Broken Saints - The Animated Comic Epic
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Visually stunning, masterfully told, viscerally thrilling: Broken Saints is finally on DVD! This controversial and critically acclaimed graphic-novel saga fuses anime style, comic-book text, cinematic effects and music into a revolution in modern storytelling! Originally created by a small team of independent artists, this hypnotic and surreal fantasy/horror epic is now presented as a 12-hour, 4-Disc set with the celebrated voice talents of William B. Davis (The X-Files), Scott McNeil (X-Men: Evolution) and more, plus an entire universe of mind-blowing special features!
In the quiet corners of the globe, four strangers receive a series of chilling apocalyptic visions. Simultaneously drawn to a dark city in the West, their fates and the fate of the world are somehow tied to a global satellite network, a massive conspiracy and a mysterious orphan girl with a terrifying secret. What will they give to save us all? What will they give to know the truth?
A remarkable achievement and thoroughly engrossing, Broken Saints: The Animated Comic Special is the complete 12-hour adventure series (in 24 chapters) originally posted online between 2001 and 2003. A combination of comic book graphics and Flash animation, Broken Saints features characters that don't move (as in a comic book) but exist in scenes that suggest flowing action simply by introducing additional images or shifting a background (thanks to Flash). Dialogue is rendered via conventional speech balloons, but for this DVD set, actors (including William B. Davis, the "Cigarette Smoking Man" from The X-Files) have been cast to provide voices for the characters, giving the story greater immediacy. Also new is a music score, featuring some muscular rock as well as Mozart. Loads of special features are included, too.
Created by Brooke Burgess, Ian Kirby, and Andrew West, Broken Saints is the complex tale of an unlikely alliance between four individuals from very different walks of life. Shandala is a mysterious, 18-year-old woman from an uncharted Fijian island, altruistic and innocent yet possessed of terrifying powers. Raimi is a young, Canadian developer of security software who encounters a powerful force online and believes something big is about to take place on the planet. Oran is a Muslim from Baghdad who goes temporarily mad while guarding a bunker alone. Kamimura is an elderly, Shinto mystic from Japan estranged from his former Buddhist order. The quartet is connected through common visions of dark forces about to be unleashed, though they also learn quite a bit about themselves and each other during their perilous mission. Watching this series from beginning to end is a special and unique experience. As the story progresses, the makers of Broken Saints get better and better at their mixed-media technology, and the results are often beautiful and profound. --Tom Keogh
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Brooke Burgress calls this "cinematic literature," while it may be so, it's also much more. Looking beyond the flashy animations, complex sound effects, and multilayered storyline, it's a mire of different genres, among them being technothriller, urban punk, philosophical literature, and even conspiracy thriller, along with psychological thriller. Just with the technothriller area and how it has an integral element of computer hacking, it got my attention front-and-center.
4 seemingly random people who don't know each other end up getting mixed in to each other's lives when "random" occurences force them together to face a very dangerous happening: a well-known telecommunication company is using technology to, in the near future, use its own technology to induce fear into every individual on Earth and use their fear as a means of brainwashing them to accept the head conspirator's view of "truth," which has nothing good included, only fear, death, and extreme hatred. And it's only up to these four strangers to stop it from happening.
Over the course of 24 chapters, we see alternating points of view of what's going on, so you don't see only a biased American's view, a naive Fiji native's view, a confused Buddhist's view, nor just a saddened Muslim's view. You see them all, and sometimes they're conflicting, sometimes they get along (tediously), but they have to learn to depend on each other to get through it.
Keep in mind, this is not family-friendly viewing at all. Very heavy swearing (especially in the chapter "Signals"), some mature themes (including sexual jeers and soldiers making crude sexual statements about those they hate), and some rather heavy-handed violence. Not to mention some disturbing images (for anyone that loves animals, one of the later episodes will definitely disturb them deeply). Like I said, not family-friendly.
This is truly thought-provoking material, even with occassional comical moments it had.
Who knows? Maybe this could inspire some new media entertainment styles in the future. I know one thing, I enjoyed this very well.
It was worth it though.
12 hours of one of the best modern stories I have read, watched, or listenned to. This has it all, layer upon layer of depth. Plot twists that hit you like speeding car. Music, by Tobias Tinker, which chills your soul. So, turn out the lights, crank up the 5.1, and just dive into the world.... of Broken Saints.
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