Go Beyond the Game – Halo Video Collection Review

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Find out what happened before, after, and in-between the games – Halo Video Collection Review

Halo Video Collection Review

Though I was definitely disappointed with Halo 5. I am still a huge fan of the franchise. Halo 2 is my favorite multiplayer experience for FPS games, and Halo: Reach was one of the best campaigns I ever played. Outside of the games, Halo released numerous videos/webisodes to accompany the games and build the lore of the series. Now you can have it all in one collection with the Halo Video Collection (Halo The Complete Video Collection). 

Released by Shout! Factory, The Halo Video Collection is a Blu-Ray Box Set featuring four Halo Films (Halo Legends, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo: Nightfall, Halo: The Fall of Reach) as well as two bonus discs with extra hours of bonus content. Before I go more into what you get, let’s talk about what you don’t.

The Halo Video Collection does not come with DVD editions or Digital Copy. DVD editions mean nothing to me personally, but the lack of digital copy is a bit disappointing. Personally, it seems a little weird to me when current releases of things do not come with a digital copy.

Now, let’s talk about what you do get. Here are quick synopsis and opinion of the 4 films you get:

  • Halo Legends
    Is a compilation of 7 short anime films set in the Halo Universe. The animation used in Legends is easily my favorite of all the films. It’s Anime-CGI-Gameplay like does an amazing job blending the feel of the game into the film medium. Aside from some acrobatic maneuvers, it feels like you’d be able to recreate the action in the films in the game.
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach
    I actually did a full review of this one you can check out. In short: I did not enjoy Fall of Reach, the visuals were all over the place, the progression was poorly paced, and it just feels like a huge drop in quality in compared to what  I believe is the best game and story of the franchise.
  • Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
    Forward Unto Dawn was a 5 episode web series about a cadet, Thomas Lasky, is inspired by Master Cheif and save as many people as he can as the academy he is at is attacked by the Covenant. This is a fun film that toes the line between film and web series. It feels to be produced above web-series quality, but under that of television and film. I thought it was a unique take on characters outside of the Spartan program and shows that the war is much more than just Master Chief. It reminded me a lot of Halo: ODST.
  • Halo Nightfall
    Easily the most polished of the films, in terms of production value, Nightfall was far more interesting than Halo 5. Starring Mike Colter, Nightfall was to fill the gap between Halo 4 and Halo 5. It focuses on Colter’s character, Jameson Locke, and his team as they wind up in a grueling fight-to-survive situation. It showed the depth of the characters and the team, that would eventually be an annoyance throughout Halo 5. It kind of shows how Locke is a comparable Spartan to the likes of Master Chief while confusing as to why he has been absent and not heard of in the previous installments. I think the story here is much better than the game’s, but in conjunction, it kind of heightens the disappointment of Halo 5.

The Bonus Discs are full of videos that are sure to entertain fans of the franchise.

Bonus Disc 1:

    • Halo Nightfall: Launch Party Live Show: A long webisode of all the Halo Xbox One Stuff. It’s a pretty entertaining piece, but it’s all old news at this point. The lack of new information greatly outweighs the entertainment value of the piece. Mainly, it talks about what’s to come, and chances are you already know and played what they’re talking about. So it feels mundane to go through the information again.
    • Halo Nightfall Photo Gallery: Images from the making of the show, kind of annoying to browse on your TV.
    • Remaking the Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary: A detailed documentary-style video of the remastering the classic Xbox game for the current gen consoles. It takes fans behind the scenes through all the details that go into remaking the game, as well as the deep care and love the developers, actors, and everyone involved, have for the franchise. It shows that it’s more than a cash grab to remake the game, it’s a homage and rebirth for old fans and new. Easily the best of the bonus features.
    • Halo 4: A Hero Awakens: A deep look into the character of Master Chief, as well as the technical aspects of bringing him to life in the game.
    • Halo 5: A Hero Reborn Vidoc: A look into how they meant well for Halo 5.
    • Halo 4: Forerunner Vidoc: It’s all about the Prometheans. This makes you wonder why they aren’t more important in Halo 5.
    • Halo Forward Unto Dawn: Bloopers Reel: Who doesn’t love a good blooper reel?
    • Halo Waypoint: Heroes Never Die: This is kind of a recap video of what’s happened in the franchise so far. Also kind of explains what makes Master Chief so special.

