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Final Fantasy Unlimited The Complete Collection

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Final Fantasy Unlimited: The Complete Collection is a five disc DVD box set that contains all 25 episodes of Final Fantasy Unlimited. This set was released in 2005, after the seven single DVD releases came out.

Each disc in the set contains five episodes. For the second through fifth discs, the only menu option is for languages. In this menu, you can choose to either have the English audio, or to have the Japanese audio with English subtitles. On the first disc, you can choose the languages, you can see the DVD credits, and there's a link for ADV Previews. In the ADV Previews, there are trailers for Azumanga Daioh, DN Angel, Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU, Rune Soldier, Gatchaman, and Madlax.

I found the lack of special features in this box set to be rather disheartening, especially after discovering through research that the seven individually released DVDs did come with bonus features. The original single disc DVDs included such extras as audio commentary, production sketches, key animation backgrounds, and preliminary illustrations. The single disc releases even came with booklets with character information. For whatever reason, when ADV released this box set, they decided not to include any of those bonuses and just put out a bare bones box set.

By the time I finished watching this set, I was rather disappointed in how the series turned out. In the first episode, it seemed like the series had a lot of potential. However, as the episodes went on, it became clear that the series followed a rather predictable formula in the episodes, and that the character of Kaze was definitely a "deus ex machina" (a "chair of the gods"). Between my disappointment in the series, as well as my frustration in the lack of special features, I was rather disappointed in this DVD box set overall.

Now that ADV is out of business, both this box set and the individually released DVDs are out of print. However, if you are a fan of Final Fantasy Unlimited and are trying to collect the series on DVD, I would personally recommend trying to track down the seven individually released DVDs. However, if you don't mind the lack of special features, then you might have an interest in this box set. If you decide to purchase the box set, I would recommend shopping around to find the best deal for it that you can.

In order to write this review, I watched a copy of this DVD box set that I was given as a gift.

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Wonderland: Journey Into the Darkness
Magun: Man of the Black Wind
Fruit: The Town of Sweet Scent
Makenshi: The White Etude
Cid: The Adventure of the Underground Waterway

Bonus Feature
Kigen Arts: The Saviour of Souls
Subway: Enemy of the Dimensional Tunnel
Soil: The Heart of the Magun
Oscha: The Endless Project
Mansion: The Memory of Sagiso

Ciel: The Departure of Chocobo
Fungus: Eternal Life
Meteor: Abominable Memory
Omega: Reunion and Departure
Jane: The Moving Ocean Puzzle

Disc 4
Disc 5
Kigen Dragon: Behind the Smile
Frog: The Smallest Great Adventure
Madoushi: The Battle of Kiri and Kumo
Ai: Meeting With Clear
Yu: The Secret of Gaudium
Cactus: The Wandering Sea
Moogle: Long Lost Memories
Teros: In Search of Flying Water
Chaos: The Earl Unveiled
Kaze: The Glory of Life
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