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Space Ace
BLU-RAY disk
04.25.2008 By: Sturdy
Space Ace order
Director:
Don Bluth

Actors:
Don Bluth

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
You control the actions (kind of) of a space hero whose girl has been kidnapped by aliens. He/you must battle monsters, spaceships and aliens to get her back.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I could have copied my DRAGONíS LAIR review and changed a couple of characterís names and everything would have been appropriate for SPACE ACE. Itís practically the same exact disc, but this time youíre in space and battling aliens rather than in medieval times battling dragons. Think of SPACE ACE as the Jetsons to DRAGONíS LAIRís Flintstones.

The same annoyances are present with this as with the aforementioned Lair. You have a couple of seconds to press a directional button on the remote control. Thereís no way of knowing which button to press, and even with the game guide on, itís difficult to know when to press the button. This game actually moves faster than Lair, so when you hit the wrong button, you start over from your point and immediately get started again.

You again canít save, but even if you could, you probably wouldnít. Todayís gamers really need control and some type of logic in their games in order to keep their attention. This doesnít really have either. I love the fact that studios are finding new ways to utilize Blu-ray technology, but they could have done more with this. Thereís nothing wrong with updating the game play. Heck, I would have been happy if when I press ďupĒ, the character moved up. With a little more animation and time, they probably could have made that happen.

There is an option to watch the cartoon all the way through without playing the game. This is kind of nice and at least gives you a chance to see the cartoon. The cartoon itself is kind of neat in a nostalgic kind of way. I thought the animation was dated, but it looked beautiful on Blu-ray.
THE EXTRAS
Video commentary with Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Rick Dyer: I really love video commentaries. I think itís neat to watch the people talk while watching the film. The animation run-through isnít very long and they spend a lot of time watching the film rather than talking about it. But on the other hand, there canít be a lot to say about the animation. Although I did like that they acknowledged how fast and overly difficult the game was.

Interviews with the creators (5:54): The same three guys do these interviews that did the commentary. Coincidentally, they did this almost at the same time they did Dragonís Lair, which explains a lot. Most of the discussion is basic stuff about the voices, music and the rumored sequel.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youíre nostalgic for SPACE ACE and want a trip down memory lane, then this might be for you. Otherwise, I think newcomers will get too frustrated too fast.
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