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Ghost in The Shell: SAC Solid State Society OVA Double Play [Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00790RNEA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,550 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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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Whilst this is viewed by many as the third GitS film, it is - in actuality - the third installment of the highly successful Stand Alone Complex series.

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.
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Firstly I'd like to point out that If you've seen either of Mamoru Oshii's films, Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence dont expect any continuity with these films as the Stand Alone Complex interpretation of the Ghost in the Shell universe is closer to the original manga in spirit. Also dont expect this to be on same kind of level as Oshiis films.

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.
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The Solid State Society film is in effect the third instalment of the excellent Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV series, rather than a continuation of the two feature films. The action in this film takes place roughly two years after the events in Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig with the Major having resigned, and Togusa having taken over the newly expanded Section 9. The team is investigating a string of strange suicides when the trail leads to the mysterious hacker the `Puppeteer'.

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.
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I'm not going to talk about the OVA itself (that's very subjective) but will instead concentrate on the blu ray as a whole. I'm a massive fan of Ghost in the Shell and the Stand-Alone Complex series in particular so I pounced on the DVD set when it first came out. I had an impressive range of features including English and Japanese DTS sound and a lot of special features. I considered long and hard about upgrading to the Blu-Ray but gave in when the price dipped below £9. First the bad news - the picture isn't that much better than the DVD. Animated films on DVD always look very good so even with the increased resolution of Blu Ray the picture is only a bit sharper to my eyes. I'm sure if you did side-by-side comparisons you would see a difference, but I can't say that the difference is worth upgrading for. The audio is now Dolby TrueHD which means if you don't have an HD audio decoder you will get Dolby Digital audio rather than DTS on the DVD. One nice touch is that by default there are captions that translate some of the Japanese text that appears on screen (don't think that was on the DVD) and all the other DVD features have been carried over. To sum up it's a great buy but think hard if you already have the DVD version.
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as a new fan to this series i had no idea what to expect from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (Steelbook) [DVD] but man was i happy the story is fantastic if a bit slow and confuessing at times the animation is good at best but it good be better i thought that the voice cast did a great job which is what i'd expect sonce they've been playing those characters since 2004 and some since 1995 overall 9.5/10 go and buy it.
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