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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 07 (Episodes 24-26)

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Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

Politics and cyber-espionage collide as the first season of the broadcast series based on Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell comes to a suitably violent conclusion. The filmmakers manage to gather up most of the threads of the complicated narrative: the super-hacker known as The Laughing Man, the scandal surrounding bogus cures for "cyberbrain sclerosis," the corrupt government ministers implicated in those scandals, and the growing cognizance of the crab-like Tachikoma robots. Nothing is simple in the world of Shirow Masamune and Mamoru Oshii, and some questions are left unanswered. Not surprisingly, the season ends with the officers of Public Security Section 9 hot on a new case, leading into the "2nd Gig" series. The two discs contain the same material, but one features Dolby Digital audio, the other DTS 5.1: which sounds better is largely a question of individual taste and the configuration of the viewer's sound system. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, 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: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQGXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 07 (Episodes 24-26)" on IMDb

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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2005
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In addition to the 2-disc DD/DTS DVD, the GITS:SAC Vol. 7 SE comes with a metal collector's box for all 7 DVDs of the first season. It also comes with a white Laughing Man T-Shirt and a Tachikoma ID card.
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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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Once again the saga of Motoko Kusanagi refuses to fall into the popular mold - as manga, as a pair of feature films, and now a TV series, it combines the classic crowd pleasers of the science fiction of a not too distant time, a topnotch group of secret agents, and a beautiful woman with a story line that isn't fraid to stop and contemplate the complicated world where the line between mechanical and human, program and soul, get crossed every day.

What you will see for most of these last few episodes is the dismantling of Section 9 when their efforts to get to the bottom of the Secretary General's plot result in danger to the nations politicians. This invites retaliation and everyone goes undercover and, eventually, fall into the governments hands. All the Laughing Man's efforts seem to come to naught and theire is every sign that this series is about to have a very nourish ending.

Well, all I'll tell you is that the ending is worth all the trauma of getting there. These three episodes really focus on the characters of the Section 9 team in unexpected fashion. And even the Tachikoma's make a reappearance.

This has been a contemplative series. First the ethical questions raised by the Laughing Man and human cyberization, then the even more difficult issues of what life is or can be. In these episodes Kusanagi reveals a personal philosophy which is both chilling and evocative of the samurai code. She is a modern Tomoe Gozen, unendingly loyal to Arimaki and fiercely defiant in battle.

This has been a series with considerable depth that echoes but never slavishly imitates, the work that has gone before. A fine piece of work from both an artistic and an entertainment point of view.
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I'll admit to you that I love to watch Adult Swim, and I'll also admit that I like certain types of anime. No, I'm not one of those nerdy card-trading Poke'mon lovers, I'm a young adult who likes to use my imagination in my down time. I like anime that's made for adults like: Big O!, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Tenchi and Ghost in the shell.

I was watching either watching Family Guy or Aqua Teen Hunger Force when I saw previews for this show start to air on Adult Swim, I thought thought it looked cool, it featured what looked to me like a cool futuristic take on robots and the humans that are seamlessly integrated with cybornetics to make them almost immortal, But I didn't know the half of it.

What I got was a cyber-punk version of the old black-and-white film noir mysteries. The series receives its subtitle from a theoretical mental complex attributed to the adaptation of cybernetics into the mass public. In the story, 'stand alone complex' is said to describe copies with no original and is portrayed by copycat crimes with no original criminal, or in other words, an imaginary criminal. It also refers to the structure of each episode: Each episode can be viewed independently of each other, and there is little catch-up (if at all) given in each episode to keep the viewer up to date.

Taking place in a fictional city of Japan called "Niihama-shi" (New Port City) in the year 2030, Stand Alone Complex tells the story of a special operations task-force called Public Security Section 9, or simply "Section 9". The series follows the exploits of Section 9's agents who range from ex-military to ex-police as they address each case and how it affects them on a personal level, eventually leading to the mysterious figure dubbed by the media as "The Laughing Man".
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