Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within [Blu-ray] [2001]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (97 out of 106)

Special Features


  • Interactive documentary: the making of Final Fantasy
  • Joke outtakes
  • Matte Art explorations
  • Original opening
  • The Gray project
  • Theatrical trailers and more.
  • Two Feature-Length commentaries:
  • co-director, Moto Sakakibara, sequence supervisor, Hiroyuki Hayashida, sets & props lead artist, Tatsuro Maruyama, phantom supervisor, Takao Noguchi, amimation director, Andy Jones, editor, Christopher S. Capp, staging director,Tani Kunitake

Synopsis


Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
The first feature-length motion picture to use computer-generated imagery to create not only effects, props, and environments but also the human cast members themselves, this lavish science-fiction adventure follows closely on the heels of another video game-based film, Tomb Raider (2001). Ming-Na provides the voice of Dr. Aki Ross, a female scientist in the year 2065, a time when Earth has been overrun by extraterrestrial phantoms borne of a crashed meteor. Humans have been pushed back to cities protected by barriers that keep the marauding space monsters away, but time is running out. Fatally infected by one of the ghostly beasts, Ross seeks information about their purpose and physiology, assisted by her mentor Dr. Sid (voice of Donald Sutherland) and the Deep Eyes military squad of courageous Captain Gray Edwards (voice of Alec Baldwin). Tension develops between Aki's quest to stop the alien onslaught through study and the more extreme solution favored by the vengeful, saber-rattling General Hein (voice of James Woods), who would destroy both the aliens and the Earth itself. Aki ultimately comes to realize that the key to unlocking the mystery of the invaders lies within her own dreams. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ming-Na Wen
    Ming-Na Wen - Aki Ross
  • Alec Baldwin
    Alec Baldwin - Gray Edwards
  • Ving Rhames
    Ving Rhames - Ryan Whittaker
  • Steve Buscemi
    Steve Buscemi - Neil Fleming
  • Peri Gilpin
    Peri Gilpin - Jane Proudfoot



Overall customer rating

4.2
92%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not related to the games, but still a solid movie

    Posted
    Genryu
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    First of all let me say if you're looking for a fast-paced action-type movie like Final Fantasy Advent Children - this isn't your kind of movie, Advent Children is. In fact this movie isn't at all related to any of the games from what I can tell. This is a much more slowly paced movie that frankly I had to watch again to really take in fully. It's an entertaining movie because of the subtle drama elements that they put in + the fantastic CGI work. The basic story you can probably gather from the synopsis or IMDB, and in my opinion is a bit unusual to understand at first. Overall it had some great set-pieces with some great action, and explores a lot of the undertones of the quintessential character types like the headstrong general and optimistic scientist tropes. It does add some depth to these characters to show some of the motivation behind their actions rather than relegating them to cliches. I got into the movie once the pace started picking up and plot turns started to get thrown in. All in all, a solid pick up if they're on sale and you enjoy some drama and want to see some really cool CGI action.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great original story, fantastic animation

    Posted
    demonchylde
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    While not based on any of the existing Final Fantasy games or game-worlds, "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" uses a lot of terminology and ideas that flow through that video game series. At the time, this movie was the pinnacle of computer animation and still holds up well, though it's beginning to look more like a video game cut scene than say "Avatar." Exciting, with lots of action and science fiction elements, this film has surprisingly good voice acting from all parties. There are a few places where the "uncanny divide" can take you out of the film, but over all this is recommended for fans of Final Fantasy and animated movies in general. There's also a great hidden extra with the principal cast doing the "Thriller" dance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Among all the CG Final Fantasy movies, this one

    Posted
    Richie
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    is the best of the bunch. This is Hironobu Sakaguchi's own creation and takes the spirit of what Final Fantasy used to be; A self contained, one-off story in a fantasy setting. No need to play any of the games to understand the story, so this is the only FF movie that ANYONE can get into without feeling like they need to be a FF geek to understand. Taking the futuristic setting out of the the other elements that hold everything together, you will find some of the RPG series staples here. The story could have been a game if Square wanted to go in that direction. Who said fantasy had to have magic and swords?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good movie whose effects still hold up

    Posted
    Redux
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    I remember when this movie came out and being a little disappointed it didn't follow the plot of any Final Fantasy games. After revisiting it as an adult I really appreciate it a lot more for what it is, rather than what it isn't. It's a good story with amazing CGI and special effects by today's standards, and the movie is over 15 years old! It looks great on blu ray and sounds terrific. If you like the sci fi genre it's worth a watch, even if you know nothing about the game series where it took its name.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best CG Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted
    DFresh

    I watched this movie in theaters and i was amazed by the visuals starting off then it had an amazing story. You can't get better than that. Maybe it wasn't like the game but it had the essence of the series though going on adventures, fighting bad guys, basically being a hero. However you see it this movie is just amazing. What's even better is that now it's in HD Blu-ray my favorite. Another Blu-ray movie to add to my collection to play on my PS3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great Final Fantasy Story!

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    Fluid
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    I never saw this film when it first came out in theaters or on DVD several years ago, but heard great things about it. I can honestly say I was not disappointed in the least bit. The Blu-Ray plays perfectly and the story and action sequences are awesome! The character animations are smooth and very realistic. All in all a great film and an even greater buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unique take

    Posted
    AJay
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    This was the first Final Fantasy ever made for the big screen and although it was met with mixed to negative reviews, I believe it to still be a good movie. People just expected a video game story, but this was a new unique one and I believe people didn't give it a chance. I think it was a great take of introducing some Final Fantasy elements to film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Maybe a good movie?

    Posted
    SecretSanta
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    I bought this as a joke gift for my friend, so I can't really judge the quality of the movie (although I haven't heard too many positive things about it). As for Blu-rays, it's pretty standard. Disk, case, even some special features. Buy it if you think you'll enjoy the movie, but definitely make sure you do your research first.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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