Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (U.S.A. Theatrical Premier)

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A large poster in front of the theater.

A smaller poster in front of the theater.

Ummm, the ticket line started there.

This is the line, which circled around the block, where some people stood in from as early as 2 a.m. to get wristbands at 11:30 a.m.

The guy handing out wristbands.

The wristbands.

The second line, which also circled the block, where people stood in to trade their wristbands for tickets.  The line started at 11:30 a.m. they gave out the tickets around 6:15 p.m.

The tickets that they took away a few minutes after giving them to us.

A small poster once inside the theater.

Some more small posters.

Taking pictures of the movie was strictly prohibited, tee hee.

They had people checking the audience with infrared goggles to make sure nobody filmed or took pictures.

I only managed to sneak three pictures.

A few people that worked on the movie talked at the end of the credits, plus they gave out ten prizes to people that were lucky enough to sit in seats that were winners.

The gift bag that was waiting for us near the exit, plus they let us take back the movie tickets.

The poster that was in the gift bag.

The Japanese soundtrack that was in the gift bag.

Cosplay was almost non-existent, except for Yuna, Vincent and Rikku.  Rikku, who I happened to meet at the Jack-In-The-Box across the street, was really impressive, but the other two were not that creative.

My impression of the English dubbed release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - I did NOT see any new scenes nor lip synchronization with the new English vocals.  Therefore, I cannot see any justification for the USA to get this movie so much later than Japan.  The only difference is the voice acting, but it seems odd that it would take around 6 months to dubbed a 90 minute movie.  (Yes, I know that it's a 100 minute movie, but the last 10 minutes are literally credits.)  The voice acting was good, not great, but better than I expected.  Unfortunately, some voices don't fit the characters too well.  Still, I'm very happy that I was able to see this movie in the theaters, looked much better than on my 40 inch screen at home.  :)  Also, the trailers before the movie were a great bonus, especially the Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII trailer with English subtitles.


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