Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete is finally here on Blu-ray. FFVII:AC Complete includes nearly half an hour of new footage in the form of an extended director's cut, as well as: Reminiscence of FINAL FANTASY VII” Original Story Digest, On the Way to a Smile - Episode: Denzel Animated Film, Reminiscence of FINAL FANTASY VII Compilation” Story Digest, “Legacy of FINAL FANTASY VII” Featurette, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Trailers. While there is no Final Fantasy XIII demo in the U.S. version, we do get an exclusive sneak peek at FINAL FANTASY XIII, which includes a nice variety of CG cut-scenes AND gameplay.

FFVII:AC Complete represents unrestrained beauty culminating the essence of the word "complete." The movie is bolder, crisper, longer, and more intense...it even sounds better. Within the first few seconds, you're immediately met with new scenes. Several characters get more camera time including Zack, Tseng, Elena, and Vincent. We even get more background behind Denzel's story (both in the movie and in his own 30-minute-long anime). The plot is also made a bit more clearer (especially on the topic of geostigma). That being said, those that had major issues with the clarity of the plot or the pacing and sequencing on the original Advent Children, may not be fully satisfied with this "improved" version.

Be that as it may, this is not your run-of-the-mill DVD to Blu-ray conversion or re-release...not by a longshot. The video quality is incredible and more details are added including blood and dirt. The battles are glorious and the sound quality plays no small role. In the final battle, the sound of swords clanging is flawless, especially sitting on my game chair. The harmony or dis-harmony of the resonant swish of Sephiroth's mammoth masamune sword and Cloud's tricked out buster sword is spine-chilling. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete has undeniably got my seal of approval.

Advent Children, of course, takes place two years after Sephiroth's attempts at mass genocide, and a disease, geostigma, that threatens the very core of mankind. Ex-SOLDIER Cloud, who walked away from the life of a hero to live in solitude, must step forward yet again...

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