Blu-ray Review: HALO: THE COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION

Halo Legends is an anime sci-fi anthology consisting of seven episodes created by some of Japan’s greatest anime directors and studios. Some of the directors include Shinji Aramaki, Mamoru Oshii and Hideki Nimura. The voice talents include Deke Anderson, Shelley Calene-Black, Atsuko Tanaka, Blake Shepard and Kenta Miyake.

The animated series takes the viewer beyond the game with an exciting collection of animated tales that build upon and expand the Halo mythos.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a live-action sci-fi adventure that was directed by Stewart Hendler and stars Tom Green, Daniel Cudmore, IronE Singleton, Anna Popplewell, Enisha Brewster and Ayelet Zurer.

This live-action sci-fi adventure is set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy and follows a group of cadets who are training to be the next generation of leaders in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and threatens to destroy everything he knows. When Lasky is rescued by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero. “Halo” fans who experience Lasky’s thrilling origin story in “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” will be rewarded with special insights into the story of “Halo 4” and the “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” experience.

Halo: Nightfall is a live-action sci-fi adventure that was directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, written by Paul T. Scheuring and stars Mike Colter, Steven Waddington, Christina Chong, Christian Contreras, Luke Neal, Alexander Bhat, Jennie Gruner, Eric Kofiabrefa and Alexis RodneyRidley Scott and David Zucker serve as executive producers.

Halo: Nightfall tells the personal story of Jameson Locke, a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. He and his team are investigating terrorist “chatter” on the distant colony world of Sedra, when thy are caught in a horrific biological attack. Led by Locke, ONI agents are forced to coordinate with Randall Aiken, a local commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.

Halo: The Fall Of Reach is an animated series consisting of three episodes that is based on the Halo novel by writer Eric Nylund The movie was directed by Ian Kirby, produced by Sequence and features the voice talents of Jen Taylor, Steve Downes and Michelle Lukes.

The animated sci-fi adventure series serves as the origin story behind the SPARTAN program that propelled characters like the Master Chief and Dr. Catherine Halsey into the pantheon of Halo lore. The story reveals the events that brought Master Chief and Blue Team together, including their Spartan training and their daring mission to strike back at the Covenant during the first days of the deadly alien invasion.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some artwork and credits for each movie so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each of the six Blu-ray discs also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Halo: The Complete Video Collection is the ultimate must have, not only for fans of these features but the loyal legion of gamers that helped make this franchise the phenomenon that is has become over the years. The movie collection includes a mixture of animation and live-action features and they’re all extremely well executed. I’ve only played Halo the video game a couple of times over the years but I’ve been a big fan of these movie since day one and I hope they continue on with more adventures – especially in the live-action department. The impressive special effects for these live-action movies are as good as anything we get on the big screen!  Shout! Factory has teamed up with Kew Media Group and 343 Industries to assemble the ultimate Halo collection that includes all four features plus some all-new bonus content to go along with them. HALO: THE COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION is now available on a 6-disc Blu-ray collection and is a must have for the dedicated fanbase out there in sci-fi land.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 6 Discs / 4 Features + Bonus / Approx. 381 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish

Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! Shout! Factory has included some all-new extras to go along with this amazing Halo movie collection as well as some bonus content from previous home video releases.

  • Bonus Disc With 4 All-New Commentaries From The Halo Creative Team
  • Remaking The Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary
  • Halo 4: A Hero Awakens
  • Halo 4: Forerunner ViDoc
  • Halo 5: A Hero Reborn
  • Halo Waypoint: Heroes Never Die

 

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