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Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Special Edition) (2001)

Alec Baldwin , Steve Buscemi , Hironobu Sakaguchi , Motonori Sakakibara  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ming-Na Wen, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin
  • Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
  • Writers: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Al Reinert, Jack Fletcher, Jeff Vintar, Ramin Mebdy
  • Producers: Akio Sakai
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (529 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY5D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature-length commentary by co-director Motonori Sakakibara, sequence supervisor Hiroyuki Hayashida, sets & props lead artist Tatsuro Maruyama, and Phantom supervisor Takao Noguchi (in Japanese with English or French subtitles)
  • Feature-length commentary by animation director Andy Jones, editor Chris S. Capp, and staging director Tani Kunitake
  • Storyboard/Playblast selects of the film with optional filmmaker commentary or subtitled factoids
  • Interactive animated menus, featuring CGI introductions created by Square Pictures
  • Original interactive documentary: "The Making of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within."  Dig deeper and link out to information pods that spotlight: Final Fantasy Thriller music video, mini-movie: Aki's Dream, two face wraps (Aki, Dr. Sid), character morphs, matte art explorations, compositing builds
  • Multiple workshops including: seven in-depth character files, three vehicle scale comparisons (Bandit, Quatro, Black Boa), trailer explorations, sets and props
  • Final Fantasy Shuffler: Become the filmmaker by re-editing the council conference-room scene from the film.  Complete the edit and play back your final cut
  • DVD-ROM exclusive interactive film exploration: complete screenplay, virtual tour of Square Pictures, screensaver, Weblinks
  • Interactive animated menus

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

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

Product Description

Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, James Woods. Based on the popular video game series and sporting state-of-the-art computer animation, invading aliens ravage a scarred Earth in bleak 2065, and an elite military platoon must stop a crazed general. 2001/color/106 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Values - Spectacular Production August 10, 2002
'Final Fantasy' is a computer game that has gone through countless versions and editions. Taken as a whole, this mythos is probably one of the best know games in its genre. It is clear from the beginning of this film that Sony and Hironbu Sakaguchi (producer, director, and writer) were intent on topping an already brilliant history of graphic accomplishments. In a sense, 'The Spirits Within' represents a piece of history in the making. It is the first film that presents a startling approximation of life using only automation.
The plot is simple. An asteroid falling to earth carries within it a host of phantom creatures that seem hell bent on destroying earthly life. Civilization has been reduced to living in shielded enclaves, and it is only a matter of time before the planet becomes a haunted wasteland. Aki Ross and her mentor, Dr. Sid, are working on the creation of a neutralizing 'wave' based on the eight basic phantom life forms. General Hein does not trust Dr. Sid's theories about a Gaia, or planetary spirit, and wants to use a huge orbital laser cannon to destroy the original meteor, possible destroying the earth in the process. The conflict between these points of view and their shattering effects on the planet are the meat of the film.
Captain Gray Edwards, once Aki's lover, crystallizes this struggle between the material world of violent reaction and the spiritual world of growth and synthesis. The film plays a bit like an evolved 'Starship Troopers.' In many ways, it presents the same visual image, and deals with the same issues. The problem for the director and the viewer is to get past the magnificent graphic work to experience the abiding spiritual faith that is its meaning. Ironically, the film itself is a metaphor for the issues it expresses.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential, but wasted... October 10, 2001
There have been many reviews about this movie that have ranged from excellent to shoddy, but mine will fall in the middle for a couple of reasons I will get to. I'll tell you what I found cool and what I found to be lacking. First off, I saw this movie in a digital projection theater. The colors were mind-blowing to say the least. I was constantly losing track of the story because I couldn't take my focus off the spectacular animation. The animation is so rich and textured...let's just say that you have never seen anything like it-real or fabricated. It truly is amazing. The voice casting is perfect. No slackers anywhere. The idea for the story is very innovative, not just some traditional sci-fi retread. But (and there always is a but), the actual dialogue and character development are lacking. Baldwin sometimes seems like a romantic distraction for Ming Na. Is Woods' character supposed to be a sympathetic bad guy because he talks about his family before he commits his bad deeds? Come on, I know 13-year-olds who don't fall for that. The question I was left with was: "Why invest all this money in voice talent, if you give them nothing to work with?" It's a testament to the actors that they were able to pull so much out of the dialogue considering what they had to work with. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, so I won't say anything else about it. ...I enjoyed all the characters for the most part, but I wish there was more to enjoy. I know sometimes that character development is lost because the studios want to get to the next big action event, but when people don't have anything invested in the characters, it just becomes a lot noise. It's too bad because, like I said, there was plenty of sources to draw upon.
Bottom line: The best animation to date, but sorely lacking character and plot development.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-appreciated, and totally underrated movie August 1, 2004
By Kali
One of the best computer generated films I have ever seen. Final Fantasy - the Spirits Within was a joy to watch.

