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Ghost In The Shell - Solid State Society

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GHOST IN THE SHELL-SOLID STATE SOCIETY (DVD/STANDARD EDITION) JAPANIMATION

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The television movie Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (2006) continues the adventures of the cast of Stand Alone Complex, the TV series based on Mamoru Oshii's watershed feature. It's been two years since Major Kusanagi left Public Security Section 9 and struck out on her own. Batou pursues only investigations that interest him. Togusa is in charge of the Section, largely by default. All three characters, plus Chief Aramaki and the Tachikoma robots, join in the investigation of a string of suicides by agents of a foreign general. The trail leads them to a terrorist plot involving micro-machines created to release a deadly virus, and to the master-hacker known as the Puppeteer. The depiction of a corrupt politician using resources earmarked for the care of an aging population for his own ends reflects recent scandals in Japan. But Solid State Society feels derivative. The plot borrows heavily from the "Laughing Man" storyline, and the general lack of inspiration is evident in the failure to resolve the mystery satisfactorily. (Rated 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano
  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Writers: Kenji Kamiyama, Masamune Shirow, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai
  • Producers: Norihisa Oki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PWQPAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Yen Nguyen on May 27, 2007
Format: DVD
Solid State Society is hopefully a sign of what is to come in the world of Ghost in the Shell. After Stand Alone Complex's 2nd GIG, I was definitely left with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The pacing of the 2nd GIG felt uneven and the story felt more convoluted than tastefully complex, creating an adequate but not perfect addition to the GitS series. However, Solid State Society takes the best from the Stand Alone Complex series and in little under two hours presents a story as rich in detail and as lovingly complex as the series preceding it.

A huge plus of the movie is that instead of feeling like an overstretched episode, it feels more like a long arc of quality episodes stringed together while still feeling cinematic in its presentation. Solid State Society gives us everything we expect in a GitS story: a sci-fi universe that draws you in but never overwhelms, continuity in character development, rich and intelligent dialogue and plot that almost seems plausible down the road, and of course, some light philosophy and shades of grey. Even if you aren't an anime or a strict sci-fi fan, you might just enjoy this one.
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Format: Blu-ray
There already are plenty of reviews for the DVD of this title, but I shall just mention a few reactions to the film, then talk about the blu ray release.

Solid State Society is a Ghost in the Shell motion picture. Do not be fooled by the "Stand Alone Complex" subheading and think it is a few TV episodes or something. This means top quality animation, a great music soundtrack, a complete story from start to finish and not much in the way of needing to see previous content to enjoy. I should know, I've only seen the SAC first series and not 2nd GIG yet. It also has a bit darker feel than the TV series, as to be expected from the films. What is so impressive about the animation is (keep in mind I'm comparing this to previous GITS movies) the use of camera shaking, lens flares, and best of all tasteful use of 3D/CGI-type treatments. Personally I think GITS 2.0 completely ruined the original first film, as the added 3D elements painfully stood out in comparison to the 2D shots, but that's another story.

As for the blu ray, you get some extras but as I always watch with Japanese audio & English subs, I don't bother watching the English 'behind-the-scenes' extras. I will say, however, that the Japanese TRAILER that is included is incredible. So much better than the Bandai English trailer... I only wish there was a subtitle option for the Japanese trailer, but oh well. There are no inserts of any kind, just the disc in the case. The picture quality is brilliant; super-sharp, beautiful colors and of course looks great when colors are muted with the lovely washed-out tone that GITS commonly has. Sorry I can't say much about the audio quality as I just use headphones and play it on a computer, but it sure sounded great to me. Currently this movie is at a very affordable price, especially for anime on blu-ray so don't hesitate - Ghost in the Shell SAC - Solid State Society is worth it!
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This film is one of the best things that I have seen come out of the GITS franchise. I have watched the movie several times, each time enjoying even more. I would give a description of the plot, but I will not ruin it for you. My only complaint about Solid State Society is that it borrows ideas from both of the feature-length movies. If you liked GITS: SAC, and most specially 2nd GIG, you will enjoy this movie.

Note: It is dubbed in English, unlike Innocence. Amazon just has that fact incorrect
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Stand alone (ha!) OVA that takes place after the events of Ghost in The Shell 2nd Gig (Season 2), this movie is the final chapter of the Ghost in The Shell original television series timeline. It is like an extended episode, and has callbacks to the first and second season. It is visually impressive on Blu-Ray and proceeds along at a rapid pace that definitely holds the viewer's attention. If you watch the series without having seen both seasons of the original TV series, you'll miss a lot of the significance of what you are watching, especially the Tachikomas. Seeing them again brought a tear to my eye, as they're the unsung heroes of the entire series run. If you've seen the dramatic climax of Season 2, you will appreciate what I'm talking about. The original television series tells a slightly different version of the story than the original movie, and the new OVAs, GITS: Arise are ostensibly PREQUELS to the original series, at least insofar as they occur chronologically prior, with all of the characters being younger versions of themselves, telling the story of how Section 9 came to be. Solid State Society occurs furthest in the future of all the timelines and is a worthy finale to the original television show.
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My only complaint is that there isn't more.

Thoughtful and considered anime is a rare thing, with the majority being so focused on the animation and less so on the story, or high on concept while being low on practice. Ghost in the Shell: SAC Solid State Society is the end of the Stand Alone Complex series, and while it's a good ending, it only serves to highlight how well made the series was, and how it could have continued for beyond the ~50 episodes produced.

While Arise is good, and serves as a well produced reboot, or prequel, to this long running series, Stand Alone Complex continues to be my favorite iteration.

My only true gripe is that the subtitles still have minor yet glaring mistakes that simply should not exist. For instance, near the end Batou refers to a Tachikoma and the sub reads "touch coma". Really? One of the most recognizable characters/words from the series and they mistake it for gibberish? An extremely minor gripe, to be fair.

Overall this is a fitting ending to the acclaimed series, but I'm selfish, and will always want more.
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