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ASSASSIN’S CREED: LINEAGE is the first chapter of Ezio Auditore’s story and the prequel movie to Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations video games. ASSASSIN’S CREED: LINEAGE reveals the machinations of 15th-century Italy through the actions of Ezio's father, Giovanni.

When the Duke of Milan is brutally murdered, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore is dispatched to investigate. What he uncovers implicates Italy's most powerful families reaching all the way back to the Vatican itself. As Giovanni draws closer to the truth, he becomes hunted himself. He must expose the conspirators before he joins their ever-growing list of victims.

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  • Actors: Romano Orzari
  • Directors: Yves Simoneau
  • Format: Digital Sound, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
To take advantage of the release of the eagerly anticipated videogame "AC: Revelations," a brilliant and synergistic marketing team has also readied the DVD debut of "AC: Lineage" for the same date. It's a sound proposition, of course, to push for sales dollars--but, to my estimation, "Lineage" plays more as a game supplement than as a fully realized product of its own. If someone had put this disc in a deluxe version of the game, I would tell you what a great extra it would have been. However, sold on its own, it really isn't a satisfying purchase. Want a movie based off of the AC legend? It seems like it would be easy enough to do. But this just seems like an extended cut-scene sequence that you might find in a game that, although beautifully rendered, lacks dramatic impact.

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AC: Lineage (Approximately 33 minutes): This short film introduces antihero Ezio Auditore and is set directly preceding the timeline established in the story that continued in the game ACII. It is a terrifically sculpted mix of live actors and computer generated technology. The images are absolutely stunning (especially in Blu-ray), and it is easy to admire the artistry that went into the piece. I want to say how much I loved it! But, as I said, it is like an extended sequence from the game. From a film, I might have expected a little more character depth and motivation and drama. It is a missed opportunity to expand the AC world to the next realm of entertainment and find a broader audience instead of just catering to those already invested in the AC experience. Love the technical aspects of the movie, but it fell short of making a compelling stand alone product.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pfillip D. Tepper on December 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Let me preface my review by first explaining why I have given it 4 stars instead of what probably should be 3 or 3.5. If the price were set the same as any other retail Blu-ray, it would be insulting and a waste of time for those who aren't into the Assassin's Creed universe but it's not - it's the exact right amount for how much footage there is on the disc.

If you're not a fan already, you probably don't care about all of the developer diaries and trailers for the first two games. Maybe they might spark some interest for those who are curious but it's really just all there to appease the fanbase. The real meat of this disc is the free-to-view-online Lineage motion picture (and I'm pretty sure you can find the making of online as well). If you just want to watch that online for free, by all means, visit the company's Facebook or Youtube pages but if you're a collector of having decent moviemaking examples on DVD/BD, it's not a bad thing to have in your library. The movie itself is short but good, telling a backstory that takes place just before the 2nd game that only adds to the series without spoiling anything.

I admit I'm biased and I mostly enjoyed the movie because I love the video game series it's based on but as someone who's studied film, I have to also state how impressed I am by two things. First, that it is good. Based on a video game and yet good at the same time! I can only imagine it's because Hollywood execs didn't play a part in its production and reducing it to a PG-13 Max Payne during the Renaissance. It feels as it's supposed to and that's refreshing. Secondly, and this is the thing that I herald more than anything about it, about 9% of this movie is real. The props and outfits are real but that's it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Originally developed as an online video prequel to the video game ASSASSIN'S CREED II, ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE was released in the fall of 2011 as a promotional tool for the release of the video game ASSASSIN'S CREED: REVELATIONS. The movie is a short film (about 33 minutes) that attempts to provide some back story to ASSASSIN'S CREED II. This is not an animated film; it is a live action movie. It follows Giovanni Auditore and his assignments and eventual framing that leads to his arrest and capture towards the beginning of ASSASSIN'S CREED II.

The filmmaking for ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE is fantastic. This is not an animated short, but a live action film. It's quite impressive. Most of the actors used are the same actors as they are in the video game and they are just as talented in the flesh as their voices are in the game. As explained in one of the extras on the DVD, the actors, costumes, and a few of the props are real, but everything else was created via green screen. Up to now, there hasn't been a short film like this that has used green screens so seamlessly and effectively. The technology is used so well that the scenes in the movie look as though they were physical locations shot on a studio lot.

The only real issue with ASSASSIN'S CREED: LINEAGE is that it was conceived as a marketing tool and not as a full-fledged production (short or otherwise). Therefore, there isn't very much of a story. The story that is there has a pre-determined stopping point. Also, though there is some character development, particular in Giovanni, it's not much. It would be interesting to see what the filmmakers for this production would do if they were given an original, full-length script.
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