It was exciting, funny, poignant, exciting, romantic, joyful, future hopeful and totally mesmerising from start to finish.

With great actors voicing the animated heroes, we are treated to a state of the art adventure in which earth has been decimated by alien phantoms and the only hope for the survival of the human race are eight earth bound energy-spirits that can stop what only be described as Armageddon.

The exquisite Dr Aki Ross along with cynical but mostly good hearted Captain Edwards and his band of disparate marines set out to find these spirits before the megalomaniac General Hein can ruin any chance Earth has for survival.

The graphics are absolutely stunning, the animated characters look so life like you find yourself doing a double take all the time. Aki Ross is especially life like and Captain Edwards positively smoulders on screen but then his character is voiced over by the sexy Alec Baldwin who can still make any red blood female go weak at the knees!

The ending is superb as well as being heart breaking; no one can forget the scene when Captain Edwards lays down his life for the woman he loves and not just to save the world. Romance at its best in my opinion, animated or not!

I also just love the combining of philosophy, nature, science and technology together and the musical score gets a ten out of ten too.

I wish I could have seen this film on the big screen but I only got to see it when it came out on DVD.

A much underrated, under appreciated film that is yet again far too intelligent for your average moronic movie goer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the Final Fantasy Franchise
Why is this movie titled Final Fantasy? I didn't watch it when it came out, but at that point and time I really wasn't into the franchise either. Now that I am.... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jennifer Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite. Love it just as much now, especially in Hi-Def...
I am not even a follower of the video game series or a big anime movie fan, but this movie was so well made ... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Marc Friese
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome.
Great movie. One I can watch over and over again. My last copy was "borrowed" by my son and he enjoyed it so much he kept it.
Published 1 month ago by Randy
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film project for its time
The release of this film in theaters was preceded by the showing of a breathtaking trailer, months in advance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bubba Guppy
3.0 out of 5 stars Watched it for a second time since about 10 years ago
I was questioning myself on why I said the movie sucked when i first saw it when it came out. Being an avid FF geek(favorite is FF8) you tend to want the movie to follow the same... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rolltide
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
It was better quality than what they advertised and what I was expecting. So happy! I will gladly buy more.
Published 2 months ago by Ryan Rossenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a fan of Final fantasy
One thing I must, you either love the movie or not. I love this type of movie and I had been fan for very long time. I bought this to replace my worn out old one
Published 2 months ago by AL
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Like Final Fantasy
Even though there are familiar and similar concepts like Gaia/Gaea and spirits, this really isn't a "Final Fantasy" movie per se. Read more
Published 3 months ago by s34w33d917
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
I do not care for cartoons, anymore. This is so well made for using computer characters, they almost seem real. This is a great movie for adults.
Published 4 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for every animation collection
The story is good, the effects are great, and the CG is nearly flawless. The only weakness is in the lower lip- they always look like they're pouting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ERIC R GOERLITZ
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Cost for an old movie
Because it's Blu-Ray and despite the movie being old this is a new release. By your logic movies from the 50's 60's and 70's coming out on Blu-Ray should all be $5. Sure that would be nice but this is a new technology. I've never seen any movie on Blu-Ray fall below 14 yet.
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It has the same extras as the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.
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