Short Version: Halo Legends is a fun and interesting series of short films about the Halo universe.
Plot Synopsis: This consists of eight stories telling the origins of Master Chief, The Spartans, and the rivalry between the ODST and the Spartans.
The film(s) do have some great story to them. In fact, I was actually kind of surprised at some of them. Like in one of the stories focuses on The Arbiter’s honor and his view on this “Human/Covenant” war. Actually, that was my favorite of the stories. Another goes into the whole background on the forerunners and what happened after they first encountered The Flood.
There was one great story in which a couple of those who were experimented on to be Spartans escaped from captivity, and tried to go back to normal life. But the one story that I’m not even sure if I like it or not was called “Odd One Out”. I mean, the story is actually very ridiculous, but funny at times. It got to the point where it was like Dragon Ball Z instead of Halo, though. Then, there was the story about a Spartan general who was always cold and referred to as a “ghost”.
The characters you could actually care for. There was the story with one of the Spartans escaped and tried to go back to normal life. But when she arrived she found out she was replaced with a clone. Unlike the other escapees, she didn’t kill hers. It was sad when it was said the others committed suicide out of the situation. The character that was referred to as a “ghost” was absolutely bad-ass. There was another good story in which a sniper was upset that he was back-up for a Spartan II.
The action in the stories was awesome. Well, like I said “Odd One Out” seemed like an episode of Dragon Ball Z. In the story “The Duel” you got see an Elite go “Medieval” on an ENTIRE PLATOON of grunts, jackals, and three mechs. In “The Package” there is an awesome space battle involving Master Chief, and some other Spartans. Also, a short battle between Master Chief and an Elite, but I felt it should or could have been a little longer.
The animation for the film was great at times. In “The Duel” it does seem to be blurred, but its not distracting. In Shinji Aramaki’s “The Package” however, the animation is fucking great. I mean, if you’ve seen “Appleseed Ex Machina”, then you know what I’m talking. Other than that its pretty much just like a normal anime film.
Audio/Video: The audio is great, but it sounds so much better when you adjust the volume up a bit. The video is sharp with no problems.
The Making of Halo Legends: This features gives you a introduction to “Halo Legend”, and the making of each episode.
Halo: The Story So Far: This feature gives you info on the Halo universe up until the end of Halo 3.
Halo: Gaming Evolved: This is an exclusive to the Blu-Ray that explains the popularity of Halo from the beginning to present-day franchise.
Other features include: audio commentary by directors Frank O’Connor and Joseph Chou.
The Film: 4 out of 5.
The Blu-Ray: 3.5 out of 5.
Overall: This was rather difficult to review because it consisted of eight different stories. I decided to rate them all as a whole rather than separately. I would recommend you buy this if you are a big fan of the series.
This release has a nice supply of special features, but I was hoping to hear commentaries from the other directors. I mean, maybe there could have been some more features, but I was satisfied with what I got.