Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete is an extended cut of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children based on the successful PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. It was released on Blu-ray, and includes over thirty minutes of new footage. Included along with the Japanese release was the first playable demo for Final Fantasy XIII.
Though much of the music generally remains the same, many tracks have been modified to accommodate the new scenes, as well as to sound more similar to music from Final Fantasy VII. In addition, a new ending song was written, titled "Safe and Sound", which is exclusive to the Japanese version; the English version plays "Calling" instead of "Safe and Sound".
Advent Children Complete follows the original plot and storyline of Advent Children - three young men arrive at the city of Edge and seek Jenova's remains in order to revive Sephiroth. Cloud, having been infected with the fatal disease Geostigma and distancing himself from his friends and family, is pulled back into battle to stop them and eventually faces Sephiroth once again.
Compared to the original film, Advent Children Complete features a full twenty-six minutes of new footage. The various changes include more scenes with the children, including Denzel and the Moogle Girl, more dialogue with Kadaj and Rufus Shinra to better explain certain plot elements, and some restructured fight scenes. For example, Vincent is visible in his cloak when he saves Cloud, the scene with Tseng and Elena at the Northern Cave is expanded, and Tifa takes a more active role in fighting Bahamut SIN and she is rescued by Cloud.
The film also has higher quality graphics due to the different format, allowing blood and dirt to be shown on the characters. The most obvious change in structure is the climax of Cloud's battle with Sephiroth, with Zack supporting Cloud to finish Sephiroth with Omnislash Version 6. Due to new scenes involving Marlene and Denzel, their aged voice actors were replaced and their scenes entirely re-recorded.
Of particular note is the different ending, based on the original twenty-minute short film Advent Children was based on. After the battle with Sephiroth (which also has a different climax), Cloud is attacked by Loz and Yazoo and apparently killed. Around Edge, phones ring and the unheard speaker tells the children to go the Sector 5 Church.
There, as in the original film, Cloud is revived, and the children reveal they were told to go there by "her", with no additional details given. After the end credits, the cliff where Zack died is shown covered in flowers. Denzel asks Cloud if the cliff is where someone died, but Cloud corrects him and says "it's where a hero began his journey", and the Buster Sword has been restored and placed in the church among the flowers.
At the Tokyo Game Show 2006, Square Enix showed a trailer of a movie titled Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete that is to be released on the blu-ray disc format. New scenes were be added to the movie so it could be called an extended version, however, director Tetsuya Nomura says that "it's not meant to be just an update to the original, but rather a replacement". Nomura has stated the new scenes could add up to as much as thirty minutes of new content. Though originally slated for a 2007 release, the movie was delayed until 2008 and then 2009. The film was released April 16th, 2009, for Japan, and in North America on June 2nd, 2009. Included is a new theme song, "Safe and Sound", a joint-creation of Kyosuke Himuro and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, which was only included on the Japanese version.
The film was released in Japan in three bundles. One included a limited edition 160GB "Cloud Black" PlayStation 3 bundle with the Final Fantasy XIII demo, another was the film with the demo, and the last was the stand-alone film. The film also includes an OVA based on On the Way to a Smile: Case of Denzel, along with never-before-seen trailers for Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0. Nomura also said that Complete may be the last installment of the Compilation for some time, but he and Takeshi Nozue have other ideas and are contemplating another film project.
Differences from Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit
The following is a list of the changes found in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete:
- New exclusive music compositions are added to the film and many of the original are revised. For more details, see Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Reunion Tracks.
- A new opening scene is added in which Kadaj and Rufus discuss why humans repeatedly destroy and create. With this new scene, the film starts in medias res.
- In the Northern Crater, the shooting sounds are prolonged.
- Cait Sith's stuffed moogle is now included in the flashback scene of the final confrontation in the Northern Crater.
- An extended introductory tour of Edge is added, introducing the Moogle Girl and her Geostigma-afflicted younger brother, as well as showing a death from Geostigma.
- Tifa listens to a radio in the 7th Heaven bar reporting about the Lifestream and Geostigma.
- A book titled Medical Science: Mechanism of Human Body and newspaper clippings about Geostigma are added to Cloud's desk.
- Kadaj's facial expression after the motorcycle battle in the Midgar wastelands is altered.
- A brief scene showing Denzel gazing at the photos of his parents is added.
- The Healen Lodge has changed names from "Healin" to "Healen".
- The scene and dialog within the cabin between Cloud and Rufus is altered, giving more insight to Geostigma and Sephiroth being the cause.
- A brief video showing Tseng and Elena being attacked by the materializing Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz in the Northern Crater is added.
- Reno and Rude talk about their comrades (previously seen in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-), and atoning for nearly destroying the planet before Kadaj streams through the door in a black mist.
- An additional flashback scene is added, showing how Cloud found Denzel in Sector 5.
- An additional scene shows Denzel running outside thinking he hears Cloud's motorcycle, but seeing Yazoo pass by instead.
- A new scene shows Denzel and the Moogle Girl crossing paths for the first time as she carries her now dead brother through the city streets, while suffering discrimination from spectators.
- An extended flashback of Zack's Final Stand (previously seen in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-) is added with a short voiceover of Sephiroth repeating lines from Final Fantasy VII.
- Zack is redesigned to match his Crisis Core design.
