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Live Blogs Let's Watch: Select Episodes of Cinematech (The Original Series)
BearyScary2013-07-21 16:01:49

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The Angels of Yesteryear

Cinematech Episode 166: “Halo 2 All Day" — An episode made to commemorate the release of Halo2 (2004, Xbox). They did another ep like this for Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. There is an interesting clips on the Halo ep featuring early footage of the original Halo game and trailers for the second game.

Timecode: 3:00: The E3 2000 trailer for Halo. It is very early compared to the final game, and has several differences between it and the final product. Master Chief is lacking his signature voice actor, and when he talks, he often gesticulates by nodding his head up and down, which looks strange compared to the more restrained way he was animated in the final game. When the Marines were traveling along the planet's surface in a Warthog vehicle, there was a herd of indigenous life forms passing through. They looked a little like hogs themselves, albeit thinner. One of the Elites had a strange-looking energy shield that looked like three long, interlocked diamond shapes. Later on in the trailer, an Elite speaks English when it corners a wounded Marine, and the Chief walks up to it and kills it off with an energy sword, saving the Marine.

The Chief's final line in this trailer is ironic...

Master Chief: My battle has just begun.
...when you remember what he says at the end of Halo 2:
Lord Hood: Master Chief, you mind explaining what you're doing on that ship?
Master Chief: Sir. Finishing this fight.

The full E3 2000 trailer for Halo

Episode 174: “Handheld Kingdom” showed a bunch of games from late 2004/early 2005.

0:03: “When you awaken hidden memories... you may no longer be you.” A trailer for Kingdom Hearts Chain Of Memories (Game Boy Advance, 2005), released between Kingdom Hearts 1 and Kingdom Hearts 2 where hero and keyblade wielder Sora tries to recover his lost memories by going through worlds based on assorted Disney animated films. The trailer features “Simple and Clean”, the theme song for KH1 and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep by Hikaru Utada. I've always loved that song.

Other handheld games included Ridge Racer DS and the Game Boy Advance version of Contra III: The Alien Wars.

1:45: A montage of random clips from Myth II: Soulblighter (1998), one of Bungie's pre-Halo PC games. It was a medieval-themed real time strategy game with an enthusiastic tutorial and an incredible animated intro. There is something about it that seems almost Animesque.

7:05: A cutscene from the first mission of Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening leading into some gameplay and snippets from the intro and later missions. The cutscenes for this game were made with the help of a Japanese director. The cutscenes had a lot of great action and some humor; even though some of the scenes were cheesy, it wouldn't be a DMC game if there wasn't some cheese to it.

There have been a lot of games with the half-demon demon hunter Dante in them, but DMC3 is one of the best. It was obvious that Capcom wanted to passionately make up for... whatever Devil May Cry 2 was. This was the first game where Dante was portrayed by stuntman Reuben Langdon for motion capture and voice acting, and his whole performance was pretty incredible. The rest of the cast was good, too. Really, the game was great all around... if you could get over the fact that the difficulty levels for the American edition were changed from the original Japanese version. American Normal = Japanese Hard.

17:53: A montage of clips from the 1,000-proof RPG classic Chrono Trigger (1995, Squaresoft). It shows some of the early bosses and enemies. Unfortunately, it does not feature any of the game's classic music, using some sort of public domain filler tune instead. It's decent, but not as good as the original music.


Jul 21st 2013 at 7:19:42 PM
You forgot the catastrophic bug that would destroy a computer entirely upon uninstalling Myth II.