Looks rather cheesy, if you ask me. But believe it or not, it's more the fact that Giovanni's speech is badly enunciated (mumbled, more like) than the filmography itself. I wonder how the final product will turn out.
It is the real deal. The first episode comes out tomorrow. These are prequels to the events that we learn about while playing through Ezio's story. --- Yoda of Borg are we: Futile is resistance. Assimilate you, we will.