CTHV Press Release: FINAL FANTASY

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    "It raises the bar for computer-generated imagery, then leaps over it."
    JAY CARR, BOSTON GLOBE
    "...a visual marvel..."
    MIKE CLARK, USA TODAY
    "Two Big Thumbs Up!"
    EBERT & ROEPER AND THE MOVIES
    FINAL FANTASY
    THE SPIRITS WITHIN
    Debuts on DVD & VHS October 23rd
    from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
    Ground-Breaking Sci-Fi Film's DVD
    Is Double-Disc Special Edition Loaded with Extras,
    Including Unique Interactive Features
    * Cutting-Edge Sci-Fi Action Film Made Cinema History With The First-
    Ever Cast Of Photo-Realistic, Computer-Generated Characters
    * Directed By Hironobu Sakaguchi, Visionary "Final Fantasy"
    Game Series Creator
    * Visual Feast Of Motion, Design And Imagination With All-New,
    hyperReal Characters Voiced By Alec Baldwin (Pearl Harbor), Steve
    Buscemi (Armageddon), Peri Gilpin (TV's Frasier), Ming-Na (TV's ER),
    Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Donald Sutherland (Space
    Cowboys) and James Woods (The General's Daughter).
    SPECIAL DVD FEATURES
    DISC ONE
    * Two feature-length commentaries:
    * Co-director (Motonori Sakakibara), sequence supervisor (Hiroyuki
    Hayashida), sets & props lead artist (Tatsuro Maruyama), Phantom
    supervisor (Takao Noguchi)
    * Animation director (Andy Jones), editor (Chris S. Capp), staging
    director (Tani Kunitake)
    * Isolated score with commentary by composer Elliot Goldenthal
    * Storyboard/Playblast selects of the film with optional filmmaker
    commentary or subtitled factoids
    * Theatrical trailers
    * Interactive animated menus, featuring CGI introductions created by
    Square Pictures
    * Scene selections with motion images
    * Production notes
    DISC TWO:
    * Original interactive documentary - The Making of Final Fantasy:
    The Spirits Within. Dig deeper and link-out to information pods which
    spotlight:
    * Final Fantasy Thriller Music Video
    * Alternate opening sequence
    * Mini-movie: Aki's Dream
    * Trailer exploration
    * Multiple workshops including:
    * Seven in-depth character files
    * Three vehicle scale comparisons (Bandit, Quatro, Black Boa)
    * Two face wraps (Aki, Dr. Sid)
    * Character morphs
    * Compositing builds
    * Matte art exploration
    * Sets and props
    * Final Fantasy Shuffler: Become the filmmaker by re-editing a pivotal
    scene from the film. Complete the edit and play back your final cut.
    * Interactive animated menus
    * DVD-ROM exclusive interactive film exploration
    * Includes complete screenplay
    * Virtual tour of Square Pictures
    * Screensaver
    * Weblinks
    THE NEWS
    Culver City, CA (8/13/01) -- On October 23, 2001, Columbia TriStar
    Home Entertainment will release the ground-breaking animated action-
    adventure hit FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN in a double-disc
    Special Edition DVD, as well as on VHS.
    FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN emerges from its highly
    successful interactive game roots to deliver the next step in the
    evolution
    of motion pictures. A fresh, provocative take on the sci-fi genre, the
    film
    blends the eternal conflict of humans versus nature with the energy of
    the digital gaming medium and the scope of the motion picture
    environment. Hironobu Sakaguchi has seamlessly combined dazzling
    computer graphics technology with the art of motion pictures to create
    an
    exciting new form of entertainment. With the DVD release of FINAL
    FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN, viewers will be able to experience a
    visual feast of concept, motion, design and imagination with all-new,
    hyperReal characters as they embark on a mind-bending adventure.
    FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN takes place in the year 2065.
    Earth is under siege. A meteor has crashed onto the planet, unleashing
    millions of alien creatures who roam the land, threatening to extinguish
    life itself. The survivors have retreated to "barrier cities" built to
    shield
    their citizens from the marauding invaders. but time is running out.
    Yet
    the spirit of humankind is resilient and embodied in the brilliant and
    beautiful Dr. Aki Ross (Ming-Na), Earth's last hope for defeating the
    alien
    predators. With the guidance of her scientific mentor Dr. Sid (Donald
    Sutherland) and the Deep Eyes Military Squadron led by the courageous
    Capt. Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin), Aki races to save both the planet
    and herself.
    Hironobu Sakaguchi directs from an original screenplay written by Al
    Reinert and Jeff Vintar. Original story by Hironobu Sakaguchi.
    Motonori
    Sakakibara co-directs. Hironobu Sakaguchi, Jun Aida and Chris Lee are
    producers. The film's creative team includes animation director Andy
    Jones, staging director Tani Kunitake and composer Elliot Goldenthal.
    Square Co., Ltd. (http://www.playonline.com), the leading developer and
    publisher of home video games, developed the original FINAL
    FANTASYr game series, which has sold more than 35 million units to
    date. Zuma Digital (www.zumadigital.com), the innovative media design
    and development studio, worked with Square and Columbia TriStar
    Home Entertainment to develop and produce the added-value content
    and visual design for the DVD of FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS
    WITHIN.
    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE) is a Sony Pictures
    Entertainment Company, a division of Sony Corporation of America
    (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global
    operations encompass motion picture production
    and distribution, television production and distribution, worldwide
    channel
    investments, home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation
    of studio facilities, development of new entertainment products,
    services
    and technologies, and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67
    countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide
    Web http://www.spe.sony.com. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is
    located at http://www.cthe.com.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    DVD SPECIFICATIONS
    - Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
    - 1.85:1 Widescreen Film Presentation (enhanced for 16x9 TVs)
    - Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) and Dolby Surround 2.0 (French)
    - English and French subtitles
    - Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
    - Color
    - Closed-Captioned
    - 106 minutes
     
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    I'll definatly be buying this, as I thought it was a pretty decent movie. I just hope Columbia doesn't release a Superbits DTS version, since I'm buying this on release date! [​IMG]
    Why do I have a feeling they just might? [​IMG]
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    [​IMG] This is the best movie I've seen so far this summer. If Columbia does release a Superbits version, I'll still buy this one just for the Thriller music video. [​IMG]
    ~T
     
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    MMmmm, looks ultra-nice!
    I'll buy this asap, I just love CGI animation!
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    This is a must buy for me. I have watched the preview on the Charlie's Angels DVD about 100 times now.
    Isolated Score!!! Excellent!
    Does anyone know if they are doing a direct Digital Master -> DVD transfer of this movie, ala Toy Story? It seems like a no-brainer to do it that way, but I didn't see it mentioned anywhere.
    Damn, October is going to be brutal on the wallet!
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    With this and Shrek coming out a few weeks later its going to be a CGI fest at my place! This really looks like a superb package complimenting what I consider to be one of the few good movies of 2001.
     

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