Bonus Disc 2: The commentary of the 4 Films

  • Halo Legends Commentary: With Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and Bonnie Ross.
  • Halo Nightfall Commentary: With Kiki Wolfkill, Corrinne Robinson, and Jeremy Patenaude.
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach Commentary: With Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor, and Corrine Robinson.
  • Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Commentary: With Frank O’Connor, Corrinne Robinson, and Kevin Grace.

HaloThe Complete Collection is a great set for Halo fans. 3 of the 4 films are good for general audiences, and kind of great for fans of the series. The bonus content, however, is not something I think is worthy of a Collector Set. While there is a lot of interesting content, only one feature really feels like it compliments the franchise. The rest feel more like video clips you watch online during pre-release. If you love the Halo franchise, I think it’s a must own for you. But if you like the games or a pretty casual about it, you’re not really missing out if you don’t pick up the Halo Video Collection. The better films are easily found on YouTube for free, as well as most of the bonus content. Granted you have to watch it their episodic releases, but it’s not any more inconvenient than having to grab the Blu-Rays from your shelf and popping them in the player. If it had come with a Digital Copy, I think I would rate it much higher. However, because of the lackluster bonus content and availability of the content in their original online releases, my Halo Video Collection review gets 2.5/5

Pick up your copy of Halo: The Complete Collection 

YogaOutlet.com

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Jane Fonda in Five Acts Trailer
Love or Hate Her, A Controversial Icon Tells Her Story in the ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Trailer

From Hollywood royalty to American outcast, Jane Fonda has been in...

Outlaw King Trailer
Chris Pine is the ‘Outlaw King’ in the Trailer for Netflix’s Historical Epic

Netflix continues their push towards total dominance of the entertainment industry...

The Tingler
Scream for Joy and Scream for Your Life! ‘The Tingler’ is on Blu-ray!

If there’s one oft-repeated phrase about movies I just can’t stand,...

Event News Event Reviews
Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Debut
32 Years Ago Today, Was The Transformers: The Movie Theatrical Debut

On this day, 32 years ago, the world was graced with The...

Blizzard SDCC 2018
Blizzard SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment Brings Massive Lineup to SDCC

Blizzard in SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment brings Overwatch, StarCraft, and...

Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018
Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018 – Nuclear Blast Teams Up with JSR and Stern Pinball

Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018 – Nuclear Blast Teams Up with JSR...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
8.0/10
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Ghostbusters World
Strap On Your Jumpsuits and Proton Packs – Ghostbusters World First Look

Ghostbusters World First Look at SDCC2018 – When someone asks you if...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Chuck Billy of Testament Talks About His Signature Vaporizer

Chuck Billy of Testament talks about, “The Chief” his signature vaporizer,...

anime pls
Anime Pls by Bioworld – Exclusive Interview

Bioworld Merchandising is a pop culture product expert. The company is considered...

heaven's feel
Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] THE MOVIE I. presage flower Blu-ray Release

TLDR Aniplex of America announced that box office hit, Fate/stay night ...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
WOW Announces New TV Taping Schedule

Women of Wrestling (WOW) will be hosting two nights of TV...

Catching up with Collegiate Take Down King Joe Gonzales at OCG

What can be said about Joe Gonzales? Well, everything really. Gonzales...

NJPW G1 Special from San Francisco Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) the King of Sports returns to...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics #3

The defense against the dark arts temps start rolling in...

Fantoy Comics by Michael Colbert

Another slice of daily Hogwarts life as told with Funko Pops...

Fantoy Comics by Michael Colbert

A new comic strip focusing on the regular old days at...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming. Related

Gaming Uncensored Roundtable: December 2016

December’s roundtable discusses story in games with Chad, Josh, and Spencer....

Gaming Uncensored: Podcast #349

Jamie reflects on some of his time with the HTC Vive....

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

MTV Unveils Performers for ‘TRL Live’ on October 3rd at 3 p.m. E.T.

NEW YORK, NY (September 26, 2017) – MTV today announced that...

%d bloggers like this: