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Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Blu-ray

2.5 star rating out of 5
17 Reviews
SKU: 013132650890

Retail Price: $69.99

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About Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Blu-ray

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex contains episodes 1-26 of the anime directed by Kenji Kamiyama.

The Year is 2030 and six years have passed since a criminal known only as "The Laughing Man" swept through top medical nanotechnology firms committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, and corporate espionage leaving no known suspects. New information is revealed to Japan's top homeland security force, drawing Major Kusanagi and Section 9 into the hunt for a suspect capable of hacking the eyes of every operative, obscuring all details of his appearance and leaving behind a trail of copycats and hacked cyborg citizens.

Who is The Laughing Man? What are his motives? And how do you catch a criminal that you cannot see? Join the beautiful cyborg Mokoto Kusanagi in a world of high technology and deadly conspiracies as she searches for the answers to these question and more!

This acclaimed anime series is from Production I.G (Kill Bill) and features the amazing music if Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop) with stories by Kenji Kamiyama (Blood, Jin-Roh) and Dai Soto (Eureka SeveN).

**The English subtitle track is for the hearing impaired only.

Details

  • Publisher: MANGA
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
  • Themes: Mecha
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 650
  • Year Created: 2002
  • Release Date: 2/21/2017
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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3 star rating out of 5

A Lazy Product

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Ghost in the Shell is one of those franchises that will always hold a special place in my heart. SAC was one of the anime series that got me hooked into the medium. Which is why it's so disappointing that the Bluray release is such a bare bones, barely competent item.

Starting with the packaging, the cover images are simply re-used; even the disc art is re-used.

The menus are awful with the font size in the sub-menus tiny, and contrasting terribly with the background colors (grey on grey). Menu selection is also unintuitive in the main screen.

Then the nail in the coffin for this release are the absolute abysmal subtitles. These are not normal subtitles, they're meant for the hearing impaired. I don't need the subtitle to tell me that the OP is "JAPANESE SINGING" or that in a scene where mouths are moving, but have no sound are "NO SOUND". And always in caps.

If you own the DVD release, just skip this one.

1 star rating out of 5

WORST BLURAY RELEASE EVER

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I am a huge GITS fan and originally owned this on DVD so naturally I sold my DVDs to upgrade to the blurays. This release is by far the worst blu-ray experience I've ever had.
1.) It automatically plays in Japanese, but not with subtitles, instead with CLOSED CAPTIONS! Not just, but the script is using the dubs script, not the original Japanese translation.
2.) You can't skip scenes or openings/closings. If you hit skip, it skips the entire episode. So if you want to skip through a scene, you have to FAST FORWARD.
3.) AUDIO IS BROKEN! If you watch it dubbed, it will randomly cut in with Japanese audio. NO JOKE! There’s a spot where Batou spoke English and Japanese AT THE SAME TIME! The audio files overlapped. I rewound the scene and replayed it in disbelief. Audio is that broken.
Hopefully Anchor Bay will realize they sent out a BROKEN product soon and issue a recall so I can exchange this useless release. Until then, don't spend $50 on a product that is LITERALLY BROKEN!!!! 0/10

1 star rating out of 5

Caveat emptor -- buyer beware

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Having waited years for a domestic English subtitled blu-ray release, it's heartbreaking to write how disappointing this set is.

Maligned with SDH subtitles in all caps and no chapter stops, which means no way to skip OP/ED, pure pain and agony.

Experiencing extreme buyer's remorse over this and the SAC 2nd Gig set, over $100 down the drain -- "Right Stuf" refuses a refund because the product has been opened.

1 star rating out of 5

Amazing Series, Awful Product

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Whether you are already a Ghost in the Shell fan, or someone looking into it after hearing its praises, this release will not make anyone happy.

Not only are there minor issues (rather boring package/disc/menu designs, etc...) but there are major functional issues with the disc/episode navigation, as well as numerous audio and subtitle issues. Either they are wrong/ill-timed, sometimes just resemble closed-captioning, and if you are listening the dub, there's a whole other batch of issues.

Its an absolute shame, because this series is a must-watch in my opinion as some of the best science fiction anime has to offer, and I know many people were looking forward to this new blu-ray release. I'm glad I haven't sold my old DVDs yet, since I will just keep those instead.

1 star rating out of 5

Look into other releases of this series.

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As others have said, this is a lazy product. This review is not about the series, which is great. This release is the absolute minimum Anchor Bay could have given us.
For starters, the menu is horrible-- poorly chosen font and color which makes it hard to read the text on screen. Secondly, there are no chapters so you cannot use the forward/back buttons on a remote to skip the openings, endings, etc. Using those buttons will take you back to the title screen. Finally, the last problem I have against this release is the subtitles. They are actually dubtitles!!

3 star rating out of 5

Couldve been much better

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Came much earlier than expected, thank you rightstuf. However, Im fairly disappointed in this release. Content is bare minimum with reused artwork for both the case and disks. Havnt actually played them yet but looking at these other reviews Im a bit hesitant on watching them now.

1 star rating out of 5

Cannot Reccomend

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Cannot recommend until the Eng audio and subtitles (or lack there of) are fixed.

Dub-titles are absolutely not acceptable!

2 star rating out of 5

Marred by technical problems, this is a disappointing release

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Good: Image quality is great, and the 5.1 audio for both the English dub and the original Japanese are great.

