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Fullmetal Alchemist 1 - The Curse [DVD]

Seiji Mizushima    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Seiji Mizushima
  • Format: Animated, Dolby, Dubbed, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Revelation Films
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZGW4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Edward Elric changed the night he trapped his younger brother's spirit in the unfeeling steel of an ancient suit of armour. That night, Edward and Alphonse exploited the claudestine science of Alchemy to attempt the unthinkable - resurrect their dead mother. They failed, unleashing an alchemic reaction that ripped their bodies apart. Four years later, an expanding evil lurks behind the false face of freedom. With the rebellion crushed, the state turns it's eye to increasing its grip on the people by seizing a legendary artifact that would ensure complete domination and plunge the land into State controlled darkness. Now a lone State Alchemist combs the country for a single stone that could amplify his Alchemy. If successful he would control a power permitting him to restore the precious things that were lost but it would also allow the State Military to senselessly obliterate countless more. The Alchemist is soon faced with the harsh truth that the power to create is but a breath away from the power to destroy, and that with each birth, death must follow.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Volume One 8 Jun 2007
I had heard a lot about how good this series is and thankfully Fullmetal Alchemist more than lives up to its hype. The series follows the alchemist brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric as they search for a way to atone for the mistakes that left Alphonse bound to a suit of armour and cost Edward an arm and a leg, literally. Although the series doesn't really hit its stride until the next volume, the four episodes on this disc still better than many first episodes I have seen. The first two episodes see the brothers in a desert town where a priest is claming to be capable of bring people back from the dead. These episodes are entertaining but include some interesting subtext on the science vs. religion debate that add great depth and thought to the series. The following pair of episodes flash back to the brothers childhood giving both their history and the reasons for their current quest for the Philosophers Stone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of an anime classic 1 Sep 2008
This DVD kicks off the increasingly popular anime series full metal alchemist. Volume 1 contains 4 episodes. The basic story is that two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric fail to resurrect their mother from the dead after using human alchemy. Alchemy is basically the transformation of one thing into something else that has equal value and ingredients. They soon suffer the consequences of performing human alchemy as Alphonses body is destroyed and his soul is fused into a suit of armour and Ed sacrifices an arm and a leg. Ed is then equipped with a metal arm and leg and hoping to get their bodies back to normal, they both set off on an epic quest. What follows is a well made series that can be funny, action packed, scary and emotional. The two brothers are very likeable as Ed is very loud and outgoing and he always hilariously freaks out when someone makes fun of his shortness whereas Al is quite timid and rational, you notice that he has a tough time controlling his brothers rashness and bad temper.
The animation in this DVD is simply superb, most of the scenery is very bright and beautiful and this leads to the viewer wanting to carry on watching. The animation also successfully conveys the atmosphere of a particular scene whether it be tense or happy,etc
This DVD is one of the instances where I prefer the english dub. Even though the Japanese dub is good I think that sometimes the emotional scenes arn't as effectively portrayed as the english version. The DVD has few special features but the sheer brilliance of the episodes episodes themselves make up for that.
With its fun characters, interesting story and great action scenes, this is an essential purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 21 Feb 2014
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I'm a new fan of the FMA franchise as a whole. I've done one of the things most people think is a bad idea - I watched Brotherhood from 2011 before the 2003 version!

I will say that it's a bit annoying to see the start of both anime's right to each other as they start in the same manner, but then they deviates a lot later on. I found the first four episodes entertaining, but compared to Brotherhood the pacing of the first episodes is kind of slow(due to that studio BONES didn't want to repeat themselves when making Brotherhood). But then again - almost every show has a kind of slow start because we need to have a foundation before the 'real' plot can begin.

All in all a good start and the animation is superb when you think about how old it actually is!
The cool thing is that the Japanese dub has the same voice actors in both version of the FMA animes. But the English dub has a different VA for Al(but Ed's VA in English is the still the same). Al's VA does an excellent job and is one of the roles where it actually is a 'real' young boy who is doing the voice acting instead of a woman. It's kind of refressing, because I think that female English VA's has a bit harder by sounding convincing as a boy compared to the Japanese VA's that almost always nails it.

Thanks for reading.
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By Josh
Anime is somewhat difficult to get into if you're used to more.. western entertainment. I passed much of it off as kids cartoons, the likes of which you'll find on Cartoon Network et al - programs like Dragonball for instance. My viewpoint switched after watching Fullmetal Alchemist (FMA) for the first time. It was oddly gripping, a combination of excellent animation, great characters, a superb plot and many "adult" themes. By this i mean that it's not simply a cartoon, it deals with friendship, death, life and war. Make no mistake, FMA is by no means a happy anime series to watch. Whilst the humour is good, and there are a number of running jokes, there are many scenes that are genuinely thought provoking. Indeed, the plot twists and turns a lot yet the series finale manages to wrap it up well.

Now, the actual anime. It's centered around two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric who live in a world called Amestris. Amestris is a lot like our world, it's inhabited by humans, they've got guns, and they have wars. Timewise, it's a little hazy. Whilst there are motor cars and aircraft, there is a very varied amount of technology. This is in part due to Alchemy. An abstraction of olden day alchemy where men tried to turn lead to gold, alchemy works on the principle of equivalent exchange (much like the laws of thermodynamics in real world physics). To "transmute" something, you must offer something of equal value. Alchemists use this for a variety of techniques - from simply fixing broken items to awesome destructive power. However, the laws of alchemy forbid Human Transmutation and Alphonse and Edward find out the hard way when their mother passes away.

The botched transmutation loses Edward his right arm, and Al his entire body.
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