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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 (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HUSF70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A. Liu on December 28, 2012
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J Clements on January 22, 2013
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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost takes place between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 in the video game saga. It follows the early career of Alliance Marine James Vega, an NPC in Mass Effect 3, providing some background to his character in the game.

I found the overall quality of the anime to be very poor; substandard - from character design and plot, to the scripting and the voice-over acting. It felt more like watching a bad Saturday morning cartoon animated by high school students, than a top-notch production the Japanese and BioWare are notorious for producing. I lost interest about 5 minutes into the story, however I forced myself to watch it entirely; determined to get my money's worth. I highly recommend that people rent this movie first before purchasing it.
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful By METDeath on October 5, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By crossalchemist on January 28, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Vorlage on March 13, 2014
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Renting this on a whim... very glad I didn't buy this outright.

If you are a ME fan/ completionist, check this out. It is essentially the background story behind James Vega, the seemingly random team member addition you have in Mass Effect 3, and for the most part it is a serviceable storyarc, with a few glaring plotholes that deride the story. However, it is nice that the movie does emphasize the core aspect of Mass Effect being a story that depends heavily on making hard choices and living with them (disregarding the massive ME3 ending blunder).

As for the rest of the movie, I really cannot recommend much of anything. For one, the animation is lackluster, and downright atrocious in some parts. None of the character models are anyway interesting and it feels like the animation team really had no idea on how to handle James, Further, it also feel like said animation team wasn't speaking to each other in some parts, with glaring changes in plot and character builds (ie- in some scenes the Collectors are depicted as normal sized, then in the next, they're 15-20 foot giants).

And one more gripe I would have, which I think is mostly due to outright laziness, is the lack of an extensive cast of species that Mass Effect is known for. You have your humans, one Asari, a handful of Vorcha, and two, maybe three Krogans. No Turians, Salarians, Batarians or even Volus. This might seem trivial, but to put it in other words- to try and have a Mas Effect story without even a signle Turian is kind of like trying to have a Lord of the Rings story without any elves. It's possible... but their absence in quite glaring.

So... it's an okay rental. I however cannot recommend buying it unless you HAVE to have everything ME related.
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