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Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Collection 5

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Neon Genesis Evangelion is indisputably one of the greatest and most popular anime titles of all time. Now, this classic and influential series is presented in a whole new light with Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum. Each episode of Evangelion has been digitally remastered to create beautiful, vibrant video and crisp, sparkling English and Japanese 5.1 audio. Also, the final two episodes have been redubbed and re-edited to include footage from the Evangelion movie Death & Rebirth to create never-before-seen versions of the title's controversial ending. Even fans who've purchased the previous Evangelion DVD releases will be compelled to complete their collection by buying Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum!

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  • Actors: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Ishidô, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Masahiko Ôtsuka, Masayuki
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00074CBR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Collection 5" on IMDb

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The 5th release in the Platinum serie really had no other choice to be special since it contains the most controversial episodes in the Neon Genesis Evangelion saga, numbers 18 through 20 thus making this release equal to the original Evangelion 0:6 DVD, apart from all the enhancements in picture (fully rehanced/restored) and sound (5.1 sound dubs in Japanese and English) ofcourse. The episodes on this disk are Ambivalence (aka "The Judgement of Life"), Introjection (aka "A Man's fight") and finally Weaving a Story II (aka "Form of the Mind, Form of the Man").

As I already pointed out these episodes were controversial, mostly due to the brutal contents. For example; when Shinji refuses to take out Evangelion unit 3 (which had been re-classified as an Angel) and is being overruled by the dummy-plug system things get very messy. Something which wasn't appreciated by all of its viewers. This DVD tells us that what we've seen back then perhaps wasn't even as bad as some people seem to think ;-)

If you watch the episodes it becomes immediatly clear that we're dealing with a re-mastered product since this DVD also has some new material here and there (note: some scene's only last a couple of seconds and none of it will have the impact of the Director Cuts. Still; it adds up to the experience a lot). When looking at this DVD while only focussing on the 3 episodes I'd say that this is excellent material. The animation quality is very good and so is the audio. Its very refreshing to see and hear that all of the emotion which has been put in the English sound dubs back then (for example: Cmd. Ikari who coldly orders to cut off Unit 0's arm while Rei is still connected, Cmd.
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18 - The Judgement of Life/Ambivalence

NERV is finally receiving EVA Unit-03, and eagerly places its new pilot inside for a seemingly routine sync test. But yet again, fate rears its ugly head as Unit-03 is taken over by an Angel, destroying the research facilities and wreaking havoc on Asuka and Rei as they try in vain to stop the rampaging EVA. Now it's up to Shinji to stop the Angel/EVA before it invades NERV HQ - but he'll have to make a decision to fight against someone he doesn't even know, but still feels a strang ebond with as a pilot. Gendo, however, doesn't feel the same, and he will do anything in order to protect the interests of NERV and of SEELE. This is one of the more emotional and disturbing episodes of the series, and was the most effective up to this point. It's simply heartbreaking to see Shinji go through all of this.

19 - A Man's Fight/Introjection

In anger and frustration over seeing the broken and battered body of the Fourth Child, Shinji threatens to blow up Tokyo-3 with the self-destruct sequence of his EVA. When that fails, he tenders his immediate resignation from NERV as an EVA pilot, disgusted by the actions of his father. Shinji's "retirement", however, may be short-lived as another Angel threatens to endanger not only NERV, but all of Tokyo-3 and its innocent civilians in the Geo-Front shelters! Now Shinji must make a choice between his pride and his conscience, but little does he know that his decision will take him down a path from which there is no return. Another wonderful episode, including the infamous second berserker scene, which was almost as disturbing as seeing Shinji destroy Unit 03.

20 - Weaving a Story II: Oral Stage

EVA Unit-01 has once again shown its enigmatic yet incredible power.
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Platinum Set - Contains Episodes 18-20

Episode 18 - Unit 04 gets its new pilot and is immediately taken over by an angel. Shinji's father orders him to destroy Unit 04, still containing the human pilot.
Episode 19 - Shinji refuses to pilot Eva. An angel attacks, Asuka and Rei fail to stop it, so Shinji is forced to fight it. Eva 01 undergoes a metamorphosis.
Episode 20 - Due to the events of the previous episode, Shinji has been turned in to LCL, and has to be converted back to human form. In the LCL state, he reflects on his life. Also, Kaji and Misato do it (off screen).

Episodes 18 and 19 are two of the most violent of the series. Episode 20 features a naked Misato, Rei, and Asuka offering themselves to Shinji (this is a fantasy while he's in his disembodied state). They have no nipples, so, that's alright, I guess. The box says "Suggested 15+". It's hard to judge these episodes on their own merits because Evangelion 2.22 totally kicks their collective butts (for episodes 18 and 19). Be careful when ordering these single discs to make sure you're getting the episodes you want.

Extra features

The Mythology of Evangelion - Matt Greenfireld and Sean McCoy (Evangelion lecturer?) give their opinions on what it all really means. Some good points, some debateable points.
Clean opening and closing animations
Commentary for Episode 20 with Matt Greenfield and Sean McCoy
Animatics for the 3 episodes
6 Previews for other ADV anime series.
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