Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Broken Saints - The Animated Comic Epic|
Actors: Janyse Jaud, Kirby Morrow, Michael Dobson, Colin Foo, David Kaye
Director: Brooke Burgess
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
Visually stunning, masterfully told, viscerally thrilling: Broken Saints is finally on DVD! This controversial and critically acclaimed graphic-novel saga fuses anime style, comic-book text, cinematic effects and music int... more »
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Broken Saints stands alone...
Angela | Laguna Niguel, CA | 08/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In our world of pre-packaged, ready-to-eat, instant-gratification entertainment, Broken Saints stands alone...a beacon to those who long for more than the 90 minute slack-jaw cinema experience. This series makes no apologies for its 12 HOURS OF ENGAGING STORYTELLING, the likes of which have never been seen before or since. Do not be fooled by overly simplistic paraphrases and summaries of its content - Broken Saints touches on nearly every relevant issue facing humankind today, and builds its foundation upon the most historic and universal archetypes, allowing it to transcend barriers of language, age or creed. Brooke Burgess weaves a tale that is so filled with undercurrent and subtext, that you will find the surface plot only barely scratches the surface of the series' intent.
I like to describe Broken Saints as a comic book in motion. Andrew West's inspired artwork is brought to life through Ian Kirby's masterful manipulation of the Flash medium. Lush canvases are created, figures are gorgeously illuminated, and the text of the story guides you through each frame, bringing you closer to the moment of understanding, when the message of Broken Saints ultimately resonates.
Bringing the emotion of the printed word to the forefront is difficult for even the greatest writer to achieve, but again, Broken Saints excels with the all-important musical contributions of Tobias Tinker. The soundtrack of this series is an emotive journey through various distinctive sonic soundscapes. It is the music of this series that brings you to the edge of your seat, and the tears to your eyes.
In its current evolution, Broken Saints is brought fully to life by the contribution of some truly phenomenal vocal talents. I challenge anyone to not be moved by Michael Dobson's portrayal of Oran, the faithful Iraqi muslim who is tormented by the choices he must make between serving God and serving his nation.
I highly recommend Broken Saints to anyone looking for material that challenges your beliefs, your politics, and your state of mind. I encourage anyone who is even remotely curious to buy this DVD, and give the series a chance. In fact, if you even had the attention span to read this far into my review, you will very likely enjoy and appreciate this set. Turn out the lights, turn up the sound, let Broken Saints wash over you. Engage it, and you will find what millions across the globe have found within...what would you give to know the truth?
Ignore the previous review...
Dirk Ykema | 08/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The last guy to review this was obviously paying too close attention to one aspect of the story, and therefore didn't allow himself to actually experience the story, as one needs to when watching this.
That aside, I'll admit, I do not yet own the Fox release of this fine piece of work. I've been a fan of this series for about 4-5 years now, and I bought the initial release of DVD way back when, so I'm familiar with the story, and the scope of it.
This is simply a tale of 4 ethnically diverse people, brought together by the same vision of the apocalypse. They come from different backgrounds, different faiths...and yet, they are able to coexist, to put a stop to what could have been the end of the world.
From the perspective of one who read comics as a kid, and didn't really get into the more "heady" issues addressed by this story, I loved it. I watched it purely from fascinations with the storytelling, and the story itself.
What it comes down to, to be fair is this: If you agree with the author's views on the more "heady" subjects presented in this story, you'll love it. If not, don't pay attention to that, and instead engross yourself into the addictive story and artwork instead.
You'll find, either way you look at it, this is a story worth anyone, and everyone's attention. 'Nuff said."
Evolved comic some cool music and a good time.
erica al-det | florida | 08/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was familiar with the series but didn't really get to fully enjoy this until recently. We did a full on "weekendfest" and watched it all. We were joking about how perhaps the music was subliminally charged with messages and that is why we couldn't stop watching it! Or was it the political and evil corporate zest? I am more prone to going for the fact that it was a unique artistic delight. An evolved comic book meets drama meets sci-fi meets art and music hmmmm? Characters in this have enough depth to them you want to get to know them more. Raimi and Kamimura were delivered deliciously. The tie in of the four superb. I could go with the anti Saints haters and say it was loaded with politics and opinion of corporate evildoers but everything we watch is plugging some opinion or belief. That is the Way. This too had its opinion but as in many brands of Art, it did so with beauty and seductively captivated your mind. It entertains you. It was great artistically. Surreal fantastic and a very entertaining piece. Watch it for the characters, the art, and the music, driven story line and be "entertained". Or put your freedom fighter gear on and become a Broken Saint and go fight for your right to get entertained Majestically!!!! For my comics lovers, its a tasty treat*"
One Of The Great Epics Of Our Time
qytSTRM | 11/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bravo! I just can't say enough about the award-winning epic series, Broken Saints. The creatorz of this phenomenal show, Brooke Burgess, Ian Kirby, and Andrew West, describe it as a "cinematic novel". It was first introduced to the world solely via the internet back in 2001. The creators, despite pouring years of blood, sweat, and tears into their work, made no financial gain.... And since it'z humble beginnings, the series has evolved into a special-edition dvd format, with a next generation console game coming out soon. The animation itself is partially animated but primarily utilizes flash animation. The soundtrack, as composed by Tobias Tinker and Quentin Grey with other pieces by Mozart and others, can only be described as haunting. As opposed to the web version, the special-edtion dvd makes use of dramatic voice talents and sound effects. Again, the artwork on this show is mind-blowing and the dialogue is spell-binding. FYI, Broken Saints is not a light-hearted cartoon. There are a lot of complex, profound issues dealt with on this show. And upon watching it, I think you'll agree that it is highly relevant to the age that we are living in. All in all, Broken Saints is a must-see (at least once, although it will certainly take several more viewings for all of it to sink in) and I highly recommend it!"