Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa
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Munich, Germany, 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric was dragged from his own world to ours, leaving behind his country, his friends and his younger brother, Alphonse. Stripped of his alchemical powers, he has been all this time researching rocketry together with Alphonse Heiderich, a young man who resembles his own brother, hoping to one day find a way back home. His efforts so far had proven fruitless, but after lending a hand to a troubled gipsy girl, Edward is thrown in a series of events that can wreak havoc in both worlds. Meanwhile, at his own world, Alphonse Elric ventures deeper into the mysteries of alchemy in search for a way to reunite with his older brother.
The Fullmetal Alchemist theatrical feature, The Conqueror of Shamballa, takes place two years after the last episode of the popular broadcast series. Edward Elric has been transported to Earth and is living in Weimar-era Munich with Alphonse Heiderich, a young engineer who reminds him of Al. This Alphonse is working for the Thule Society, a group of Aryan fanatics who hope to cross dimensions to the world they call Shambala and acquire weapons that will ensure a German victory in the next war. Back in the world where the broadcast series took place, a restored Alphonse Elric searches for a way to bring Ed back. A combination of science and alchemy finally reunites the brothers--with unexpected consequences. Although the film is an exciting adventure that includes many of the familiar characters, viewers who haven't watched the TV series may have trouble sorting out who's who and what's where. Sadly, The Conqueror of Shamballa marks the end of director Seiji Mizushima's and screenwriter Shou Aikawa's work with the Elric brothers: together, they preserved the essence of Hiromu Arakawa's winning characters while adapting them to a new medium. Arakawa is continuing the manga, so fans may one day see further animated adventures of Ed and Al.(Rated PG: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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The film's been out for over a decade so I'll skip the summary and get to what everyone wants to know, what is the difference between this new release and the previous English blu-ray? *drumroll*
Its the cover and the reverse side of the cover. Thats it, nothing else just the artwork. The extras are the same, the runtimes are the same, hell the back is basically the same images/summary. Everything is the same and there is no new special content here. This is essentially the same release Japan got in 2014 minus the redesigned guide book that we already got in its original form with the special edition DVD in 2006. Photos included as proof.
So unless you're like me and must have every single English release of the movie then you don't need this version. If you're a crazy completionist/collector or just like giving Funi money then go get this one too.
In the end, I totally recommend this collectible to all Fullmetal Alchemist fans- personally, I'll treasure it as a reminder of a story that touched my heart.
The only downside is that the animation was weak at times, showing detail that was sometimes inferior to the series. If you watch the extras, you find out the team was almost always behind schedule and rushed a lot of the film in the last couple months.
If you're a fan of FMA, this is a must-watch! If not, then I doubt this movie will be AS enjoyable.
The movie only added to that.
There were several parts in the show that made me wonder about what happened to certain characters, like Wrath and Gluttony, and the movie did give closure to those characters, even if what happened was rather tragic at times. Conqueror of Shamballa also tells what happens to Izumi Curtis in the end, something the novels neglected to do. The return of Roy Mustang and his "There's only room for one!" line had me silently cheering. And Alphonse! As a gigantic Alphonse Elric fan, I found myself loving the character more with everything he did in the movie. Along with the old characters, there are new characters introduced into the story who only add to it, such as Noah and Alfons Heiderich.
However, there were a few things that bothered me about this movie. There were two parts in it that actually made me sick to my stomach (other reviews and such have talked about this, but there were extreme amounts of blood in this movie...and I'm normally not squeamish at all), and the ending itself bothered me a bit. As much as I agree with Edward and the decision he made, it still made me rather sad, and for those who don't catch its meaning right away, there's a bit of a "fridge-horror effect" involved.
Overall, it was a nice conclusion to the show.
Best . But still worth seeing this movie to know what happens to Edward at the end of episode 51.