Most helpful critical review
Character development and more blatant religious imagery in this set
on December 27, 2011
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:4 is a single DVD that contains episodes twelve through fourteen of the series.
When I first put this disc in the player, a trailer started. It turns out that there are roughly nine-and-a-half minutes of trailers at the beginning of the disc before you get to the main menu. Luckily, the disc was authored in such a way that you can skip ahead to the menu. However, I feel that including that many trailers at the beginning of a DVD is rather obnoxious.
On the disc, you can select from four menu options; the options are "Scene Access," "Communications," "Extras," and "ADV Previews." For "Scene Access," you can choose which episode you want to watch on the disc. "Communications" is the option for subtitle and language selections. For subtitles, you can choose to either have them on or off. For language, you can choose from English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
The "Extras" menu contains three options. The first is labeled as "Character Bios"; the bios include a picture of the character and a brief text write-up. The characters included in this feature are: Ritsuko Akagi, Maya Ibuki, Adam, Tenth Angel, and Eleventh Angel. The next feature is "ADV Website"; all this selection does it to take you to a screen that has ADV's website featured on it; however, since ADV no longer exists, this link is rather irrelevant. The final extra in this menu is the DVD credits.
The final selection on the main menu is labeled as, "ADV Previews." Like the second and third discs, there is no menu to choose which previews to see. Instead, it goes straight into the nine-and-a-half minutes of previews that are at the beginning of the disc.
I was a little disappointed to see that like the third disc in the set, this disc only contains three episodes. However, the authoring of the disc is the same as for discs one and three; the viewer has the ability to skip the ending credits to get to the preview for the next episode and the subtitles were easy to read.
When watching the episodes on this disc, the religious allusions I have heard about in regards to this series finally become a bit more blatant. While some earlier episodes may have subtly snuck some imagery in, the allusions have become more readily apparent to the viewer. The first two episodes on the disc progress the story a little further, and they also include some character development for Misato and Akagi. The third episode on the disc is basically a recap episode for the first half of it, while the second half involves a synchronization experiment with the Evas. The recap portion of the episode was done in such a way to resemble a report to Seele. Personally, I'm not a fan of recap episodes; however, I'm grateful that only half of the episode provided a recap.
If you're a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion and haven't either already picked up this DVD release or one of the DVD box sets that were released for the series, this could be worth adding to your DVD library if you can find it for a reasonable price.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this disc that I checked out through the King County Library System.