Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Today’s major announcement comes from Columbia, who have revealed details of their two-disc edition of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which will be released on the 23rd of October at a retail price of $29.95. The set includes an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer, English 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby surround tracks, two audio commentaries (one with co-director Motonori Sakakibara, supervisors Takoo Noguchi and Hiroyuki Hayashida and lead artist Tatsuro Maruyama, the other with editor Chris S. Capp, staging director Tani Kunitake and animation director Andy Jones), isolated score with commentary by composer Elliot Goldenthal, an interactive documentary, an alternate opening sequence, storyboard and "Playblasts" with optional commentary, a feature looking at the animation process, features on seven deleted characters, an editing workshop on the final scene, a "mini-movie,” and numerous extra DVD-ROM features.
One of the summer’s major box office flops, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is an animated sci-fi movie based on the long running video game series and features the voices of an all-star cast, which includes Ming-Na (ER TV series), Alec Baldwin (Beetlejuice), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Steve Buscemi (Trees Lounge), Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Bodysnatchers) and James Woods (Salvador). It received a national UK cinema release on the 3rd of August.