OK, so just wondering if anyone's gotten a chance to see it yet? Be it on DVD or theatres. If you were lucky it was playing in a theatre in your town or city a couple times and you might've gotten to see it.
Here in Texas it played at several of the Alamo Drafthouse (greatest theatre chain in the US) theatres. I went to the screening at Houston last month. Mike McFarlund (director/Havoc), Caitlin Glass (Winry), and Vic Mignogna (Ed Elric) were all in attendance.
Outside of Butt-Numb-A-Thon and film festival screenings, it was the first time I went to a Drafthouse show that was completely and totally sold out ($4 regular admission! I love you Alamo!). Not a seat was empty, this particular theatre itself had been around for a long time, and I still hadn't seen the auditorium that full.
Such an amazing experience. The movie is really fantastic and beautiful, as with the series they totally nailed with the English version. Everything sounded right. With the movie, there's a lot of disappointment, mostly on the part of the hardcore fans and especially the Hiromu Arakawa purists. Who
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simply can't get over the fact that it doesn't have the happy ending they were hoping for.
. But for Fullmetal Alchemist, what they made it into as an anime series, it makes sense, it fits.
The first 100 attendees (which I was among) were to get these big ass official movie posters. This picture doesn't do it justice, these things are HUGE, and they are double-sided as well, not the white-backed kind.
After the show, Vic, Mike, and Caitlin all stayed for hours to sign pretty much everybody's plunder.
Vic and Mike really are some of the nicest people I have ever met, and it's a personal goal of mine to some day work with them professionally.
The movie's out on DVD right now. I didn't buy it because I'm seeing the movie again on Sunday (screw No Surrender). Drafthouse Houston added several more screenings since the first was so popular, which is good news.
However, looking at this, I've also read reports that screenings all over the country are being sold out and being turned away. So basically I feel that Funimation Films missed the boat big time on the theatrical release.
To their credit, Funimation is just now starting to dabble in theatrical distribution and relatively inexperienced at it. But what I read in these reports are that a lot of people are being turned away from seeing the movie and aren't getting to see it in theatres. And this is DEFINITELY a movie you want to see in theatres.
Some fans I've talked to say that this will help the DVD sales and drive them up. But I say that most fans would do both, see it in theatres and buy it on DVD if given the chance. So they basically did the extremely limited theatrical release right before the DVD was to be released in stores. I think they should've pushed for somewhat of a bigger limited release (not even Miyazaki size, Bebop size would've even been better), and then push the 9/12 DVD release date back and just release the regular edition along with the limited edition on November 14th. To my understanding this is at the moment the best selling anime series of all time. I got to figure some people would pay good money to see it in theatres.
I talked to Mike before the screening and we both agreed it's not playing in nearly enough theatres.
If for whatever reason you are a fan of this show and get the chance to see it in theatres, don't neglect it.