We just checked out The Introduction, the cinematic that serves as the prologue for the events that unfold in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The prologue is included on a DVD that comes with the recently released double-CD soundtrack for the game.
The 21-minute short film is made up of vignettes that check in on the various members of the game's extensive cast in Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas. You'll see each of the principal characters, both good and evil, as they go about their business. In addition, fans of the franchise will see some familiar faces and places. One of the interesting aspects of the film is that fans who've finished the game will get some additional insight into the events they played through, while newcomers will get some interesting teasers that drop hints about the game's cameos.
The short was rendered using Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' graphics engine, and it's on par with the game in terms of visual quality. All in all, The Introduction is a nice bit of exposition for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' rich story that fans of the franchise will likely want to check out.