Experience Aki Ross’ epic adventure in new clarity in the recently announced 4K UHD remaster of Final Fantasy’s original big-budget theatrical release.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within gets a deluxe reissue on UHD Blu-ray with an all-new 4K remaster with HDR10 color depth and Dolby Atmos sound.
The spirits inside was one of the most expensive movies ever made when it was first premiered over twenty years ago in 2001, and now Final Fantasy fans can see its CG splendor in new clarity in 4K ultra-HD. In addition to the new 4K edition of the film, the UHD Blu-ray will also contain two feature film commentary tracks, an interactive behind-the-scenes documentary, theatrical trailers and more. The new version of Sony Pictures will present a preview of Project Gray, which was one of the CG tests created by Square before the production of the final film. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within on 4K UHD Blu-ray will be released on November 16.
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was led by Final fantasy designer Hironobu Sakaguchi and stars Mulan and Shield Agents‘s Ming-Na Wen as Dr. Aki Ross, a scientist who tries to save what is left of humanity from the deadly, ghostly alien race known as the Phantoms. The film also features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Steve Buschemi, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin and James Woods.
While most critics weren’t kind to Sakaguchi’s theatrical debut, the film was praised by the late film critic Roger Ebert, who praised his technical accomplishments while still acknowledging its narrative shortcomings. Spirits Within performed poorly at the box office, and its failure to generate a profit during its theatrical release ultimately led to the closure of Square Soft’s short-lived film production studio in Hawaii and the eventual departure of Sakaguchi from the company. . Square Soft finally merged with the former Japanese video game company Enix in 2003 to form Square Enix. While the film’s initial reception was cold, the film has found a small but dedicated cult who appreciates its aesthetics and themes.
Square would end up giving Final fantasy films another shot in 2005 with the release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, a direct-to-DVD CG film that serves as a direct sequel to one of the most popular entries in the long-running RPG franchise. Advent children received a much warmer reception from fans of the series, and the team at Final Fantasy once again produced another CG movie, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Kingsglaive tells a side story set in the same world as Final Fantasy XV, and was included in some of the game’s Collector’s Edition packs.
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