Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within [DVD] [2001]

This single-disc edition of Final Fantasy keeps the essential extras from the sprawling two-disc set that is also available. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages. Supplemental materials include two different commentary tracks recorded by various people involved in the production of the film, commentary on the score from composer Elliot Goldenthal, storyboards with optional commentary, trailers, and production notes. This disc will more than please the casual fan, but the ardent enthusiast is encouraged to pick-up the two-disc set with even more goodies.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered in high definition using the filmless digital files
  • Anamorphic widescreen presentation
  • Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital], English, 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Two feature-length commentaries: co-director - Moto Sakakibara, sequence supervisor - Hiroyuki Hayashida, sets & props lead artist - Tatsuro Maruyama, phantom supervisor - Takoo Noguchi
  • Animation director - Andy Jones, editor - Chris S. Capp, staging director - Tani Kunitake
  • Isolated score with commentary by by compsoer Elliot Goldenthal
  • Storyboard/Playblast selects with optional filmmaker commentary. Also includes subtitled factoids
  • Interactive animated menus: Featuring CGI intros created by square pictures
  • Scene selections with motion images
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Production Notes
  • Closed Captioned


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

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