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Neon Genesis Evangelion-Movie Collection (1997)

Neon Genesis Evangelion-Movie Collection (1997)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular anime series ever created, however, the ending of the series left many unanswered questions. These questions were answered (and more raised) by the release of two movies which more-or-less took up where the series ended; Death & Rebirth and The End Of Evangelion. Both of these movies are available as separate DVDs, but are also available in this box set - the Neon Genesis Evangelion Movie Collection. The two previously released DVDs are presented inside an attractive and distinctive slip case, with both DVDs in separate packaging. This is my preferred presentation for such compilations for reasons of robustness. There are no additional extras, although our review copy did come with an upcoming anime sampler, so this package fundamentally represents a convenient and relatively inexpensive way of purchasing these titles.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion-Death & Rebirth (1997)

Neon Genesis Evangelion-Death & Rebirth (1997)

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Released 16-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary
Active Subtitle Track-Mokuji Interactive
Theatrical Trailer-3
Gallery
Notes-Magi Files
Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 107:22 (Case: 103)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (18:57) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Tsurumaki Kazuya
Masayuki
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Click
RPI $34.95 Music Sagisu Shiro


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.70:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Titling
English
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, during credits

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Plot Synopsis

Has it really only been just on a year since I reviewed the last of the episode collections of Neon Genesis Evangelion? Man it seems longer than that! Those that were in for the long haul with the episodes of one of the most successful anime series of all time will remember that the series ended on a very enigmatic note with all sorts of existential connotations thrown around in the at-times bizarre last two episodes. Well, it seems that I was not the only confused bugger around and there was a degree of dissatisfaction with the way the series ended in a lot of minds. Which means of course that there was a real easy shoe-in for some form of movie to produce a more satisfying (read easier to understand or less bizarre) ending to the whole apocalyptic deal, as well as to make a few more dollars out of the series. That film was End Of Evangelion, which is coming soon to Region 4 DVD. Brilliant marketeers that they are, Gainax, the company responsible for the series, decided that another film would be made that would also be released theatrically, to act as a bridge between the television series and the final apocalyptic vision of End Of Evangelion. That bridging film is the subject of our review: Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death & Rebirth.

Death was obviously a recurring theme of the series and thus is the focus of the re-examination of the television series presented here. Basically, Death & Rebirth starts with a sixty nine minute recap of the first twenty four episodes of the series (the Death bit). This brings together most of the key plot points of the original series with some new animation bridging some of the points to make everything a little clearer and more logical. The presentation takes the form of a look at four key characters of the series: Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley and Kaworu Nagisa. They are introduced in the context of a string quartet gathering at the school auditorium for a rehearsal of the old chestnut Pachelbel's Canon. This might sound a tad esoteric but the context has some meaning, even if I might struggle at times to understand it. This recap basically brings anyone needing a reminder right up to scratch as far as what happened in the television series. Once we are all up-to-date, we have a four and a half minute bridge to digest the recap before we head off into Rebirth, which is basically a thirty minute introduction to the film End Of Evangelion. Indeed, Rebirth is little more than an extended teaser for the later film, and does get rehashed in that film, too, which really is fine for that is what this film is supposed to do - introduce the later film. The broad story is that with the Evangelion programme having progressed as far as self-awareness for the Eva units, the Instrumentality Project of SEELE is thrown into gear. They intend to bring about Third Impact and a bold new beginning for mankind - basically by wiping it out and going with Eva units instead. Unfortunately, this will not involve NERV and by government decree NERV is under attack from human forces for a change. The aim is to kill everyone involved and capture the remaining Eva units. All there is to stop them are the underarmed and under (combat) trained NERV personnel, one catatonic Eva pilot and one don't-wannabe Eva pilot. Rebirth is basically filling in some of the more confusing aspects of Shinji Ikari's descent into madness, whilst also setting up another, more "acceptable" ending in End Of Evangelion. This is important to remember, for Death & Rebirth does end in something of an abrupt way itself.

Obviously much of the animation in Death is lifted straight from the original television series, with the new animation being done in similar styles so as to provide continuity to the show. All the animation for Rebirth is new, but in order to provide that continuity is also done in similar styles to the television series. The overall result is very good and it is hard to know where the new stuff is from a purely technical point of view.

