Halo Legends (DVD)
"Halo Legends" goes beyond the video game in this exciting, animated sci-fi epic from some of the world's leading Japanese animators. From the mysterious origins of the elite super-soldier known as Master Chief, to the advanced combat warriors known as Spartans and their rivalry with the renowned Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs), "Halo Legends" tells the story of humankind's battle against the alliance of alien races known as the Covenant. This saga delves into the Halo universe with seven exciting stories told in eight shorts, each presented in different, cutting-edge animation styles.]]>
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So glad this movie was produced in recent years... It incorporates all the elements of the XBOX games, including Halo Reach, which at the time of this release, had not itself been released. The movie producers must've had inside Bungee intel, because the look and feel of this movie definetly has aspects of Reach...
I guess the blu-ray version is better, yet i don't see how an animated movie could even be in high def? Maybe the backgrounds are better, and yes blu-ray comes in righteous 7.1 channel surround sound (when offerred)... Some minor issues with the contrast and ghosting (my TV is a brand new full HD Sharp), slight noise filter over the animated characters, probably due to too many pixels where there shouldn't be. Very cool movie though, made a Halo fan out of me where previously i was not! I went out and bought the whole video game series 1 week after originally watching this movie in May of 2011. I would have rather bought the special edition DVD version with 2 disc set instead; because the picture is probably going to be the same. :/
This great film provides a lot of insight into the Halo universe, and once u watch it, it is hard to forget. Truly original (i think) storytelling and approach in animation. Each short has it's own style, but all are entertaining, especially the full CGI final short, which showcases Master Chief and his crew doing their thing in marvelous spectacle, while trying to board a Covenant mother ship from one seat speeders in space! The final scene is worth getting the movie for.
Episode 1 & 2: Origins
Rating: 5 Stars
In the closing moments of Halo 3, Master Chief and Cortana find themselves alone on what remains of the ship "Forward Unto Dawn" with little hope of immediate rescue. Cortana begins a monologue that fills in thousand of years of history in the Halo Universe. One thing the "Origin" episodes do very well is answer several questions (even to long time halo fans) about the origins of the races and species of the universe, as well as details on the Forerunner/Flood War, UNSC/Insurrectionist War, and The Human/Covenant War. The art is very modern anime, vibrant color's (something i feel is important to Halo), and above average animation. A must watch though just for the story.
Episode 3: The Duel
Rating: 4 Stars
The Dual is the history, origin and legend of the Sangheili (Elite) title of Arbiter. The story takes place on "Sanghelios" the home world of the Arbiter. The "Covenant" is moving across space looking to rally various species to it's cause promising them great things in return (The Great Journey). Many of the Sangheili bend to the will of The Prophets and join the "Covenant" but the actions of the original Arbiter worry the Prophets, in return the Covenant hierarchy construct a plan to shame the title "Arbiter". While the art style is modern CG Animation, the studio used a filter to give it a water color look. While this was a decent approach and something different it seems too blurry at times all is not lost though as the story has a lot of emotion and one hell of a fight scene.
Episode 4: Homecoming
Rating: 4 Stars
First I can not dig to deep in this episode with out going in to spoilers. That being said Homecoming tells the story of the Spartan II solider Daisy-023. This is more a story of the origin of the Spartan II's and how some of the candidates felt and what happened to when the children where conscripted at a young age without their parents knowing. The story revolves around a small group of Spartan II's who wanted out of the program and the events that followed.
Episode 5: Odd One Out
Rating: 3 Stars
This being the only non-canon episode in Halo Legends, it tells the story of the Legendary Soldier - Spartan 1337 (leet speak for "Elite"). This comedic episode plays more to the tune of how absurdly powerful Spartans are depicted by "fanboys". The episode is at times comic genius to those familiar with anime such as Naruto and Dragonball Z. The Animation is average and the story is just fun and has a humorous cameo with Master Chief and Cortana. The three star rating is based on that it offers nothing to the set as a whole nor is it considered canon in the universe.
Episode 6: The Baby Sitter
Rating: 4 Stars
"The Babysitter" is about an small group of UNSC O.D.S.T. who are sent on a mission to eliminate a covenant threat and slow the progress of the alien armada. The O.D.S.T's including Dutch (From Halo 3: ODST) discover they have been assigned a new team member for this mission, which happens to be a Spartan II named Cal-141. The episodes real focus is on how the O.D.S.T. view Spartans before they understand them and how no matter the cost Spartan soldier will protect humanity at all cost. The art is modern anime (along the lines of Samurai Champloo / Cowboy Bebop) great color though darker tones to represent the emotion of the story and great dialog between the characters.
Episode 7: The Package
Rating: 5 Stars
This is the one everyone needs to see. The Covenant have intercepted a very important package to humanity and the UNSC decides to send Blue Team to recover it. Spartan II's John-117 (Master Chief), Frederic-104, and Kelly-087 (also including Solomon-069 and Arthur-079) use booster frames to storm through the Covenant armada in space to find the Flagship of the fleet. The episode is far to fun to spoil as you watch John-117 (Master Chief), Frederic-104, and Kelly-087 rush through waves of Covenant to secure the package. The art work is modern CG Animation in the same vein of recent "Appleseed" animated movies, the only complaint is they did not use the english voice actor Steve Downes (Master Chiefs voice actor since Halo: combat Evolved).
Overall the multiple story lines and animation types keeps the overall package fresh and it is a must for any Halo fan out there who wants a little more story and less action.
1. The voice overs are not bad, but you do have the option of listening to the voice in Japanese or English. Both are worth a listen.
2. "Odd One Out" is intended to be a parody of the Halo universe. I don't think some of you understood that and unfairly criticized it as something it wasn't.
3. ORIGINS is by far, my favorite part of this collection(actually two parts). Origins is the reason why this DVD will stay in my collection. Cortana's sweeping narration and the effective animation of Studio 4C was amazing. Part II was as much a story about humanity as it was Halo. Although I appreciate the hard work that was put into the other parts, I wish that they where more like these segments. Very impressive.
I'd recommend this DVD if you are looking for a light evening experience. Don't expect to be moved to tears or experience some sort of epiphany, but try and enjoy these episodes for what they are. Ya have some light comedy in there with "Odd One Out", unique animation with "The Duel", all around excellence with "origins", and a decent mix of action/lessons in morality in the rest of the episodes. Not bad, but not great. Make sure you get a good price.