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Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within

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Earth is a desolate wasteland in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Humanity has been decimated by an invasion of Phantoms, insubstantial aliens that extract and devour the spirits of living things. The few remaining humans have retreated to a handful of cities that are protected by massive bio-energy shields. The beautiful Dr. Aki Ross (voiced by Ming-Na) and her mentor Dr. Sid (Donald Sutherland) have discovered that the energy signatures of eight key Earth spirits can cancel out and destroy the Phantoms. With the help of Captain Edwards (Alec Baldwin) and his band of marines, they must scour the globe for the last two remaining spirits before General Hein (James Woods) manipulates the refugee government into attacking the aliens with an orbital laser that may also destroy the Earth.

Hironobu Sakaguchi's film is taken from the popular Final Fantasy video game franchise, which is particularly well suited to film adaptation with its series of original stories, but the movie features entirely new characters and settings. And like Toy Story and Shrek, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is completely computer generated. Unlike those cartoon comedies, though, The Spirits Within is a serious science fiction drama with astonishingly human digital actors. Aki, the female lead, appeared in a full-page spread in Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list--and was indistinguishable from the real-life models. The setting and conflict make for incredible action, but it's the larger issues, character interaction, and human elements that really make the movie shine. The Spirits Within is not simply a science fiction movie, in the same way that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is not simply a kung fu flick. The result is a fantastic summer movie with better action and more emotion than Pearl Harbor, and actors more lifelike than those in that other video game movie, Tomb Raider. --Mike Fehlauer

[edit] DVD Features

Disc One:

  • Production notes
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Feature-length commentary by co-director Motonori Sakakibara, sequence supervisor Hiroyuki Hayashida, sets & props lead artist Tatsuro Maruyama, and Phantom supervisor Takao Noguchi (in Japanese with English or French subtitles)
  • Feature-length commentary by animation director Andy Jones, editor Chris S. Capp, and 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
  • Interactive animated menus, featuring CGI introductions created by Square Pictures

Disc Two:

  • Original interactive documentary: "The Making of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within." Dig deeper and link out to information pods that spotlight: Final Fantasy Thriller music video, mini-movie: Aki's Dream, two face wraps (Aki, Dr. Sid), character morphs, matte art explorations, compositing builds
  • Multiple workshops including: seven in-depth character files, three vehicle scale comparisons (Bandit, Quatro, Black Boa), trailer explorations, sets and props
  • Final Fantasy Shuffler: Become the filmmaker by re-editing the council conference-room scene from the film. Complete the edit and play back your final cut.
  • DVD-ROM exclusive interactive film exploration: complete screenplay, virtual tour of Square Pictures, screensaver, Weblinks
  • Interactive animated menus


Ming-Na WenDoctor Aki Ross
Alec BaldwinCaptain Gray Edwards
Ving RhamesRyan
Steve BuscemiNeil
Peri GilpinJane
Donald SutherlandDr. Sid
James WoodsGeneral Hein
Keith DavidCouncil Member #1
Jean SimmonsCouncil Member #2
Matt McKenzieMajor Elliot
John DiMaggioBFW Soldier #1

Easter Eggs

Aki Picture Gallery
Load up disc 1 and go to DVD ROM CONTENT(this can be done without a pc). Ensure the yellow circle with the "back arrow" is selected and push up twice. This will reveal a "Chinese" style symbol. Press Enter or Select for a picture gallery of Aki.

Deep Eyes storyboard
Insert disc 2 into your machine and wait for the intro to play through.
Select and open the ‘highlights menu’.
Select and open option three ‘Character Files’.
The file of Aki will be highlighted by default.
Press <down> to highlight the ‘return’ icon. press <right>, then press <left>.
A blue symbol should now appear.
Press <enter>.
You will be treated to a 30 second storyboard of Deep Eyes in action.

On the bonus disc, select the Highlights options. When the new set of titles load, go to the second page. Now go to the bottom of the screen where the Up arrow and the back arrow are. Press the right arrow button on the remote to select the little blue box in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and press enter/select. You will now see a remake of Jakos thriller music video!

Miscellaneous Vehicles
Load DISC TWO of the Special Edition DVD, access the DVD menu and choose 'Highlights Menu', then 'Vehicle Comparison'.
On this screen, highlight the exit arrow button (bottom left) and move right twice.
This will highlight an star emblem/badge that takes you to a special montage of miscellaneous vehicles that were included in the movie, either visible in the background, or used as a secondary prop (or possibly even left out of the final cut.)

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(I'll just say here, go to my completion list. I don't buy films, just watch them on TV/online/etc) Comment: IT'S NOT FINAL FANTASY.... FinalFantasyTheSpiritsWithin
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Well, it must first be noted I am a huge fan of the FF series. So when it was...

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I mean Good Lord! How badly did Square want you to fall asleep through this turd?...

  • Ratings
  • North America: PG-13
  • Europe: PG
  • Australia: M
  • Theatrical Release
  • North America: Jul 11, 2001
  • Europe: Aug 3, 2001
  • Japan: Sep 15, 2001
  • Australia: Jul 26, 2001
  • DVD Release
  • North America: Aug 27, 2002
  • Europe: Aug 27, 2002
  • Japan: Aug 27, 2002
  • Australia: Aug 27, 2002
  • Blu-ray Release
  • North America: Aug 7, 2007
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