Neon Genesis Evangelion-Collection 0:3 (Episodes 9-11) (1997)
Menu Animation & Audio
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Hideaki Anno|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.
Sharpness is very good and is much more consistent than previous instalments of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Only a couple of scenes were a little soft, such as at 51:36. One problem that has been totally fixed on this disc is the "black lines going in and out of focus" problem that plagued 0:1 and 0:2 - not a single instance of this was noticed. This is a great improvement over the previous two discs, and it really allowed the picture to shine.
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 animation.
Only one totally insignificant instance of Vertical Banding was noticed at 27:43 (see X-Files Season 1 Box Set for a picture and further details of this artefact). One trivial instance of low-level noise was noted at 58:38. Only a couple of trivial instances of edge-enhancement were noticed and they did not disrupt the picture quality at all. No interlacing artefacts were noticed this time, but I may have missed them because of the annoying telecine wobble (more on this in a minute).
The colour was very good and true to the original content, with all objects being well saturated.
No grain or pixelization was noticed.
Apart from some minor digital ringing around some of the writing in Episodes 9 and 11, no MPEG artefacts were noticed and only three trivial instances of aliasing were seen - 35:15, 49:15 and 60:05 - 60:11. As you can probably gather, the picture quality has been rather good in all areas covered so far, and it would have received a 3.5 star rating if it weren't for the awful telecine wobble. The wobble is in the form of a big and quick pull of the entire image horizontally. In Episode 11, the picture also jumps vertically. This horizontal pulling occurs every five or six seconds for all of Episode 9, much of Episode 10 and in patches of Episode 11. Even on my trusty old 68cm TV, it was still really noticeable and distracting...very disappointing and a real shame.
The most noticeable film artefacts are in the form of damage to the top or bottom five lines of the frame. This damage usually only lasts for one or two frames, but tends to repeat itself several times before disappearing. On my 68cm TV set, this damage was hidden by overscan, which would be the case for most TV sets. The two most noticeable instances of this occur around 9:12 and 61:59.
At the end of each episode, the English translated end credits have removed and the original Japanese credits restored in their place. However, after the Japanese end credits of Episode 11, we get the English credits for all episodes, presented on a black background.
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 surround channels were nicely used for music and the odd sound effect.
The subwoofer is lightly used throughout the episodes, mostly for the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
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. There is also some additional animation when you select a menu item.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
If it weren't for the really bad telecine wobble, the picture quality would have been very good indeed, but alas it was not meant to be, and so the overall picture quality can only be considered to be average. Even on my 68cm TV, this telecine wobble is still really noticeable and very distracting.
There are no transfer-induced faults in the audio, so there is little to nothing to complain about in this regard.
Extras are limited.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|