Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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The question facing any viewer of the Japanese CG feature Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is: do you have to know the games on which its based in order to understand the film? And the answer is: it certainly helps. But even complete novices (i.e., most parents) in the Final Fantasy world will find some entertainment in its wealth of fantasy-based action, and the animation never fails to astonish. Picking up two years after an epic battle between the forces of good (represented by brooding soldier Cloud) and evil (Clouds former general, Sephiroth), FFVII opens in the devastated city of Midgard, whose youthful occupants suffer from a ghastly disease known as Geostigma. A trio of brothers arrives with what appears to be a cure for the plague, but their gesture conceals a more sinister purpose: to revive Sephiroth and bring about the end of the world. Cloud and his companions must once again rise to the occasion to stop the siblings and the revived Sephiroth from unleashing total destruction. Complex and self-referential to the point of occasional incomprehension, Final Fantasy VII will definitely be most appreciated by fans of the game series, but if others can look past the numbing dialogue and frenetic action (which is a bit too intense for very young children), the film offers a carefree and action-packed viewing experience. The two-disc set contains the original Japanese language version of the film as well as an English-dubbed edition (Rachel Leigh Cook and Christy Carlson Romano, among others, provide the vocal talent) and a version edited for the Venice Film Festival. A 30-minute featurette that recaps the Final Fantasy story up to VII, as well as a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and promotions for future Final Fantasy VII games and products round out the extras. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Square decided to release a sequel to Final Fantasy VII, but instead of opting for the game treatment, they began work on a 100% CGI animated movie using the same technology as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. It was released in 2004 to critical fan acclaim, and then to DVD shortly thereafter. So how does the Blu-Ray release stack up?
First of all, this is the most complete and glorious version of Advent Children that you're ever going to get. It's on Blu-Ray, and the format is nothing but kind to animated movies, especially those done in CGI. FF comes alive with pristine, crystal-clear visual quality with over 20 minutes of added scenes to boot. Indeed, this "Complete" edition is the version that future releases will be stacked against.
The audio track doesn't seem any different from the one included on the standard-def DVD release. I bought the Japanese import way back when, and I noticed a significantly more powerful soundtrack, especially in music and thundering sound effects.Read more ›
This is an amazing movie, I've seen the Japanese version already. The computer graphics are breath-taking and surpass those of The Spirits Within. If you like Final Fantasy VII at all, then you must have this DVD. You won't regret it!
Cloud Strife, the blond spiky-haired hero of the story, works as a delivery boy in the fictional city of Midgar where a disease dubbed geostigma is affecting it's citizens. The majority are mainly small children but the young man Cloud Strife as well has it. Geostigma shows up as a dark blemish on the skin. A trio of men, Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz set upon Cloud as he's on his motorcycle, demanding the one they seek known as Mother. They're also plotting to revive Cloud's old foe Sephiroth with the help of Jenova's head and take over the entire earth. It is all up to Cloud Strife and his allies to defeat the three and rescue the children they kidnapped from their evil clutches.
The English dub for Final Fantasy VII was decent especially with Crispin Freeman and Steven Jay Blum voicing the characters Rude and Vincent Valentine. It's hard having to follow along with the English subtitles for the Japanese audio sometimes. I'd have to pause the scenes so I could read the dialogue. It's quite distracting. That's why I prefer the English version better.
The CGI in Final Fantasy VII Advent Children was absolutely incredible and beautifully well crafted! The 3D effects in the movie reminded me of Ghost in the Shell 2.0!
The Japanese trailers for Final Fantasy VII in the special bonus features on the 2nd disc were phonomenal!
Overall Final Fantasy VII Advent Children is arguably a worthy gem for any hardcore Anime fan! So is Ghost in the Shell 2.0! Order 'em both if you want! Don't bother wasting your money on Final Fantasy The Spirits Within!
First off, the animation is kicked up a few notches and the visuals are crisp and vibrant. The original DVD eye-candy was good enough at the time, but Blu-ray really adds to the feel of the movie. While some scenes look similar to the original, the newer added scenes really shine, especially the opening with Red XIII and his kids, and the first glance of Midgar. All the buildings and small details of the city really look vast and expansive.
Second, the story really makes more sense now with the added footage. The original DVD kinda felt like you were being left in the dark, even if you know all the characters and story and such already, and not to mention, the original story was just to short to do the material justice. One thing most fans of the original DVD will first notice, is that Marlene's original English dub was replaced with a newer updated version to flow with the new scenes, so it kinda takes you by surprise at first, but is barely noticable as the movie passes by.
And third, but not least, this version really needed a redo, if nothing else but for it's fans. even though I never really considered myself a Final Fantasy fanboy, I really liked this movie, it's humour, it's not so good English dub, heck, even it's rather lacking storyline. But, like everything, this was somebody's baby that needed more attention, and it got it in spades. And it was done with loving care.Read more ›
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Feels like a different movie with all the additional scenes but in a good way. It explains better on why certain things happen in the movie.Published 23 days ago by Kris C Storbeck
The complete version ha so many improvements in additional and alternate scenes and looks better. Must buy.Published 9 months ago by Steven_Dean0
A definite upgrade from the previous release of the movie, with more detailed textures all around and added scenes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Yourei
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