-editing and rewrote some of the dialogue for greater clarity. The main arc of the first season of S.A.C., The Laughing Man is a complicated tale of cyber-espionage and government corruption. Major Kusanagi, Batou, Chief Aramaki, and the other officers of Public Security Section 9 must untangle an intricate web of deception to discover a hidden scandal involving a bogus cure for the debilitating disease of "cyberbrain sclerosis." In the original series, this story was interwoven with brief adventures involving the black-market sale of human organs, the growing consciousness of the Tachikoma robots, and Chief Aramaki's colorful past. The Laughing Man, a title borrowed from J.D. Salinger, is interesting enough to stand on its own, but at 2 hours and 40 minutes, it feels very long. Bandai has rerecorded the dialogue with a new cast, which sounds jarring to audiences familiar with the series. The Laughing Man may appeal to viewers who didn't see S.A.C. in its initial release: otaku who know the original may find the reworking feels like a gimmick. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

The TV show gets a rock-solid 5-star rating from me....the "movie"?
iCormac
I know, in all fairness I cant really assume its just a money grab, but thats what I thought of the movie thirty minutes in.
Nort Thalem
I would highly recommend that if you can read subtitles while watching, definitely watch it with the original language.
R.C.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By iCormac on July 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Don't get me wrong....I love the series and I highly recommend GITS to ANYONE new to anime, BUT...
If you want to watch the Laughing Man story from beginning to to end without any interruptions or unnecessary segues or "filler episodes", you could buy the GITS Laughing Man movie....
For the most part, though...you'll honestly be more satisfied just buying the entire first season of GITS.
You see, to make sure that the whole story would fit into a feature-length format, the studio edited out allot of content and small details that detracted from the overall story once they were gone....content and small details that you WILL miss out on when you watch the "movie", and there are quite a few inconsistencies that a true fan will find annoying after watching every episode of the TV show beginning to end numerous times.
There were quite a few moments that I actually said out loud "wait...something's missing" when I first watched the Laughing Man movie.

Trust me on this....you're better off buying the complete first season of GITS and skip through all the "filler" episodes. It'll be a much more satisfying experience for you.

The TV show gets a rock-solid 5-star rating from me....the "movie"?
2 stars....and I'm being generous
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry on July 9, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I started watching this not knowing that all 2 hours and 40 minutes of this movie is really all 26 episodes recut. It was long, and at some points, extremely confusing. I would recommend watching the TV/episodic version over this version. I started watching this one after finding Ghost in the Shell online, boy was I lost in this choppy and incoherent mess. However, this anime has some great action and good story elements. Again, watch the TV/episodic version.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R.C. on June 5, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I got this on Blu-ray and while I know this is only a compilation of "The Laughing Man" storyline with a few scenes thrown in to make it complete, I still loved every minute of this. The animation is of course beautiful and the story itself compelling, so much the 2 hour 40 minute running time went by in a flash.

Now I'm a firm believer in watching a movie (or series) with the original language so that's what I did here, watching it with the Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Just to see, I did briefly switch over to the English dubbing and wasn't impressed and quickly switched back over. I would highly recommend that if you can read subtitles while watching, definitely watch it with the original language.

In terms of the Blu-ray, the audio is quite good especially with the score and certain action sequences which gives the audio depth while the dialogue levels were also loud enough. This comes with a Dolby TrueHD track (for both the Japanese and English tracks). The picture (1080i) meanwhile was good, though when it comes to anime and animation, it generally looks looks great in high-def, there's always exceptions but here it does look alright, although I did notice some interlacing.

The features as expected are a bit lacking but for the feature on the disc, I'm not overly disappointed and if you can have it at a decent price, then it's worth picking up. If you already own it, I think it'd make for a modest upgrade though again the price needs to be right.

I will confess, I am not a big Ghost in the Shell fan. I have seen the series and enjoyed it, but I know some fans did not like the change in voice acting (edit: I guess the complaints is for the English dubs? If so, then I agree).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nort Thalem on January 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is really just an edition targeted to people browsing the DVD shelf for a movie/anime to watch, its only purpose for being produced is so they can give you something to buy, with any enjoment you might have being secondary to them having your money. I know, in all fairness I cant really assume its just a money grab, but thats what I thought of the movie thirty minutes in. Your money is better spent buying the full season of the show, even if its one volume at a time.
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By Daniel I. Reschke on November 20, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Another unexpected animae gem.
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