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FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE [Blu-ray]
1、On the Way to a Smile EPISODE DENZEL FINAL FANTASY VII(デンゼルを中心としたオリジナルアニメ)
2、REMINISCENCE of FFVII(『FFVII』のダイジェスト)
3、REMINISCENCE of FFVII COMPILATION(『COMPILATION of FFVII』作品のダイジェスト)
4、TURBULENCE of FFVII ADVENT CHILDREN(映画祭出品の模様など)
5、FFVII ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE トレーラー集
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CHARACTER DESIGN:TETSUYA NOMURA
It was hyped, it was raved about and it was very popular once it was released. Looking back at it now almost twenty two years since it's western release the game hasn't aged super well but it's still enjoyable enough.
Of course after the game was completed and the ending was seen there were already requests to see what happened afterwards since the ending wasn't all that clear, it was left open to interpretation on just what exactly had happened in the final moment before the credits rolled.
Almost a decade later fans would get that answer with this movie, Advent Children. Set two years after the events of the game we see the aftermath for the survivours. A nasty illness has spread which is killing people off painfully and slowly, Shinra is pretty much wrecked and the future isn't looking too great for humanity.
I'm sure the description given above can give you enough of a basis.
The movie opens well enough but once the action began to heat up the story seemed to fall by the wayside and become a nonsensical mess of things happening for the sake of things happening, it can be hard to keep track of what exactly is going on even if you've completed the game beforehand.
It's an interesting movie with amazing animation, the CGI is beautifully made with smooth animations while looking amazing. Especially when you consider that this movie came out around 2005 or so and it still looks impressive to this day.
Had the story been less of a disjointed experience then I would have rated the movie higher, I feel the movie would have benefited more from being a two parter or a three parter with the first part being the gradual lead up, the second part being where everything starts to fully kick off and the third part being the 'epic' conclusion'.
That would have allowed the story to be given a chance to really develop and explain everything instead of trying to cram everything into over ninety minutes.
Great animation that still holds up today
It does conclude the story of Final Fantasy 7 for the most part in places
The voice acting isn't too bad
The story becomes nonsensical quite quickly and loses itself in the action
Having so much crammed into over ninety minutes tends to mean the story isn't as fleshed out as it could be
Some of the voice acting can be cringy.
A good movie, just could have been so much more if given the chance to really develop.
and you are wondering is it worth getting this on Blu-Ray?.......the answer is a resounding YES.
For starters the picture quality is amazing, the dvd was good in its day but having seen this I couldn't sit through the old version again.
And even better this disc has more story, for starters there is a very good anime short about Denzel and his backstory (if you've seen the film before I recommend watching this first) and this is also weaved into the main feature along with a good half hours worth of extra materiel (materia ?) all of which now makes the story make more sense and flow along better, it also answers some questions about some MIA characters (no spoilers)
Soundtrack is also much richer (5.1 here).
And at this price its a bargain.
1: If I am wide awake, it is entertaining and the Japanese voice acting as usual is superb, the subtitles are also very clear.
2: If I can't sleep straight away, but am dead tired, the music puts me out like a baby.
The movie looks just fantastic. I watched the movie from a big screen and there are some aliasing problems (outlines have almost unnoticeable jagged distortions) which didn't bother me at all. Again some scenes don't look as sharp as some others but it's still so good-looking movie that you don't really care about the little imperfections.
The movie includes Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and (even though it doesn't say that in the cover) English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and they sound awesome, the English-dub is actually pretty good. Subtitles are English Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish (with a few wrong translations), Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish and Turkish.
Extras: An animated short "On the Way to a Smile - Episode: Denzel" which is drawn anime. It tells the story of Denzel and I think it's pretty good. It's in Japanese like all other extras and only subtitles seem to be English and Italian.
Then theres two "Story Digests", first showing important story clips from the original FFVII with amazing music (wich appear to be from the "Distant Worlds"-albums) and short live action scenes with cloud speaking to his phone, reminding the credits of the main movie. It's pretty cool and surely nostalgic to those who have played FFVII. Then there's another story digest about the other games in the FFVII universe including Before Crisis, Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus which is still pretty fun but it's not as good as the first story digest.
"Legacy of FINAL FANTASY VII" is a featurette that tells the really really basic history of the Final Fantasy VII franchise. It's not completely bad but you probably already know everything it has to say, it doesn't really tell much.
Then there is trailers for the Advent Children but only for the new "Complete" version of the movie.
THERE IS NO MAKING OF DOCUMENTS OR THE "LAST ORDER" ANIMATED SHORT!!!
This movie is probably a bit too off the wall for anyone who doesn't really like the FF franchise. You don't have to have played the game to watch it, BUT it is very fast paced at times and there are a lot of characters who aren't fully explained here, which might confuse you a bit. Not for the younger children - it's too complicated for a start.
The animation is top notch for when it was made and it was really nice to have the opportunity to see my favourite FF character on screen!
On discovery of the 'Complete' version I was sceptical, could it really improve on the original film and DVD cut? My word it blew my expectations out of the water.
The picture quality on this Blu ray press is stunning as you would expect. The additions to the story are not just extra scenes, many have been graphically re-jigged to add extra depth and effect. (This is a far more graphic film then the original, it spares no punches in the fights and with the effects of Geostigma.
This isn't just a rehash, it truly is the completion of the original. It has now fully reached the promise the first cut held. It unreservedly gets 5 stars from me.
In contrast to Final Fantasy The Spirits Within, Advent Children is the sequel that follows Final Fantasy VII the video game and the other media. This means that you will need to either play or read about the story of the original Final Fantasy VII video game in order to understand fully of the plot of this film.
The story of the film is the final conclusion of our hero Cloud Strife overcoming his guilt for letting two of his closest friends died. Therefore if you are a fan of Final Fantasy VII the video game, you should really watch this. Plot wise there are some disappointment in the relationship between Cloud and his childhood friend Tifa, but the audience would rejoice upon seeing almost all of the characters from the game (including one of the most evil villain ever existed in video games!)
Action scenes in this film is similar to most of the other Japanese media - overly exaggerated and unrealistic fights. Whether that is a good thing or bad, that is up to you. However, the music is very well-known and indeed is scored by non other than the legendary Nobuo Uematsu, composer for majority of the Final Fantasy game. No doubt any music lover would appreciate greatly. Audience can also identify high quality visual effects in this movie, making this fantasy even more enjoyable.
Overall it is highly recommend you watch this movie if you are a fan of Japanese media (video game, anime, novels...etc) and if you are just curious, do give it a try. But as mentioned above, you will need some preparation before watching this or else you will find it hard to accept the overall movie comparing to watching western movies.
I'm not sure what Tseng was doing in the film, seeing as I'm sure Sephiroth killed him in the game, and found it highly improbable that Rufus could possibly have survived, but never mind!! I much preferred watching the film in Japanese as it made a lot more sense and the American voices were really irritating!
The ending was just too soppy for me, with all those irritating children jumping around. I think I prefered the ambiguity of the game's ending.
Despite the let down in the plot, the graphics were beautiful and most of the characters looked the way they should have done had the game been made more recently (except Tifa). I did enjoy seeing all my favorite characters from the game again, especially Reno!! The battle scenes were beautifully executed, if a little fast and I liked that they incorporated a lot of the sountrack from the game into the film, especially the Sephiroth choir!!
My fiance, who never played the game, said he didn't really get what was going on, so I would say you do really need have played the game to understand it, especially with their constant references to Aeris without ever actually saying her name...
Although I was expecting a lot more from it I still enjoyed the film and it is definately a must see for anyone else who was addicted to that wonderful game!!!