I fully understand why a new ending to the series was required, for I was one of the masses that probably had some problems trying to resolve the original series ending. As a means to getting to that new ending, Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death & Rebirth does its job very well indeed. Even if you are not a fan of the original series, there is enough recapping here to at least give you a reasonable shot of understanding where the series headed. However, this still remains one very much for the fans. I just hope that End Of Evangelion is not too far away.

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Transfer Quality

Video

First things first - much of the animation in Death is lifted directly from the original television series episodes and exhibits much the same sort of issues as those. This is not an major problem as fans would be well used to the standard, and it is still good enough not to be an issue with those not familiar with the original material. The other issue is of course that in order to present a widescreen image for theatrical release, the original animation has been matted to an aspect ratio of 1.70:1. This is rather obvious in some shots where heads are chopped well and truly both top and bottom. The transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.

Overall this does seem to be a slighter smoother looking transfer than the original television series. The black line detail seems to be a little more solid despite the obvious aliasing at times. Detail is about as good as we can expect from this sort of animated material, whilst shadow detail is obviously a non-issue. There was nothing in the way of serious grain in the transfer and the transfer is generally quite clear. There did not appear to be any low level noise issues at all.

The colours seem a little better, too, and the quality remains high with some nice, steady, well saturated and nicely vibrant colours. There was nothing in the way of oversaturation here at all, apart from some very well saturated images in the closing credits of Death almost tending towards oversaturation.

There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. Film-to-video artefacts are pretty much confined to the consistent but relatively minor aliasing (such as at 19:58, 47:11 and 74:41). If you choose to play back the programme at a slightly slower speed than intended, you might well see the issues that interlacing can create, especially noticeable around 74:45. There are no really noticeable film artefacts in the transfer. There is one major issue with the transfer though: almost all the way through the film there is a noticeable lightening of the film down the right hand side of the image. This appears as a thin white line on my setup, although the extent of overscan on other setups might well hide the problem. Unfortunately, I could not hide from it and by the end of the film it was rather annoying.

This is an RSDL formatted DVD with the layer change coming at 18:57. Since I had to resort to digging out my old player to find the change, suffice to say that it is pretty good and does not disrupt the programme at all.

There are just the two subtitle options on the DVD, being English Titling and English. The English Titling just gives the names of places and translates the Japanese text that occasionally crops up during the film. The English subtitles give full dubtitles as well as the titling for the Japanese text. The dubtitles are actually pretty good

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Audio

There are three soundtracks on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack (flagged as an English soundtrack on my player!) and an English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. I listened to the Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack in its entirety, as much of the English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack as I could suffer and extensively sampled the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. It has to be said that the lack of a Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is somewhat disappointing and would have been well worth hearing if the English effort is anything to go by.

All three soundtracks are very good and apart from the opening section of Death which is quite densely layered on the Japanese soundtrack, everything is clear and easy to understand (well, at least if you can understand Japanese I suppose). There does not appear to be any significant audio sync issues with the transfer, other than those directly related to the fact that it is animation after all.

The music score for the film comes from Sagisu Shiro, presumably the same person who did the television series despite the slight spelling difference - and the reversal of the names compared to the credit on the series DVDs. Of course, not everything is his work as there are plenty of instances of the Ode To Joy from Beethoven's Symphony No.9 tossed into the film, along with excerpts from pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Pachelbel. All-in-all, the music is quite well used, albeit repetitively, in the film.

There is little to say about the Japanese soundtrack, which is presumably how most people will choose to watch the film. Clean and open, it has no obvious problems and is thoroughly bland. It is a very decent but hardly noteworthy effort.

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack easily demonstrates what is lacking in the Japanese soundtrack - body, and plenty of it. With good use of the surround channels, especially the front ones, there is much more presence and feeling in the English soundtrack. The result is a distinctly more enjoyable soundtrack to listen to, with some reasonable dynamic range to it. The subwoofer gets only moderate usage, but it is more than enough to support the more dynamic sections of the film.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

This is actually a quite imaginative package even if the execution here and there could perhaps have been a little better.

Menu

Something less annoying than the series DVDs in general, with some decent audio and animation enhancement. Does the job required well enough without any annoying little traits to overcome.

