<i>Advent Children</i> gets US release date, voice cast

Final Fantasy movie comes to America on UMD and feature-packed DVD in late April; Rachael Leigh Cook, Mena Suvari join cast.

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It's been a long time coming for North American fans of Final Fantasy, but the countdown can officially begin--home versions of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is coming to the US on April 25. The computer animated film based on the Square Enix franchise was previously released in theaters and on UMD and DVD in Japan, where it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The 101-minute film was directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Tekeshi Nozue and written by Kazushige Nojima.

The stars of the movie's English-language cast were also revealed today. Steve Burton, who gamers may know as the voice of Cloud Strife in the Kingdom Hearts games, was a lock to reprise the role of Cloud for the movie, but two Hollywood starlets will also become very familiar to FF fans soon. Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie and the Pussycats, She's All That) and Mena Suvari (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) will voice Tifa and Aerith, respectively, in both Advent Children and the upcoming PlayStation 2 game Kingdom Hearts II.

Those who can't decide between the DVD and the PSP-friendly UMD formats may want to opt for the DVD version. The 2-disc set features a bonus DVD with a story digest, deleted scenes, a "making of" featurette, and footage from the film's debut at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, as well as peeks of upcoming Final Fantasy VII-based games.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is rated PG-13 and will retail for $26.96.

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Kwzy

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! I will buy mine at the day of the release!!!

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regulesblade

I hope it comes out soon because I'm dying of wait

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AlexWills

Finnaly a real Final Fantasy movie I hope its better than the other one.

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RoyalRook

Are you guys actually going to get this rip off? Just go buy some blank lol.

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sh4d0wc4st3r

26.96 usd? wow

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FantasyFreak14

Yessssssss!

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omarguy01

sweeeeeeeeeeet

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ss4lawrence

nice but im in uk whens it coming here

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twistedvenom1

Yeah!!!!! Boy!!!!!!! I'm rdy to see it.

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VincentV21

This is much better than the news not too long ago that "FFVII:AC may not be making its way to the US until end of 2006". I have a Divx DVD player, so I have been watching AC for about 5 months now, but I will definitely buy it on PSP & DVD both.

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VFG

Wow, looks like the movie is finaly almost here. It's only... two years late. I guess Square took on Enix's inability to make deadlines.

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doonkoon

i watched the japanese version with subtitles a while back. the movie definetly brought back memories. seeing them brought to life was really amazing and emotional some times. but over all the movie was not that great. i mean, ff7 was all about the story, deep involving story that had an impact on you. advent children managed to do away with a first class story and ended up littering the movie with fight scenes that took up alot of the movie. the fighing was amazing, ill admit that, but thats what the movie mostly consited of. it didnt live up to my expectations, but still, a tribute to ff7.

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EvIlKiNgKoOpA

The one thing people went to buy a psp,and it seemed like they was ripped off abit,lol,about time your psp owners get this mild movie,either way,i seen it and in its OG version and i find adding american actors voices to it is just a gimmick,just hope they stop making these attemps to make this FF7 series live abit longer,dont they have any more capabilitys to create a NEWER story and no i wouldnt want a FF7 remake for any system,just make a new dam story,FYI kingdom heart was lame too ME,because of the dam disney characters

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Link1515

It took long enough. Can't wait for it. I've never seen it before.

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s53025050

This News is Very Nice For I and Other Tactinles of Final Fantasy Series

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warjilis

Finally! A release date. I just hope the US release will have the original Japanese voice with English Subtitles available

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Kfoss

WOOT!

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lageasy311

It really is amazing what us U.S gamers have to put up with!!! This thing has been delayed more times than an O.J trial. I mean C'mon, it's just voice acting and it takes more than a year!!! *sigh* Well it's coming and it's almost here. :)

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She-Geek

Ish excited. I've seen the Japanese version already, but I've been itching to see in a language I can understand:D

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Reaper_of_Soulz

Well I already got the Japanese version with subtitles but I might as well get the american version too.

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StillWingless

that's good for advent children... but they changed aerith's voice actress for KH2, if i read right. that's not quite as good for that game.

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insane956dv

I never thougth i'd see this day

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el_tacho

Is it going to come with Japanese language too ?

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jester_88

yes omg finally this thing is coming out i've been waiting for ever!!!

