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Dead Space is a feature length horror sci-fi animated movie based on the much anticipated Electronic Arts video game title streeting Halloween 2008. When a deep space mining operation discovers a mysterious alien Marker they believe they have finally found evidence of our creators. However, the removal of the Marker unleashes a horrific alien species, which had been entombed within a remote planet, and a desperate fight for survival ensues. The story follows a select group of miners and crewmembers, as they are confronted with an evil like none ever encountered by man. The Dead Space animated feature serves as a prequel to the game and takes adult animated horror to a whole new level.


Dead Space: Downfall serves as a prelude to the popular Electronic Arts video game. In the distant future, the crew of the ship Ishimura discovers a mysterious artifact on a barren planet "several million light years" from Earth. Members of the Unitologist Church believe it's a holy object that will help humans overcome death. Hidden within it are monsters who take over the crew's bodies, mutate into grotesque beasts, and attack everything in sight. Although tough-as-press-on-nails security chief Alissa Vincent leads a bloody battle against the aliens, the entire crew is transmogrified and/or devoured: The stage is set for Isaac Clarke to board the remains of the Ishihara and kick some alien butt. As a film Dead Space: Downfall makes little sense. What did the aliens live on before the humans arrived? Why is their body chemistery perfectly attuned to homo sapiens? Why do church members regard the artifact as holy when no one's seen it before? Fans of the game may be willing to overlook the incoherent story, stolid direction, and uninspired animation that apes anime. Uninitiated viewers should look elsewhere for entertainment. (Unrated: Suitable for age 16 and older: extensive profanity, gore, grotesque imagery, nudity, graphic violence, including violence against women) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Bruce Boxleitner, Kelly Hu, Keith Szarabajka, Jim Cummings, Kevin Michael Richardson
  • Directors: Chuck Patton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Anchor Bay - ITN
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018TAFQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
Format: DVD
Dead Space: Downfall serves its purpose as being a decent animated prelude to EA's great space based survival horror video game, delivering the goods in terms of blood and gore. However, there's little else to be found than that here, and that may be absolutely fine with you. The story revolves around the uncovering of an ancient artifact, and the events that transpire afterwards that involve people going insane and murdering one another. Before you know it, there's mutated zombie beasts running amok, and no one is safe. What Dead Space: Downfall does manage to accomplish is explain some plot points from the video game, as well as set-up what to expect if you haven't played it yet. Other than provide ample amounts of bloody, gorey violence, the animation itself is pretty lackluster. Things aren't really helped much thanks to some atrocious dialogue and a cliche script from the comic book writing tandem of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (whose work has ranged from great to awful) that becomes hard to follow in the midst of all the violence. Still, Dead Space: Downfall has a great music score, some genuinely creppy moments, and decent voice talent that includes Bruce Boxleitner and Kelly Hu. All in all, Dead Space: Downfall serves as being a decent animated prelude to EA's great game, and for fans who have played it already or are looking to, this animated dirge is worth a look.
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"Dead Space: Downfall" is an animated film that serves as a prequel to the outstanding science-fiction survival horror video game, Dead Space. The story draws heavily upon previous masterpieces of film and game alike which most prominently include Aliens, Resident Evil (the games), 28 Days/Weeks Later and Halo. It makes for an entertaining stand-alone popcorn flick to people unfamiliar with the game and fleshes out the story for fans of the game somewhat by showing the events leading up to the nerve-wracking experience of the game in greater detail.

Whether or not you play video games, if you love animated violence then this is as brutal as it gets. The story involves a mining vessel sent by the fanatical Church of Unitology (Unitarian Scientologists?) to retrieve an artifact on a dead planet. The mining vessels subsist by "cracking" planets and selling the ore. Some say this is detrimental to the harmony of the Universe. I'd say that in this case, that's an understatement. The vessel unwittingly unleashes an alien race -named as "Necromorphs" in the game- that thrive on dead flesh; possessing, reanimating, molding, and mutating it into forms suitable for slaying even more living things to continually spread the race. The result is damn horrific by any standard.
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For those of you who aren't aware, there's significant story arcs precluding the Dead Space game. They come in the form of animated comics released an "issue" at a time on both XBL and PSN. These are free downloads and even if you don't purchase Downfall, I strongly recommend downloading the comic series.

Downfall takes place in the space between the animated comics and the game. It's a decent story about how a seemingly routine "planet crack" goes awry when a "marker" is found on the planet being excavated. There's a nice story here but I don't think it's absolutely necessary to watch to fully enjoy the game. I feel that although the animation was well done and the gore was on par with the game, the story just wasn't creepy or deep enough to really make it a hit.

The creepiness in the animated comics was largely lost in the feature film. Don't get me wrong, it's no Disney movie, I just don't think it was quite on par with its predecessor. Unfortunately, it seemed like one of the major climax/action sequences exists only in the deleted scenes and even then it only exists as an animatic (meaning a series of uncolored rough sketches displayed in succession with audio tracks overlayed, for those unfamiliar with the term.)

Finally I wasn't really impressed with the quality of the blu-ray format. There's some extras in the BluRay live section that I imagine don't exist in DVD form, but I still don't think that the Blu-Ray version is worth the extra $5. The promised cheat codes exist as easter eggs within the movie. Not a big deal for me, but just wanted to give a heads up to those who expect a card with codes listed on it when they open their case.

Honestly, it's not a bad movie by any means.
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PRECISION: I never played the "Dead Space" game, therefore I review this film as if it was just a "stand alone" SF anime, not connected to the wider universe created by the initial game and its two sequels. This review contains limited SPOILERS.

After watching "Dead space: downfall" I must say that it was a rather honest SF/zombie flick, albeit unusual as it is a cartoon or if you prefer an anime.

The film begins when an alien artefact, nicknamed "The Marker", is discovered on the planet Aegis VII. The Church of Unitology, which seems to be amongst the main institutions ruling this particular universe, mandates the captain of the mining ship USG Ishimura to retrieve "The Marker", which is considered as a kind of holy relic.

While the ship approaches her crew receives radio reports of an outbreak of violent behaviour among the colonists. "The Marker" is brought aboard and then ship's Head of Security Alissa Vincent asks to investigate the colony. And then the film really begins...

This film is a kind of prequel to the three "Dead Space" games and therefore some of things shown on the screen are not really explained, as the director assumed that viewers will be already familiar with them - we are especially NOT informed about what exactly is the Church of Unitology and why does it considers "The Markers" (it seems there is more than one) as such holy items. But fully understanding those things is not absolutely necessary, as the film quickly focuses on the fate of USG Ishimura and her crew. Alissa Vincent and her security team are the main heroes of the film.
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