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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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Fans of the ground-breaking Mass Effect franchise shouldn't miss this stunning motion picture experience born of an epic collaboration between the legendary Bioware and visionary Production I.G (Innocence, Kill Bill: Vol.1 (Animation Part), BLOOD-C The Last Dark (2/6/2012 Theatrical Release).

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is the prequel to the highly-anticipated Mass Effect 3 and follows the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega. Vega leads an elite Special Forces squad into battle against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his soldiers must protect the civilians from a ruthless invasion determined to capture the population for unknown purposes. Learn more about the Mass Effect universe with an unprecedented glimpse into the haunted past of Mass Effect's newest hero!

The feature Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (2012) presents the backstory of James Vega, one of the characters in the long-running Mass Effect video game series. When their commander is killed in action, Vega has to lead a squad of Alliance Marines into battle against a force of evil reptilian Krogans on the planet of Fehl Prime. After their daring attack carries the day, things are peaceful for two years, then the even nastier Collectors arrive. Most of the film is devoted to the battle that pits Vega and his surviving squad members against the insectlike Collectors. The film concludes with Vega leading another charge somewhat later, setting up a possible sequel. Mass Effect: Paragon Lost plays like an animated reworking of a minor Sylvester Stallone or Steven Seagal movie. The heroes alternate between noble posturing and devil-may-care throwaway lines like, "Let's dance!" as they charge into battle. Freddie Prinze Jr. reprises his role from the game, but Vega isn't a very articulate fellow. He listens while the other characters try to fill in the gaps in the complicated but well-worn plot. The flashy, constantly moving CG spaceships and special effects make the minimal animation of the drawn characters look even stiffer. Director Atsushi Takeuchi uses rapid cutting to infuse some energy into the combat sequences, but they're badly staged and it's hard to tell whether the heroes are advancing or retreating. Mass Effect: Paragon Lost may appeal to devotees of the games, but viewers unfamiliar with that universe will quickly lose interest. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol use, profanity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Monica Rial, Vic Mignogna
  • Directors: Justin Cook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HUSF70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A. Liu on December 28, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There are going to be one line reviews on either end of the fence for this animated movie, none of which are particularly constructive, so I'll post some of my thoughts after having spent $20 on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo and watching the movie twice.

Bottom line, the movie is enjoyable. I don't regret the money I spent, and what it sets out to do, it does well: give James Vega (a character that didn't get enough screentime in Mass Effect 3) compelling development and a fleshed out backstory. Hints of James Vega's past excursions and adventures on Fehl Prime were mentioned in Mass Effect 3 but largely glossed over because hey, Reapers. There were hints at a larger story but there was never a payoff, and that's where Paragon Lost comes in. The subtitle foreshadows the movie's inevitable conclusion very well, and I won't spoil it here, but I honestly really liked the final moments of the movie highlighting Vega's inner conflict and turmoil. For a character that was relegated as 'Jersey Shore trash' by much of the fandom when he made his debut in Mass Effect 3, it goes a long way towards redeeming his character, narrative-wise.

The other characters are mainly a vehicle for Vega's development and are really just kind of one-dimensional. If this had been a series I could see them getting really good development a la Full Metal Panic (one character even acts like Kurtz, which I found immensely amusing), but as a movie they're little more than generic NPCs to drive the plot. Some important characters from the games make short cameos, and while it's nice to see them, it'd have been nicer if they had gotten the original actors to reprise their roles - the substitutes do an admirable job but Patrick Seitz can never replace Keith David as Anderson.
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38 of 52 people found the following review helpful By METDeath on October 5, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I have only seen the movie itself at a premier event at Anime Weekend Atlanta. It was very enjoyable and seemed to keep both the humor and the seriousness of the games intact. I have only seen the English audio version, which was actually not painful to watch for a change. Voice acting was the quality I would like to see in more animation titles.

If you're a huge ME fan and have played at least 1 and 2, then this is a perfect transition into 3. I personally wouldn't mind seeing a series made from this (start after the movie, not remake it).

As I haven't had seen any of the special features, I can't comment on those.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By crossalchemist on January 28, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If your going to do something, do it well. This does not.

The animation is poor (except when showing boobs and butt of the Asari). The voice acting is poor, with the exception of the one or two characters who made an appearance in the game. The story and dialogue is poorest.

All of this is made even worse by virtue of the fact that the concept was good: Give back story to one of the upcoming characters in the video game trilogy, emphasizing choice and consequence, which is a key part of the game.

To add to the pile, this release was hyped A LOT on gaming websites. A lot of the fans hoped that this could open the door to a Mass Effect series. They even included an in-game item in the box (which is not worth it).

Anyway, take it from this Mass Effect fan: Not worth the money, no matter how hardcore of a Mass Effect fan you are.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel on January 27, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Virtually none of the great things about the Mass Effect video game series were present in this DVD. Storyline was kept to an absolute minimum in order to make way for intense violence. This works in a video game, under specific pretenses, but is not what I expect from quality anime. Save your money and buy the DLC for one of the Mass Effect video games that you already own- you're going to enjoy that much more!

If you feel strongly about buying anime, though, I would recommend the Ghost in the Shell seasons or films involving Miazaki. (The former for an intensely intellectual storyline and the latter for industry-known cinematography).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Holmes on December 18, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I downloaded Paragon Lost on my Playstation, and I thought it was pretty decent. I was happy they got Freddy Prinze to add his voice, although neither Keith David or Lance Henrikkson reprised their roles as Cpt. Anderson and Adm. Hackett. I enjoyed the humor and action, and was impressed with their uses of so many of the weapons we love from the game. I think any true fan will enjoy seeing the backstory of one of our favorite (though sadly not romanceable) characters. I enjoyed it, and I think you will too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By truster38 on September 11, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Normally I would say it's unfair to compare two unlike things, but the fact is that, if you're on this product page reading this review, it's because you are a fan of the Mass Effect games. With that in mind, I think it's completely appropriate to compare the narrative and presentation of this Anime-style film to the experience of playing the games. Of course, it's primarily an action-based Anime targeted towards males, so I'd say, if you are someone who plays Mass Effect as the default Male Shepard, chooses the Soldier class, and turns off the dialogue choices, "Paragon Lost" might not be a bad investment of 1:30 of your time. It's a perfectly serviceable time-killer and, if compared to the quality of other tie-in products, is competently-made.

If you're anyone else, though, please read on.

"Paragon Lost" expounds upon the character and backstory of James Vega, who joins your squad in Mass Effect 3, and one specific, life-defining mission that he references in that game - the one where he "got everyone killed and got promoted for it." Vega starts off the film by saving an Alliance colony from the Blood Pack, the mercenary group mentioned in the games that consists of fearsome Krogan and Vorcha. This first act is to establish his connection to Shepard, who inspires him to become the defacto leader of his squad when the circumstance calls for it. You also get a sense of the powers and skills of his all-human squad: an engineer, a biotic, a sniper, and two Soldier/Vanguard types. Vega himself is a Soldier type with no biotic powers, though it's established that he has the coolest head, the most leadership skills, and is the most physically strong member of his squad.
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