I got my copy of FFVII: Advent Children Complete on bluray this morning and have watched it twice since! Being a massive fan of the original game and most of the compilation games thereon after, including the original DVD release of the CGI film, i was expecting bigger and better things with the Blu-ray release. And boy i was not disappointed!
Straight off the bat the image quality it pant-wetting, jaw-droppingly good. Every texture, skin tone, hair strand , expression, and each environment are portrayed it all its 1080p glory. The amount that is taking place on the screen at times attacks the senses, but definately in a good way.
The 26 minutes of added footage definately helps with making the story and the events taking place more complete, giving both newbie and seasoned FF7 fans a better understanding of the story. These newly addes scenes are better produced than the original DVD ones (which have just been upscaled), resulting in noticable image quality improvements. However, this is not to take anything away from the quality of the other scenes...it all looks stunning.
The Directors Cut label makes itself noticed by adding nice touches such as dirt, rips, and stains on the clothing after characters have been fighting. Even dirt and blood (quite alot in certain battles) have been added to give that darker edge. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this blu-ray version makes the film more "real" and "harder" than the original DVD release.
The audio kicks ass as well! I have a top of the range plasma TV and surround system and the Dolby TrueHD really does fly out and smacks you round the face, emersing you into the adventure further.
The special / added on features are also nice. Theres a anime 25 minute film surrounding Denzel. Two story digests of the original FF7 game. A 20 minute long featurette called "The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII". Several trailers of Advent Children. And something which other reviewers have said isnt included, whereas it is on mine: the FINAL FANTASY XIII sneak preview (And yes i do have a UK version of this film). A good 10 minute long preview featuring CGI cut scenes as well as in-game fighting and exploring.
The final verdict is an easy 5 stars YOU MUST GO OUT AND BUY IT NOW! Everything about this blu-ray release shouts class. From the outter packaging to the end credits. The FF7 universe is unique to gaming, and strikes a deeper cord than being just a video game. It transends genres, demographics, mediums, and race. An inspired masterclass in encaptivating story telling; this movie is going to fly off the shells just like its younger brother did. Regardless of whether you own the original DVD, or you don't and have never even experienced FF7 before, you owe it to yourself to watch this movie!