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5.0 out of 5 stars Advent Children Complete, 7 May 2009
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This review is from: Final Fantasy VII - Advent Children [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I got this on import from Japan when it was released, and my reaction to the quality was something like... "wow..." followed by more wows, until I finally got into watching the movie. For anyone who has seen the movie already, this is the new "complete" edition of the film with an additional 30 minutes added to it. In a way, it is a sort of Director's Cut - and it flows a lot better than the original release. The additional scenes are all fantastic, and it begs the question why they were taken out in the first place.

Usually I am not partial to these re-releases with additional scenes, I just feel that they should release the whole film the first time. This time, however, it is re-released on blu-ray so it makes it worth the re-purchasing for me. The picture is absolutely crystal clear. There's no snow in any of the scenes, it is just perfect. The blacks are deep, and the whites are really bright, and they fade from one to the other with elegant ease. The sound is what you will have come to expect from Blu-Ray - perfect, Nobuo Uematsu's soundtrack is absolutely stunning during the heavy action scenes.

If you haven't seen the movie then it follows the story of Cloud (following from the Playstation game Final Fantasy VII). Two years have passed since the city of Midgar was left to ransom and to stand as a testament to the sacrifices made by friends in order to bring peace. However an illness is spreading fast, putting thousands of peoples lives at risk, and so Cloud, who walked away from being the hero before to a life of solitude, is asked to step forward once more to fix the wrongs of the world. Old friends and enemies alike are reintroduced, and the film is full of action and absolutely stunning animation that you have come to expect from Square Enix.

People will ask whether you need to have played the game to understand the film? Well, I would say it would help if you want to understand everything, because it can be left quite vague. But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy the movie if you haven't played the game. There is lots of action, and some of the best animation seen yet, and it's been done wonderfully. There is also a Reminiscence section in the bonus features which tells you the entire story of the original game if you wish to see it. All in all, this is a package you don't want to miss.

ADDITIONAL: The UK and US release of this does NOT come with the Final Fantasy XIII demo which came with the first Japanese printing - however Square have announced that the demo MAY be available on the Playstation Network at some point in the future.

ADDITIONAL: This DOES come with Japanese Audio if that is what you would prefer, and yes it is locked to Region 2, sadly.
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Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 2 Dec 2009, 16:00:42 GMT
Region B blocked you mean? That's unfortunate because I was considering importing it thanks ot the 2 for 14 sale, but there's little use in doing that if it's not gonan work, huh? :(

Posted on 27 May 2010, 21:33:59 BST
Is this item the Japenese version or the English Dubbed version
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