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- Final Fantasy
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
The genius of Jim Henson is well represented by the imaginative creatures he brings to this trio of live-action fantasy films. This awesome collector's box set includes The Dark Crystal (1982/93 min.), a classic tale of good vs. evil in a world where truth and balance have been shattered; Labyrinth (1986/101 min.) in which a young girl enters a fantasyland to save her little brother; and MirrorMask (2005/104 min.) in which Helena tries to prevent darkness from blanketing her world forever. 3 DVDs. Color/PG.