Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Volume 06 |
Actors: Ryûji Saikachi, Natsuo Tokuhiro, Shiro Saito, Daisuke Egawa, Hikari Yono
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Volume six of the all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell . Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a hos... more »
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I'm 3/4ths the DVD I used to be.... sing it, baby!
Too Right | Lower Shadowlands | 05/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been wondering how a 26-episode series could be completed with 4-episode installments.
Now, in retrospect, it all seems sadly obvious. Just put only 3 episodes on each of the last 2 discs... and CHARGE THE SAME PRICE!
[sound of metallic breathing] DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE!!!
On the positive side, I guess the reason is that all three episodes on this chapter are of the "Complex" variety and thus considerably advance the Laughing Man storyline. Don't get me wrong. This is a great chapter of Stand Alone Complex, highlighted by a scene in which the Laughing Man pulls someone's proverbial butt out of the proverbial fire.
If there's a weak part of this installment, it's the sequence with the "Armored Suit", which for some unknown reason goes back and yet again rips off elements of the big fight at the end of the first GITS film, just as the "Testation" episode had done several installments back. The armored exoskeleton could have been used to greater effect.
By the end of this installment, almost the entire shape and design of the Laughing Man plot seems clear. It is interesting to learn from the special features that the Murai vaccine plot was originally meant to be stand-alone material."
A Review of the Special Edition
David Stilley | Santa Cruz CA USA | 09/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. Each set also has two interviews with voice cast or someone associated with the production of the anime, and a printed DVD insert pamphlet or booklet with different interviews and such for each volume. All discs are Region 1.
Disc one has Dolby Digital 5.1 in Japanese and English, and Dolby Digital 2.0 in English and Japanese.
Disc two has DTS 5.1 in English and Japanese and a Dolby Digital 2.0 English track.
Volumes 1 and 2 include soundtrack CD's of the music of Yoko Kanno, the most excellent and versatile composer of the music in the TV series. Anime lovers know her work from the many fine soundtracks that she's done for countless other anime movies and TV series.
Volume 3 has a Black XL Fruit of the Loom Tee-Shirt with the section 9 logo on the front and a Major Kusanagi graphic on the back. Nice shirt!
Volumes 4 and 5 have a collectable I.D. cards for a section 9 member.
Volume 6 has a Black XL Fruit of the Loom Tee-Shirt with the section 9 logo on the front and a Batou graphic on the back, and another I.D. card. Nice shirt again!
Volume 7 has another Tee-Shirt! This time it's a White XL with the section 9 logo on the front, and the Laughing Man logo on the back! Once again nice shirt! It also comes with a tin box that's supposed to hold all 7 volumes of the DVD set. I was excited about getting the box but when it arrived I was disappointed with the design. It's kind of like the rectangular lunch box that you used to take to school as a kid, without the handle and latch. Its also of a thinner metal that dents easily. It has marketing type of printing on the backside that pertains to vol. 7 only, and the DVD cases stack inside one on top of the other. The spines of the cases are not visible when you open the box, only the front of the last case you put in. So you have to take all the cases out of the tin to get to a specific volume. There's also not room for the cardboard sleves that the DVD's were in when you got the individual volumes, and no room for the soundtrack CD's either. All said, I was disappointed with the box. Because of it's odd dimensions it doesn't stack in well with my DVD library. I would have much preferred the normal five sided box that usually comes with DVD sets.
Overall I'd say it's worth it to buy volumes 3, 6 and 7 new to get the shirts if they interest you and pick up the others used if you can to save some money on the series. That is if you're interested in the DTS soundtrack options. I much prefer the DTS mixes to Dolby Digital and wanted the soundtrack CD's as well. Also the cardboard boxes that come with volumes 3 and 6 are better than the tin box to store your set in when you complete the series, if you stack them on shelves one row of DVD's on top of another row, and you can fit the movies into those boxes as well to fill them the rest of the way."
What You Can't See Will Hurt You
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 07/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With this DVD, Stand Alone Complex returns completely to the story arc at its core - the Laughing Man. With Togusa out of commission, the rest of section 9 focuses on finding the real culprits behind the attack on the Sunflower Society - The Ministry of Health. All three of the episodes here chip away at the truth but we will find little satisfaction in knowing the names. No sooner is a witness discovered, but he is killed, and the trail of corruption leads to the highest levels of government.
This is the classic paranoid plot. More than one player makes the mistake of believing that there is some honor among thieves and faces elimination. The Ministry of Health is ruthless and heavily armed (as Major Kusanagi discovers), assassins lurk everywhere, and even Aramaki falls afoul of a plot. Gradually the entire ugly story of the intentional suppression of a treatment for cyberbrain sclerosis for a technology that is ineffective but makes a fortune for the politicians behind the scenes.
This is a dark story. Without the actions of the Laughing Man no one would know that hundreds are due to die in agony to line the pockets of a political movement that will stop at nothing to increase its power, With no evidence Section 9 seems condemned to making desperate attempts to find a witness who will stay alive long enough to testify. And without that witness their hands are tied.
Unlike the earlier Laughing Man episodes, the story has remained coherent from the moment that Togusa finds the paper report. Despite an intricate plot, the level of action stays high and there are a few real surprises for the viewer - it's not just the enemy who can be sneaky. With three more episodes to go, there's a lot of room for even more plot twists."
Watch this now. NOW!
Mark Schaefer | 07/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although past volumes in the GITS:SAC series have brought together loose ends to form a beautiful and cohesive whole, volume 6 frays those ties and sets the stage for a possibly epic ending to the SAC series. The first episode on the disk begins and ends with no less mystery then when it started, but lets just say that you'll finally find out what the laughing man looks and feels like. The second episode shows to what means the enemies of Section 9 are willing to do to hide the truth. While the third and final episode is mostly just talking, I would go so far as to say that it is just as thrilling as action packed episodes such as Jungle Cruise or The Laughing Man. While it is slightly annoying that there is a mere three episodes on the DVD, I must say that it would be worth your money to buy this product. Unless your too afraid."