Neon Genesis Evangelion-Collection 0:1 (Episodes 1-4) (1997)

If you create a user account, you can add your own review of this DVD

Released 22-Dec-2000

Cover Art

This review is sponsored by
BUY IT

Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Biographies-Character
Trailer-3
DVD Credits
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 94:25 (Case: 120)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Hideaki Anno
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $29.95 Music Shiroh Sagisu


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, after credits

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

Episodes 1/2:

    Misato, a NERV employee has been sent to pick up Shinji from the train station, but shortly before Shinji arrives a huge creature appears, and the armed forces are sent out to stop it - this creature is referred to as the third Angel. Misato finally finds Shinji while the battle is raging all around them and takes him back to the underground NERV Geo-Front headquarters. Here we learn that Shinji was sent for by his father so that he can pilot man's ultimate fighting machine and last hope for survival, the synthetic life-form Evangelion. While Shinji is looking at the huge head of EVA Unit 01, some pieces of the roof are dislodged by the battle going on above them and they nearly kill Shinji. What actually stops Shinji from being crushed to death is the EVA Unit 01, which self-activates and places a protective hand over Shinji. All the technicians are amazed and say that it is impossible. Shinji finally agrees to pilot the EVA Unit 01 and goes up to the surface to face the third Angel (Sachiel).

    Shinji survives the battle with the third Angel and Misato arranges for him to move in with her.

Episodes 3/4:

    Shinji becomes the hero of many of his classmates when they learn that he is the pilot of the EVA Unit 01 that saved Tokyo 3, but not all his classmates feel the same way and he is beaten up by one of them. When the fourth Angel appears (Shamshel), Shinji is once again sent in to do battle.

Don't wish to see plot synopses in the future? Change your configuration.

Transfer Quality

Video

    The first episode has the best picture quality.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and thus is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness is very good most of the time, but there are many scenes that are rather soft, such as at 6:17, 20:56 and 37:47. There are also plenty of occasions where the black lines around objects are sharp in one spot but are blurry in another - in some instances it almost looks like water has fallen onto the artwork and caused the black line to run slightly, such as at 8:59. Another problem which is much more distracting is where a black line on a still object goes in and out of focus, which causes moiré-like artefacts to appear. One of the most distracting occurrences of this is at 75:57. There isn't much in the way of shadow detail, in fact there is basically none, but I guess that is to be expected since this is a cartoon. There are a few strong instances of Vertical Banding present, such as at 55:10, 70:41 and 78:27. See my X-Files Season 1 Box Set review for a picture and further details of this artefact. No low-level noise or edge bleeding was noticed. There is some periodic edge enhancement, but it is minor and really does not degrade the picture quality (e.g. 33:42, 35:35 and 61:54).

    Most of the horizontal panning shots are slightly jerky (e.g. 2:17 and 61:43). Thankfully there aren't too many of these, so this is only a minor problem. There are several scenes where it appears as if the Japanese writing has been replaced with English writing. Unfortunately these sections of the picture are much clearer than the rest of the picture so they tend to stand out.

    The colour was very good and true to the original content, with all objects being well-saturated.

    There are a couple of instances of some minor grain, but none are worth worrying about. Pixelization is a more of a problem. It is minor, but it does disrupt the picture on several occasions.

    One very serious MPEG artefact was noticed at 55:58. Here the picture becomes very blocky and pixellated for several frames. There are also a couple of minor instances where a black line will appear jagged for a couple of frames and then become much sharper and smoother, as if there wasn't enough video bandwidth to correctly render the line, but there are only a couple of instances of these, such as at 90:42.

    There are also a couple of instances where there is some noticeable and distracting telecine wobble. The most noticeable and longest of these can be found in Episode 1, from 15:27 to 22:06. Another example can be found at 58:14. Yet another minor problem is where the right-hand-side black border moves in and then out again. The best example of this is at 14:14. In a similar fault, a white line appears down the length of the right-hand-side border at 14:55 which is also distracting. Even the End Credits have problems. They appear jittery and look like they have a focus problem, but when you pause and step frame by frame, you can see what is actually causing this problem.

    There are some trivial instances of aliasing, but they aren't worth mentioning as they are pretty trivial and are really the least of this transfer's problems.

    There is a light sprinkling of film-like artefacts, all of which are trivial and are not disruptive.

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

Audio

    There are two 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks on this DVD, an English soundtrack and a Japanese soundtrack. I listened to the default English soundtrack.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout the entire movie.

    As this series originates from Japan, all the English dialogue sync is way out, but this is to be expected.

    The music score is by Shiroh Sagisu.

    The surround channels are very lightly used for music, with the odd sound effect thrown in, which is totally acceptable considering this is not actually a surround-encoded mix at all.

    The subwoofer is very lightly used throughout the movie.

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

Extras

    Extras are limited.

Menu

    Before the main menu appears we get intros for Madman, Star Child, Movie (or Movic) and ADV Films.

    The main menu is presented in 1.33:1 and has audio and video animation. In fact, all menus have audio and animation, which certainly enhances the menus. There is also some additional animation when you select menu items.

Notes - MAGI Data Files (5 pages)

    Single pages of text describing a little about Shinji, Masito, EVA Unit 01, Angel #3-Sachiel and Angel #4-Samshel.

Theatrical Trailer - Bubblegum Crisis 2040 (1:27 minutes)

    This trailer is of good quality, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with a 224Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. There is some grain present.

Theatrical Trailer - Martian Successor NADESICO (1:38 minutes)

    This trailer is of good quality, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with a 224Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. There is some minor grain present.

Theatrical Trailer - GASARAKI (1:38 minutes)

    This trailer is of good quality, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with a 224Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. There is some minor pixelization present.

Notes - DVD Credits

    Single page of text.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     Since the R4 version and R1 versions are basically identical, it will come down to which format you prefer, PAL or NTSC.

Summary

    For me the Neon Genesis Evangelion series promised a lot, but turned out to be quite disappointing.

    The overall picture quality is pretty reasonable, but it does have its problems. On a projector its weaknesses are often quite noticeable and become rather distracting on many occasions. On a TV set however, the picture looks pretty good.

    There are no transfer-induced faults in the audio, so there is little to complain about in this regard.

    Extras are limited.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Thursday, December 28, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-725, using Component output
DisplaySony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SV919THX
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

Other Reviews
The DVD Bits - Damien M
DVD Net - Peter O

Comments (Add) NONE