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chicknfeet

Yay! It's about time

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Techno_Burn

why in the name of almighty Sephiroth did it take this long?! i live in freekin scotland, so il probably get it months after the americans!

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-PureDemon-

Awesome I'll buy it when ever

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Viquist

I haven't seen it yet, I've been waiting for this forever, and now it will finally come in April. My Birthday isn't too far before that date (the 18th) so I may get it for myself as a late Birthday present.... So,........ Is it April Yet?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

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cloudstrife75

good! and not too far away either...next set of good news... ps3 release date! :D

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Plays_4_Pants

they held if off so that their new sleugh of crappy ff fanboy-lovin games will come out around the time of the movie folks. It's called marketing.

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qatarman

Aprill 25 mmmmmmmmmmmm im a Patient Man.............

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xxgamemasterxx

i've seen the *** version i hope the voice is just as good

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dcm06

square is awesome. im not a movie lover but i loved this game and i believe this is going to be a good movie.

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darktails

Its about time

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ewjim

"...late April..." - can't they do this quicker!?!??

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Theblackace

Dude the movie came out in Japan last yr and it was leaked out on the internet a few days before the *** release after seeing the movie and putting it on DVD for all my friends alot of them said the movie was mediocre you only saw the other characters in the movie like for 5 min which sucked .

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owner211

joy, only 2 more months of wating

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toadblat

Whoopie

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SupaPhly

I LOOOOVE FF7, but I think AC was too far-fetched! it almost ruined my interest in FF7. and also I never expected clouds personality to be like that, I thought he would of been a little like a humorous person :P and plus, It would of been cool if AC was in Anime :)

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Claudu

As I said, there are good that are paying their part well and I don't have nothing against them. It's just that some games/movies are made to be played/watched with japanese voices and I think we should have a choice everywhere. There are some that like to watch animes with eng dubs and there some like me that can't stand it. Hopefully you can choose in animes, but you can't in games. That's sad and bad :P Games like movies should have the original track with subs and the dub track.

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kakashi_00x000

W00000000000000000T!!!!!!!!!! Ya, this movie is awsome, I'm gonna buy it for sure!

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RyuKazama

Well David Boreanez did a great job with Squall in KH...and isult all you like, Lance Bass was a good Sephiroth. So I'm not keen an N*Sync person has something in common with the great Sephiroth, but in my opinion Lance Bass actually did a damn good job for Sephiroth in KH...even if it was only a few words and growls, it was good. I'm not going to be narrow minded just because someone from N Sync did his voice. Hell, I don't care if Kylie Minogue did his voice so long it sounds excellent. Anywho, AC SHOULD contain a Japanese track as well considering how it's 2 discs.....the Japanase release was only one disc, with one audio track (Japanese) and all of those extra features on the same disc, so either the US is getting laughed at with a 2 Disc set where everything was on one disc in Japan and they think the US prefer quanity over quality, or it's because the audio-track's on the main disc taking up all the room thus needing the second for the extra stuff that most people probably wont watch.

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nature-elf

Japansese voice actors will be better thyan english ones...they are more experinced in a way...the movie was meant for japanese language so maybe it won't be as nice because it will be like japanese characters with American accent..so get the *** with english..it will sound better

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Claudu

Well if it's a movie we will propably get something that games lack - the original japanese voiceovers with eng subs. Dubbing is the worst thing people ever invented and it sucks 99%. David Hayter as Snake is one of very few exceptions where the dub actor is better than the original, but MGS games are one of few japanese games that are better with english speaking characters. Anyway FF7 characters speaking english ? The thought itself makes me puke. Never!

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slipslayer_666

took em' long enough, iam just glad us folks that dont have a PSP dont get the shaft.

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Reetesh

APRIL 25 th!!! thats still far away:| I have to get the DVD:D

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danteandneo

is there a UK one being released??????

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xraystar

Movie is, honetly, aimed at the fans of VII (i.e. ^ not that guy). AC is, to me, the true ending to the game. I'm not so sure about the cast they have lined up for the voice-overs, but damn if Square screws this up by not leaving the original Japanese track .... oooh boy.

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DaysBecomeYears

Okay, this is WAY old news! Number one, Its not a good movie at all, number two its been around since early last year! Bootlegs, the net what-ever.There is no way these fanboy should have to wait this long to get let down!

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southy787

I can't wait any longer!!