Two years after saving the world from Sephiroth (Newbern),
the children start to suffer from a mystery aliment christened 'geostigma'.
Tifa (Leigh Cook) runs an orphanage to care for these children along with
Cloud (Burton) but the ex-SOLDIER is plagued by the demons of his past.
When he receives a phone call from Shinra president, Rufus (Wingert) he
asks him for help to protect him against Kadaj and his two brothers, Loz
and Yazoo. The trio are searching for their 'Mother' and they believe that
Rufus and Cloud know were she is and they will do anything to find her.
One of the most popular games of all time finally gets a sequel
but instead of appearing on the latest video game console, the story of
Cloud continues in a movie.
The Final Fantasy series of games have been the most successful
in console history but of the twelve different stories that have that have
graced the games, it is the seventh version that fans have the biggest affinity
with. The story of Cloud and his friend's fight against the Shinra Corporation
and rouge SOLDIER Sephiroth was the first Final Fantasy game on the Sony
PlayStation and the one that made the franchise the most popular role playing
game in the world. It also made company Square-Enix one of the biggest and
most respected video game companies in the world.
In 2001, Square-Enix released their first feature-length
movie and of course the first film they produced was a 'Final Fantasy' story
but it failed. 'Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within' set new boundaries when
it came to computer generated animation and human characters but it was
the story that didn't resonate with fans of the series. Instead of a fantasy-based
plotline, the film was a science fiction story with none of the elements
that fans loved about the games. The good news is that 'Final Fantasy VII:
Advent Children Complete' addresses that with some style with an extra thirty minutes from the original DVD release.
Set two years on from the events of the game, we return to
the world of ex-SOLDER Cloud as he struggles to cope with his own inner
demons as a new threat threatens bring back the evil that nearly destroyed
the world before. This is a pure Final Fantasy story with magic, summoning
spells and battles that will have fans of the games rejoicing.
As with their first attempt at a 'Final Fantasy' film, Square-Enix
have pushed the boundaries of computer generated animation. The visuals
and production design are completely stunning but it is the human character
models that really set a new standard. All your favourite characters from
the game such as Cloud Strife, Vincent Valentine, Tifa Lockheart, Barret
Wallace, Cid, Red XIII and Cait Sith are rendered in unbelievable detail
from their facial expressions to their clothing.
This is a movie made for the fans of the game and it shows
with the storyline. You really have to know the idiosyncrasies of the plot
from the seventh game to get the most out of the movie but this will not
take anything away from the visual spectacle of the film. 'Final Fantasy
VII: Advent Children Complete' is what fans of the game series have been waiting
for and even if you don't know the games there is still a lot to enjoy here.
For Fans of
PICTURE & SOUND
The Blu-Ray disc presents the movie in High Definition wide screen 1.78:1 up to 1080p, with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound.
Legacy of Final Fantasy VII (6.28 mins/Standard Definition)
A look at the storyline behind the fan favourite ‘Fantasy Fantasy VII’, looking at the spin off games and the added footage in Advent Children Complete.
Reminiscence Of Final Fantasy VII (23.55 mins/Standard Definition)
A video compilation of scenes from the original game to help viewers catch up on the storyline pre-Advent Children
Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII Compilation (29.43 mins/Standard Definition)
Watch the full story in game form that leads up to the events of ‘Advent Children’
On the way to a smile – Episode Denzel (28.07 mins/High Definition)
Watch the beautifully realised anime of how Denzel became part of Advent Children
Sneak Peak at Final Fantasy XIII (7.12 mins/High Definition)
Watch the new preview trailer for the game that includes cut scenes and gameplay footage.
Watch all of the preview trailers for ‘Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children'
The Blu-Ray treatment for ‘Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children’ is an improvement on the DVD release. While the lack of the Playstation 3 demo of ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ that was included in the Japanese release is a real disappointment, this is the ultimate way to watch this visually stunning movie.