Neon Genesis Evangelion-Collection 0:2 (Episodes 5-8) (1997)

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Released 23-Jan-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Biographies-Character
Trailer-3
DVD Credits
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 94:18 (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 Amaray-Transparent
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

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Plot Synopsis

Episodes 5/6:

    In Episode 1, Rei Ayanami (pilot of Eva Unit 00) was wheeled out on a stretcher and was going to have to pilot Eva Unit 01, if Shinji refused to pilot it. In Episode 5, we see how Rei came to be in this condition. Shinji decides to try to get to know Rei, but she seems uninterested and remains cold and distant. When the fifth angel (Ramiel) attacks Tokyo 3, Rei and Shinji have to work as a team and use a new experimental gun that has never been tested at the power level required to destroy Ramiel.

Episode 7:

    A rival company has created their version of an Evangelion, but things go disastrously wrong at the unveiling and Misato and Shinji have to try to stop the out-of-control robot before its nuclear reactor melts down.

Episode 8:

    The first production model Eva Unit (02) and its Pilot - Asuka Langley Sohryu, are being shipped from Germany to Japan, under heavy guard from the United Nations Pacific fleet. When the sixth angel (Gaghiel) attacks, Asuka activates Eva Unit 02 and prepares to do battle with Gaghiel, with some help from Shinji.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This transfer suffers from almost identical artefacts to the first Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD, but this time there are no serious MPEG artefacts and the other artefacts are better-controlled, so this disc is better than the first. On my 68cm TV, which uses composite input, all artefacts but the telecine wobble and the end-credit jitter/focus problems are totally invisible, so the picture looks great.

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

    Sharpness is very good most of the time, but there are several scenes that are rather soft. The two most noticeable examples of this are at 56:17 and 78:43. There are many occasions where the black lines that make up an object are sharp in one spot but 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 6:10, 10:15, 16:03 and 59:14. A slightly more annoying and distracting variation of this problem is where a black line or lines on a still object go in and out of focus. Thankfully, I only saw two minor instances of this in this transfer, at 28:30 and 54:02.

    There isn't much in the way of shadow detail. In fact, there is basically none, but I guess this is to be expected since this is a cartoon.

    Two trivial instances of vertical banding were noticed, at 2:15 and 91:02 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, with only one minor instance of edge enhancement being noticed at 26:31. There was a more unusual artefact at 6:57, which looked like an NTSC-to-PAL conversion artefact, but I felt it was caused by something else. It is pretty minor, and is a one-off.

    There are several scenes that suffer from some minor interlacing artefacts. Thankfully, these are not too disruptive to the picture. Some examples are at 40:48, 56:05, 73:49 and 73:56.

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

    Only one trivial instance of grain was noticed, at 41:37, which looked like it was inherent in the master material. No pixelization was noticed - this is another area that has been improved upon from the first disc.

    No MPEG artefacts were noticed. No instances of aliasing or moiré artefacts were noticed, but there was one instance where a black line appeared jagged for a couple of frames and then become much sharper and smoother, at 18:10, but this was minor. Telecine wobble is a more concerning problem for this transfer. There appears to be a trivial amount present from the opening frame to the closing frame. For much of the time it is not distracting or even noticeable, but there are too many instances where it does become quite noticeable and distracting, even on my TV. Some of the more noticeable instances are at 9:18, 46:49, 62:37, 69:03 and 78:01. The End Credits still have their jitter and focus problems, but it is not quite as bad as on the first disc.

    The most noticeable film artefacts were in the form of damage to the top or the bottom of the frame. This damage usually only lasted for one or two frames and was confined to the top or bottom 10 lines of the picture, so it doesn't interfere with the main picture. If you are watching on a TV set, then you probably won't even see this damage because these lines are usually hidden by overscan. Examples of this damage are at 5:46, 7:15, 30:06 and 57:48. Not one of these were noticeable on my 68cm TV. At 57:48, the damage to the master material was a little more serious, with several creases visible in the image, but you will have to pause the picture at this point to be able to see them as they only appear for one frame.

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.

    The original series was made for Japan, with Japanese dialogue, so the dubbed English dialogue is naturally way out of sync.

    The music score is by Shiroh Sagisu.

    The surround channels were nicely used for music and the odd sound effect.

    The subwoofer is lightly used throughout the episodes, mostly for the music.

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, Movic and ADV Films.

    The main menu is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and has audio and video animation. In fact, all menus have audio and video animation, which certainly enhances the menus. There is also some additional animation when you select menu items. Did I mention the great cover artwork?

Notes - MAGI Data Files (5 pages)

    Five single pages of text with a little info about Asuka Langley Sohryu, Gendo Ikari, Eva Unit 02, Angel #5-Ramiel, and Angel #6-Gaghiel.

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, although I have to admit I did enjoy episodes 5 and 6 on this disc.

    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 my 68cm TV set however, the picture looked great.

    There are no transfer-induced faults in the audio, so there is little to nothing 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, February 01, 2001
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)

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