Like most gamers back in 2005, I was hyped when Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was released, as it was the closest thing fans had to having a reimagining and continuation of the beloved video game. Now over a decade and some change later, Sony has finally given the movie a proper 4K treatment in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete. While the English dub isn’t the best and it’s still lacking a long overdue special feature, this is as close to FF7 film perfection as you’re going to get.
Taking place two years after the game, Cloud has given up his buster sword and does his best to live a peaceful life as his friends do the same. Fate has other plans though in the form of a deadly disease that’s infecting most of the people of Midgar. Of course this ends up bringing Cloud and his buddies back together for one more adventure as they try to figure out what this illness is and how to stop it.
They will also have to be quick about it, as Cloud becomes infected while helping out a young orphan named Denzel. But as any FF7 fan knows, that isn’t about to stop him from saving Denzel and everyone affected by this illness, even if it costs him and friends everything as they take on enemies both old and new.
I hadn’t seen this movie in so long and it was so awesome being able to watch it again in 4K on top of that. The remaster looks amazing and they even give us the director’s cut of the film that adds in twenty-some minutes of new footage and action scenes, and features even better looking character models and small violent touch ups, such as blood coming from wounds, and more.
While everything looks and sounds amazing in 4K with HDR and Dolby HD audio, the English dub could’ve used an overhaul. It’s not too bad, but it’s not too good either as it comes off a bit flat and doesn’t match the mouth flaps that well. Thankfully you can watch it with its original Japanese audio, and while there’s plenty of special features here, this release is still missing the famous “Last Order” short that would’ve truly made this release truly complete.
“Legacy of Final Fantasy VII” is a short but fun Japanese extra that goes over how the popularity of Final Fantasy VII started and grew into what it is even now, “Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII” is perfect for those new to the original 1997 game or for fans that want to experience it again as a twenty minute recap.
“Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII Compilation” takes this even further with recaps of the spin off games to help make sense of the things happening in Advent Children. While we didn’t get the Last Order anime short, we do get “On the Way to a Smile – Episode: Denzel” that introduces us the orphan Denzel and his sad backstory that takes place before the events in the film.
Despite Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete not being as complete as it could’ve been, it’s still a well made, action-packed adventure that fans will love. Newcomers will want to go over the reminiscence extras first to have a better understanding of the film (or maybe play the remake), least they run the risk scratching their heads in confusion. Whatever the case, this release makes it easy for anyone to get their CG Final Fantasy VII action fix as they wait for the next FF7 Remake to come along.