Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Vol. 3 (Episodes 9-12)
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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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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.Read more ›
'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.Read more ›
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.
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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This one was a surprise that it came with a shirt and it comes in a size that is wearable!Published on January 10, 2014 by Jacob
Great value for a volume of one of the best anime series out there. And the included t-shirt is just an added incentive. And hey, for only $10.00, how could it be bad?Published on January 8, 2014 by Scott Phares
The entire series is first-rate. I like the side stories that help flesh out some of the main character's past. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by Hal
buy it,see it,love it
if you have seen the others you know what your getting
well worth it
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 morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Tom E. Thompson
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 morePublished on November 25, 2005 by Mark Schaefer
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