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on May 3, 2012
I have to say, when I saw the movie announced I was excited. When I saw it, I had mixed feelings about it at first. As the movie progressed though, it pulled me in and kept me until the very end of the movie credits.

First, you'll notice that the animation style has changed a bit. Let me give you my hypothesis on this. There is so much going on during this movie, action-wise, they had to use a more fluid animation style. That being said, the backdrops are beautiful and it portrays the Fullmetal world perfectly. The characters don't look any different, just the action scenes in the movie, I found, phenomenal.

Second, a warning to parents. This movie is pretty violent. The action in the movie is truly intense. (PG-13-R in some cases). There are fight and chase scenes that you'd expect from FMA, but much more drawn out.

Third, the story is hard to get into... at first. The movie has nothing to do with Brotherhood, it's just in that universe. It's about a brother and sister that get taken away from their home, Milos, into what seems to be a better life. Their parents are skilled Alchemists that are removed from Milos for research. The brother, Ashley, studies his parents Alchemic books and has an understanding of Alchemy... even the taboo. One night, Ashley and his sister, Julia, find that their parents have been attacked. The boy is murdered, and the girl faints at the sight of the murders of Ashley and her parents. Years later, in Amestris, Ed and Al begin hunting down an escapee from a prison who can use an unusual form of Alchemy. As eye witnesses, they are instructed to set off to Creta, a country not far from Amestria, to pursue him. In Creta, they see a beaten people... the Milonians searching for what is called a Sanguine Stone. And there they also find Julia. Prepare for the mystery behind The Sacred Star of Milos.
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on May 2, 2012
I consider both Fullmetal Alchemist series to be the greatest anime of all time, so obviously I was very excited to hear of this movie. If you have seen any of the side story Bleach, Naruto, or even Pokemon movies, you should know what to expect. Your standard main characters go to a new town, meet some new characters and beat the bad guy story.

The story was very solid, although the first half was a little boring but it really picked up with twists and lots of action in the second half.What disappointed me was that this movie was missing the humor that Fullmetal Alchemist was known for. Yes we have seen the short jokes and cat-filled Alphonses before, but I would have enjoyed it for nostalgia and fan-services sake. It just felt like it really didnt focus enough on Ed and Al, which annoys me with these side story movies, because lets face it, thats why we are watching. I know they have two entire series and a movie dedicated to the brothers, but still I didnt watch it for the new throwaway characters. Overall though, very good.

The new art style is a mixed bag for me. They were clearly going for a mix of the series with a Ghibli-esque, very rounded, look. I enjoyed this for the most part. It was something new and different and looks awesome on blu-ray. It was still a shock to the system at some times, and background characters often looked horrible.

The animation itself was awesome. The music was pretty good too.

The dvd was 2 discs and the bluray 1 disc. The extras include u.s. cast commentary, and some funny history lessons from Roy Mustang, which unfortunately Funimation didnt decide to dub.

Overall good, but not the epic FMA I had hoped for.
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on October 12, 2016
Strong standalone entry in the FMA mythos sees Ed and Alphonse head west as different factions of a country stuck in the middle attempt to create a Philosopher's Stone to rule their world. Nice CG and a pleasing jagged sort of smooth animation.
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on September 1, 2012
when i first saw this movie i dint quite fully understand it but once you reach the end and you realize the plot twist you see it with different eyes because you realize whats going on towards the end of it and its just a great movie over all and it has the entire movie on commentary by the U.S. dub actors and its absolutely great specially towards the end when the actor the voice of ED speaks of how this series has affected his and fans life's and its truly moving.

there is also "the making of the movie" which is the creators of the series which is Japanese creators with English sub which is good but I'm not really one to be reading the entire time because they speak fast so you have to read the subbing quite fast which is a hastle but you do learn a lot from there cometary.

oh and by the way this movie has a great plot twist which i did not see coming also the characters do look a bit different but in a good way its a bit refreshing the big difference i noted is the characters eyes

ONE last thing which is very important if you have not seen the entire series yet in the commentary there are spoilers but not something that will ruin the ending for you just somethings that you would rather not know if you have finished watching the series.

if your a true fan of FMAB this is a great addition and i would say a must buy.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: The Sacred Star of Milos Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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on May 1, 2012
Sacred Star of Milos provides an interesting side story in the FMA universe. Taking place sometime after Ed and Al have discovered the true nature of the Philosopher's Stone.

While little in the movie implies that it must be fixed in either the original series' plot-line or that of the Brotherhood series, the spirit and tenor of the film is much more that of the original. The themes are mature, the violence more brutal and the general feel more intense than Brotherhood. FMA fans that preferred Brotherhood to the original may find Milos a little intense and graphic. Fans of both series will likely like the movie.

While I have read numerous critiques of shortfalls in the art and production, it didn't ultimately take away from the experience for me. In many ways, Sacred Star is one of the better attempts at a stand alone movie from a famous series. These are hard to make well (i.e. in a way that doesn't seem trite or contradict aspects of the original series) and Sacred Star doesn't mess this up.

I was honestly a little disappointed in how little the regular stable of characters figured in. Winry, Riza, Mustang and Armstrong all appear, but none of them play significant roles.

But ultimately this is a fun watch. Lots of action and good alchemy. Definitely recommend it to fans of the franchise.
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on July 29, 2014
I am a HUGE Fullmetal Alchemist fan. I've read manga, watched both TV series, and own all of them.

This movie came out after new TV series.

Like all the other Anime movie, it's sub-story. I can't tell exact time frame with TV series, but it's brand new story from original storyline.

The reason I leave 4 star is about story. I don't want to spoil the story, but the main theme of this movie is kinda old for FMA fan. and length of movie is reasonable but little short. for story wide, I think it's about right length, but they can put some more detail. Story itself is old but good assembled.

I hoped it is like first movie which is after story from new TV series (Brotherhood).
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on August 15, 2012
Fullmetal Alchemist- The Sacred Star of Milos was kinda of uneven throughout its run and it truly did not start to get really interesting until the one hour mark BUT it does have its moments of greatness when voice acting,fluid animation and music all come together flawlessly to create quite a few very memorable scenes that will stay embedded in your mind for sometime.The most noteworthy vocal performances that stood out in the English dub are from Matthew Mercer,Vic Mignogna,Alexis Tipton and Patrick Seitz..all of them were excellent but particularly Matthew Mercer who truly shined in the last part of the film.I enjoyed the film for what it is a side story film to an already accomplished and finished franchise..it was a little to long but well worth my time in the end..highly recommend.
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on October 27, 2017
One of the best anime series ever...a must have for any anime collection
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on February 22, 2016
good movie that is a nice stand alone movie in the FMA:Brotherhood story line. it fits in during more of the first half of the series so at least get past episode 18 or 20 before checking this out
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on March 23, 2017
Good stuff
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