Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete
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Continuing the storyline based on the hit Playstation® game Final Fantasy VII, two years have passed since the ruins of Midgar stand as a testament to the sacrifices made in order to bring peace. However, the world will soon face a new menace. A mysterious illness is spreading fast. Old enemies are astir. And Cloud, who walked away from the life of a hero to live in solitude, must step forward yet again . . . 2016 release: Two years have passed since peace was won, and the ruins of Midgar stand as a testament to the sacrifices made to win that battle. But when a mysterious illness is linked to an insidious plot to resurrect an old enemy, Cloud must choose between the life of solitude he committed to or taking up the sword once more to save the planet he so loves. Featuring an extended director's cut containing 26 minutes of explosive additional footage and over 1,000 revised scenes, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete is BluRay High Def at it's mind-blasting best, a senses
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The Complete Edition is what you need to understand the story. Whole scenes were left out of the Special Edition that were brought back in the Complete. Here, the disconnects are gone, and the story ties up the loose ends left behind by other editions of Advent Children. Finally, Cloud's character is developed. Advent Children is a bit known for reversing Cloud's development from FF7.
Except the Complete Edition explains why he's down and his character has 'reversed.' Throughout the movie, you can see his character change from a depressed, hopeless warrior to a more heroic and determined person. Cloud actually smiles in this version of the movie.
If you disliked or even hated the other editions of Advent Children, this version may change your opinion of the movie. It changed mine for the better, and I'm glad I bought this version.
The first time I watched Advent Children, I was confused with the best of them. I enjoyed the movie to some extent, but felt it lacked a strong plot. It was also bleak, compared to the amazing heart the original game had. 'Fan Service' described it quite well.
The 26 extra minutes in this version, however, make a world of difference. The origins of Geostigma - and Cloud's mental breakdown over it - really come to life, and you are left with a strong sense of sympathy. In addition, Denzel's backstory really hits the nail on the head. When I watched the original version, I thought the story dragged on, and I felt it was essentially one long, drawn out battle. The extra content adds a wonderful balance of story-versus-action, perfecting the movie's pacing and making it more enjoyable to watch overall.
The new and revised scenes are so beautiful it's actually heartbreaking. Square Enix makes the most of BluRay's incredible ability to render God-like quality. But I took off one star because they did not bother to update the whole movie to BluRay quality. And holy crap, there is a jarring difference between the old scenes and new scenes. Luckily, the new ones are so good they are forgivable...but only by a hair, in my book.
Overall, if you're a fan who is craving for the full picture of this FFVII extension, definitely go for it. It's been out long enough by this point, so the price won't break the bank too much.
The 2nd half of this movie is where the action is just so you know. And if you want to prevent constantly slapping your forehead with your palm then leave the Japanese voices on and turn on English subtitles. The reason I'm giving the movie 3 stars is because the English voice acting is atrocious. It sounds like the majority of the actors were just reading off a sheet of paper, utterly unaware that there is a motion picture attached to what they are doing. Hardly any emotion is displayed and even Sephiroth sounds monotonous, robotic and just plain bored with the events going on around him.
I'd write about the plot but why ruin it? If you like FF7, think Cloud is the ultimate cool good guy and Sephiroth is the only video game villain worth talking about, you'll want to see this movie. It takes a while to set up the story and some of it is predictable but much better than the plots of FFXII and FFXIII.
The visuals in Advent Children are the definite highlight. Nobuo Uematsu's score is sweet love being made to your eardrum. Too bad the English voice acting is the vomit on your face that you end up feeling forced to forgive during that sweet eardrum love.