Audio Commentary - Amanda Winn-Lee (Dub Director/Voice Actor), Jason Lee (Dub Co-producer) and Taliesin Jaffe (Anime Enthusiast)

Aside from the fact that it starts off on a bad note with Amanda Winn-Lee saying she was the director/writer of the film (she meant to say she was the director/writer of the English dub I think), this is one of those annoying commentaries where things swing from good to bad - often in the same sentence. The bad is the self-indulgent approach to the film that does little to add anything meaningful to proceedings. Far too often descending into the cloying praises of the voice actors on a regular basis (dumb question but if they weren't any good, would they have been chosen for the film?), it gets at times annoying enough to switch the bloody thing off. But then they suddenly get the plot back and actually divulge stuff that does enhance the film experience - most especially when they actually start making mention of the biblical references and the like. Most of the time, the levity is maintained at a high level, which is in contrast to the film itself. Basically, this will fall into the category of one you will love or one that you will hate - there will be little middle ground here.

Active Subtitle Track - Mokuji Interactive

This is arguably the best extra on the DVD. Select this and the film will play back with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and at various points during the film (at the start of each chapter basically) a selection box will appear which you can select to get more information about the available topics. Most of the topics are items relative to the current chapter. The only issue I have is that the selection box is rather large and is placed right over the film: I would have thought that something just a tad less intrusive could have been thought of. Not something we have seen often yet in Region 4 and definitely something that would be worthwhile pursuing more frequently.

Theatrical Trailers (3)

These comprise a Death & Rebirth trailer (3:30), an End Of Evangelion preview trailer (1:29) and the Original Evangelion Series trailer (2:44). Death & Rebirth is a little poor technically and exhibits oversaturation at times. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is not 16x9 enhanced and has a Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. It does not have any subtitles and features some incomplete bits from the film. The End Of Evangelion preview trailer is much better technically, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also not 16x9 enhanced and comes with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. The original series trailer is presented in a Full Frame aspect ratio and has a Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Gallery - Photo

A collection of fifteen stills, mainly from the film.

Notes - Magi Archives

An impressive collection of notes about various aspects of Neon Genesis Evangelion, divided into four main subsections: Personnel, Central Dogma, Heaven's Messengers and The E Project. Whilst it is all text, they are quite comprehensive and certainly if you need to know about just about anything or anyone in the series, this is the place to head.

Trailer (9:29)

Otherwise known as Madman Propaganda, this comprises trailers for Vampire Hunter D, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Armitage - Dual Matrix, Gundam Wing and Blood - The Last Vampire. Aside from Akira, which is quite old looking and suffering from film artefacts, the quality is pretty good throughout. The presentations are variously 1.85: and 1.33:1, all of which are not 16x9 enhanced and come with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

From the reviews found it would seem that the Region 1 version is a dual sided DVD, but apart from a web link and a Manga Entertainment catalogue, there is nothing significantly different between it and the Region 4 release.

Summary

I am somewhat ambivalent regarding this release but for people who have not previously indulged in the series, this might well be a useful place to start rather than finish. Whilst the technical quality is not terrific by general standards, it certainly is slightly better than the television series DVDs. As a teaser for the anticipated End Of Evangelion, it is a very decent way of waiting.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ian Morris (Biological imperfection run amok)
Monday, August 26, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1600, using S-Video output
DisplaySony Trinitron Wega (80cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha RXV-795
SpeakersEnergy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL

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Neon Genesis Evangelion-The End of Evangelion (1997)

Neon Genesis Evangelion-The End of Evangelion (1997)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary
Theatrical Trailer-3
Trailer-7
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 90:23
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (46:52) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Hideaki Anno
Tsurumaki Kazuya
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Sagisu Shiro


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (384Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (384Kb/s)
Japanese dts 6.1 ES Discrete (768Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (160Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English Titling
English
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

I was mildly interested in anime for quite a while I can remember watching Battle Angel Alita and a number of other titles quite a while ago on SBS, and enjoying them. But the series that really caught my attention, and piqued a much stronger interest, was Neon Genesis Evangelion. I remember watching two episodes in a row on a Saturday evening, then waiting impatiently for next Saturday for the next two. The series proved unexpectedly popular, so much so that SBS was forced to re-run it from the beginning immediately after it finished (I suspect this did not break their hearts).

