Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Final Fantasy and other releases you weren't told about

I don't pay much attention to what's being released, direct-to-video in the U.S. except every 6 months or so, when I go review what's on Amazon. This is when I find some of the most surprising movies that I watch. For example, there was apparently another computer-rendered Final Fantasy movie (Final Fantasy VII, just to be confusing, since it's only the second  movie in the franchise). It's getting decent reviews, so I might have to check it out...

Also in the "well reviewed, but you've probably never heard there was a sequel," category are Ip Man 2 (there's a 3 being advertised on Amazon, but it's either a fake or a bad bootleg... hard to tell from the reviews... but 2 is real and the first was a good enough film to make me consider buying the sequel), Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (which is a film based on the series, which is itself a reboot of a previous series which had its own film... so sequel?!) and the Alec Guinness version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which I've somehow never seen.

These things just manage to sneak up on me, but sometimes it gets way out of control, and not always in a good way. Such is the case with Highlander which has had recent (as in the last 5 years) releases of an animated movie, Highlander - The Search for Vengeance and a live-action, direct-to-TV-and-then-video Highlander: The Source. The latter, being one of my top contenders for worst film of all time, right up there with Misery Brothers.


  1. Incidentally, that Final Fantasy movie is a sequel to the game Final Fantasy VII... it's not related to the previous Final Fantasy movie. All naming involving the Final Fantasy franchises is eye-rollingly confusing.

  2. Nice. It's probably even sillier than the two Anime titles that I know the history of, but still can't totally figure out: Blood and (as mentioned above) Full Metal Alchemist. I can't fully unpeel Blood, since what's canon in which universes is devilishly complicated. The FMA silliness is really just a manga, a TV series and movie based on the manga, and then a TV series and movie reboot.