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First Squad [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

Sergei Aisman , Michael Beskorovainy , Yoshiharu Ashino    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sergei Aisman, Michael Beskorovainy, Elena Chebaturkina, Damir Eldarov, Olga Golovanova
  • Directors: Yoshiharu Ashino
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: Russian, English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, French, Hindi
  • Dubbed: French, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KJ6HVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Nadya is a very special 14-year-old girl. With amazing psychic powers and trained as an assassin, she is recruited by the Russian army during World War II to become a member of FIRST SQUAD, a special fighting unit specializing in combating paranormal forces. When she is the last member left standing in a brutal attack, she is returned to the unit for a special project – to bring her comrades back from the dead to fight Von Wolff, a 700-year-old spirit brought back to life to help the Nazis take over the world.FIRST SQUAD is a compelling and action-packed new animated movie filled with drama and suspense, containing stunning, atmospheric visuals from Studio 4°C, the acclaimed animation studio behind THE ANIMATRIX and HALO: LEGENDS.


Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When Anime meets Wolfenstein. 5 Jan 2012
By DeeJay
Format:Blu-ray
Was waiting for this with some interest, coming from Studio 4C and having a different setting from the majority of Anime releases it promised to be something special. Unfortunately, it very much feels like the start of something that should have been better. The initial scenes are interesting enough; the Germans trying to raise a supernatural army to help aid their cause, Nadya - the main character you can see on the cover - can go into the realm of death, and is enlisted to stop them.

Sounds good so far, and the Russian dub included on the disc - along with English and Japanese - adds to the feel of the movie. The Animation itself looks great, especially on this Bluray release. Unfortunately the biggest problem with this OVA, is its length. At barely an hour it just feels like a prelude to a sequel later down the line. Most of the characters are either your typical Anime sterotypes, peripheral, or at worst, unexplained. The storyline also has a fair few holes and by the end, it isn't even completely resolved.

Hopefully, if they do a second OVA down the line they will add more meat to the bones, flesh out the characters a bit more and make an OVA that can stand on its own. Because if another First Squad "movie" isn't released, this will feel like an even bigger disappointment and a missed opportunity.

If you like things like Wolfenstein then its another reason to purchase this, just be prepared to be left wanting more and not in a good way. Especially as there isn't a single extra feature on this disc. Pretty annoying as it would have been nice to find out more about Studio 4C's first Russian collaboration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First Squad 5 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Fist Squad is a short film. Too short really. It's actually a Russian anime produced in Japan. The wierd thing with this release is that there is no Japanese audio track. You have English and Russian.

The movie is set in world war 2 but is more supernatural than a war film. The main protagonist Ruslanova Nadya is suthering from memory loss after an explosion. Throughout the anime she regains her memory and learns the truth about her comrades. I don't want to give away the plot so I'll leave it at that.

The bluray looks stunning and the artwork is really cool. You can really get a sense of how cold it is in Russia by watching this.

The main problem with this anime is it has zero replay value and is too short. The ending is rather sudden too and leaves allot of questions.

Overall, I'd recommend this anime to someone who is looking for something different to the standard affair.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural on the Eastern Front 1 Mar 2012
By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
During the Second World War both the Germans and the Russians have been attempting to use the occult in order to gain the advantage. Nadya is a young girl with precognitive powers who is the last survivor of the Russian Special Forces unit known as First Squad. However, after getting caught in an enemy attack, Nadya is called upon to travel to the afterlife to contact her dead squad mates so that they can defeat the undead knights that the Nazis are attempting to summon.

This short Russian-Japanese anime is quite an entertaining film with an interesting premise, some nice animation and a reasonable English dub. The main problem with this film though is that it's far too short. At only fifty-seven minutes in length, there is little time to build the plot or to develop the characters enough and although it does make the best of a bad situation, the film could have been a lot better with a bit more time.

Overall this was interesting and enjoyable and is worth around four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great anime! 12 July 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
great anime!!! like a world war 2 theme, but dont realy suare it was needd to put ghosts and spirits to the story. Dj Krush on the soundtrack is killin.
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3.0 out of 5 stars First Squad - Bluray 12 Mar 2014
By shaz
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Could have been longer and seemed to end a bit too quickly. Perhaps making room for a sequel, but they could have buttoned it all up in this one.
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