Bad: There is a problem with the English audio track on Episode 1. At 6:35, the line of dialogue plays in Japanese despite having the English audio track selected. Chief is supposed to say "Ok. You're on!" but instead it plays the Japanese line "Yosh. Ike!".

The subtitles are only closed captions for the hearing impaired. Sounds that play are given a subtitle like [feet shuffling], [door creaking], whenever they occur. It even displays [Singing in Japanese] when the OP plays, which is a Russian & Latin language song. Further, the subtitles are "dubtitles".

It's authored as a single chapter per episode. This means no skipping past openings, previews, episode halves, or to the Tachikomatic Days shorts easily. The extras (interviews, making of) from the DVD releases are not included.

Ghost in the Shell deserved better than this disappointing treatment.

4 star rating out of 5

Not a big deal.

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I really don't care about the "dubtitles" as I don't watch subbed when an english dub is available. The one episode where the two sound tracks overlap is just a blip. The video and audio are much better than the old Bandai dvd set. My advice is if you only intend to watch it dubbed then buy the set-if you want to watch it subbed then don't.

1 star rating out of 5

Incredibly disappointing release

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As just about all the other reviewers have noted, this is an awful release. I too am a huge fan of the franchise, going all the way back to the late 1990s when I first saw the movie. This series, and Second Gig (by the way, equally awful blu ray release), are some of my all time favorite shows ever created. They're all-time classics of cyberpunk SF, with unforgettable characters, and fantastic art and stories.

So, to treat such an amazing series in such a slipshod fashion is unbelievably disappointing. Seriously, who thinks all-CAPS dubtitles is appropriate for subtitling of any kind? Not to mention the other production problems mentioned by others. Everything about this release says "we don't really care about what we're making, we just want to make a quick buck." Well, they got me this time, but lesson learned. I've tossed both this and the Second Gig blu ray collection into a dark corner of one of my closets, never to be opened again.

1 star rating out of 5

Atrocious

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What else can be said about this mess? A lazy, inferior product put out by Anchor Bay. Awful hearing impaired dubtitles, glitchy English audio, no chapter stops. This really is one of the worst anime releases of all time on blu-ray.

5 star rating out of 5

you should need to sign in to make a review

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wow. somone really hated the Blu-ray release and posted 10-15 different reviews under different names. prolly some one that was involved with making the live action gits. when will Hollywood get an anime right. every one of the complaints was 1 of batous lines.... 1 line! this is an all time classic, and don't let some lame reviews keep you from buying this series (as well as the original movie, 2nd gig, and solid state).

5 star rating out of 5

TO ALL COMPUTER GENIUSES

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create an app or software that can auto delete all drunken rampage posts on the internet. you will make a fortune. I love this anime, it is one of the all time greats and has an amazing dub. oh and mary Elizabeth mcglynn can also sing-look up silent hill. (I could even use that app at times :P) FIVE STARS

5 star rating out of 5

im so sorry for giving this 1star

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I waited so long for this on bluray, and now I'm so angry because it isn't as good as when I first watched it.

I wish I had a time machine so ghost in the shell would be as good as when I first watched it.

i could have used the $100 bucks on SAC and 2nd Gig better.
maybe i could have bought a girlfriend, and then all my dreams would come true!

5 star rating out of 5

Expectations Are Everything ...

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The expectation for many was that the blu-ray release of GITS:SAC would be like the Bandai DVD release, but only in glorious HD.

But that’s not what people got: Individual episodes are not broken into chapters. Subtitles are only for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH). If these things are important to you, this is not the release for you.

The show, however, is presented in glorious HD audio and video. The American dub is fantastic and ranks as one of the best adaptations ever. For me, it was like watching the series for the first time all over again.

Some problems:
--In the first episode, a character issues a two-syllable command in Japanese. I've heard this is also happens in the 2nd gig blu-ray release.
--The age of your blu-ray player may affect the sound quality. On my 2011 player, the audio track would have random sounds like a rim shot maybe once or twice every 3 to 4 episodes. These audio blips went away when I played the disc on my 2016 blu-ray player.

1 star rating out of 5

Awful release. English subs are horrible. Stick to old DVD release.

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I've collected several SAC media releases both on DVDs and Blu-rays over the years trying to get this anime in ultimate quality. Unfortunately, this release simply doesn't do the series justice in terms of overall quality.

I can't rate the dub because my preferred way of watching anime is Japanese audio with English subs. And here where my main problem with this Blu-ray set lies. ENGLISH SUBS ARE VERY BAD. Comparing to old 7-disk sets of DVDs, a lot of narration details and nuances were omitted or simply dropped. Some lines not translated (including final line of one of the major characters in season 2), some lines make no sense.

Get it only if you only care about Blu-ray video quality and dub. If you want to watch both SAC seasons with narration quality (Japanese audio with English subs), I'd recommend to stick to older DVD releases (Anime Legends 7-disk sets or individual DVDs). Having both North America and UK Blu-ray releases of SAC, I'm still re-watching this series on DVDs.

2 star rating out of 5

What were they thinking?????

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I can forgive some of the issues this bluray release has but I have to say that the worst mistake they made was not translating any of the written Japanese on screen. There are so many instances of this in SAC that it's just insane that they failed to do such a basic thing. The only positive aspect of this release is that the video quality is pretty good but it's too bad that it has so many negatives. Great show that deserves better than this....