'Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn' Live-Action Halo Series To Release On Blu-ray And DVD

By Juan G. Rodriguez , Updated Nov 16, 2012 09:01 AM EST

Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries announced that the live-action webseries "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" is coming to DVD, digital download and Blu-ray on Dec. 4.

"This film has a TV-14 rating, and deals with some pretty grim subjects, but in the framework of the Halo universe," said Frank O'Connor, Franchise Development Director for 343 Industries. "Our intent was to make it 'feel' like the same tone as the game, but with perhaps more emphasis on grittier, more human concepts, given the medium."

The series will be turned into an uninterrupted feature film and will have bonus features including audio commentary from director Stewart Hendler, and 343 Industries, the developers of Halo 4. The film runs 90-minutes, which includes 15 minutes of exclusive footage not seen on the web. The Blu-ray is currently listed at $26.09 on Amazon.

Here is the official synopsis for the release: "In 2525, as mankind has begun to colonise space, a group of cadets are training to fight against human insurrectionists. One of these cadets, Thomas Lasky, has doubts about his abilities as a soldier and his convictions for this war. Whilst he struggles with himself, the planet is invaded by an unknown alien race. Reeling under the assault, Lasky and his squad mates are rescued by John-117, one of the UNSC's legendary SPARTAN-II super-soldiers. John must inspire Lasky to fulfill his potential as a soldier and a leader to fight against an enemy deadlier than any that humanity has faced before."

The series was created in order to help promote the release of the new Halo 4video game. The project is cost almost $10 million and was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing,

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn's," cast includes Australian actor Tom Green as Tom Lasky. Daniel Cudmore, who played Colossus in the movie franchise "X-Men" will be donning the armor as Master Chief. British actress Anna Popplewell from the "Narnia," fantasy film franchise also has a role in the new series.

Here are the five web segements of Microsoft's "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4 and Episode 5. Don't forget to check out our review of Halo 4 here.

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