Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
For those of you who are into videogames, the delay of Final Fantasy XV from months earlier to late November was the instigation of much concern in the gaming community back in 2016. The game had been anticipated for quite some time and it was heavily disheartening to have to wait for several more months to get my PS4 into a non-stop state of use for the next 6 months. However, the powers that be decided to make a prequel film to the game, much like how Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was made some 10 or so years back. Hardcore fans of the games many not find the movie as engaging and exciting stories told within the very complex game world, but it makes for a fun little animated adventure companion material (much like the Sony animated Resident Evil films do. The movie goes on a bit too long at times, but still carries more than enough popcorn entertainment to be enjoyable.
The Kingdom of Lucis was once a great kingdom, but years ago the Empire of Niflheim strove to take the divine crystal (the heart of the Lucis’ power) and drove the once powerful kingdom back in near defeat. Using the giant crystal, King Regis (Sean Bean) raised a great magical wall around the city of Insomnia, effectively halting the advance of the Niflheim’s technologically advanced war machine. Still, the war has raged for 12 years, with the Lucis Kingdom refusing to give an inch, but suffering great casualties along the way. Now the war is about to be over as the Niflheim Emperor has sent over an envoy with a treaty of peace. If they will accept marriage between the capture princess Lunafreya (Lena Headey) and the son of the king, there will be peace. Well, that and granting the land around Insomnia back to the Niflheim Empire, giving all of the people inside over to another lord.
As with many medieval style treaties, there is to be no peace. The Emperor has set a trap for Regis, and the city of Insomnia is about to be attacked in a way that was though impossible up to this point. The Kingsglaive (a special group of special troops who feed off of the magical power that King Regis provides) has betrayed the city and only one of their own, Nyx Ulric (voiced by “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul) has the will and the way to save the city and his friends from ultimate annihilation.
The problem with the movie stems from the fact that it’s TOO dense. The movie tries so very hard to stuff in backstory and plot devices for the game world and just ends up feeling overstuffed and under developed because there is not enough time to adequately flesh out the material needed to bring everyone up to date. Characters feel under developed being that you know so little about their backstory, and the movie seems to act like the casual viewer should know exactly who these characters are and what their motivations are. It’s a curse of having only 2 hours to tell 5 or 6 hours’ worth of material that should have been included to be as impactful as it could. The history of Lucis is easily told, but Nyx, the Niflheim general, the dark wall, it all wreaks of information that is known in the game world through expository telling, but just assumed to be the status quo in the movie. It’s a fun bit of entertainment, but one that feels like too much information and plot devices were included without the proper steps taken to keep the audience up to date which makes it a little less enjoyable.
Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and action throughout
4K Video: Video:
• To Capture the Kingsglaive: The Process
• Fit for the Kingsglaive: Building the World
• Emotive Music: Scoring The Kingsglaive
The Ten Commandments is one of the best biblical epics out there, and still a classic to this day. The new 4K UHD encoding of the stunning 2011 master is nothing short of breathtaking and WELL worth the cost up upgrade for those with 4K equipment. My only quibble with the set is the lack of extras from the 2011 release. The 4K disc is a standalone, but it includes discs 1 and 2 of the 2011 release with it's extras, but forgoes the 3rd disc with the extra supplements as well as the supplementary1923 film. So for fans of those you'll want to keep your old Blu-ray sets around for the legacy features. But for the main feature alone, you really can't do much better than this. Definite recommendation.
Starring: Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, Sean Bean
Directed by: Takeshi Nozue
Written by: Takashi Hasegawa
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French DTS-HD MA 5.1, German DTS-HD MA 5.1, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portugese, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin American), Thai DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Runtime: 116 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: March 30th, 2021
Recommendation: Fun Watch