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Product CDR31971
Region 2
Ratio 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Sound Dolby Digital (5.1)
Extras 3D Interactive Documentary with Linkouts; Documentary - The Making Of Final Fantasy; Hironobu Sakaguchi

Reviewed by Deckard

Due to the film being created digitally and having a digital transfer, this is as good a print as you'll get. With a ratio of 1.85:1, it is a great format for a film which relies so much on visuals.

There are two versions available in different packaging, the first is standard and the second has been presented very nicely in a clear plastic overlay slip case with the illustration on the front and the main casing in a silver card gatefold which helps to give the cover a 3D effect.

The interactive menu is superb, treated as though it is a walk onto the set, as the CGI characters interact with the filmmakers after a key part of the film has been shot.

A 30 minute documentary also features on the disc covering 'The Making of Final Fantasy' and 'Hironobu Sakaguchi's Spiritual Vision. The 'Technology of Square Pictures' shows us the groundbreaking methods. The 'World of Final Fantasy' with an additional 60 minutes of link outs to 17 information pods includes Face Wraps, Concepts, Pre-concept Art, Sets & Props and Compositing Demos, all of which add more to the DVDs interaction and information on the methods used behind these ground-breaking techniques.

Another edition to the DVD is the Final Fantasy 'Shuffler', where you can become the filmmaker by re-editing a pivotal scene from the film. Complete the edit and play back your final cut.

Further featurettes include 'The Gray Project', which was the prototype for the film. Matte Art Explorations, Compositing Builds and Boards and Blasts are among the other featurettes which again adds to the endless amount of detail.

The Joke Outtakes, although funny in places, are usually pre-rendered and I personally found the Thriller Music Video rendition funnier and a nice little touch.

Aki's Dream is the mini movie on the disc and is simply all the dream sequences throughout the film edited together. There is also an Alternative Opening Sequence, which was dropped, the obvious reason being the animation wasn't up to scratch and didn't work as well.

Among the other extras on the disc are seven in-depth character files and three vehicle scale comparisons of the Bandit, Quatro and the Black Boa which will be of interest to anyone interested in both the back stories and hardware.

The DVD Rom features include an Interactive Film Exploration, a virtual tour of Square Pictures, screen savers and a complete draft of the screenplay - the weaker part of the film.

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