PictureFinal Fantasy VII: Advent Children is presented with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. It looks simply superb. The detail is good throughout, with some inherent softness due to the content, but generally decent clarity. There's no edge enhancement and negligible grain - what we're looking it as pretty-much the best visuals that current computer animation technology has to offer and that is very special indeed. The colour scheme is slightly faded to reflect the war-torn landscapes, but this is clearly on purpose. The skin tones are tremendous and the flowery gardens are truly luscious. Blacks are solid and allow for decent shadowing and night sequences.
SoundAdvent Children comes with two equally fantastic Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Dialogue is presented clearly across the frontal array and the synchronisation is so well done for the dubbing that the only reason you know they English was not the original language is because some of the American accents seem a little silly. Effects are well represented across the surrounds, from the kick-ass fight sequences to the smaller, but equally noticeable events - like a mobile phone ringing that will make you wonder whether it is actually going off in your house. The only quibble that I have is perhaps with the soundtrack, which varies from typically grating Hong Kong ballad to Flash Gordon rock, with only a few more suitable moments in between.
ExtrasIn the way of extras, all we get is a rather odd half-hour Featurette entitled Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII. It appears to tell the story behind Final Fantasy VII, leading up until the movie, utilising various videogame footage to visualise the narrative. Unfortunately it is not wildly comprehensible, nor is it particularly watchable, the videogame quality being far worse than what we have come to expect these days. For fans, it will be quite a nice 'reminiscence' but for newcomers it does not really help fill in any of the background gaps at all.
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