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This review is from: Ghost In The Shell - SAC Trilogy Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
I am an avid Ghost in the Shell fan and I do not regret buying this box set. Part of the value of the Stand Alone complex series is that their density means they can be watched many times, but this box set takes the main arcs from the two series - The Laughing Man and The Individual Eleven - and creates entire films out of them. These are pretty long though, well over two hours each.
I found them useful for clarifying these huge storylines and they have been particularly useful for my friends who have watched Ghost in the Shell, and found their enjoyment greatly enhanced after watching this, especially if they did not have the time to watch the series again.
The arcs are stitched together mostly seamlessly - naturally some of the more nuanced elements are cut out, but that is to be expected. The one thing that does bother me is that within the context of the set, the last film (which is another story but it is not a previous part of the series, though it is still just as good) retains the voices of the series cast, while the two condensed-arc films have different voices for some of the characters. This is why I gave the set four stars but its just something to get used to.
Ghost in the Shell is well worth the hype as a series and should be an integral part of any ones' introduction to Japanese Culture. This box set serves as a good revision for it!