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Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1: The Curse (Episodes 1-4) (2004)

Aaron Dismuke , Vic Mignogna , Atsushi Otsuki , Jun Fukuda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Dismuke, Vic Mignogna, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya, Tru Ohkawa
  • Directors: Atsushi Otsuki, Jun Fukuda, Jhei Matsuura, Kazuki Tsunoda, Kenji Yasuda
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (PCM Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006H325C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,400 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1: The Curse (Episodes 1-4)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four episodes: Those Who Challenge the Sun/Body of the Sanctioned/Mother/A Forger's Love
  • Textless songs
  • Production art
  • Japanese commercials
  • Image gallery and trailers
  • Character profiles

Editorial Reviews

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It's easy to understand why Fullmetal Alchemist has regularly topped viewer polls in Japan since its debut in 2003: the fantasy-adventure by director Mizushima Seiji (Generator Gawl) offers a satisfying blend of slapstick comedy, exciting adventure, and genuine warmth. Young Alphonse and Edward Elric delve into forbidden knowledge when they use alchemy to try to bring their mother back from the dead--and pay a terrible price under the principle of "equivalent trade." Al becomes a disembodied soul in a suit of armor; Ed loses an arm and a leg, but later receives mechanical prostheses. The brothers wander through a world that resembles late 19th century Europe, seeking the legendary Philosopher's Stone, which they believe can restore their bodies. Unlike American programs that juxtapose smart-aleck humor and heavy-handed sermonizing, Fullmetal Alchemist has real heart. Neither the comedy nor the action detract from the bond between the brothers that constitutes the emotional core of the series. (Rated TV PG: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

Edward Elric changed the night he trapped his younger brother's spirit in the unfeeling steel of an ancient suit of armor. That night Edward and Alphonse exploited the clandestine science of Alchemy to attempt the unthinkable - resurrect their dead mother. They failed unleashing an alchemic reaction that ripped their bodies apart.Four years later an expanding evil lurks behind the false face of freedom. With rebellion crushed the State turns its eye to increasing its grip on the people by seizing a legendary artifact that would ensure complete domination and plunge the land into State controlled darkness.Now a lone State Alchemist combs the country for a single stone that could amplify his Alchemy. If successful he would control a power permitting him to restore the precious things that were lost. But it would also allow the State Military to senselessly obliterate countless more. The Alchemist is soon faced with the harsh truth that the power to create is but a breath away from the power to destroy and that with each birth death must follow.Volume One DVD Includes Episodes 1-4.ExtrasTextless songsProduction artJapanese commercialsImage galleryCharacter profilesTrailersEnglish & Japanese Languages with English subtitles.System Requirements:Running Time 105 Min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: TV-PG UPC: 704400081323 Manufacturer No: FN-08132

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT WITHOUT MY BROTHER September 1, 2005
By Sesho
Format:DVD
Edward and Alphonse Elric were child prodigies in the field of alchemy from the time they were Pre-K age. When their mother died, they tried to bring her back from the dead but instead Edward lost an arm and a leg and Alphonse's body was taken and his soul bonded to a suit of armor that was in their home. Now they search the world for the "Philosopher's Stone", an item of great alchemical power which they believe they can use to make their bodies whole. Of course, they fall into adventures along the way, coming up against priests that work mysterious miracles and murderous spirits.

Fullmetal Alchemist generated a lot of hype before it was even released in America, and I have to say it lives up to it. This is an instant classic. Its greatest power is its underlying poignancy, because the brother's problems were born out of their love for their mother. Who hasn't suffered the loss of a loved one in their life? Except these two boys thought they had the power to change fate. Realizing their tragic mistake, they now rely on each other, and their uppermost thought is to restore each other, a testament of their love if there is one. There are also great moments of humor and the symphonic score accentuates all the changing moods. Masterpiece!

There are tons of artwork galleries on this disk, lots of promotional videos, the usual opening/closings, character profiles. It is also available in manga form.

A good companion anime to Fullmetal Alchemist is Scrapped Princess. It hits all the same themes of Fullmetal and is even animated by the same studio, Bones.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new Anime titles available. A must have! September 4, 2005
Format:DVD
When I first heard about Fullmetal Alchemist I thought that it was going to be another series aimed at being cute and happy and all that goody goody stuff. To my surprise, and a positive on at that, this series is anything but. While it seems to be another fantasy series aimed at creating an alternate world with an entirely different way of living (a.k.a, Naruto or most any other anime available), it almost immediately shows that this series is entirely based on it's characters, and for the most part, the grief they face. From the Elrich brothers and their loses to Scar and his terrible past, it seems nearly every character suffers from some kind of sad event. It should be foretold that many of the things in the series are much to mature for children and that this is a series that isn't afraid to get a little gruesome. Even older viewers may cringe at certain things, and like any good series, there are many extremely emotional moments. However, it would be a crime of any anime fan to pass this up. Though it is quite a tragic series, it's tragedies, along with it's action, humor, and yes fun (believe it or not, the series is actually quite fun) are the reasons you'll want to pick it up. As far as technicalities go, it is very well animated. The action is done excellently (and I am a big critic of action sequences in anime) and the rest is just as good, including L'Arc~en~Ciel's addicting song for the second part of the series. Anyways, don't pass this one up. It is too good to do so.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi,(Full Metal Alchemist)has become one of the most talked about shows of this year and with good reason.Full Metal Alchemist just rocks,it's truely THE show to keep an eye on this year and is already on it's 26th episode on Cartoon Networks' Adult Swim.So what is so great about a show about some forgotten science, let's take a look.

