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Manga UK Announce 'Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex' Standard Release

Earlier this month Manga UK released a limited edition Blu-Ray collection of the complete Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV series, OAVs and movie. While the deluxe Zavvi exclusive has nearly sold out, Manga has now confirmed that the series will also be getting a standard edition release a little later this summer.

The standard edition will be available on both Blu-Ray and DVD, and will include the 52 episodes of seasons one and two, plus extras. It will not include the OAVs or the movie, or the book included in the deluxe release. The new pressing will also correct some minor chapter-stop issues present in the original release.

The set will be available from August 6, and is available to pre-order now.

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