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Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic [Blu-ray] (2007)

Mark Hamill , Victoria Tennant , Mike Disa  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Hamill, Victoria Tennant, Vanessa Branch, Graham McTavish
  • Directors: Mike Disa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1, Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery! These are the 9 Circles of Hell made famous by Dante Alighieri in his famed masterpiece, Dante’s Inferno, his first story of The Divine Comedy. Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic will take you on a harrowing trip through Hell as Dante braves the forces of evil, slaying demons and monsters of extraordinary imagination, all to save his love Beatrice, from the clutches of Hell’s master - Lucifer. The companion piece to the hit Electronic Arts game, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic, is inventively told through eyes of visionary animation directors fromaround the world, including Shuko Murase (Ergo Proxy) and Yasoumi Umetsu (Kite: Liberator) among others. 6 Directors, 6 terrifying visions of Hell, 1 heart-stopping epic adventure! 6 different covers - 6 different animation styles. See which cover you end up with!

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Slight Nod in Dante's Direction... [3.5 Stars] February 28, 2010
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There are a couple things you should know before deciding to view this movie: 1) Instead of "Dante's Inferno" a more fitting title would be "A Gentle Nod in the General Direction of Dante's Inferno"; and 2) It's explicit. And by "explicit" I mean there is brazen nudity, unapologetic violence with gushing blood, and man-eating genitalia (I kid you not).

If you're still with me, that means you're open to experiencing an interesting, gory, and twisted animated tale about a soldier on a quest through the nine circles of Hell to rescue the love of his life. Dante, having returned home from fighting God's war, finds everyone he knew--including his love Beatrice--slaughtered. He then watches her soul snatched into the jaws of Hell after she (apparently) made a deal with the Devil and lost (through no fault of her own). Thus begins the quest. Along the way, Dante meets his guide, Virgil, and learns the fate of (and is attacked by) all the sinners writhing in agony--absolving a few along the way.

Having read The Divine Comedy a couple of times (The Inferno about five), it was difficult getting past the *liberties* taken with the overall story, but I could see why they were taken--watching a frightened middle-aged poet sojourning through the underworld with an old ghost and chit-chatting with various dead people wouldn't be nearly as entertaining as a hot young warrior lopping off heads every few minutes and being chased by lustful women with carnivorous nether-regions.

The animation is beautiful and done well, Anime with Western influences, if a bit inconsistent since there were six directors with six different styles. My main complaint however comes with the pacing and dialog.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have read the book, have watched this film February 10, 2010
I have to say, with some amount of guilt in my voice that I really did enjoy this film. My expectations were pretty low to start, so maybe my surprise that the story had real content and had many elements of the book actually incorporated have lead to an overly positive review. That said, it was a pretty good movie in its own right. I would just like to also point out that this is a film that persons under sixteen probably should not be allowed to watch. The artists and writers for the film did a very good job portraying Hell.

I doubt that any person who reviews this film will have anything bad to say about its visuals which are indeed, fantastic. Each character in this story had a good deal of thought put into how his or her character was designed, and I think that it was this that was the main payoff of the film. All of the different creatures of the nine levels of Hell were great, many of them imagined in ways that I would never have considered. The levels of Hell, though imaginatively realized were however, quite similar to how they were described in the book and this could be considered either a bonus for purists or a con for those looking for a few more surprises.

The plot which is what I was really concerned would be lost in this film is actually, despite a large degree of artistic license, preserved fairly well so that perhaps a new group might become interested in Divine Comedy. That being said, while it may appear a gory action movie many of the subtle themes of redemption are still here and the film may perhaps require a second viewing to be fully understood as many of the more violent scenes overshadow the more dramatic for sheer memorability.

