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Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig: Ghost in the Shell - Volume 1 (Episodes 1-4) (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GPFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Major Kusanagi and the other agents of Public Security Section 9 hit the ground running as the second season of the Ghost in the Shell broadcast series begins. The new storylines have a more overtly political tone than the previous sci-fi adventures about the Laughing Man and the scandals surrounding cures for "cyberbrain sclerosis." Chief Aramaki gets his funding restored when he resolves a hostage situation for the new Prime Minister. This terrorist incident is linked to the poor treatment of Asian refugees and their role in the economy of the world following World War IV. When military helicopters go haywire above a refugee compound, the government faces a potential uprising, while evidence suggests that an even bigger plot may be unfolding. In the unusually sardonic episode 3, Aramaki, Kusanagi, Batou et al. set up a hi-tech sting operation to trap a corrupt industrial mogul. The newly cognizant Tachikoma robots join the crew as "recruits." (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Shiro Masamune's groundbreaking cyberpunk thriller is back in an all new series! Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 have faught countless international and virtual terrorism, but when a group calling themselves the "Individual Eleven" emerges, Japan itse

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Section 9 is back for a 2nd GIG July 20, 2005
Format:DVD
That's right the whole gang from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is back. Fans of both the movie series and the original televised series are going to love the second season. Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG is amazing from the first episode to the very last, and it all starts out right were the first season left off. But this time the threat is far greater to Japan and Section 9.

This DVD set includes the following:

Disc: 4 episodes in Dolby Digital (English and Japanese); bonus material

Episodes:
1. Reembody
2. Night Cruise
3. Cash Eye
4. Natural Enemy

Upcoming Releases:
Ghost in the Shell: SAC Official Log 1 - scheduled release date 10/25/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG Vol. 2 - scheduled release date 11/22/05

NOTE - If you see any anime items for sale that seem to cheap, they are BOOTLEGS. DO NOT BUY!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS April 16, 2006
By Sesho
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The second season of Ghost in the Shell gets off to a very slow start, filled with talking heads that inform us how the political situation has changed since the previous series ended. It couldn't be more topical to contemporary America. You see, the main conflict of the show is being caused by a refugee problem. After the last war lots of Asians immigrated to Japan in search of a better life since their countries were poor and Japan was relatively rich. They were welcomed at first as a cheap labor force but over the years the Japanese began to think twice about the situation and realized that the immigrants are a huge tax burden. A new Conservative government has been formed, promising to deal with the problem once and for all. But there are elements within and outside of the government who are not prepared to wait for legislation. So, in the first episode here, a group called the "Individual 11" takes the Chinese Embassy hostage to protest against the parasitic immigrant population. Section 9 is called in to rescue the hostages, and if no innocents are killed, they are promised full reinstatement by the new Prime Minister. In the second episode, another human being/cyborg scarred by the war and its effects, fantasizes about mattering in a society that doesn't recognize the need for love in individuals. He constantly daydreams about killing all the people he despises and even falls for the Major, who he mistakes for a prostitute. In the third episode, "Cash Eye" is the name of a thief who is so good that she even tells her victims when she is going to rob them! It's up to Section 9 to stop her from robbing a multi-millionaire who will be busy giving a sex-doll soiree at the appointed time attended secretly by very high-up dignitaries. Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Season of the GITS TV Series October 7, 2005
Format:DVD
For a little more background:

Movies (The Puppet Master plotline):

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence

TV Series (The Puppet Master in the movies never existed):

Season 1: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 2: Ghost in the Shell: Second GIG

Manga

Ghost in the Shell: Different than the first movie, but related.

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (I have not read it).

Ghost in the Shell: Man Machine Interface (a story set a few years after the first movie, it follows the Major in some later activities; it appears to take place after the second movie, but the second movie was published afterward, and they don't refer to each other as far as I know).

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The second movie picks up after the first movie (the puppet master affair plotline).

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I have seen almost the entire 2ng GIG series. It possesses a more gritty and tight feel and story than the first season. The animation style is markedly different. In fact, the whole production value, while quite high, was still lower than the first season. This was something of a disappointment to me, as I had expected them to exceed the past, not fall behind it.

The story, though, is still interesting as Section 9 fights for its own life and survival. We learn a great deal more about the past, and every episode is, like the first season, crafted with what I think is a certain sort of genius.

I await the end of the second season with great anticipation.
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Section 9 is back for a 2nd GIG July 20, 2005
Format:DVD
That's right the whole gang from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is back. Fans of both the movie series and the original televised series are going to love the second season. Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG is amazing from the first episode to the very last, and it all starts out right were the first season left off. But this time the threat is far greater to Japan and Section 9.

This DVD set includes the following:

3 Discs:
Disc 1 - 4 episodes in Dolby Digital (English and Japanese); bonus material
Disc 2 - 4 episodes in DTS (English and Japanese); bonus material
Disc 3 - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 2

Episodes:
1. Reembody
2. Night Cruise
3. Cash Eye
4. Natural Enemy

And a unique case to keep the DVD case(s) in.

Upcoming Releases:
Ghost in the Shell: SAC Official Log 1 - scheduled release date 10/25/05
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG Vol. 2 - scheduled release date 11/22/05

NOTE - If you see any anime items for sale that seem to cheap, they are BOOTLEGS. DO NOT BUY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GitS: SAC Gets Visually Astounding Facelift
"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" looked good in its first season, but its second season is astounding beautiful. Read more
Published on May 19, 2009 by Jonathan Oyama
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 A warning about cheap versions of this series
I own both the Ghost in the Shell movies, and both complete series. They are very intelligent and very well scripted stories. The first movie, especially, is a masterpiece. Read more
Published on August 18, 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge Cartoon, not for children
As a fan of the Matrix, Stargate, and other Sci-Fi type films, I was given as vol. 5 of 2nd Gig, as a gift by a well intentioned, but uniformed family member. Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by James A Bott
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Contemporary Work of Science Fiction
Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell- in all of its incarnations- is an exceptionally literate and stimulating franchise. Read more
Published on June 8, 2006 by The Dilettante
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd GIG is trying to get good
The seconf GIG is trying to be good. I only watch the show just to see the action the story is boring. Read more
Published on May 15, 2006 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd GIG vol1
if you are a GHITS SAC fan this DVD is a must,

series wise the dvd contains 4 new episodes and the tachikoma stories are back as well, in fact the tachikoma's are now... Read more
Published on October 23, 2005 by Kathy Foss
4.0 out of 5 stars It's unbelivable
Well, I thought that I was the only one who's DTS Disc was freely moving in the Box. I'm shocked to read I wasn't. Read more
Published on October 17, 2005 by Mario Hey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content - lousy packaging!
I'm in the UK and therefore it cost me quite a lot to have this package shipped over the Atlantic but it's the only way to see this series until way into next year. Read more
Published on September 30, 2005 by P. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost in the Shell: Reloaded...
The series starts right where the last one left off. For those new to Ghost in the Shell universe it works like this... Read more
Published on September 28, 2005 by Acoma
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