I find it fascinating that there’s this video game property, Halo, that I’ve never seen and don’t know anything about. Yet it has all kinds of spinoffs, including books and comics. (Maybe I should check out the Halo Encyclopedia to learn more.) The latest tie-in comes from Warner Home Video, which is releasing the animation compilation Halo Legends on February 9.
Like The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight, Halo Legends is an anthology, containing cartoons done in both CG and anime styles. Like most Warner original-to-DVD animation releases, there will be a two-disc Special Edition ($29.98), a single-disc version ($19.98), and Blu-ray ($34.99). Here’s the description from the press release:
Halo Legends is a seven-story anthology — told across eight spectacular episodes — that explores the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and its intriguing characters. … each individual episode imagined by a cutting-edge, renowned Japanese anime director/animator, including Shinji Aramaki, Mamoru Oshii, Hideki Futamura, Tomoki Kyoda and Yasushi Muraki…. The individual episodes fall within Halo’s 26th Century mythology as the battle between humanity and aliens rages on in an attempt to protect Earth and mankind’s expansive number of space colonies. The dramatic, action-packed stories feature characters and locales familiar to Halo fans, and episodes range in length between 10 and 17 minutes —Ã‚Â resulting in nearly two hours of animated adventures.
Bonus Features include:
- The Making of Halo Legends — An introduction to Halo Legends followed by a making-of segment for each episode.
- Halo:Ã‚Â Gaming Evolved — Explaining the Halo phenomenon from its inception as an Xbox video game to a present day entertainment franchise.
- Audio Commentary with directors Frank O’Connor and Joseph Chou
The Blu-ray version has, in addition, “Halo: The Story so Far”, a Halo universe overview.
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