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Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva DVD+Blu-ray Combi Pack Deluxe Collector's Edition

Chris Miller , Maria Darling , Masakazu Hashimoto    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Miller, Maria Darling, Sarah Hadland, Wayne Forester
  • Directors: Masakazu Hashimoto
  • Format: Animated, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VADNWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE PROFESSOR S FIRST MOVIE AND HIS TOUGHEST PUZZLE YET! Professor Layton, true English gentleman and the world's greatest amateur super sleuth embarks on his most daring adventure yet when he receives a letter from his old student, the famous opera diva Janice Quatlane. She is to perform at the legendary Crown Petone Opera House and invites him to attend as her special guest. Meanwhile, a spate of disappearances hits London. Two young school girls are the latest victims and the Professor suspects it's related to the mysterious occurences at the theatre. The Professor and his loyal assistant Luke travel to the Opera House to solve their toughest puzzle yet, the mystery of Eternal Life! Based on the UK's favourite Nintendo DS game, Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva is a brand new adventure produced by Level 5, the creator's of the multi-million selling Professor Layton puzzle games.

Feature Film Presentation DVD
Feature Film Presentation Blu-ray (Please note: This disc is only compatible with Blu-ray Disc players)
Bonus Features DVD (approx 36 min run time)
Super collectable 630 page Story Board Book

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This reminds me of a puzzle... 12 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
I was lucky enough to be able to view Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva at an anime festival. The film was dubbed, though the titles and credits were in Japanese. Obviously this won't be the case for the British DVD release version, but the titles and credits were beautiful and reminiscent of the game's titles and credits. The animation was exactly as it is in the games, and despite its cartoonish simplicity, it looked spectacular on the big screen. Elaborate CGI for more tricky sequences did not look out of place next to the flat characters and scenery, which is a relief more than anything.

If you've ever played a Professor Layton game, you might be wondering how they manage to incorporate the puzzles and gameplay elements into the film. Not wanting to spoil it too much, let me assure you that the way the first obvious puzzle is introduced will bring a smile to your face. Don't worry too much about solving the puzzles; the trivial ones you'll get within seconds. The important plot points you might guess, but the story manages to stay exciting and entertaining all the way through.

As with the games themselves, the movie's story is captivating and beautifully animated, with plenty of laughs and gasps to be had. The audience enjoyed the screening so much that there was loud applause once the credits had ended. Since the film deals with dark topics - death is a big factor and plays a big part in a very symbolic fashion - very young children may not understand or enjoy the film. There were very small children at the screening, and every so often you could hear them asking in confusion what was happening. They did not seem to understand the symbolism and were often puzzled by certain characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It's been a long wait for me to watch this, as I bought it over a year ago along with all the Professor Layton games that were out at that time. Having discovered it was set after the fourth game in the series (Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call) I decided to wait until I'd played all those games, and I'm glad it did – as many of the characters that were only introduced in the fourth game take major roles here.

Some minor spoilers for the Spectre's Call follow, as I want to mention those characters, so stop reading if you don't want to know. The film is set immediately after the Spectre's Call, making it chronologically the second adventure for the Professor and Luke. New characters Emmy and Grosky have supporting roles and are very well used, and a villain we have seen before (although possibly not the one you're thinking of) steals the show once revealed.

You have a choice of English and Japanese voice tracks, and the film runs at just over 90 minutes long. The animation is not only spot on, but is drawn with incredibly meticulous detail. 2D and 3D model animation are blended seamlessly and the story allows for some very imaginative set pieces. If you're tossing up between getting DVD and Blu Ray, I would strongly advise that you get the Blu Ray. The thought might have crossed your mind at some point that this may just be a cheaply made cash in, but that's not the case – it's clear to see how much time and effort that has gone into this, and it was certainly made with great love for the series.

The story is one that would be worthy of any Layton game, and it's actually a joy to watch the Professor and Luke in action in a form that resolves itself in one sitting.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eternal Diva Review 3 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
I watched this film during the summer in Japanese with the english subtitles.
I was wary after loving the games that the film would be dull but I coulden't have been more wrong~!
The animation is completley beautiful and mindblowing~!
Not only that, but during the story you have several puzzles to solve along the way with ample time to think about them like the games~!
I would recommend this film to anyone who has played and enjoyed Pandoras Box and the Curious Village~!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Professor Layton Strikes Again! 23 Oct 2010
By Ayami VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
As a big fan of The Professor Layton DS games having completed both The Curious Village and Pandora's Box I was very interested to see how the DVD would compare without the interactivity of the games and if the moving storylines would continue into the movie. Although the movie is based on the games, it's really not essential to have played them to understand it.

The movie follows Professor Layton and his Apprentice (Number 1) Luke as they recall a case from three years ago helping opera singer Janice Quatlane. Invited to the opera, the Professor and Luke find themselves in a game with the winner receiving a gift which everyone in the audience wants to win. Getting a puzzle wrong means game over but who is behind these games and why?

There are recognisable characters from the games and it looks like Claudia the cat even makes an appearance from Pandora's Box. Unlike the games though, there are only 4 puzzles to be solved. I was a little disappointed in them as they weren't as puzzling as the games although this makes them a little more accessible to the younger audience. I'd recommend pausing the DVD shortly after the puzzle is given out however as it's not too long before a solution is found. I did like the fact they are titled 001 etc like the game. While the puzzles are completed quite early on in the movie there is still a lot to be discovered and there is quite a nice overall message. You need to keep watching past the credits too as the story links back to the beginning.

The animation is very true to the game and flows better than them as they do get broken up quite a bit having to solve so many puzzles before the story can move on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
likeit a lot
Published 23 hours ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All fine, 5 stars.
Published 17 days ago by Sergio Dias
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice film that my kids and wife loved
Nice film that my kids and wife loved. I found it tried to be a little too much like the game format but I guess it had to. It is very enjoyable though.
Published 28 days ago by John Paul Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars eternal diva
this is a must have movie for all fans of the professor layton games. it has the same english voice actors from the games, same music and the animation looks like a cut scene from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by anthony cseh
5.0 out of 5 stars Animated fun.
Has both English and Japanese versions of Professor Layton, so if you ever wondered what he sounds like in Japanese then you'll enjoy this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trueogre
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have really enjoyed the first 4 Professor Layton games and having read the reviews on here, thought I would enjoy the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gem
3.0 out of 5 stars Prof Layton
Not as good as the games but if you like Layton its worth buying,it if you want to buy all of the merchandise ............
Published 2 months ago by Gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Prof Layton DVD
My daughter loves the Nintendo games, and all of my children really enjoyed watching the DVD. We paid a good price too.
Published 3 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A very heartwarming anime for fans of the Nintendo DS game. I love the fact that the voice actors are the same as in the games. Suits people of any ages. Highly recommended!
Published 5 months ago by Nathalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
My 9 year old son is a big Professor Layton fan and has several of the DS Nintendo games, he loved this DVD, it was an outstanding, well animated film that held his attention from... Read more
Published 6 months ago by T Killick
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