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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (2002)

Megumi Ogata , Megumi Hayashibara , Hideaki Anno , Hiroyuki Ishidô  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yűko Miyamura, Fumihiko Tachiki
  • Directors: Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Ishidô, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Masahiko Ôtsuka
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WEA
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068OIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,228 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Subtitle options for Dialogue & On-screen Text
  • In-depth index of Characters, Angels, Evas & Terms
  • Photo Gallery
  • Japanese Production Credits
  • End of Evangelion Preview
  • Manga Previews
  • Web Links
  • Manga Fan Club

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Fifteen years after the Antarctic blast known as the Second Impact, the world once again faces the threat of the Angels--super-powered entities with the capacity to bring about a Third Impact capable of destroying all human life. Summoned by his estranged father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari reluctantly embraces his destiny as the pilot of the bio-engineered vessel known as "Evangelion Unit-01." Alongside fellow Eva pilots Asuka Langley and Rei Ayunami, Shinji battles against the host of invading Angels. But all is not as it seems. Amidst layers of subterfuge, and the competing agendas of secret government organizations each seeking to manipulate the children and their Evas for their own ends, Shinji, Rei and Asuka must each come to terms with their past and unearth their own identities. Told from the various perspectives of the tale's primary characters, Death & Rebirth is a composition of epic proportions. The first half of the film is an orchestrated retelling of episodes 1 through 24 of the original groundbreaking Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Supplemented with startling new animated sequences, Death offers a unique insight into the personal worlds of the characters as conceived of by the series' director Hideki Anno. In Rebirth, the second half of the film, we see an alternate vision of episode 25 of the original series. Seele, the secret international organization behind the development of both the Evangelion project and the Human Complementation project, is concerned about the way the projects' director, Ikari Gendo, is proceeding. Convinced that Gendo is implementing his own plans, they set out to wrest control of the projects and capture Eva Unit-01. Using the nine-production model Evangelions under their command, and a force of conventional troops, Seele undertakes a full-scale invasion of Central Dogma - the operation control center beneath Tokyo-3.
From the animators of GAINAX Studios (The Wings of Honneamise) and Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire) comes the most decisive chapter in the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Featuring groundbreaking animated action sequences and mind-blowing dramatic revelations; Death & Rebirth is truly a composition of epic proportions. Manga's most technically advanced DVD to date includes a double-sided DVD, special audio commentary and an exclusive Mokuji Interactive feature (Mokuji = "Contents"). Once activated, this feature will allow the viewer to select from an on-screen, chapter specific index of Eva-related terms, character descriptions, and other valuable information while viewing the film. The perfect resource for the seasoned Evangelion fan eager to learn more as well as a comprehensive introduction for those new to the story. All key roles in the English language version of Death and Rebirth are reprised by the original voice-actors from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series.

The bizarre ending of the television series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) pleased no one, including creator Hideaki Anno. Shortly after it aired, Anno began remaking the final episodes as an OAV and then decided to release them as a theatrical feature. At the climax of the series, Shinji met and destroyed Kaoru, who was both the Fifth Child and 17th Angel--then collapsed into schizophrenia. Death retraces these events through clips, many of them set to new dialogue performed by the same English cast as the series. Rebirth depicts the aftermath of Shinji's victory over the final Angel: Seele attacks NERV headquarters as part of their plot to advance human evolution. The feature ends as inconclusively as the series, with Rei in limbo beside Dr. Ikari, the traumatized Shinji nearly catatonic, and a reawakened Asuka fighting Seele. It sets up the final film, The End of Evangelion. Unrated; suitable for ages 14 and up: Violence, brief nudity, profanity. --Charles Solomon

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brilliant Conclusion to a Most Profound Series March 2, 2007
By Suzanne
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For those turning to this film to answer all the questions that the last two episodes of the Evangelion (NGE) series didn't answer, I suggest you look elsewhere. If anything, this film will provide you with precious few answers but a multitude of new questions. For those wanting a highly provocative, thought-provoking, intelligent and most poignant conclusion to the NGE series, then have no fear. I will try to explain some of the more perplexing elements in this film, without giving too much away, as well giving my thoughts and opinions at the same time.

The film is structured to be the final two episodes of the series. So the first half, Ep. 25 "Air/Love is Destructive" is concurrent with the series episode 25 "The World Ending/Do You Love Me?". The second half, Ep. 26. "My Purest Heart for You/One More Final: I Need You" is concurrent with the series episode 26 "The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World/Take Care of Yourself."