I'm sure just about everybody knows the basic story,Edward and Alphonse Elric lose their mother,they begin to study alchemy in an attempt to bring her back to life.When this goes horribly wrong,(by the way,human trasmutation is sticktly forbbiden)Ed loses an arm and leg, and his brother Al loses much more. In order to return things to the way they were, their only hope is to search for the legendary Philosphers stone,an alchemic modifier said to grant it's posseser the abillity to ignore the laws of equivelent exchange!So they set out on a journey to recover what they have lost.What am I willing to sacarifice? It's this question Ed and Al struggle to answer throughout FMA.But will they ever find the answer,or is the price too high to pay!

After watching all 51 episodes myself I can say this without any doubts, it's a stunning accomplishment in modern tv animation,and without a doubt one- of- if -not- the greatest anime series of all time. With very solid characters in a very human drama, the moment you step into Ed and Al's world you're hooked. Watching them as they grow-up,and to realize that not everyone uses alchemy for "good" or for "right",you begin to feel their frustration,their frustation of believing in the power of alchemy,a power that can cause so much pain and yet can help people just as much.It's truely a 'heart-breaking,thought-provoking',and beautiful series.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already a huge FMA fan November 21, 2004
Format:DVD
I've seen all 51 (not 54 like the previous review says) episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist, and it's my favorite anime series by far. It has to be for me to already have all 51 episodes burned to a CD for free, yet still eagerly awaiting this DVD. This is both one of the most happy and hyper series that I have seen, and also the most depressing. Anyone worried about the ending being too open after reading the previous review shouldn't. It is an excellent ending and the things left open should be concluded in the Fullmetal Alchemist movie coming out next summer in Japan.

The 1st soundtrack CD that comes packaged with this DVD has some great tracks (I'm listening to some of them as I write this actually), and you'll be humming the opening and ending themes for weeks. The metal box for the next 5 discs is pretty darn spiffy as well.

Everyone should check this anime out. You won't regret it one bit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FMA vol 1
very great nearly out of print and shipped fast ! I always loved the fullmetal alchemist series so i thought about collecting the original series in volumes all the way to numer... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cody
5.0 out of 5 stars great anime pack
Excellent package to start a awesome anime well worth it . And unique to other sets that are available do recommend
Published 6 months ago by Jaydc86
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
The show surpassed my expections upon viewing. It is more interesting, at least to me, than most anime. Great, intricate story line.
Published on September 10, 2011 by Yevon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers that stick together no matter what
Fullmetal Alchemist, an anime about two brothers who can do alchemy.

I'll say that Fullmetal Alchemist is the best anime of all time that I have ever seen. Read more
Published on May 1, 2010 by B. Lands
4.0 out of 5 stars Alchemist
I purchased this for one of my grandchildren. It was good for them as they said...
Published on January 7, 2010 by Altheaon R. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Series for people wanting to get into Anime
FullMetal Alchemist is a English Dubbed Japanese anime that is easy to digest and take in for the American palette. Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by William L. Stitzel
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm adicted to this series
Yeah like the title says, I've become addicted to the series. I'm older and still like to watch cartoons like this. Read more
Published on October 25, 2007 by Bone
4.0 out of 5 stars Equivalence -- to get you must give...
I've seen the manga around but it didn't seem that interesting but thought "Why not?" when I saw the DVD set. Boy, am I glad I gave it a chance. Read more
Published on October 7, 2007 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show - Poor DVD
I love this show and I'm very happy to be able to watch it whenever I want. My only complaint is this DVD. Read more
Published on September 20, 2007 by J. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate
When I first heard about Fullmetal Alchemist and saw a few stills, I thought that it was one of those stereotypical animes with big eyes, fast-talking, and a cheesy story unworthy... Read more
Published on April 23, 2007 by Jeremy G. Snyder
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So is this the actual Vol. 1 tin or not? It is listed under the vol. 1 tin but when you go on the details, it says it is the imported season 1, which is 100% different from the listing and is confusing. Since the rights were bought in the US, isn't it illegal to sell the import in the US now? ... Read more
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