As we covered earlier in the month, the three Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex features are due out for Blu-ray release in Japan at the end of December of this year. The first two are compilation movies while the third one was an original feature from a few years back. Now, a few weeks later, Right Stuf is listing that all three of these features are set for a US release through the usual model of Manga Entertainment distributing the Bandai Entertainment authored works, which we saw with the DVD releases years ago because of the deal Manga made back in the 90's related to all things Ghost in the Shell oriented with their funding of the original movie. Each feature is set with a $34.98 price tag, all bilingual and all set for release on December 7th, 2010.
Now, if only we could get the original TV seasons this way like we were promised in Japan back when HD DVD and Blu-ray first came to market...
Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex The Laughing Man (Link)
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.
The Laughing Man tells the story of the entire first season of Stand Alone Complex as a 2-hour film.
Ghost In The Shell S.A.C 2nd GIG Individual Eleven (Link)
The year is 2030, and an influx of refuges have effortlessly transformed themselves into a terrorist organization known as the "Individual Eleven." With a sadistic intent of mass destruction, will they triumph in victory or discover the gloomy pitfalls of defeat?
The Individual Eleven tells the story of the entire second season of Stand Alone Complex as a 2-hour film.
Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (Link)
A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section 9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents, and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker nicknamed the "Puppet Master" is behind the entire series of events.