Shademp’s Final Fantasy VII Toshiba DVD Analysis

by November 21, 2012 4 comments

In 1997, Toshiba released a new home computer along with ”FINAL FANTASY VII” Original DVD High Quality CG Collection – a DVD containing CG movies from Final Fantasy VII in a higher resolution than those contained in the original game, as well as exclusive creator interviews.

Shademp – the man behind the Unused Text Series – managed to obtain this rare gem and has written both a review and an in-depth analysis of its contents. Videos from the DVD have also been uploaded and are available to view or download in his review article, as well as in a YouTube playlist.

There are numerous differences between the FMV’s originally released and those in the DVD. Comparison images and videos have been painstakingly constructed by Shademp in the previously linked analysis article. Also, due to the increased resolution with respect to the FMV’s used in the original game, text that was previously unreadable is now readable, such as that on JENOVA’s helmet, pictured to the right.

This is just one of many glorious gems available to peruse in the article, and needless to say another amazing addition to the treasure trove of Final Fantasy VII knowledge here at the Lifestream. A huge thank you to Shademp from everyone here at the Lifestream for taking both the time and money to bring this gem to us.

Got something to say? Discuss the DVD here on our forum.


  1. cold_spirit
    #1 cold_spirit 21 November, 2012, 03:55

    You da best! It’s people like you that make this site so great.

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  2. Robert Seddon
    #2 Robert Seddon 21 November, 2012, 18:14

    Interesting stuff.

    After squinting at the poster in MD8_2, my best guess is that it’s a surfer moving towards the bottom right (breaking out of the circular blue background) with white-ish spray in the top right, and possibly with a ghosting effect from the top left to suggest speed. That would make sense as an ad. for Costa del Sol, but it’s impossible to be sure.

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    • Shademp
      Shademp 21 November, 2012, 20:22

      Thank you for that interpretation. I have trouble seeing what you describe, though. When trying to see it now, I see instead a beach where the lower white/blue is the shore and the upper part is the sky. But stare long enough and you will see almost anything because, indeed, it’s impossible to be sure.

    • Shademp
      Shademp 21 November, 2012, 20:25

      Btw, we will be removing the comment section for the Frontpage Newsposts soon. We will reserve comments to the forums. I know you don’t comment often but just wanted to let you know.

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