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Ghost in the Shell: The Laughing Man [Blu-ray]

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Manga USA
  • Release Date: June 21 2011
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004VDL7JK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,785 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The OAV Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex--The Laughing Man (2005) consists of footage from the 26-episode Stand Alone Complex TV series (2002), recut to tell the story of a police battle with an �ber-hacker. Writer-director Kenji Kamiyama oversaw the re-editing and rewrote some of the dialogue for greater clarity. The main arc of the first season of S.A.C., The Laughing Man is a complicated tale of cyber-espionage and government corruption. Major Kusanagi, Batou, Chief Aramaki, and the other officers of Public Security Section 9 must untangle an intricate web of deception to discover a hidden scandal involving a bogus cure for the debilitating disease of "cyberbrain sclerosis." In the original series, this story was interwoven with brief adventures involving the black-market sale of human organs, the growing consciousness of the Tachikoma robots, and Chief Aramaki's colorful past. The Laughing Man, a title borrowed from J.D. Salinger, is interesting enough to stand on its own, but at 2 hours and 40 minutes, it feels very long. Bandai has rerecorded the dialogue with a new cast, which sounds jarring to audiences familiar with the series. The Laughing Man may appeal to viewers who didn't see S.A.C. in its initial release: otaku who know the original may find the reworking feels like a gimmick. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Originally saw this when it was airing on Teletoon back in the late 90's. Though it was one of the best anime series I had seen in quite some time, but this version is somewhat different from what was shown on Teletoon. This collection of the Laughing Man series seemed to be a little less violent in nature and seemingly less sexualized as well. Now I am not sure if this was its original telling or a modified version or it, but it was something I enjoyed none the less. Only problem was that I had this nagging feeling through the entire thing that is was not quite right and that things were somewhat different.

Especially with the ending, since I either did not see the ending or that the one presented in this collection was added or differed from what the original was. Still great, just different that left me with a nagging voice in the back of my head that something did not quite seem right. The Matrix had me and I had no idea what the Matrix was. Definitely recommend this to fans of Ghost in the Shell.
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As with the other Bandai GITS releases, the show is excellent, but the NA release could have benefited by having the episodes not directly related to the main story line included in the set. I thought there were some great character building moments in those other episodes, but even as the set stands, I can't take stars away since the show should be seen even with episodes missing; it's that good!
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worth watching if you like ghost in the shell or action/sci fi anime well made
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a819cc) out of 5 stars Just Buy The Box Set Instead July 16 2012
By iCormac - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Don't get me wrong....I love the series and I highly recommend GITS to ANYONE new to anime, BUT...
If you want to watch the Laughing Man story from beginning to to end without any interruptions or unnecessary segues or "filler episodes", you could buy the GITS Laughing Man movie....
For the most part,'ll honestly be more satisfied just buying the entire first season of GITS.
You see, to make sure that the whole story would fit into a feature-length format, the studio edited out allot of content and small details that detracted from the overall story once they were gone....content and small details that you WILL miss out on when you watch the "movie", and there are quite a few inconsistencies that a true fan will find annoying after watching every episode of the TV show beginning to end numerous times.
There were quite a few moments that I actually said out loud "wait...something's missing" when I first watched the Laughing Man movie.

Trust me on're better off buying the complete first season of GITS and skip through all the "filler" episodes. It'll be a much more satisfying experience for you.

The TV show gets a rock-solid 5-star rating from me....the "movie"?
2 stars....and I'm being generous
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a81a20) out of 5 stars Good but confusing July 9 2013
By Larry - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
I started watching this not knowing that all 2 hours and 40 minutes of this movie is really all 26 episodes recut. It was long, and at some points, extremely confusing. I would recommend watching the TV/episodic version over this version. I started watching this one after finding Ghost in the Shell online, boy was I lost in this choppy and incoherent mess. However, this anime has some great action and good story elements. Again, watch the TV/episodic version.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a81e58) out of 5 stars Garbage compared to the full season Jan. 29 2013
By Nort Thalem - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
This is really just an edition targeted to people browsing the DVD shelf for a movie/anime to watch, its only purpose for being produced is so they can give you something to buy, with any enjoment you might have being secondary to them having your money. I know, in all fairness I cant really assume its just a money grab, but thats what I thought of the movie thirty minutes in. Your money is better spent buying the full season of the show, even if its one volume at a time.
16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a85234) out of 5 stars Fantastic June 5 2011
By The Movieman - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
I got this on Blu-ray and while I know this is only a compilation of "The Laughing Man" storyline with a few scenes thrown in to make it complete, I still loved every minute of this. The animation is of course beautiful and the story itself compelling, so much the 2 hour 40 minute running time went by in a flash.

Now I'm a firm believer in watching a movie (or series) with the original language so that's what I did here, watching it with the Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Just to see, I did briefly switch over to the English dubbing and wasn't impressed and quickly switched back over. I would highly recommend that if you can read subtitles while watching, definitely watch it with the original language.

In terms of the Blu-ray, the audio is quite good especially with the score and certain action sequences which gives the audio depth while the dialogue levels were also loud enough. This comes with a Dolby TrueHD track (for both the Japanese and English tracks). The picture (1080i) meanwhile was good, though when it comes to anime and animation, it generally looks looks great in high-def, there's always exceptions but here it does look alright, although I did notice some interlacing.

The features as expected are a bit lacking but for the feature on the disc, I'm not overly disappointed and if you can have it at a decent price, then it's worth picking up. If you already own it, I think it'd make for a modest upgrade though again the price needs to be right.

I will confess, I am not a big Ghost in the Shell fan. I have seen the series and enjoyed it, but I know some fans did not like the change in voice acting (edit: I guess the complaints is for the English dubs? If so, then I agree). For me, I didn't notice it and was able to watch the feature with no trouble. So, take it for what you will, I as more of a casual fan didn't feel much was missing with this. However, I will say that you couldn't go wrong watching the series as there's so much more...
HASH(0xa0a85318) out of 5 stars Would have been perfect, it's basically a re-cut of the TV series ... June 10 2016
By Alucard_Sn1p3r87 - Published on
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Would have been perfect, it's basically a re-cut of the TV series in Blu-ray. Picture quality is far improved vs the DVD version. However i've removed 1 start not because the Anime is bad. But because the Voice cast is different. Though they do an good enough job to least sound similar to the previous TV series voice cast. So if you're partial to the original voice cast that returned from the Movie to the DVD TV series you might be disappointed. But considering the Boxset Series which is on DVD isn't even on Blu-ray, This is the closest thing to the TV series being on Blu-Ray, unless you buy an imported Japanese version. But outside of that I can't complain :)