Ghost in The Shell: SAC Solid State Society OVA Double Play [Blu-ray]
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The year is 2034 and the face of terrorism has changed. Two years have passed since Motoko Kusanagi departed Section 9, Japan's elite anti-terrorism unit. After a wave of audacious ghost hacks, the Section 9 team's investigations lead them to an ultra-wizard hacker named the Puppeteer. Meanwhile Batou encounters Motoko once more. She warns him to Stay away from the Solid State Society. No one is above suspicion in this feature length digitally restored in full HD continuation of the Ghost in the Shell saga from the acclaimed Production IG Studio (Kill Bill, Ghost In The Shell 1 & 2, Blood The Last Vampire).
This 2 disc addition will contain DVD and Blu-ray and a plethora of extras!
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SSS follows on from SAC 2nd GIG - if you haven't seen that then stop reading and watch it - and follows Section 9 two years after the events of the Individual Eleven case. After the events surrounding Kuze, the Major has left Batou and the rest of the group, and Secion 9 has - as a result - fallen into the responsible hands of Togusa, who has developed greatly in his skills and experience since Motoko's departure.
The story now revolves around a new enemy to Japan: an unknown Hacker named the Pupperteer - for those of you who have seen the original film and are thinking that this is just a rip-off on the Puppet Master, you're mistaken. Section 9 is presented with a series of suicides by military refuges and must search for the Puppeteer before a civil war breaks out within Japan. However it would seem that there is another unknown presence that is watching over the work of the Puppeteer.
Whilst Solid State Society is, more or less, a third installment of the SAC series it is presented more beautifully than the two GIGs, with much improved CGI imagery and excellent voice work. Mary McGlyn returns once again to perform as the voice of Motoko, and Origa (the singer who sung the intro themes from the first two SAC GIGs) is back to sing the intro and ending themes for SSS.
On the topic of the music, Yoko Kanno is once again back and creating greatly atmospheric and emotional themes that accompany the action on-screen perfectly.Read more ›
Thats not to say that Solid State Society isnt good, but its more like a feature length episode of SAC than a separate film. For this reason I would recommend watching both the 1st and 2nd Gig's of SAC prior to this as these are referred to in the film.
The only reason I havent given SAC 5 stars, is as mentioned above, it is more like a feature length episode, the quality of animation and cinematography are not wildly different than that seen in the anime, personally I feel they should have given it a little extra imapact.
I wont spoil the plot, but suffice to say ALL the main characters appear in this.
As one of the previous reviewers stated, Solid State Society does have the file of an extended episode of the Stand Alone Complex series rather than a film in its own right, but this is hardly a criticism when the series in question is of such high quality. The animation and voice acting are comparable, if not slightly superior to, that seen in the series and the story itself is involving and exciting with many a twist. I would recommend that people watch the two series of Stand Alone Complex before watching this but even if you haven't this is still a vastly enjoyable anime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie its a great continuation of GITS: Stand alone complex anime series. No comment on the extras as they don't really interest me.Published 4 months ago by IanMakoMac
Continuing the excellent ghost in the shell series. Only this time you don't know who's doing what to whom until the end. Crimes are being commited, or are they?Published 10 months ago by Mr. Lawrence Knight
Sadly the OVA has been cut to pieces for this blu-ray release.Published 14 months ago by Anders Tangedal Nordeide
Series was better but if you're fan you won't be disappoint.Published 15 months ago by K. D. Kazantzis
A decent conclusion to the SAC series. Like the majority of the series it was quite predictable and a little dull at moments, but enjoyable none the less.Published 18 months ago by Gilded Hero
Thanks for telling me that I cannot play this DVD in my player. Had to purchase the proper player that plays all regionsPublished 18 months ago by Anthony Sitongia Jr.