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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collection 1 (Ep. 01 – 13) (2009/Madman Entertainment/Region Free Blu-ray/Australia)


Picture: B     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray will play on all Blu-ray players worldwide and can be ordered from our friends at Madman Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.  Cover image © Hiromu Arakawa/FA Project MBS



The original Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) was so popular, the idea of a sequel series seemed interesting enough to check into and with a newer production, hopefully new animation and an interesting storyline.  Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009) goes back to the popular Manga series and the results are an Animé that is not bad, but also repeats most of what has now become a formula for the hero tale in this genre.  Again, the hero struggles to get an ultimate power that brings balance to his world and evil forces want to stop and try to dominate that power by destroying anyone and anything in their way.  In this, Animé can never offer an outright Superhero genre narrative because of its preoccupation with updating the Fantasy genre.


With that said, the first 13 nearly-half-hour shows have their share of energy, do not feel like a warmed-over revival; of a previous hit and has some good animation.  However, there are also backgrounds that look more like they came from the 1980s with limited detail and even a softness that is actually inherent to the art and not this Blu-ray.  Edward and Alphonse Elric inability to follow certain rules and laws of the universe of this story is something you would think they learned their lesson from in the first series, but they don’t and that makes this a stretch at times to watch.


So it is not what I expected it to be in terms of an exceptional sequel in the Animé universe (few seem to work) but having a federal military and other independent enemies vying for power with the leads has its moments and for fans at least, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will keep them happy.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is the outright highlight of this double set, with good color and where applicable, definition.  Again, the backgrounds can look recycled and dated, but they are likely in keeping with the Mangas, the previous series and helped keep costs down.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix shows the limits of the sound and the budget of the production, though there is some good surround activity and this sounds better than the PCM 2.0 Stereo included on each, this was also underwhelming overall with an inconsistent soundfield.  Extras include a trailer, commentaries on two episodes (1 & 10) and Textless Songs (the opening and closing of each show).



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-   Nicholas Sheffo


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