Thank you for checking out my review for the Film, and Blu-Ray of “Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children Complete”.
Short Version: This director’s cut of the film adds 26 minutes of action and character to the film.
Plot Synopsis(From Back of DVD): When a mysterious Illness is linked to an indidious plot to ressurrect an old enemy, Cloud is forced to take sword in hand if he’s to save the planet once again.
The Good: This film is completely in CG, and on the Blu-Ray looks great. The director’s cut goes more deep into the character of Denzel. It also makes the disease, Geostigma, seem more menacing than it was in the original version. There are more over the top action scene. This is noted when one of the villians jumps off of a bridge and flys through a helicopter….on a motorcycle, and also when characters are floating in mid-air. The over the top action works well for me because its animated, and doesn’t seem cheesy. There is also and extended fight scene between Cloud and Sephiroth, and a great scene where Cloud speaks to the spirit of Zack. One of the things that makes the title make more sense is that the children are given more screen time. The title is called ADVENT CHILDREN, so one would expect to see more scenes of the childrens suffering and then overcomming the disease. Another scene I really like in this cut is where it shows how Denzel became involved with AVALANCHE. In the original cut he just shows up out of nowhere. The English voice cast is pretty much the same, but does a great job, though there are some scenes where the dubbing is out of sync. Another one of the added scenes I like is when they extended the fight between Cloud and Sephiroth. There is this really cool scene when Sephiroth throws Cloud in the air, and continuously stabs him.
The Bad: The only thing I can think of that is bad with this film is that you have to play the game in order to know what the characters are talking about. However, all you really have to do is watch the “Reminiscene of Final Fantasy 7” feature, and it will explain everything you need to know.
Audio/Video: The audio comes with and English, French, and Japanese Dolby True-HD 5.1. The special features are all in Japanese stereo. The video 1080p Hi-Def/ 1.78:1. The audio is nice and clear, but nothing special. The video looks great even on my 420p tv, and I’ll even add that to me it look alot better than “Watchmen” or any of my other Blu-Ray titles.
On A Way To A Smile-Episode: Denzel: Is a 20 minute feature that looks into the character of Denzel. Where he comes from, who he is.
Reminiscene of Final Fantasy 7: This is a digest of the original story using cut scenes from the game. It goes over pretty much just the most important scenes.
Reminiscene of Final Fantasy 7 Compilation: This feature goes over the ENTIRE story in the world of Final Fantasy 7. From Cisis Core to Dirge of Cerberus.
Legacy of Final Fantasy 7: This feature looks at how Final Fantasy 7 impacted video game making.
Exclusive Sneak Peak at Final Fantasy 13: This is a feature that gives some scenes from the upcoming game. Unlike the Japanese version however, this one disc does not come with a demo of the game.
Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children Complete Trailers.
The disc also features dubtitles(subtitles based on the English dub rather than the original Japanese track) which is a major annoyance for me. The disc also comes with a slip case.
I give the Film 5 out of 5
I give the Blu-Ray a 3 out of 5
Overall: 7.9 out of 10: There weren’t very many features on this disc or at least nothing really new from the standard DVD. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge this film was ONLY released on Blu-Ray. So, if you choose to get it you will have to have a Blu-Ray player, however the original cut is on standard DVD, and is also worth checking out.