Like many viewers, however, I found the last two episodes confusing and unsatisfying. I did not join in the massive outcry on the subject, but many others did. Apparently the creator even received death threats! So great did the uproar become that the show's creator (director, writer...) Anno Hideaki promised an alternate ending. That's what we have here: The End of Evangelion is a replacement for the last two episodes of the series. It even has title pages inserted to mark the starts of episode 25 (called Air) and episode 26 (called My Purest Heart for You), and credits at the end of each episode, but otherwise it runs more like a movie than two episodes. The earlier release, Death and Rebirth, is like a summary of the first 24 episodes, preparing the way for this disc if you saw the original series, you don't really need to watch that disc before watching this one, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

If you have not watched the entire series, you might care to jump to the Transfer Quality section now, because I can't say anything more without mentioning some spoiler material from the series. I'll try to cover the worst with spoiler tags.

The original series started off reasonably tame, and got more and more harrowing as it proceeded. This disc starts at an even higher level of tension, anxiety, and stress. Remember, at this point in the series Shinji is (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) almost paralysed with indecision, Asuka is (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) catatonic, the (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) original Rei has (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) martyred herself, the new Rei is behaving very strangely, Ritsuko is (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) in a cell, Misato is (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) tortured by what happened to Kaji, (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) all seventeen Angels have been destroyed, and NERV seems to have won, sort of. So it is fitting that the pitch is set high, but it gets higher. There are some very violent things that happen, but I cannot go into detail without destroying it. One thing I will say is that this new ending gives some time to all of the characters we came to know, and is much more satisfying in that way than the original. I certainly prefer this ending.

The background to this whole series is a mixture of Christian belief, cabalistic magic and genetics, with the occasional dash of sex. Fortunately the commentary explains some of it, particularly the references to the Tree of Life, and some of the complex patterns and designs that appear on the screen at some of the crucial moments let it wash over you the first time you watch the film, then listen to the commentary to get some of the background, then watch the film again. Yes, it will probably take at least that many watchings to get a decent grasp of what's happening if that puts you off, then I strongly recommend giving this disc a miss.

Don't get the wrong impression though this disc can be appreciated, albeit superficially, on the first viewing. There is real catharsis in seeing Asuka (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) awaken from her catatonia and do battle with other EVAs; this sequence has some of the best EVA action in the entire series, and it feels good to see her so happy in fighting. There are strong moments for most of the main characters even the three control room folks (Aoba, Hyuga and Maya Ibuki) get their chance at glory. I think this is what makes this ending so much more satisfying. We get a chance to see all these familiar characters again, and we get some closure.

It has been suggested that this alternate ending is Anno Hideaki's revenge on those who didn't like his original ending. It is alleged that he deliberately filled it with mysterious images and cryptic details so that DVD owners could freeze-frame and single step through it, and argue at great length over the significance and meaning of every tiny thing. This theory is mentioned (in somewhat coarser terms!) in the commentary, and it does seem to have some validity. Certainly there are some ambiguous moments, and plenty of details which should give rise to lengthy discussions. Things like presenting the Japanese credits in what looks like a DNA spiral, for example, will keep discussions running.

The original series was mostly rated PG, with almost no nudity, little in the way of strong language, and fairly constrained violence. That's not the case for this disc. More than one person I know was a little shocked by one of the earliest sequences (not by the nudity, but by Shinji's behaviour in reaction). This disc is rated M, and that's fairly generous I think they could have justified an MA rating. I would not recommend showing this disc to younger teens or children. There is more than a little sex, some strong language, and a lot of violence, and not all of it is giant robots people die, and not pleasantly (it is not gratuitous; it is all justified by the storyline).

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Transfer Quality

Video

This transfer is presented in a measured aspect ratio of 1.75:1 (the case says 1.85:1) but it is not 16x9 enhanced. That's a dreadful shame. This disc deserves 16x9 enhancement, and it would help with some of the problems.

The image is rather variable, and a lot of that's intentional. There are some sections that are obviously intentionally grainy (the sandcastle sequence, for example), and that grain makes the image soft. There are other parts that are not intentionally soft, like the closing English credits, which are soft enough to be a strain to read. Some stretches, like the opening section in hospital room 303, are deliberately over-lit so the background is glowing white, and the image is softer as a result this seems to have been done for effect, creating the sterility of the hospital, but it does soften the image. There are scenes that are sharper, but the picture is never razor sharp. The level of grain varies, from minimal to fairly strong. Shadow detail is not a consideration in animation. There appears to be some low-level noise during the Japanese credit sequence that appears between Episodes 25 and 26 possibly due to the compositing.

