Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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The special edition DVD of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within can keep you occupied for hours. The first disc includes two feature-length commentaries. The first was recorded by co-director Motonori Sakakibara, sequence supervisor Hiroyuki Hayashida, sets and props lead artist Tatsuro Maruyama, and Phantom supervisor Takao Noguchi the day after the film was finished. They speak Japanese so you might have to read subtitles, but it's fun to hear them laugh as they enjoy the film. The second commentary, which is less giddy and more informative (and in English), is by animation director Andy Jones, editor Chris S. Capp, and staging director Tani Kunitake, who discuss technical elements of the animation, notes on the casting, and subtle details you might not have noticed. There's also an isolated version of the powerful score with infrequent but interesting comments from composer Elliot Goldenthal, and 11 scenes (81 minutes total) that alternate among storyboard, rough animation, and final film, with optional filmmaker commentary or subtitled factoids.
The bulk of the second disc is a 30-minute making-of documentary supplemented by numerous easy-to-find Easter eggs. There are also profiles of the seven major characters (including personal background, as well as voice actor and lead animator info), sketches and explications of three of the film's vehicles, DVD-ROM content, and an editing tool that allows the viewer to rearrange parts of the council-conference scene and play them back. Even the menu intros are interesting to watch! --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Good voice acting, a simple lesson of morality, two heroes with different approach, a millitary officer with bad actions for good reasons and a relative lifestream paradoxe; you've got a final fantasy formula.
The CGI environnement is just great and the characters are well fleshed and you feel for their loss.
Just a masterpiece that should have bring squaresoft to the stars, but with the cost of citizen Kane! :P
The main prejudices against this film seem to be that it carries the "Final Fantasy" title. Excited fans of the gaming series were seriously dissapointed because this film has absolutely nothing to do with any of the games and is in a completly different style to them. This isn't surprising, because the games are incredibly complex and their stories would eat up hours of screen time. Fans of the game just did not have the foresight to enjoy it as a seperate movie. I had not played the games upon viewing and so could afford to be more impartial.
The rendered characters are incredible; for computer geeks it's worth buying the DVD to see Dr. Aki Ross's (the main character) hair blowing in the wind.
The storyline is as deep as you want it to be- it works on many levels, ultimately dealing with spirituality/life and death issues. On the other hand, it can be enjoyed solely as an action movie. Another great feature is the music, which is some of the best work I have heard- particularly the end credits/love scene piece "The Dream Within".
There is not a great deal of character development, and this upset critics. Nevertheless, there is still feeling and the viewer does get attached to most of the characters.
You simply HAVE to watch this film once. It really is nothing like anything that has gone before it.Read more ›
Then there was "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within", a foreign film by a director, Hironobu Sakaguchi, who doesn't even speak english. And yet FF was absolutely original for a summer film; emphasis on story and character, post apocalyptic civilization coping with a mystery that has wiped out the majority of humanity, ghosts from another planet, a villian who is not a typical evil cliche -he's just trying to save the human race, a hero who may be infected by the spirits inside her and may subsequently be subverting a squad of marines, and the underlying theme of faith. All those elements add up to an underappreciated cult classic that Hollywood purposefully swept under the carpet.
Why was this film targeted with 0 marketing from the studio that distrubuted it, Sony Pictures? Cause the movie was totally financed by Square and Sony had no stake in it's success whatsoever. However, Sony was already in talks to create the cg for the all motion capture "Polar Express", a $100 million plus payday from Warner Bros to Sony for just making the graphics, disregarding the final outcome of the box office. That's a fat guaranteed paycheck. Check out this link regarding Tom Hanks public campaign to sink FF- (...Read more ›
The story involves the Earth of 2065 now dotted with encased cities.They are under constant threat by a variety of ethereal type entities called Phantoms,who,with just a slight touch,can kill a man by taking his very essence.The film opens as one Aki-Ross is scouring the old open city of New York for a plant which is one of eight spirits needed to defeat the Phantoms.At that same time some troopers drop in on reconnaissance and luckily for Aki,end up saving her life as the Phantoms start attacking.
It turns out Aki had a relationship with the head trooper and as the movie progresses the two end up reconnecting.Aki works for a Professor Sid and from here on in the troopers,Aki and the professor will work together to collect the other spirits.However not all are happy with the spirits or Gaia theory that the professor expounds.In fact General Hein wants to use an orbiting dynamo to wipe out the main cluster of Phantoms in Russia.Both sides give their arguments at a hearing with the current administration and the professor and company buy some time.Read more ›
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Great movie, got it in really good shape, watched a ton of times, love the look and the story.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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This is a perfect sci-fi film. I keep returning to it. A lot of technology and just a few people. Gives a nice break from reality.Published 18 months ago by Saviri
What an awesome -- well made- amzing animae - so realistic- and true to life . Lots of action enjoyPublished on Jan. 22 2013 by D. Bond
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