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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 4

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Edward and Alphonse Elric’s reckless disregard for alchemy’s fundamental laws ripped half of Ed’s limbs from his body and left Al’s soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher’s Stone, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.

The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is eager to harness the artifact’s power. So too are the strange Homunculi and their shadowy creator. The mythical Stone lures exotic alchemists from distant kingdoms, scarring some deeply enough to inspire murder. As the Elrics find their course altered by these enemies and allies, their purpose remains unchanged – and their bond unbreakable.

In the penultimate collection of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the filmmakers begin drawing together the various plots, building to the final confrontation between good and evil. In a flashback sequence, viewers learn the origins of both Hohenheim and his doppelganger, the "Father" of the Homunculi. Hohenheim was once No. 23, a slave of an alchemist in Cselkcess, who created the first Homunculus. When the King of Cselkcess's attempt to achieve immortality backfired, Hohenheim became "a human Philosopher's Stone" and the Homunculus created a body for himself that was a duplicate of Hohenheim's. Decades later, the Promised Day is at hand: "Father" plans to activate the countrywide transmutation circle, killing untold thousands to create an enormous Philosopher's Stone--and activate the "Mannequin Army," a corps of deathless zombies animated by the Stone's power. But even supernatural plans can go awry. Lust was destroyed by Colonel Mustang; Pride, in the guise of Selim Bradley, devours Gluttony. Greed, who took over the body of Prince Ling Yao of Xing, has joined forces with the Elrics; Wrath, a.k.a. Fuhrer Bradley, is missing, leaving Pride, Sloth, and Envy. Pitted against them are an interlocking series of alliances that include the Elric Brothers and Hohenheim; Dr. Marcoh, Scar, and May Chang, with their knowledge of the Alkahestry of Xing; and Colonel Mustang, Alex and Olivier Armstrong, and their loyal soldiers. Director Yasuhiro Irie uses some striking special effects, especially Pride's scissorlike jaws of shadow, to pump up the action. These episodes encompass volume 19 through the first part of volume 23 of Hiromu Arakawa's original manga, and fans of this outstanding series will be waiting impatiently for the fifth set to bring the adventures of Edward and Alphonse Elric to what should be a dynamite finale. (Rated TV 14: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

(40. Homunculus (The Dwarf in the Flask), 41. The Abyss, 42. Signs of a Counteroffensive, 43. Bite of the Ant, 44. Reviving at Full Throttle, 45. The Promised Day, 46. Looming Shadow, 47. Emissary of Darkness, 48. The Oath in the Tunnel, 49. Filial Affection, 50. Upheaval in Central, 51. The Immortal Legion)

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Cast commentaries

Textless songs


Product Details

  • Actors: Maxey Whitehead, Vic Mignogna, Travis Willingham, Caitlin Glass
  • Directors: Caitlin Glass, Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GZZH62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Christian Matthew on January 23, 2011
Format: DVD
I don't want to drag this on, but episodes 40-52 are all AMAZING episodes. These really bring the series into place for it's absolutely breathtaking finale. Anybody, anime fan or not, should enjoy this series. I have never enjoyed an anime as much as this in my life. Many of my friends have fallen in love with the series, who strongly dislike anime. That's how great it is. Though the dvd only contains commentary on 2 eps.. who cares?! haha. The blu ray is amazing quality, and the series is one of the greatest animes of our time! Only bad thing is the lack of features, but really, is it that big a deal for this show?

The dvd covers things such as hohenheim's past, as well as some extremely awesome fights. Some involving pride, some involving kimblee. :) I know I'm being vague, but I'd rather you think this a crappy review, than spoil anything.

The animation is fluent and well drawn, the voice acting is spot on, and everything you'd want in an anime is there.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Mendez on April 15, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Rather than summarizing the episodes (which has excellently been done by other reviewers), I will talk about the major feeling of the story, and why this is a great Anime series worth the purchase. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood deals with several "mature" situations: war, betrayal, deception, revenge. What makes this series great is that in the middle of these tragic occurrences, the creators integrate elements of personal redemption, forgiveness and even comedy to ease the tension. This is a series that all Anime fans can enjoy because of the range of genres/styles and topics touched.

I bought the Blu-ray version. Like the previous three releases, it comes in a dual (standard Blu-ray size) case with two discs inside a nice paper case, with a set of picture cards. The reason I am giving 4 stars to this product is not because of the lack of quality, which is great by the way. I am giving it 4 stars because the episodes in here are a bridge to the conclusion and not much happens. To truly enjoy this classic in the making, you need to watch the first 3 parts before getting part 4. Nonetheless, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a compelling story filled with surprises, a great plot, great character development and overall quality. Part 4 is 4.3 stars for me; the series overall is 5 stars without a doubt.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) on April 5, 2011
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The set gives us the episodes 40 through 52 showing us the three groups as they set off for their destinations and agendas to stop the homunculus and their creator known only as "Father", along the way we see as they must struggle to reach their goals and fight their enemies both from the very country they're trying to save and the unknown ultimate plan the homunculus creator has for the people in the country of Amestris. The new characters we've gotten to see with this new released version of FMA from the previous series a few years ago is great from getting to see Major Armstrong's older sister the General of Briggs to the new Homunculus master, also very appreciated is the somewhat different stories they made for some of the characters of the series. Like with the previous series the one who killed Winry Rockbell's parents during the Ishval rebellion was Roy Mustang but in this series the one who did was the character Scar so that was one guilt that Roy Mustang didn't have to carry with him in this version of the series, and as expected there are other changes in this version of the series as well especially with the relationship and background history between the Elric brothers and their father. The series animation and soundtrack are of course great and of course the Japanese subbed cast did excellent in their roles though they didn't get the original voice for the character of Winry though the actress who played her still did a great job, and also even though the voices for the character of Scar and Alphonse in the English dubbed audio were a different actor and actress they too did their roles very well. The extras aren't much just the usual trailer and textless intro/ending songs though you do get some commentaries on a few episodes. So now we're at the home stretch with this incredible series now only the hard part comes having to wait for the fifth and final box set to be released...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on November 1, 2011
Format: DVD
This two-disc contains episodes forty through fifty-two of the series. During the episodes included in this set, some major revelations come out concerning Hohenheim and the plot of Father and the Homunculi. The setup for a final showdown begins over the course of this box set, but is not resolved by the time you hit episode fifty-two. It will be interesting to see how the series works at building up to its climax in the next DVD set. Knowing that there's still twelve episodes remaining, I'm afraid this final showdown is going to end up being stretched out; hopefully I'll be proven wrong when I get a chance to view Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part Five.

When it comes to DVD extras, the only extra on the first disc are two commentaries. One of the commentaries is for episode forty ("Homunculus (The Dwarf in the Flask)"), and the other is for episode forty-six ("Looming Shadows"). There are three extras included on the second disc. The first feature is labeled as "Textless Opening Song," and this is a textless version of the first opening credits that were included on this set. The next feature is labeled as "Textless Closing Song," and it features the first ending credits that were included on this set. The final extra on the disc is trailers. On this disc are trailers for: Hero Tales, Rideback, Yu Yu Hakusho, Soul Eater, Black Butler, Dragon Ball Z Kai, and D. Gray-man.

If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, then this release is worth picking up and adding to your DVD library. If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist that must own everything related to the series, this DVD set is also worth adding to your collection. If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist who also enjoys Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, then this set is also worth purchasing.

I wrote a review of this DVD set after checking out a copy through the King County Library System.
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