Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

The story and characters of Final Fantasy VII are some of the most beloved and celebrated in video game history. Hence, it makes perfect sense that Square Enix would capitalize on the game’s success by expanding its world. One of those spinoffs developed into the feature-length film: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. While Advent Children doesn’t have the same impact as the game, the film feels like a vital reunion among some close friends. However, those unfamiliar with the game may want to look for entertainment elsewhere.

Advent Children is a film that caters solely to those who have played the games. The film barely touches upon the game’s lore and character backgrounds. So without prior knowledge of Final Fantasy VII, you’ll be lost as to what’s going on. Then again, the storyline is so complex that viewers may need multiple viewings to get what’s going on. At the same time, the film doesn’t allow the storyline to breathe and develop. Advent Children feels so much like a long CG cutscene than an animated action film. Most of the film consists of dynamic action sequences frequently found in Japanese video games.

That leads us to the voice acting of the film. Like most foreign films, the English dub of Advent Children is terrible. While the voices may fit the characters, the English dialogue doesn’t adjust well with the mouth movement. As a result, the dialogue sounds unnatural—very William Shatner-like. It’s a stark contrast to the phenomenal English voice work done for Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Overall, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is an action-packed but flat sequel to one of the greatest video games of all time. Nevertheless, fans of the game will welcome a return to Midgar with some familiar friends. Advent Children may not be perfect, but then again, neither are most family reunions.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Sephiroth and Cloud Strife

Video

The film has always had a high contrast look to it. So the whites are still super bright and occasionally lose details in these areas—such as the clouds in the sky. On the other hand, the shadows are inky black with no loss of shadow detail whatsoever. The color palette for Advent Children is limited, as the overall picture has a gloomy gray vibe to it. As a result, the colors are a bit muted to match the look and feel of the film. Advent Children has a lot of crazy production and character designs, and all of the cool designs come across clearly. However, there are aliasing issues with the picture’s finer details, such as the stained-glass windows in the Sector 5 slums church or on the hair of the characters. Despite the aliasing issues, this is a stellar video transfer.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Vincent, Cid Highwind, Barrett Wallace, Red XIII, Cait Sith, Yuffie Kisaragi, and Tifa Lockhart

Audio

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an English and Japanese Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Advent Children‘s Dolby Atmos track. There’s a lot of hectic moments that happen in the film. Thus, there are a lot of moments where the sound seamlessly moves across the soundstage. However, when things get very chaotic, such as the battle against Bahamut SIN, the mix isn’t as lively as it should be. Instead, the film’s action-packed score primarily takes over while the sound effects blend together.

It doesn’t happen very often, but the mix utilizes the overheads during the film’s key scenes. Not to mention, the film’s few quiet moments feature the mix’s subtle atmospheric effects, such as the wind during the conversation between Rufus and Kadaj. Despite everything going on in the mix, the dialogue is well-prioritized and audible in the center channel. Overall, this is a great mix.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Rude and Reno

Special Features

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • Legacy of Final Fantasy VII
  • Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII
  • Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII Compilation
  • On the Way to a Smile – Episode: Denzel
  • Sneak Peek at Final Fantasy XIII

Unfortunately, the 4K re-release of Advent Children comes with the same featurettes as the 2009 release. So those looking for bonus features connected with Final Fantasy VII Remake may have to wait longer for it. “Legacy” is a subtitled Japanese featurette highlighting the history and saga of the FF7 brand. “Reminiscence” takes the Japanese game footage of the game to create a 23-minute recap of the entire game—from disc 1 to 3. Similarly, “Compilation” is another lengthy recap of all of the events leading up to the game, as told through the spinoff games. So for those that haven’t played the spinoff games, then this is a must-watch feature. Lastly, “Episode: Denzel” is a half-hour anime short showcasing the tragic backstory of Advent Children’s newest character.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a welcoming reunion with some old friends. However, for those who’ve never played the game, Advent Children is confusing and overloaded. Not to mention, the video and audio presentations are both stellar. Although the bonus features may be old and outdated, they’re still adequate. It’s a shame that we didn’t get any special features involving the recently released Final Fantasy VII: Intergrade or the next chapter of the Remake.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is now available in stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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