First Squad The Moment of Truth Blu-ray
About First Squad The Moment of Truth Blu-ray
From Studio 4°C, it's First Squad - The Moment Of Truth, based on a story by Russian artists Misha Sprits and Aljosha Klimov.
During the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front, a group of Soviet teenagers, each with an extraordinary ability, are drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th Century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, Russian, English subtitles.
- Publisher: MANGA
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese, Russian
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 75
- Release Date: 1/17/2012
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
A Fresh Take on Supernatural WW2
by Geoff -
It's a solid little war intrigue and action movie, and I would love further development of this world and cast.
A Soviet protagonist and mysticism that tweaks rather than dominates the war give a fresh take on the genre. It's also gratifying to have a well-grounded story and characters, including a female lead, without fanservice, cutesy speech quirks, or bizarre designs. There isn't much time to develop the characters, but the movie resists the easy crutch of filling them with obvious archetypes.
The BD has a 60m "short version" and a 73m "long version" that inserts live-action interviews as if it were a documentary about an actual event. I find that the interviews give it a familiar feel to war docs and make suspension of disbelief easier, but they may be distracting if you'd rather see it as scripted fantasy than buy into the conceit. Note that the interviews are Russian and German, so you must have subtitles on for those portions. Oddly there is no option to only sub these parts.