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Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva

4.4 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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Professor Layton, true English gentleman and the world’s greatest amateur super sleuth, embarks on his most daring adventure yet when he receives a letter from his old student, the famous opera diva Janice Quatlane. She is to perform at the legendary Crown Petone Opera House and invites him to attend as her special guest. Meanwhile, a spate of disappearances hits London. Two young school girls are the latest victims, and the Professor suspects it’s related to the mysterious occurrences at the theatre. The Professor and his loyal assistant Luke travel to the Opera House to solve their toughest puzzle yet, the mystery of Eternal Life!

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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (sometimes called Professor Layton: The First Movie, 2009) is the first feature based on the popular series of mystery games for the Nintendo DS, which has also been adapted to manga and novelizations. The story unfolds in a prolonged flashback, after the events in the fourth game, "Professor Layton and the Last Specter" (2009). The adept but understated Layton is an archeologist, puzzle-solver, and British gentlemen; Luke, his self-declared "No. 1 apprentice," serves as narrator. A message from Janice, a former student of Layton's who has become a celebrated singer, summons the Professor and Luke to the opening night of a new opera. But the musical premiere turns into an elaborate series of puzzles that an unseen perpetrator plays, and for very high stakes. The characters are drawn in a simple style that recalls the work of Osamu Tezuka, but the elaborate CG backgrounds clash with the minimal characters (as they did in the film of Tezuka's Metropolis in 2001). Given the popularity of the games--which have sold over 7 million copies--sequels will probably follow. This engaging and agreeable mystery-adventure will appeal to children who enjoy Famous Detective Holmes and Case Closed. (Not rated: suitable for ages 6 and older: cartoon violence, minor alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GP7F20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Evan Ahrendsen on October 4, 2011
Format: DVD
This is a great movie. Professor Layton, from the eponymous puzzle games for the DS and 3DS, stars in this lovely animated film that really makes me wish whoever made this would make ALL video game movies. Yes, that's right. This is a video game movie that DOESN'T SUCK. In fact, it's fantastic!
The best part of the Professor Layton games are, no doubt, its lavishly animated cutscenes and its gorgeous European-influenced visual style. This movie is the epitome of that. While the puzzles they added were integrated cleverly, they're no match for the genius puzzles of the games. However, that's not the point. This is a movie that will leave you grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole thing, and even a while afterwards. Its production value isn't quite up to the level of Studio Ghibli's famous films, but its charming enough thta you won't care.
The English dub isn't horrible, either! Anime fans know quite a bit about the horrors of dubbing, and let me assure you that this does not fall into that territory. The English dub features the same voices as the video games, and the voice actors show their chops here. There's some solid voice acting in this, which should make fans happy.
If you're a fan of Layton or even mysteries in general, you'll want this movie. Spread it around, tell your friends about it! Send a copy to whoever made the horrible Super Mario Bros movie to show them how it's really done!
This is not only a great video game movie, it's a great moive all around. 9 out of 10.
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Rarely are the words "video game" and "movie" put together in the same sentence positively. Whether it's because of creative differences, unintersested studios, lack of funding, or other problems, films based on video games have seldom done well. Sure, movies like Prince of Persia and Mortal Kombat were valiant atempts, but we still have garbage like Super Mario Brothers and Alone in the Dark. This begs the question: Do good video game movies exist? Based on the bestselling Nintendo DS games by Level 5, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva dares to answer this question. Originally released as a theatrical film in Japan back in 2009, Eternal Diva has finally washed upon our shores as a direct-to-video release. Is it worth checking out? Or is this simply another doomed failure? Let's take a look at this carefully.

The Movie
If you're unfamilier with the Professor Layton series, here's a quick rundown. The Layton video games are basically puzzle games mixed with the adventure game genre. Each game combines a well-written story with hundreds of devious puzzles ranging from math problems to trick questions. How could any of this translate into a film? This is where the games' signature art style comes in. Throughout the games, are cut-scenes that feature beautiful art along with top-notch voice acting. Level 5 obviously saw potential in these cutscenes, so they greenlighted development of this film shortly after the release of the first two games. Unfortunatly, it would take two long years before the film arrived overseas from Japan.

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva stars a professor of archeology named Hershel Layton who is also a mild-mannered and quick-witted tea-loving gentleman.
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I was excited to hear about the Professor Layton film, being a fan of the series and all. As good as the film is, I still think I prefer my Layton fix in game form. Still, it was clever to tell a story and still use the puzzle element within the storytelling.
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Professor Layton is one of the most intriguing video game series available for the DS and 3DS game systems. The games themselves place a vast variety of challenging puzzles into a storyline full of mystery with frequent (and often surprising) twists. In short, the games manage to make you think while providing hours of entertainment. One might think it'd be hard to translate all these key concepts into a movie format, however this film manages to do just that.

I'll start by saying that P.A. Works, the animation studio responsible for the film, has become one of my favorite animation studios. They've produced a number of animated films and series and have the uncanny ability to change genres and animation styles to meet the needs of any of their animation projects. They've done comedy/action/drama series like "Angel Beats" and "Hanasaku Iroha" and have even done the Horror Genre that is so rare in animation with their series "Another". So it's no surprise that they manage to deliver a movie that plays to one of the Professor Layton franchise's key concepts: it makes you think while entertaining you.

While there is not direct interaction in a film as there would be in a game, the movie still tries to get the viewer involved by presenting evidence and plot twists that keep the viewer guessing. The visuals are very in tune to the Professor Layton series and provide a great backdrop for the mystery that is being unraveled over the course of the film. The music is great, and the english version's voice acting is amazingly well done (no surprise if you have played any of the Layton games). The film is great for any fan of the franchise, but it is equally enjoyable to those new to the series as there are no direct tie-ins to any of the storyline from the Professor Layton Games.
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