Stand Alone Complex DVD Vol.2 released Sept, 28th

Aug 19th 2004
Chicago, IL – Bandai Entertainment and Manga announce the joint DVD release of the second volume of the smash anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex on September 28, 2004. The series was co-produced by both Manga and Bandai and created by the revered animators at Japan's Production I.G (Kill Bill, Ghost in the Shell). Directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade) with music by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop), GITS:SAC Volume 2 will feature episodes 4 through 8 of the explosive 26-episode sci-fi series.

This all-new futuristic anime series continues the story of the acclaimed anime feature film Ghost in the Shell based on the popular manga by Shirow Masamune. Female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

In GITS: SAC Volume 2, Section 9 has their hands full with the reappearance of The Laughing Man - a cyber-terrorist who hasn't been heard from in six years. Arimaki believes that the police's prime suspect is a decoy and orders his team to investigate. Meanwhile, in response to the Laughing Man's last threat, Major Makoto Kusanagi stands guard for the Police Superintendent General at a press conference. This will mark the beginning of Section 9's ongoing encounters with the Laughing Man. In the meantime they will also have to capture a foreign revolutionary and put a stop to what looks like an organ smuggling ring. The Major and Section 9 are determined to bring all of these criminals to justice

The complete series is releasing bi-monthly beginning July 2004 and will be presented on seven DVD volumes over the next twelve months. The U.S. cable television broadcast of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex begins on Cartoon Network on November 6, 2004. Encoded directly from high-definition masters, each DVD volume will be released in both a Standard Edition and a Special Edition.

Each new DVD volume released will feature new interviews from the production team and the series' voice actors. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex combines action, adventure, political intrigue and ethics into a masterfully told sci-fi anime series.


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Volume 2 - Standard Edition (Single Disc) Street Date: September 28, 2004

Pre-Book Date: August 31, 2004 Sales & Distribution: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Running Time: 120 minutes UPC: 669198252013 SRP: $24.98 Suggested Rating: 13 & up

DVD Features: Interactive Animated Menus; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; English/Japanese languages; English Subtitles; DVD Extras: Interview with Osamu Saka (voice of Aramaki), Interview with Yoko Kanno (Composer), Tachikomatic Days Animated Shorts

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Volume 2 – Special Edition (3 Disc Set) Street Date: September 28, 2004

Pre-Book Date: August 31, 2004 Sales & Distribution: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Running Time: 120 minutes UPC: 669198252211 SRP: $49.98 Suggested Rating: 13 & up

Disc 1: Interactive Animated Menus; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; English/Japanese languages; English Subtitles; DVD Extras: Interview with Osamu Saka (voice of Aramaki), Interview with Yoko Kanno (Composer), Tachikomatic Days Animated Shorts

Disc 2: Interactive Animated Menus; DTS 5.1 Surround Sound; English/Japanese languages; English Subtitles; DVD Extras: Interview with Osamu Saka (voice of Aramaki), Interview with Yoko Kanno (Composer), Tachikomatic Days Animated Shorts

Disc 3: Original CD Soundtrack #2 -- ‘Be Human’

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” has recently made its debut on Japanese television and will begin airing in the U.S. on Cartoon Network's late night Adult Swim block on November 6th. Visit www.ghostintheshell.tv for previews, trailers, contests, information and more.



Manga Entertainment Inc., an Anchor Bay Entertainment Company, specializes in the production and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga's cutting-edge film catalog also features Asian live-action, cult, pop-culture and international animation. Manga films are distributed in the U.S. through Anchor Bay Entertainment. Manga has offices in London and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Chicago. www.manga.com



Bandai Entertainment, INC. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, and Witch Hunter Robin. Bandai Entertainment, INC. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. Bandai Co., Ltd. is the third largest toy company in the World comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.

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