The latest edition of Hideaki Anno's landmark series Neon Genesis Evangelion
offers a flashy new 5.1 surround sound remix, but no new footage as Resurrection Director's Cut (episodes 21-23)
and Genesis Reborn Director's Cut (episodes 23-26)
did. The remix becomes apparent in odd moments, suggesting the echoes inside a boy's bathroom or the sound of a cleansing rain. But the directional sound is most evident during the battle with the Fourth Angel in episode 3. When the Angel destroys buildings and flings Shinji's Unit 01 against a hillside, the new mix makes a dramatic difference. Otaku
who have invested in a 5.1 system and who don't already have the earlier edition will want the Platinum Collection
. However, viewers who already own Evangelion
probably don't need the new version. (Rated 15 and older: violence, minor profanity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum: 01 is the first release of seven DVD volumes, which over the course of 26 episodes will include new cast and crew commentary, four bonus Directors' Cut episodes and seven animatics (moving storyboards). Each volume also includes a limited edition collector's slipcover in an exclusive metallic finish, limited to the first pressings only, and a one-of-a-kind numbered NERV parking decal (image below). The first pressing will also include profile booklets filled with screen shoots, Japanese commentaries and character profiles. The year is 2015, and half of the Earth's population is dead, victims of the disaster called Second Impact! Answering a summons from his enigmatic father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari arrives in the rebuilt city of New Tokyo-3 just as a gigantic creature identified as an "Angel" attacks! Forced into the cockpit of a giant bio-mechanical construct known as an Evangelion, Shinji must defend the city from the rampaging Angel or die trying! The future is back like you've never seen it before, in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum edition!