Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review
“Mass Effect: Paragon Lost” is flawed, but entertaining.
Based on the popular Bioware video game series, “Mass Effect: Paragon Lost” begins with Alliance Delta Squad marines on a mission to destroy Blood Packs that are attacking human colonies on Fehl Prime. The story then jumps ahead 2 years where alien beings known as the Collectors begin to kidnap colonists. As you can probably guess, it’s up to Delta Squad to try and rescue the humans and stop the Collectors.
Even though the “Mass Effect” games aren’t my cup of tea, I find the universe intriguing. It’s always refreshing to see a space opera as there aren’t nearly enough of them these days. Alas, even though “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” writer Henry Gilroy is at the helm of this project, it’s not as engaging as it could be.
While fans of the games will likely get more out of this film than non-fans, the script still leaves much to be desired. Sure, there’s plenty of fun bloody action in the vein of “Starship Troopers” and “Halo,” but that’s really all ‘Paragon Lost’ has going for it. It’s strange to say, but there’s no real focus on character. Heck, it takes 20 minutes to establish the main character in Vega!
As for the story itself, the ending and the plot twists are slightly rewarding, but they are hampered by war movie clichéd and clumsy dialogue.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? Compared to the video game F/X, the animation looks pretty generic. Sure, some of the 3D ships look cool and the transfer itself is fine, but it certainly doesn’t hold a candle to the visuals of the games.
Audio Track: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is uneven at best. The music is a bit overpowering, the dialogue is a bit soft, and the action sound f/x are not as potent as they could be.
* Trailers for “Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker,” “Blood-C,” “Deadman Wonderland,” “King of Thorn,” “Hellsing Ultimate,” “Lost Girl,” “Evangelion,” “Steins;Gate,” and Funimation.com.
* A Forever Normandy sticker.
* DVD copy.
* A U.S. trailer for “Mass Effect: Paragon Lost.”
* “Directing Effect”- A producer, the director, and art director talk about the “Mass Effect” universe, the games, the movie, character designs, production work, etc.
* “All Doors Open: A Look Inside Electronic Arts”- A tour of the EA headquarters with some game promotions along the way.
* “An Inside Look At The Mass Effect Universe”- Several production team members chat about character modeling, character animations, gameplay design, and the sound design for “Mass Effect 3.”
Overall Thoughts: I’m no expert on the video games, but they are more cinematic and visually engaging to be sure.
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