FINAL FANTASY: The Spirits Within has arrived on 4K Ultra HD, Bluray and Digital from director Hironobu Sakaguchi and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Earth is invaded by aliens called Phantoms who kill the Gaia spirit of those who live because of an infection. Now cities must be protected by barriers to prevent ghosts from entering. Unexpectedly, Dr Aki Ross (Ming-Na) has been infected along with Dr Sid (Donald Sutherland) and they are working to find a way to get rid of him.
By bringing together eight spirits, they can obtain energy models of life forms. Searching for these spirits, Aki is in New York and must be rescued by Captain Edwards (Alec Baldwin). With his Deep Eyes squad including Whittaker (Ving Rhames), Fleming (Steve Buscemi) and Corporal Proudfoot (Peri Gilpin), they all return to their barrier city.
Having to meet General Hein (James Woods), they learn that he wants to use the Zeus to eliminate the ghosts. Dr. Sid protests knowing that it is possible that Earth Gaia is in danger. Saving time, Aki tells everyone that she has been infected and that only spirits are keeping her alive, but Hein thinks she is under the control of the Ghosts.
Using his powers of persuasion, Hein manages to open the barrier and, of course, the ghosts pour in, but not before he escapes, leaving the others to fight. On board the space station, Hein does the one thing that destroys and puts the Phantom Gaia in the open. What he never counted on was the contact between the Phantoms and Aki and the potential to help everyone.
Ming-Na as Aki lends her voice to a very strong character who quickly sees what she is up against. Wanting to help everyone, she must face the dangerous few who think no one will stop them. Sutherland as Sid gives support to Aki and makes known the dangers of using the cannon in such a delicate climate. Hearing such a memorable voice is fantastic in this animated film.
Baldwin, Rhames, Buscemi, and Gilpin are the Deep Eyes Squad, and they’re not afraid to go to the deep. Ghosts don’t make life easy for them, but they do, take on tough jobs while trying to stop those in power from making it harder.
Woods as Hein gets as mean as he wants with the power to make their lives difficult because of what he wanted to do. Aiming at the Zeus cannon is his power play, and he will do whatever it takes to play his game. Woods makes a good villain too!
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Special Bluray features include Two feature films with commentary, co-director Moto Sakakibara, sequence supervisor Hiroyuki Hayashida, main set and prop artist Tatsuro Maruyama, ghost supervisor Takao Noguchi, animation director Andy Jones, editor Christopher Capp, and Director Tani Kunitake.
Joke Outtakes, Matte Art Explorations, Original Overture, The Gray Project, Interactive Documentary: The Making of Final Fantasy, Theatrical Trailer and
Stemming from a 1987 role-playing video game, the Final Fantasy franchise has gone through such technological transformations and incarnations. I remember my sons getting very excited every time something new was added and I got more involved seeing the first animated film.
Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, it is an amazing mix of fantasy, science and uses different mythologies to create the worlds. Starting with Nintendo, then on Playstation and Xbox, Square Enix expanded to CGI with movies. There are also maps, novels, and manga to fuel the love of Final Fantasy.
FINAL FANTASY: The Spirit Within is a mind-blowing film with its concept and animation that gives the story a richness that fans will love. What brings it all together are the vocal talents of Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin, James Woods and Donald Sutherland. It’s important to bring such a rich history to life.
FINAL FANTASY: The Spirit Within offers fans one hundred and six minutes of high-intensity, mind-blowing CGI. Gather together and get ready to see how saving Earth is done!
Ultimately, they are on a mission to save Earth!