Bandai and Manga Unleash Fifth Installment fo Stand Alone Complex

Feb 22nd 2005
BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT AND MANGA ENTERTAINMENT

UNLEASH FIFTH INSTALLMENT OF

GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX
VOLUME FIVE ON DVD MARCH 22


February 22, 2005, Chicago, IL -- On the heels of a successful first season run on Cartoon Network, Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are proud to release the fifth volume of “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” in both Standard and Limited Editions versions to debut March 22. Volume 5 contains four action-packed half-hour episodes encoded directly from high-definition masters and superb surround sound plus bonus extras.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,” originating from the wildly popular manga by Shirow Masamune, combines action, adventure, political intrigue and ethics into a masterfully told sci-fi futuristic anime series. Produced by such anime powerhouses as Production I.G (Kill Bill) and Director Kenji Kamiyama (Blood: The Last Vampire, Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade), the series follows female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 as they hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and online worlds.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volume 5,” themed “Crime is Everywhere,” takes the Section 9 officers through a series of cases across the world. Section 9 chief Aramaki Daisuke is taken hostage by thieves and a corrupt police officer in London. His unit is later commissioned to prevent the assassination of the Chinese Foreign Minister. Subsequently, a wave of mass kidnappings puts Section 9 opposite an operative as powerful as Major Motoko.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume Five
Studio: Manga & Bandai Sales & Distribution: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Street Date: March 22, 2005 Pre-Book: February 22, 2005
Running Time: 90 minutes Suggested Age: 13 & up
Limited Edition (2 disc set with collectors ID card): Suggested Retail Price: $29.98
Selection: M2522-3 Barcode: 6-69198-25224-2

Disc One: 16x9 Anamorphic, English & Japanese Language Dolby Digital 5.1
Surround Sound, English subtitles, Interviews, Trailers, Weblinks
Disc Two: 16x9 Anamorphic, English & Japanese Language DTS 5.1 Surround
Sound, English Subtitles, Interviews, Trailers, Weblinks

Includes custom Bautou collectors ID card!

Standard Edition (single disc): Suggested Retail Price: $24.98
Selection: M2520-3 Barcode: 6-69198-25204-4
16x9 Anamorphic, English & Japanese language Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, English Subtitles, Interviews, Trailers, Weblinks

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” has been proclaimed by many as one of the landmark animated features for television and is slated for its second season debut on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. For more information regarding the world of “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,” trailers, contests, DVD information, and more, please visit www.ghostintheshell.tv.


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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