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Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery! These are the 9 Circles of Hell made famous by Dante Alighieri in his famed masterpiece, Dante's Inferno, his first story of The Divine Comedy. Dantes Inferno: An Animated Epic will take you on a harrowing trip through Hell as Dante braves the forces of evil, slaying demons and monsters of extraordinary imagination, all to save his love Beatrice from the clutches of Lucifer. The companion piece to the hit Electronic Arts game, Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic, is inventively told through the eyes of visionary animation directors from around the world. 6 Directors, 6 terrifying visions of Hell, 1 heart-stopping epic adventure!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 13138249180
- Director : Mike Disa
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : February 9, 2010
- Actors : Mark Hamill, Victoria Tennant, Vanessa Branch, Graham McTavish
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B002XJDUVM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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To be honest, this film and the video game bear very, very little resemblance to Part 1 of the Divine Comedy (The Inferno) at all. The changes they made are mostly not in service to the heart of the tale either. They are changes made that emphasize all the wrong things, diminish all the most important aspects of the epic, and in short turn what has been and still is the greatest epic of the Orthodox Christian tradition to date, and turns into a trope-laden, action-adventure story that delves into the obscene and grotesque simply for its own sake it seems, rather than to point to a higher truth as the original epic most definitely did.
The video quality of this Blu-ray is satisfactory. The colors are vivid, and overall detail is indeed sharper than the DVD, most notably on the main menu. The sound quality is equally satisfactory. The voice acting is unquestionably top-notch, with stellar performances all around.
I personally found it to be somewhat inferior in aesthetics and overall presentation to the EA game it is based on. The constant changing of artistic styles between the various circles, and the rapid pace of the film overall left me wanting something more. Nevertheless, for those who are unfamiliar with the original work, or the excellent game from EA, this is still an interesting way to introduce oneself to the narrative.
As an upgrade from the DVD, it was not as visually stunning as I'd hoped, but the difference was still noticeable. If you are looking to upgrade from the DVD version, or to experience this work of animation for the first time, I'd definitely recommend getting it for the lowest and most reasonable price possible.
Really, you don't watch an anime like this for the dialogue or plot (aside from occasional references in the demons it had nothing to do with its literary namesake) but all in all, if you watch a lot of anime then this is a decent couple of hours.
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Dante has morally faltered, committing sinful acts as a Templar Knight (not only killing, but sleeping with a married woman - even though he himself is engaged to be married). And upon returning home, he discovers that his betrothed, Beatrice, has been slain by the husband of woman he slept with ... and that Lucifer has claimed the soul of Beatrice ... so now Dante enters Hell, journeying through its nine circles, to reclaim the soul of his beloved. He is guided by Virgil, and must battle various demonic enemies before finally reaching Lucifer. Yet he is no match for the devil himself - and Dante's actions have allowed Lucifer to become free, so that he may escape Hell and enter Paradise ... bringing hell to heaven! Realising this, Dante drops to his knees and prays - saying that he is willing to sacrifice all, including himself, so that such evil does not reign supreme. Never has there been a repentant soul in this place, the deepest circle of Hell, and Dante's act freezes Lucifer solid. Dante himself is able to move on, so that he can be with Beatrice.
This is a dark, and at times horrific, tale. It's comprises of several parts, each animated in a different style (with some better than others). Overall, it's a thoroughly enjoyable adventure. I recommend it to both fans of the game and anyone else interested in an action-driven Dante story.
Anyway, I thought this film was great, a couple of minor flaws, such as, as other reviews have said, the way the characters change with each different director. You'd think they would have met and decided on a look, but the main characters look completely different in different stages of the film, which is weird and a bit confusing, though I found it quite amusing how Beatrice's breasts got steadily bigger towards the end.
However, on the whole an exciting, well depicted story with decent plot and voice acting. Bravo.
Im not sure how close to the game it is,I know he gets his scythe from Death and not a minion but as I said viewed purely as a stand alone film it's very good indeed.
My copy is rated 15 but the website one says 18,believe me the level of violence/gore is closer to 18,it's bloodier than the Deadspace film but has no 'language' in it.