The colour looks a tiny bit faded in appearance it looks just like the whole series in this regard. There are no colour-related artefacts. There are lots of glows, but they are deliberate, and not an unintended artefact.

There are no film artefacts, which is very good. There is some aliasing, varying from mild to a bit nasty (mostly not too bad), but the dot crawl on the black edges of the characters is rather nasty, too. There's no significant moire, and no apparent MPEG artefacting.

There are two sets of subtitles in English - the first set only subtitles signs (useful when you're listening to the English dub), and the second are full subtitles (for those listening to the Japanese dub who don't speak Japanese). The subtitles are yellow with fine black outlining. They are easy to read and seem well-timed, although they don't line up with the English dub (which is not uncommon).

The disc is single-sided (with a nice simple label) and dual layered, formatted RSDL. The layer change comes at 46:52, exactly between Episodes 25 and 26 there is no better place for it.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

The Region 1 disc offers six versions of the soundtrack: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 (with THX EX), and dts es 6.1 in both English and Japanese. This Region 4 disc had to drop some of those, for reasons of space they chose to drop the 2.0 and 6.1 English soundtracks, and these were reasonable choices, I think. I listened to the dts es Japanese, the English, and the commentary soundtracks.

The English dialogue is clear and comprehensible (well, there are some spots where the techno-babble gets thick, but the words are still audible). The Japanese sounds clear, but I cannot assess comprehension. The language matches the mouth movements fairly accurately. There's a moment where Gendo's mouth moves and there's no sound, but that's intentional, and not an error (it is the same in every soundtrack).

The music is excellent, and an important part of the show. The original NGE theme is not featured (shame I really liked it). This score is by Sagisu Shiro.

The surrounds and subwoofer get plenty of stuff to do with the 5.1 and 6.1 soundtracks. There's not a whole heap for the rear centre channel, but you'll notice it get some use if you have one. There is an incredible sequence of surround sound where you get bombarded by voices from all directions marvellous.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

The menu is nicely animated, with sound, mostly music. The menu design is different from the Region 1 disc, but I think I prefer the Region 4.

Audio Commentary Amanda Winn Lee, Jason Lee, Taliesin Jaffe

This commentary features Amanda Winn Lee (writer of the English script, producer, director of the English dub, voice of Rei Ayanami, Yui Ikari, and Pen-Pen), Jason Lee (her husband, co-producer of English dub, voice of Shigeru Aoba), and Taliesin Jaffe (anime enthusiast, cameo voices, including the Scottish accented member of Seele). It is a very interesting commentary, reflecting a combination of fan and crew. They speculate on the motivation of Anno Hideaki, amongst other things. They discuss the accuracy of the translation apparently three translators were employed, and they went to extreme lengths to ensure accuracy there are points where they explain decisions they made in the translation, and some of the points that caused controversy.

The commentary team are clearly enjoying themselves, making this interesting listening. They also explain a number of the more mysterious moments, which is one of the reasons I strongly recommend listening to this. It is quite clear that they went to considerable lengths researching this project.

Trailers Evangelion

Trailers Madman Propaganda

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The Region 1 version of this disc appears to be double-sided (that's one strike against it already!). The first side is fundamentally the same as the disc we have in Region 4. Both are 1.85:1, without 16x9 enhancement. When you turn the R1 disc over, at least on my systems, there's nothing it's not even recognised as a DVD. Maybe this is a single-sided disc, but with a ring label like a double-sided disc that rates as a really dumb idea, in my book.

The Region 1 disc is missing:

The Region 4 disc is missing:

The Region 1 disc has slightly better colour, but it displays a tiny bit more aliasing and dot-crawl.

You may hear that the R1 starts with some footage that is not present on the R4. This is a half-truth. What happens is that the first trailer for End of Evangelion (present in subtitled form on the R4 disc) is shown (without subtitles) before the opening credits on the R1 that's hardly "extra footage"...

I can't tell you which is better both have advantages.

Summary

This is a more satisfying conclusion to one of the most important anime series.

The video quality is good, but it is a crime that it is not 16x9 enhanced!

The audio quality is awesome, far better than the series ever was.

The extras are few, but the commentary is excellent.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Friday, December 20, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-NS905V, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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