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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Complete Series Collection - Blu-ray
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(Aug 06, 2018)
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The quality of both the sound and video in this set (Blu-Ray series 1 & 2) is also excellent, in fact for me it leaves nothing to be desired. I own the equivalent DVD set and this represents a significant improvement, though I don't expect any future release on any new format could better what's on offer here.
There has been some rumours of a third chapter being in the works for this series, so if you are the kind of person that would be upset to not have the full set, then be aware, otherwise whether you are a fan of Ghost in the Shell or not, I highly recommend this set.
The DVD's -
The season 1 DVD cost about £35 and came in a case about twice the thickness of a normal DVD case. The show came on 7 discs which included few extras. The extras are some animated shorts and interviews with the Japanese cast and crew.
The season 2 DVD also cost about £35 and came as 7 discs in 7 thin cases that are all held in a nicely made box. This box also came with a a thin leaflet containing background information on all the characters. The discs also include interviews with the Japanese Cast and crew.
Overall it'll cost you about £70 to own both seasons and this price will only increase the longer you wait because I believe these are no longer produced.
The Blu-rays -
With the Blu-ray you get both seasons for about £35 and each season comes in a normal sized case which are held in a thin cardboard box. It has more or less the same disc extras as the DVD's but also comes with a text description of each episode. It doesn't appear that the picture quality is any better than on the DVD's. I think the only difference with the quality is a better refresh rate meaning there is less screen tearing on the Blu-ray.
If you're buying this series for the first time then go for the Blu-ray. It's cheaper, more compact and comes with a lot of extras.
If you already have the DVD's then there isn't much point in getting the Blu-ray unless you're wanting to save space.
However if you already own the DVD box set (as I do), don't bother getting the bluray hoping for better quality and a remaster.
Theres no apparent picture quality improvement at all on the bluray set. Looks like somebody just took the DVD sources and resized them up to 1080P. Disappointing.
It IS dark and melancholy, sure, but it delves deep into questions about the nature of humanity. There is so much depth to this... unlike Hollywood's live action abomination. As much as we all love Scatlet Johanson (I just KNOW I spelt that wrong), the GITS film they made was atrocious in comparrision. The anime films are dark but the 2 series are more upbeat. The anime is superior. Fact.
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