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Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone (2009)

Allison Keith-Shipp , Spike Spencer , Mike McFarland  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Allison Keith-Shipp, Spike Spencer
  • Directors: Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KYIAJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilization was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines – the Evas – and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.

Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind’s battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight – Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity’s survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.

The eagerly anticipated Evangelion: 1.01 is the first installment in a four-feature retelling of Hideaki Anno's watershed series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). Anno has said he is re-creating Evangelion as he wanted it to be initially, unconstrained by technological and budgetary limits. The first film covers the same material as episodes 1 through 6 of the series: In 2015, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari arrives at the headquarters of Nerve, a scientific organization that represents humanity's last defense against the Angels, mysterious beings bent on destruction. Assigned to pilot the gigantic cyborg Evangelion Unit 01, Shinji proves a reluctant, neurotic hero, whose problems are rooted in his estrangement from his father. Anno was able to rehire most of the staff from the original series, but the use of computer graphics enables the filmmakers to amp up the visuals. When the army deploys an array of tanks, planes and missiles against the Angel Sachiel, the viewers sees the ranks of ineffectual machines moving into position--and being destroyed by the Angel's terrible power. Operation Yashima, the climactic battle with the Angel Ramiel, ends the film. In the television series, this Angel was just a blue tetrahedron; in the film it reconfigures itself into a fantastic array of geometric shapes. Shinji's destruction of the Angel with an experimental "positron cannon" eclipses the earlier version. The entire Japanese voice cast returned for the remake; in the English dub, Alison Keith and Spike Spencer re-create their roles as the exuberant Misato and the angst- ridden Shinji, while Brina Palencia capably takes over as the distant Rei Ayanami. The tighter story-telling and dazzling visuals of Evangelion: 1.01 will win over even skeptics who doubted whether there was any need for yet another version. (Rated PG-13: violence, nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterwork on Many Levels November 14, 2009
Love or hate the Giant Robot genre of anime, there is no denying the resounding influence the Evangelion franchise has had on the industry since its introduction back in 1997. I'm a self-admitted mecha-head and to have an opportunity to go back and witness the beginning of it all was quite an experience. Thanks to FUNimation, the masses will now have that same opportunity with their North American release of Evangelion: 1.01, the full length motion picture.

Hard facts first: The release is comprised of a single disc, housed in a standard sized dvd case with a cardboard outer slip cover with art that directly mimics the case within. The program's runtime comes in at 98 minutes and wears an appropriate PG-13 rating due to animated action, violence and some ambiguous nudity.

Language options are standard sub & dub fair, which means the viewer is given the option of running the original Japanese dialog track or an English dub, either of which is presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. The option to turn on English subtitles exists for either language choice as well.

Extras are essentially nonexistent save for an included booklet that explains precisely what this rebuilt DVD means and a note from the original screenplay writer and Chief Director of the project, Hideaki Anno.

The story, while straightforward enough in presentation, has been the source of case studies, web-site devotion, even college thesis throughout the years and hence could never be summarized accurately (with dignity) here. However, to reduce it all down to its most basic levels, a young boy by the name of Shinji is thrust into a world beyond comprehension once an attacking "Angel" comes to town.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip 1.01 and get 1.11 March 25, 2010
This cut of the Eva series is awesome, but the DVD for 1.01 has production issues that make the overall image much darker than intended. Night scenes lack detail in particular. This was known in the Japanese release, and remains uncorrected in this North American release. I recommend getting 1.11. Not only is that one color corrected, but it has 2 minutes more footage explaining the complex narrative, and is offered in Blu-Ray. Skip the 1.01 release and just get 1.11. Otherwise, it's a great edit/retelling of the original series, with new characters and different events playing out. This is volume 1 of 4 pending releases, and represent a more mature director's master work. Old fans wont be disappointed, and new fans can ingest more of the main series in much less time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebuilding a legend November 24, 2009
Let me start by saying that while I love the Evangelion franchise and legacy im by no means an expert on the subject, 95% of the symbolism and double meaning still goes over my head even today, but my love for this franchise should not be questioned. If I say something indicating a lack of knowledge and has been explaned somewhere before please forgive me.

If you are a fan of the original build of Neon Genesis Evangelion and are worry of this just being a rehash or if your just not sure it does the series justice, than lay your fears to rest. While alot of the action remains unchanged from the original few beginning episodes, this film sets a tone for the changes to come in the Rebuild as well as provide a whole new feel to what you may be used to.