I am not usually one for anime, cartoons based on video games, video games or adult themed movies but this film gets my sign of approval.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good February 10, 2010
Featuring multiple animation styles, this adaptation of the video game released by Electronic Arts is a surprisingly good and horrific tale. Dante's Inferno tells the story of Dante, a crusader who returns home only to find his beloved Beatrice murdered, and her soul in the posession of Lucifer himself. As Dante plunges through the Nine Circles of Hell, it is slowly uncovered just how and why all this happened. Featuring some wonderful voice acting, a great score, an buckets of blood and gore; Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic is a pure blast. Though its ending is pretty underwhelming compared to the rest of the film as a whole, and the final animation style comes off as too cartoony compared to the styles that came earlier, this is still a worthwhile endeavor regardless, even if you have little desire to play the video game. All in all, if mature-themed animation is your thing, Dante's Inferno should be right up your alley.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gory, Grotesque, Good, but NOT Great April 14, 2010
By R. Song
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Reasons to watch:
+ Awesome animation - from all the artists
+ Interesting storyline
+ Cool if you have surround sound

What will make you wince:
- Done by SIX directors/artists all with completely different styles.
- Difficult to distinguish characters after a director change
- Timing sucks
- It's not really Dante's Inferno, just based on the characters or story or something...

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= Lots of gross, gory violence
= nudity
= unappealing language
= not for children
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent Directors make for inconsistent film October 12, 2010
Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic is based on the recent video game from EA and Visceral games. Dante Alighieri is a knight who has returned home from the Holy Crusades to find his father and wife murdered. As his wife's soul floats to Heaven, it is intercepted by Lucifer, who drags her down to Hell. Dante must follow down into the depths of the netherworld, battling through the nine circles of Hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice.

The film follows the path of the game closely...perhaps too closely. While it's fun to battle through the legions of Hell, fighting monstrous boss characters and absolving heretics of their sins, watching it isn't quite so fun. As in the game, Dante is aided by the spirit of Roman poet Virgil who guides him on his journey, which basically consists of one battle after another, some sage advice from Virgil, and Lucifer taunting Dante.

The film is told in segments with each representing a circle of Hell. In all, there are five different animation studios who worked on the film including Dong Woo Animation (Justice League Unlimited), Studio Manglobe (Samurai Champloo), Film Roman (Hellboy Animated), JM Animation, and Production I.G. With so many different styles and Directors, the film suffers from a lack of consistency both in terms of animation style and characterization. Some segments have a strong Anime look to them which doesn't work well with the Gothic/Medieval setting of the film. Dante himself looks decidedly different in the various styles, appearing alternatively has a hulking knight to a lithe martial artist.

The film failed to improve on the thick-witted personality Dante shows in the game. He has little to say outside of shouting, "Where's Beatrice!" Or "I must save Beatrice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job!
I first saw this movie a few years ago and knew I wanted to own it. I know the classical book but I did not know the story was made into a video game. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
arrived brand new and is awesome, ordered because I needed a apare
Published 2 months ago by ty
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares Anyone?
This film was thought provoking and the graphics were unbelievable. The the cartoonist did an amazing job that was both artistic and dynamic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars must see!!!!
Published 2 months ago by michele dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining afternoon (considering moderate expectations)
I love the classic tale of the Divine Comedy and I love anime, so of course I had to check this out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Meles424
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
Got this for a friend for his birthday. It was quite a good movie played the game before i saw this and now i want to replay the game after seeing it.
Published 5 months ago by Devon Knights
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this one to add to my collection.
I really like this movie it was done quite well and keep my attention through the whole show. I believe it's worth getting but before you buy you should try watching it first make... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith Cagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Anime!
Good anime!
Published 6 months ago by Russell Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars So bad its hillarious
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Ok take Dante's inferno then throw it out and get the cliff notes. Then read them to a 13 year old and have them help you erase the boring bits. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jay Andrew Woodall
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay...
The picture seems to be a little dull looking, lacking richness in color and at some points of the movie, the sound seemed to speed up like as if this is a bad vhs recording... Read more
Published 7 months ago by China A. Rivera
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I suggest neither, both are terrible. I and at least three others i know who watched and played both have given both a 1 star rating without the site including them at all. Keep In mind I enjoyed dead space and its adjoining animated feature as well so this isn't based on some misguided hate for... Read More
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