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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 1 [Blu-ray]

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood faithfully recreates the story from the classic manga - see Fullmetal Alchemist the way the creator intended!

Edward and Alphonse Elric s reckless disregard for alchemy s fundamental laws ripped half of Ed s limbs from his body and left Al s soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher s Stone: a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.

The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is eager to harness the artifact s power. So too are the strange Homunculi and their shadowy creator. The mythical Stone lures exotic alchemists from distant kingdoms, scarring some deeply enough to inspire murder. As the Elrics find their course altered by these enemies and allies, their purpose remains unchanged and their bond unbreakable.


As the television adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's manga Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) remains one of the best and best-loved series of the last decade, it's surprising Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is not a continuation of the characters' adventures, but a remake. Young Alphonse and Edward Elric delved into forbidden knowledge when they tried to use alchemy to bring their mother back from the dead. They paid a terrible price under the principle of "equivalent exchange". Al was reduced to a disembodied soul bonded to a suit of armor; Ed lost an arm and a leg but has been fitted with the mechanical prostheses that earn him the title "Fullmetal". The brothers wander through a world that resembles late-19th-century Europe, seeking the legendary Philosopher's Stone, which they believe can restore their bodies. Although the series has been expanded to 63 episodes from the original 51, many of the subplots have been trimmed or eliminated to keep the focus on the Elric brothers. Their encounters with Cornello, the corrupt priest in Liore, and the murderous guardians of the sinister Fifth Laboratory are noticeably shorter. Yasuhiro Irie's direction is less dynamic than Seiji Mizushima's, but he has the advantage of stronger scripts that pack a lot of emotional punch. He balances that intensity with broader slapstick, using the simple, cartoony versions of the characters Arakawa draws in comic sequences. Almost the entire vocal cast reprise their roles, including Vic Mignogna as raspy-voiced, hot-tempered Edward. But Aaron Dismuke was cast as Al when he was only 11 and had to rush to complete the original series before his voice changed. His replacement, Maxey Whitehead, sounds too feminine for a 14-year-old boy. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will delight both fans of the original and new viewers with no knowledge of the Elrics' previous incarnation. (Rated TV PG: violence, grotesque imagery, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Fullmetal Alchemist, 2. The First Day, 3. City of Heresy, 4. An Alchemist's Anguish, 5. Rain of Sorrows, 6. Road of Hope, 7. Hidden Truth, 8. The Fifth Laboratory, 9. Created Feelings, 10. Separate Destinations, 11. Miracle in Rush Valley, 12. One Is All, All Is One, 13. Beasts of Dublith)

Special Features

1080p high definition (HD native)

Episode 1 Commentary

Episode 10 Commentary

Textless Songs


4 collectible postcards

Product Details

  • Actors: Vic Mignogna, Maxey Whitehead, J. Michael Tatum, Travis Willingham, Caitlin Glass
  • Directors: Caitlin Glass, Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Animated, Subtitled, Dubbed
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035LD7WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
While I was a huge fan of the original FMA anime, I'm going to have to out on a limb and say that this new series has,
insofar, provided more action, more character development, and more of almost everything else, than the first thirteen
of the 2004 series. There is (almost) no filler, and the plot moves along at a more satisfying clip than before.
The reason for this is that "Brotherhood" hews a lot closer to Hiromu Arakawa's original manga, and has a lot more
material to adapt than the first series. Those who were weary of the initial series' slow start need have no worries
with this new version.

The English voice acting is as amazing as ever, with the talented Vic Mignogna giving his all as tormented young
alchemist Edward Elric, the role which made him famous in the anime community. There are a few changes in casting,
the most noticeable being Maxey Whitehead taking on the role of Alphonse, Edward's bodiless younger brother, a
role original occupied by Aaron Dismuke (for those curious about that change: Dismuke's voice had matured too much
for him to be able to reprise the role; he does, however, play the part of Young Hohenhiem in "Brotherhood.")
Whitehead does a good job with the part, though, and diehard fans will get used to her voice after the first
episode or two.

