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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Vol. 3 (Episodes 9-12)

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As the broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's landmark feature Ghost in the Shell continues, questions concerning the case of the mysterious Laughing Man surface once again. In "Portraitz," a possible lead takes Togusa into an institution for chi

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As the broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's landmark feature Ghost in the Shell continues, questions concerning the case of the mysterious Laughing Man surface once again. In "Portraitz," a possible lead takes Togusa into an institution for children suffering from "Cyberbrain Closed Shell Syndrome," a sort of computerized autism. Nothing is resolved, and the audience, like the case, is left hanging. The Laughing Man is also the subject of "Chat! Chat! Chat!"--a cheat of an episode that consists of little more than footage of chat-room denizens wrangling over the character's true identity. "Jungle Cruise" provides some rare clues to Batou's past. But after the grisly images of a war criminal from the "American Empire" who skins his victims alive, the high-pitched voices and cute characters in "Escape From" feel incongruous at best. Overall, the series seems to be losing its momentum.

The extras include interviews with sound director Kazuhiro Wakabayashi and Akio Otsuka, the Japanese voice of Batou. Otsuka's velvety bass-baritone makes Batou a more compelling vocal presence than Richard Epcar's rougher tones in the English dub. There's also a two-disc deluxe edition that comes with a T-shirt and DTS 5.1 soundtracks in English and Japanese. (Rated 13 and older: considerable violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon


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  • Actors: Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade, Kevin Brief, Loy Edge
  • 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: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YCUZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Vol. 3 (Episodes 9-12)" on IMDb

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Stilley on September 26, 2006
Format: DVD
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
Format: DVD
The initial episode, 'Chat!Chat!Chat,' is another attempt to put some closure on the Laughing Man mystery. This time we are invited to a net discussion of the nature of the phenomenon, one which pursues many avenues, but never really pinpoints the 'enemy.' Kusanagi voices the opinion that the latest outbreak was a composite of many 'stand alone' actions, inspired by the Laughing Man, but not orchestrated by him. Is she right? We may never know.

'Jungle Cruise' is about a serial killer compelled to re-enact the gory killings he committed in wartime as a subversive terrorist. Whether he is driven by training or by personal pleasure is unclear, but he has never shaken the onus of the war. Batou, who served in the same war, was deeply affected when he discovered the activities of those trained to discourage the opposition. Now he must confront his own demons and deal with need for final justice while he hunts the killer.

The third episode takes us into a ward for individuals (mostly young) who are victims of 'Cyberbrain Closed Shell Syndrome' a disorder that is evidenced as a compulsive connection with the net. In a way, these children are the future's equivalents of the autistic children of today. But they are more than that, and when a hacking incident originated from the hospital Togusa is sent in as an undercover agent. There he expects to find staff corruption, but finds something even deeper in the inmates. Once again the laughing man makes a mysterious appearance.

The final episode combines two themes. Batou's tachikoma goes for a walkabout and encounters a young girl who is seeking a lost pet. While the machine learns a lesson in the meaning of grief it discovers a ghost case which still has a resident.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Haas on November 20, 2004
Format: DVD
I preordered this and it showed up the friday before the release, and that why I'm reviewing it early.

Ok, for those who haven't seen any of this show, the first 2 disks are a must watch because this show can get very deep and confusing when you don't know what happened in earlier episodes. For those who are caught up it this show already, these are 3 more great episodes and 1 so/so (2 "laughing man" related and 2 side stories). One of which I'm not sure sure will wind up on Adult Swim because of content (Think "Silence of the Lambs"), which was my favorite ep of this crop because it just creeps me out.

Animation is top notch, the plots are complex and detailed, the voice acting dubbed and subbed are superb and the show is just so addictive.

The only flaw is that the is a sound glitch on episode 10 on the opening sequence where certain channels will fade in and out.

All things considered, this is and outstanding series and I can't wait for more.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S.F. on December 15, 2004
Format: DVD
Someone said vol.3 is little bit boring than last two sets. Yes, episode 9-12 doesn't contain many actions as other stories. However, without watching through episode 9 & 11, it will be a bit difficult to understand why the Laughing Man did kidnapping 6 years ago. (Episode 9 does tell not only who the Laughing Man is, but also the background of financial & political situation around that time...Well, still, episode 9 is a summery of the incidents.) If you notice that one of the kids appiered in episode 11 is one of the chat member, you might understand why I said so.

From this poing of view, episode 10 & 12 are stand alone stories. (Personally, I love episode 12. I would like to say what Motoko said about movie going!)

I'm very looking forward to seeing next volume. This is outstanding story!
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