- More details are added to characters in the scene of Tifa and Loz's fight in Sector 5 Church. Both Tifa and Loz accumulate dirt spots. Tifa's disappearing glove issue is also amended.
- The scene between Denzel and the Moogle Girl outside 7th Heaven (before she leads him to Yazoo's truck) is slightly altered.
- When Cloud passes out next to Tifa, the music track "Anxious Heart" from Final Fantasy VII is played instead of the original "Water" track.
- A new scene shows Cloud preparing to bring Denzel to Tifa after finding him in Sector 5.
- A new scene shows Denzel and the Moogle Girl being taken away in Yazoo's truck with other Geostigma-afflicted children.
- More explanation about Kadaj's plans is given when Loz brings the materia and Marlene to the Forgotten Capital. During the scene, Marlene briefly attempts to escape.
- A brief new scene shows Kadaj speaking to Jenova as the inflicted children drink from the water in the Forgotten Capital.
- The scene of Vincent's intervention in the battle of the Forgotten Capital clearly shows Vincent's face.
- The dialog between Reno, Rude, Yazoo, and Loz at the Meteor Monument is slightly altered.
- New scene shows Cloud dropping off Marlene at 7th Heaven, where they discuss why he left them.
- The scene between Rufus and Kadaj before he summons Bahamut SIN is altered to remove all indiscriminate flashback images. The dialog itself is altered. Music track is removed from the scene.
- A flashback scene of Denzel watching the news about Sector 7's destruction is added.
- Extended scene shows Tifa fighting Shadow Creepers to protect Denzel.
- The introduction scene of the former AVALANCHE members is altered.
- Cloud's arrival scene is altered to that of showing him saving both Denzel and Tifa. His memories of failing to save Zack and Aerith are shown synchronously as a symbol of him finally acknowledging his own abilities.
- New scene shows Denzel making his way back to 7th Heaven and confronting a pair of Shadow Creepers along the way. This scene shows the extreme vulnerability of Shadow Creepers to the water.
- As the battle goes on, Bahamut SIN accumulates scratches, fractures, cuts and burns.
- All fighting characters receive scratches, wounds and spots of dirt during their battles. Tifa and Yuffie receives spots of dirt on their cheeks and dresses. Cid's shirt shows perspiration and his face becomes very dirty. Red XIII is charred in two spots. Rude and Reno categorically accumulate dirt all over and bleed. Only Loz and Yazoo remain largely pristine.
- Tseng and Elena are shown arriving on the scene to save Rufus, both bandaged and patched for their injuries from the Northern Crater and the subsequent torture.
- An additional scene shows Rufus directing the Turks to help Cloud.
- The highway chase event features comedy scenes involving Reno and Rude's attempt to assist Cloud by attacking Loz and Yazoo with a Shinra Military Transport Helicopter and a missile launcher. After miserably failing and crash the helicopter, they are picked up and air dropped to the other end of the highway tunnel by Tseng and Elena instead of making it there on their own.
- Sephiroth's Masamune is given a new resonating sound effect.
- The denouement of the battle between Cloud and Sephiroth is extended: Instead of being thrown against a wall and impaled in the shoulder, Cloud is thrown into a pile of rubble. He recovers and attempts the original Omnislash limit break. It fails when Sephiroth impales him midair, in a scene that resemble his original impalement during the Nibelheim Incident. (Sephiroth comments on it.) Sephiroth reveals his wing, throws Cloud into the air, executes a vicious variation of Octaslash on him and throws him to the ground in a pool of his own blood.
- The original scene of Cloud remembering what he cherishes is extended with Zack appearing (apparently, only to Cloud alone) to give Cloud some encouragement, reminding him he must "protect his SOLDIER honor" and that he is his "living legacy" (previously heard in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-).
- Cloud's execution of Omnislash Version 5 is more detailed.
- Cloud bleeds from the gunshot he receives from Yazoo.
- After Cloud's apparent death, phones ring around Edge and the unheard voice tells everyone to go to the Sector 5 Church, in addition to Marlene meeting the Moogle Girl.
- Flowers are shown growing on Zack's grave. A short voiceover dialog between Denzel and Cloud is featured. The Buster Sword is shown to have been cleaned and moved to the Sector 5 Church.
Continuing from the original Advent Children several more Novellas for On the Way to a Smile were released for Advent Children Complete. They are Case of Yuffie, Case of Red XIII, Case of Shinra, and Case of the Lifestream. There is also a thirty minute OVA, animating the Case of Denzel.
Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VIIEdit
A look back at the original Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation.
Reminiscence of FFVII CompilationEdit
A look back at the sequels, prequels, and spin-off titles of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
Turbulence of FFVII CompilationEdit
The fan reactions of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy XIII Trial VersionEdit
The first demo of Final Fantasy XIII.
- Last Order -Final Fantasy VII- is not included with Advent Children Complete.
- During the closing moments of Advent Children Complete, when the Moogle Girl is cured of Geostigma, a small paper bearing a three-by-three grid is visible on the wall behind her (above the young boy's head); within these nine spaces are the box art to many of Square Enix's PlayStation 1 games, including the art for Final Fantasy VII (top row, middle box) and Final Fantasy Tactics (middle row, left box). This can be seen at 1:46:30 for several seconds before she walks away from the wall.
- The Brazilian release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete is not dubbed in Portuguese, but has Portuguese subtitles instead. Also, it's dubbed in Japanese, French and English.