The animation is top-notch, and looks especially good on the Blu-Ray release. The music is also phenomenal,
especially the excellent opening and ending themes by Yui and SiD, respectively. But really, would you expect
any less than great animation and music from the sequel to one of the most skillfully-animated and musically-interesting
anime of the past decade?
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The original series is over, done, ended. No more will we see anything from along that arc. That was how it was planned by both anime creator and manga creator. The manga author asked the anime people not to end the Fullmetal series the same as the manga, at least the first time around. However, in an act of appeasement to the Fullmetal Alchemist fans, the anime was recreated this time following the manga arc more closely.

In order to impress upon the audience that this isn't going to be a continuation of the first series, the first episode is completely original and occurs right before Ed and Al head off to Liore. After that it follows the manga with a few exceptions. Because certain parts of the manga were already done in the first series they decided to skip it if it weren't part of the main plot. The confrontation on the train and in the mining town is left out this time, though, hinted at later.

The episodes which are a rehash of what was reliably done in the first series, everything up to the Greed episode, comes across as rushed, getting only an episode per act instead of stretching it out. However, once we encounter Greed things slow down a bit, since this is all new material. People say this series is more lighthearted than the original but when you read the manga you find it's similarly lighthearted. As the plot rolls along, however, it does grow darker.
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To put it simply, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a masterpiece. I have watched many, many anime series, but very few can compete against this show's amazing production quality and high budget. Everything about the show is extremely polished and done very well. All of the characters are multi-dimensional, interesting, and unique in their own way. The world is filled with rich history and described very well that it gives the feeling that the world really exists and has existed well before the events in the show. The soundtrack perfectly fits the anime and is definitely rememberable. The work of the passionate creators shows and really sucks you in, and before you know it, you will be craving for more and more.

One thing that really impressed me was the choreography of the fights. I have been training in martial arts for a long time in many styles including Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kendo, Freestyle wrestling, and more. So, I enjoy watching (and sometimes scrutinizing) fight scenes. Typical Shonen Anime battles (like those of Dragonball Z, Naruto, and Bleach) show characters screaming and attacking with a colored background filled with speedlines followed by a big explosion or dust cloud. But not this show. Every fight is well choreographed and every punch, kick, strike, or explosion is shown with great form. Particularly, the swordsmanship that is shown in later episodes is remarkably well done.

Most Animes with such high budgets start out very well and slowly spiral downward in terms of production quality and refinement. However, in this series, it's just the oppisite. The show starts out with very high production quality and ends with near anime movie-like animation and sound.
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First, a recap. Six years ago, Fullmetal Alchemist was released in Japan, one year later, in America. I never thought anything of it until I finally caught an episode on Adult Swim. It interested me enough to warrant the purchase of the DVD's, and let me tell you, I fell in love. The tragic and heart-wrenching tale of two brothers who lost it all in a futile attempt to bring back a loved one from death. It was great anime, and more importantly, a great story, weaved perfectly into a complete package of action, drama, and true emotions. It started off with a bang, and ended... well, it could've been better. See: Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie - The Conqueror of Shamballa Fast forward 4 years, and the great people of Japan want to re-release FMA, but instead of the original story of the first series, it follows the manga. In other words, this is the way FMA was intended to be. Now, I do not own this, as it has not come out yet (obviously.) I have, however, watched the Japanese subtitled episodes of Brotherhood (up to episode 54, at the time that I wrote this,) and I do have to say, it tops the first series in every single aspect. The animation is more beautiful and fluid, the story is on a much grander, and epic scale than the first. The characters are more complicated (specially if you watched the first series,) and the action is on par with anime classics like Evangelion and Akira (and yes, I compared this to Evangelion AND Akira.) I will warn, however, that there are spots during this series that are harder to get by than others, in particular, the first 13 episodes, which feel like a recap of the first series. It might even seem like more of the same.Read more ›
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