Tuesday, May 26

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete

That's gotta hurt.

The final, final, complete, overstuffed cut of the ultimate fan service movie, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children, entitled Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete, is more than two hours of CG awesomeness that will have it's main audience- FFVII fans- happy and content. I watched a nice and crispy-clear subtitled version and it looks pretty sweet on a big-screen HDTV. If only for that, it should be worth getting the Blu-ray when it comes out on June 2.

What do you get? Well, for the actual movie you get about 25 minutes more footage- which mostly boils down to a lot more of the charismatic and likeable former bad guys, the Turks (all four of them- Reno, Rude plus Elena and Tseng) and their boss, Rufus Shinra (whom I still believe is the coolest character in FFVII). There's probably a bit too much of Denzel, one of Cloud's orphan wards who has a particularly sad story to tell (which is chronicled in an anime episode entitled On the Way to a Smile: Denzel's Story which is included in the BD). Other nice odds and ends are extensions of action scenes and an altogether clearer script which makes a lot more sense. There are also subtle changes to music selections during certain scenes, which overall makes the movie that much closer to the game which spawned it. But there will of course be people out there who still will profess that 'it still all makes no sense at all', like some idiot writers of some game sites.

There are a lot of changes in the visuals as well- characters now get dirtied or sport injuries (and BLEED) after or during battle scenes- something which was noticeably missing in the original version. Overall, it's all wonderful eye candy, and the action is still the closest you'll get to seeing live-action anime.

FFVII Advent Children Complete is the best version of this slick CG fantasy features, and those who loved it before will do well to just plunk down the moolah for the Blu-ray (if you got a PS3 or BR Player). In any case, this is one of those films you'll love to show off on your big-screen LCD, and that is reason enough to get it. Those who hate the movie or FFVII, well... nah, who the frack cares about those bastards. HAH.