<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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Finally it's coming to the state!!!

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Too bad you can get it in Japanese with English subtitles already, but I'll pick this one up, too when it comes out. Thanks, Gamespot for the news!

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Haha.To crispy2781, you actually think DoC looks bad and FF fans are only in it for a remake? Perhaps you should wake up. The characters in VII have a special resonance with this generation of gamers, and they wish to see developed versions of the characters they loved. I do too. I don't care about a remake. Square-Enix have put enough hard work into the sequel stuff and earned enough of my respect over the years to do whatever the hell they feel like. I have faith in everything they do... And as for saying KH2 looks terrible- um, there's a comment thats bound to be representative of the 4 million folk who brought KH1! Thats what the internet is about, isn't it? Ruining brilliant storytelling through inconsiderate cynicism. I love FF and KH- best games ever.

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Even though I haven't played the game I really want to see this movie. It looks brilliant.

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and with the halo remarks i am referenceing Xbox magazine adn some other reviews that gave it tens not famitsu.. any idea what famitsu gave halo anyway anyone? i would think 7's???

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actually crispy i trust famitsu more than any american, british, canadian ect game reviewer. more often than not i agree with them 90 percent when most other reviewers i agree about 70 percent of the time. but i dont think nintendogs was a 10 either. i play it alot and like it. but i also dont think halo 1 or 2 was a ten. they were good games but no 10. only tens i can think of are actually final fantasy 7 and legend of zelda ocrina of time.

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Yay, the 12 people that didn't download it can see it now! :P

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WOOT~!! OMG I can't wait...I'm going to go play FF7 all over again before it comes out...

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ha, that just got this news..bad Gamespot..1up and IGN got it before you did and hade it posted all day ..XD

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RIGHT.... and with all those rave reviews given in Japan, I can trust their choices....oh wait... no I cant << LINK REMOVED >> and they also gave Nintendogs a 10 in Famitsu... a 10? no way...its fun...but its no 10. Im not bashing the Japanese cuz I love their stuff...but go to that link and tell me you dont think their taste is iffy.

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Anyone who thinks KH2 looks bad obviously has terrible taste in games.

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crispy2781 well man that is to say that some of us even want a remake, sure i would be stoked but that is not what I really want i enjoy goingn trough new story lines plus KH 1 looked awesome and from what every one is saying Japan Reviews and Others who have imported it say it is all the first game was plus tons more so it should be even better just because you don't like it man dosn't mean you have to come on here and trash it lets just hope it is good as every one says.

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a new movie for my psp

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Good :)

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Wow. It has been forever.

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Finally. I must be the only FF fan in the world who hasn't already seen the Japanese version, so I'm really looking forward to this.

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KHearts 2 is getting excellent reviews in Japan. Less hate, crispy.

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i saw it too...but its not gonna change my mind on buying it.

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Mena and Rachel have either gained an untold legion of fans or a bunch of geeks who are going to constantly berate them for "totally screwing up" FFVII:AC.

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Sweeeet!! Now all that is needed is ff 12.

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Hmmm. I haven't watched that movie since it came out. I guess I should watch it again and see how the VAs compare.

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w00t. Saw it as soon as it came out on a friend's PC, but will be in line to get it.

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I hope Square does the right thing and give us the Japanese audio track too.

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Finally, I've been waiting for this moment! At last I can rest in peace! :D

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I still liked Mandy Moore from KH1. Ah, well. At least there is a solid release date.

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It's long overdue, but hopefully worth the wait... man the things we put up with over here for the goods.

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It is about darn time I got so sick of waiting that i picked up the Japan version last week but i am still stoked to get it.

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According to Square, it seems Suvari was the hold up all along, trying to get her to sign for both KH2 and Advent Children. It was inevitable that the cast of KH would reprise their roles in both, Moore being the only no show. So in truth, we could blame both Mandy Moore and Mena Suvari. Eh, bloodshed later. Kudos Square on a solid cast list.

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All right!

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Yes!!! About time. Now that so many people have already seen the movie off of the Internet, I am interested in finding out how many units actually sell.