Much like the NGE series, the End of Evangelion (EoE) weaves a complex story where images and dialogue are closely related to the philosophy and symbolism. These themes are played out through the psychology of each characters' own mind. It is essentially a microcosm of the entire series. The opening scenes before the "Air" title card of Ep. 25 of Shinji overlooking the ruins of the city, and then entering Asuka's hospital room and, (I'll leave it there) set the mood and atmosphere. Showing effectively and very disturbingly that this is NOT going to be an easy film. As the first half roars out of the gates at breakneck speed, we see the hostile takeover of Nerv by the Seele organization and each Nerv member's desperate attempt to hold it at bay.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Couple Of Reasons To Buy November 22, 2002
Fans of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" will most likely want to get this DVD though it is not needed. The "Death" part of this movie is a recap of the first 24 episodes of the TV series. Only the bare highlights are given in order to cram that much information into such a short amount of time that I don't think this would be helpful to those who have not already watched the series. However, the recap can be helpful to possibly answer a couple of questions or bring a small amount of clarity to what you've seen before. Some of the animation has been redone to make it better and some previously unseen footage from the show has been placed here.
The second part of the movie is called "Rebirth" and is simply the first part of "End of Evangelion" movie. So in a way, it's almost a waste and certainly is a tease of what's coming up.
There are two big reasons to own this DVD. First, fans of the series will want it to fill out their collection. Second (and the biggest reason) is the audio commentary from the director of the English dub (and English voice of Rei) as well as Jason Lee and one other guy involved in anime. Since they worked a long time getting the translation right, they are very familiar with the story and what is going on. So they are able to provide insights into the story as well as pointing out things you might miss. Jason Lee is very helpful since he knows a ton about Catholic dogma/beliefs/stories (which is the basis for the "Christian" themes in this movie) as well as other mythos. His comments help a ton in explaining things.
The original Japanese audio is included as well as English subtitles if you need that. There are other extras as well, but I haven't taken the time to examine them all.
Bottom line: Neon Genesis Evangelion is a great series, but this DVD is not a required purchase. However, I am happy with this DVD.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon messed up June 27, 2005
From the reviews ot his I have read, most people think this is just Death & Rebirth, which makes since because Amazon labeled it Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death & Rebirth (Special Edition). Well this is NOT just Death & Rebirth. It is a boxed set that also comes with End of Evangelion, as well as a postcard and mouse pad.

Sure, D&R wan't that great, but EoE was a masterpiece, plain and simple. I already own both, but I'm gonna buy this anyway, because I want the mouse pad.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
This review is intended for the Neon Genesis Death and Rebirth/ The End of Evangelion two-pak edition.

First of all, Death and Rebirth is probably not enjoyable to anyone already familiar with the series.However, it is useful to someone who needs a crash-course on the Eva storyline history, which must be known in some detail to appreciate End of Evangelion.

The End of Evangelion, movie #2 in this pak, is rather extraordinary- for better or for worse. The 1st portion of the movie is a fine example of animation in terms of how beautifully the battles of the movie are depicted. The human drama is very real as well; a certain character experiences sudden joy and victory- and then meets brutal, tragic defeat.

The 2nd portion of the movie becomes visually chaotic as the minds of individuals become united as one through a scifi-esque process called Instrumentality. The imagery is as strange as the idea itself, and they require a bit of examination- but, just as a minor tip, the final scene takes place on Earth after Instrumentality fails, and the person next to Shinji is the REAL Asuka (this has been cleared up by the studio behind the movie, and I believe it is something the viewer must understand to fully appreciate the moment).

On a final note, the ending of this unique story is somewhat inconclusive. All we know for sure is that Instrumentality failed, and at least 2 of the main characters have returned to a now (at least partially) damaged Earth. Here is the director's reasoning: "With Evangelion, we are trying to get people to think independently. We will never supply all the answers for you." Love it or hate it, that is the spirit of Evangelion.

P.S. The commentary of this movie is TERRIBLE. None of the individuals giving the commentary show any respect for the movie, and they discuss long-disproven theories about the final scene. Take my word for it: IGNORE THE COMMENTARY ENTIRELY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... get all the animes to see if this ends good or
i need to get all the animes to see if this ends good or not
Published 12 hours ago by Louis B. Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Love it.
Published 3 months ago by SigIAm
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime Masterpiece
I watched the entire television series, prior to watching End of Evangelion, just so that I would have the context for everything. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matt Lemmon
5.0 out of 5 stars great, but.....
Great continuation of the series but first hour is just recaps of the series with half an hour of new material
Published 5 months ago by tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to recap on the episodes!
Huge fan of the series and I would recommend it to anyone of my friends! Though I wouldn't consider this the movie but more of a recap on all the episodes and a little bit of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack Forbus
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
While death and rebirth really has no purpose in this day and age it's still a well edited nostalgic trip that's worth your time as "Hey it's more evangelion". Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim Leach
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond and what is.
This is not the end. This film shows the relationship perspective of the creator between each charachter. People seem confused when they watch this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Itsacar
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for EoE
End of Evangelion is honestly a masterpiece. There are no anime films that I've watched as many times as this one and Evangelion isn't even my favorite anime, it's not even in my... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Vespasiano
4.0 out of 5 stars Eva
Well what hasn't been said about this anime I cannot do justice. This is more so a quick recap of the events that transpired through the series - END of Eva is the 'final' part to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!
What a spectacular alternative ending to an amazing series. Gets a bit psychotic near the end, but it scratches the itch for action that the series left.
Published 14 months ago by ssteussy
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