For starters Shinji for the most part is the same depressed, lonely, self loathing individual he was in the original build, except now he projects his feelings more verbally to those around him, mainly towards Misato, and at times seems like a real a hole. Misato's personality during her earlier interactions with Shinji remains the same but as the movie progresses, she acts more like an irritated stepmother toward a disobedient child towards Shinji, I must admit I was taken aback by it at first but Shinji's new demeanor almost requires her new personality. Rei is almost excactly as she was in the series, you never even really notice she has a new voice actor, except her peronality seems more peaceful now dispite her still being somewhat cold. Gendo believe it or not seems to care even less for Shinji than he did in the original series. Ritsuko hasn't changed from the original build except her voice actor which is much more apparent than with Rei but still not horrible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fans of the fantastic anime series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION will no doubt embrace "EVANGELION 1.0: You Are Not Alone". The film is the first series of four films titled the "Rebuild of Evangelion" which will be a compressed retelling of the anime series and the two big screen films with better animation, a much more tighter and compressed storyline, and the promise of a newer, better ending (fans thought that the climax in the series was unsatisfactory). Creator HideakI Anno and company know that their bread and butter lies in the majesty of Evangelion; it is an excellent blend of huge robots, shonen action, existentialism, pure human angst and apprehensive self-determination. This first film, Evangelion 1.0 is a retelling of the first six episodes.

After the events of the second impact that nearly annihilated mankind, Tokyo-3's hopes for survival lie with a 14-year old Shinji Ikari (voiced by Megumi Ogata) and his ability to pilot the EVANGALION Unit 01; a massive sentient robot designed by his father, Gendo Ikari (Fumihiko Tachiki) to fight against an alien invasion mounted upon humanity called the Angels. Shinji's hopes for a simple reunion with his father are dashed as Gendo proves to be one cold-hearted parent. Taken under the wing of commander Misato Katsuragi (Kotono Mitsuishi), the young man reluctantly fights against the invaders' awesome firepower. But for reasons only he can decipher, Shinji finds himself drawn to another EVA-unit 00 pilot, Rei Ayanami (Megumi Hayashibara)...

There is much that is left unexplained in the film since this is the first of four films planned by writer HideakI Anno and directors Masayuki and Kazuya Tsuumaki.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As Described.
If you don't know by now, this is not the same as Evangelion 1.11. EVA 1.11 is a better version of this, but if you want this for the sake of owning it, then by all means, make the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kamisori Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelion 1.01 - excellent!!
An exciting anime' involving well-developed characters. Once you see the first in this series, you will want to see what happens to them!!
Published 8 months ago by Anime' Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars graet
it not only arrived a whole day early, it was still in its original packaging! as soon as i got the movies i watched it immediately and it was one of the greatest anime movies i... Read more
Published 9 months ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid
With a fresh beginning, detail on everything has shifted for the better and provides a great deal of new things.
Published 17 months ago by Itsacar
4.0 out of 5 stars A teenager that pilots a giant armored mech to fight angels. . .
The boy has daddy issues. Doesn't know how to act around girls. Looking for acceptance, someone that cares about him. . .he acts like a little girl. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J3F
5.0 out of 5 stars You now have a new fan
I really enjoyed this film even though I've never seen its sequels or the other films before it. Great film by the way and I will be getting the other films too.
Published 22 months ago by Xyooj
4.0 out of 5 stars neon genesis evangelion fan
I got the dvd as it was describe and being a fan of Neon Genesis Evvangelion. this the perfect condition and it arrive
in 3 days..
Published on June 20, 2012 by darkprincess
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson's birthday present
All I can say, is that my grandson was delighted and that is probably the best review I can give. It was not a purchase for myself.
Published on March 28, 2012 by P. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The first movie sticks pretty closely to the original anime. In terms of story, there isn't much new material in 1. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by D. Jansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Old classic in new dress.
Just as I say in the title: a classic of anime in a new version. A must have for fans of the old one.
Published on February 6, 2011 by Lodewijk Boute
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Sorry but no sale unless its the 1.11 remastered version.
This version is 1.01 and DVD only. Next year FUNimation will release 1.11 on both DVD and Blu-Ray. If you really want 1.11 just wait awhile.
Oct 1, 2009 by HoverLover |  See all 12 posts
No Blu-ray release?
I was at SDCC 09 and asked specifically at the funimation booth whether there would be Blu Ray, I was told yes, March next year, I can only hope that's what's up
Sep 1, 2009 by Anthony P. Silva |  See all 8 posts
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