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Ce film ne vaut pas la peine d'être acheté en UHD, correct en bluray a limite, les jeux de final fantasy sont beaucoup mieux fait que ce film maintenant, gardez votre argent, malheureusement il était mieux fait dans mes souvenirs....
Square's FINAL FANTASY series has been the reigning king of RPG videogames for the past 20 or so years. Each installment in the game is a completely separate storyline with absolutely no relation to any other, making the play experience fresh and new each time. However, no other chapter in the series managed to capture the hearts of millions of gamers around the world than the popular 7th installment in the series, released back in 1997. The tone of the game was exciting, and the characters were three dimensional beings who were woven into an intricate storyline. The game is best known for a tragic scene where one of the characters is killed, bringing a depth of emotion never before seen at that time which brought some players to tears.
Square decided to release a sequel to Final Fantasy VII, but instead of opting for the game treatment, they began work on a 100% CGI animated movie using the same technology as Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. It was released in 2004 to critical fan acclaim, and then to DVD shortly thereafter. So how does the Blu-Ray release stack up?
First of all, this is the most complete and glorious version of Advent Children that you're ever going to get. It's on Blu-Ray, and the format is nothing but kind to animated movies, especially those done in CGI. FF comes alive with pristine, crystal-clear visual quality with over 20 minutes of added scenes to boot. Indeed, this "Complete" edition is the version that future releases will be stacked against.
The audio track doesn't seem any different from the one included on the standard-def DVD release. I bought the Japanese import way back when, and I noticed a significantly more powerful soundtrack, especially in music and thundering sound effects. I was slightly disappointed to see that the Blu-Ray version didn't match that brilliant track, but then again, I was watching the English dub. The Japanese dub has a bit more punch to it. With some tweaking to my equalizer and surround channels, I managed to satisfy my audio demands.
If there's a downside to the film, it lies in the story. If you haven't played the original Final Fantasy VII from beginning to end, you're going to be friggin' lost. I myself had played the game straight through from start to finish, and even stopped to find every single secret in the game. But, that was a while ago. Even I had a few "WTF" moments during the course of the film. Nevertheless, having played the game means everything. Characters like Barrett, Sephiroth, Tifa and Marlene aren't going to matter if you don't know their backstories. Of course, this movie is primarily about Cloud Strife, the main character, and his pangs of guilt at having been unable to save the life of Aerith, his companion from the game. To a first-time viewer who is completely new to the story, Aerith's very presence will be a head-scratching conundrum.
But, that's beside the point. This movie was created by Square, exclusively for the diehard fans of the game. It really is a labor of love on Square's part, and a testament to their connection with the game. They're giving the fans what they want, even if it means that a large chunk of the human population won't have any idea what this film is about. There's passion in the creation of the film, and the action sequences are flat out breathtaking (if not totally unrealistic). It gets the adrenaline pumping, especially during the final act which is straight action for almost a half-hour, non-stop.
Advent Children is a masterpiece. It's animation is flat-out incredible, and rivals anything seen by Pixar to this day, and it has the advantage (and disadvantage?) of being tied to such a beautiful and standard-changing backstory. I loved it.
To those who aren't FF7 veterans.....download it onto your PS3 or PSP from the PlayStation store and play it straight through from beginning to end before evening THINKING about picking this film up. It's worth it, trust me.
Most of the extra scenes in the blue-ray version slows down the pace and the action of the movie. Some of the rerecorded engelsk voice acting, sometimes doesn't work too well, and screwed up one scene in the movie. (Where they should have left it as it was.)
All in all, I think that the DVD version is the best, even doe some of the new scenes does made the movie better. (Doe if you're going to buy the Blue-Ray version, you should still see the DVD version, there a some scenes in the DVD version that's not in the Blue-Ray version... then again you should see both, if you're a FF7 fan.)
Sí eres fan de FF7 y viste la versión en dvd de esta película (claro que la viste si no no estarías aquí :D) esta es una versión extendida con más ecenas, remasterizadas una ova de Denzel y otros extras coquetos que se agradecen.
I got the Complete version, which I have heard cleans up the storyline much better. All I can say is that the guys that made this money were true fans of Final Fantasy 7. I never like any of the other final fantasies, and that goes for the movies and games, but #7 holds a special place in my heart as only of the greatest games ever made. The garden inside the chapel where Cloud met Aeris is in the movie, as is the music during the fights from the game, even the victory music from the game, as a ringtone on the bad guys cell phone. This movie is dope just to have those little touches that a fan would recognize. Get complete edition. Good job
Advent Children's original release on dvd largely relied on the audience having played the game. It was a visual feast back in the day but its narrative bordered on incomprehensible if you were a newcomer.
The film then saw a re-release on bluray in the form of Advent Children complete. This version included new scenes thatvhelped to flesh out the story. While they may not necessarily have made it a better film. They did make it more watchable.
Now with FF7 remake out and having clear ties to Advent Children, (I will leave these for you to discover yourself...) its a good time for a re-release of this film.
The original blu-ray releae as said above included new scenes. Unfortunately for all the improvements offered by those new scenes, and added blood and dirt, the other flaws are still present. The film still has pacing and structural issues. The CG itself still holds up for the most part. But where things fall short is the quality of the transfer.
There are some poor compression, shimmer and aliasing issues during the entire film in the blu ray release.
These issues still seem to be present in the 4k rerelease. These are probably stemming from the source animation. The rest of the footage does get a decent boost and added detail in textures and fine detail.
The film does benefit from HDR color grading. Its a step up from the bluray and improves where it can, but its still a 15 year old film.
If your a fan of Final Fantasy of FF7 is it worth picking up? Thats for you to decide. One other point to consider is that if your a digital person? This release does come with a digital code redeemable on movies anywhere. Now I owned the previous release on bluray and digital. But the difital version both on vudu and movies anywhere lacked the english dub and was entirely in Japanese. Depending on whether your a purist who prefers the original japanese audio or not, this has been fixed with the digital version for this release. I watched it digitally on my PC last night and was quite surprised to hear the english dub. So that may be another consideration. Actually my original digital copy for some reason wouldnt play.
In all honesty, I was excited when this edition came out - however, lacking a BluRay player, I could not purchase it. I didn't understand why the company only offered it on BluRay, but I can see why now, only after watching it.
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.