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Dante's Inferno (2009/Animated/Anchor Bay DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Feature: A-


Dante, upon returning from the Crusades, find his family murdered and the soul of his beloved stolen by Lucifer, Beatrice.  Now he must journey and traverse the 9 circles of Hell to save her sold from damnation.  Through Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery are the levels of Hell.  Guide only by spirit Virgil, he must not only face the demons and minions of Hell, but his own sins as well. With each circle Dante fall in he faces the ghosts and own demons in lives he took, will he rescue Beatrice or just only play into the hands of the Devil?
This is an explosion of eye candy of animation.  Dante's Inferno takes you through imaginative and creative circle of Hell.  Join Dante as battles fallen warriors and demons through epic combat, each level of hell brings a new world of pain.  Dante must test his steel and his spirit as he fights each guardian. As he travels through each level he pears into his past, his own sins.  In the end, even if he finds Beatrice, is Hell where Dante truly belongs?  When Dante reaches the final circle of Hell, is he really any different than those he fought and sent to Hell or is he just another monster?
This animation was amazing, created by 6 different directors, it mixes the animation with Japanese anime, including Dong Woo (Batman: Gotham Knight), Shuko Murase (Ergo Proxy) and Yasoumi Umetsu (Kite: Liberator) among others, each one gives a difference version of Dante's Inferno, it was enjoyable to see the creative differences between each circle, as they explore the dark side of human nature and bloody horrors of hell, for each act of human good and nature underneath there lies an evil purpose... is good only evil in disguise?  The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image looks very good for the DVD format (meaning the Blu-0ray should look even better), while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has very good surrounds throughout that are active and immersive.  Extras include trailers for the video game and Animatics sketches by various artists.



-   Ricky Chiang


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