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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Freddie Prinze Jr. , Monica Rial , Justin Cook  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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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 (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HUSF70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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!

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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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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable December 28, 2012
By A. Liu
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mass Effect Paragon Lost - Rent before Buying January 22, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Movie, not of the disc 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Total Failure in the Execution 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent adaptation 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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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to the Mass Effect Universe December 19, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Perhaps as a testament to the game studios quality, Mass Effect anime stands leagues above the quality offered by Dragon Age. Better visuals and better character designs and what not. I could easily see myself being excited to rewatch this over say Dawn of the Seeker. Overall was a good and enjoyable anime at least for the sake of action and space sci fi stuff. Fehl Prime was when it got really intense for the Delta Squad (their first skirmish against the Blood Pack was a good introduction too). Some of the details and stuff did require some knowledge of mass effect lore I guess (Prothean Stuff, Reaper Stuff, Shepard stuff), but otherwise stands well on its own and hey an appearance by Liara T'Soni The story ended up being quite intense at times, bloody.

I liked the characters here (better looking than most characters in the game), easily my favorite was Essex, perhaps cause hes biotics but he has best design.

The other characters in Delta Squad are really good, Nicky (tech guy of sorts), Milque (sniper) all interacted well with the others like Kamille (though she had attitude issues) as well as the Asari, Treeya.

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Major dissatisfaction at the ending So many deaths on my gosh, I mean, anyone I became a fan of ended up meeting such a tragic fate, almost was glad Essex got all the epic action scenes and stuff but then bam, ouch. Worst yet the ending itself, sacrifice everyone for the sake of the Asari, what even, why would you do that, the data not even necessary. Ugh. Vega didnt even do nothing special beyond make decisions, kind of useless.
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Liked the visuals, the one from the opening hyped me up, I just love the relay and all the biotics stuff, as well as the map displays.
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