Neon Genesis Evangelion - Resurrection (Director's Cut, Episodes 21-23)
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(Jan 13, 2004)
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A lot of director's cuts really are just collections of deleted material pasted back on. With some frequency, the cuts were made for a valid reason. On occasion, the cuts were made to accomplish something arbitrary (to get a better rating or meet a length requirement). That is the case here. These episodes represent a return to Hideaki Anno's original concept for the series and provide considerable insight into the confusions of the first US release.
Episode 21 has been filled out considerably, providing a better picture of the progression that led to the birth of the Evangelions and the inception of NERV. While most of the information can be gleaned elsewhere, this makes the story gel for the view. You will immediately become aware that you are watching a redubbed Japanese product, not a re-localized cut (which is what the original release was. This creates a bit of visual confusion until you adjust, but actually presents considerable new information, as many of the subtitles are different or new.
Unfortunately, is also becomes apparent that the entire production has been redubbed and John Swasey has replaced Tristan MacAvery as Gendo Akari.Read more ›
For how great Eva is, for how well it digs into the emotions and personalities of its characters, 'Evangelion' gets very depressing by the end of it. When the show hits its 20th episode, almost all the humor has been put to the side. It gets very serious and very thought provoking. Watching Asuka (played by Tiffany Grant at her best) get torn down and fall into a wreck is gut wrenching to watch. The added scenes make this even harder to watch, but you just can't help but stare and listen. The added scenes of Rei II's (Amanda Winn-Lee) death are fascinating and almost feel out of place after years of seeing the original version.
In all, the added scenes make the show even better, but also make it harder to watch. To me, this is not the kind of show you can just sit down on a lazy Sunday afternoon and watch in your bathrobe. It's the kind of show you watch when you want to be moved and not stop thinking about it for a week. You watch 'Evangelion' when you want to feel something. Unfortunately, some of those feelings won't be pleasant and will make you sad, but that is the whole point in the first place.
Evangelion is dark, no question, but for truly depressing viewing, watch the preview of the live-action version: a long dreary interview with two guys from Weta, interspersed with sketches of the characters. Shriek in terror at the characters' new & improved names. Throw up your arms, or possibly your lunch, at the pronunciation of Eva & of Evangelion (had they actually seen the anime?). And find a body language expert to explain what it means when X is droning on & on, & Y is sitting quietly beside him doing some very peculiar things indeed with his hands.
So where money is concerned this would be your best choice at the moment. But if you simply like the series without being a "die-hard" fan then I'd advice you to steer clear of this one and get the original instead.
When watching this DVD I only used the English sub and even though it has some very nice extra's when it comes to the Director Cut episodes (the guys from SEELE really sound more creapy) it can be an annoying experience in the overall. Some of the main characters (Ikari, Ibuki and the "long haired" collegue of Huga) got totally changed voices. Although Ikari's voice isn't as annoying the others are just totally wrong choices. In some cases it really does not reflect the personage.
If you're just looking for something new on the Evangelion front then I'd really advice you to wait for the moment where the currently being released platinum collection reaches this number. Its almost as if the released movies and Director cuts were the tests for the Platinum series. Everything which the movie or director cut lacks (wrong voices, weird animation) is totally made up in the Platinum series. That is truly a "blast from the past" re-run.
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I love these episodes very good so much more insight into the show which was missing if you can pick these up. Well worth watching.Published 12 months ago by Nikos Lecomte
Pretty much the same stuff from Death is shown in here, but at a much slower pace, a must-have for any Eva fan.Published on May 24, 2013 by Kerry Sandhu
Near the ending, bunches past and present and runs through big fights near the finale, key items in the close finalePublished on May 4, 2013 by Itsacar
Neon Genesis Evangelion Directors' Cut: Resurrection is a DVD that contains "director's cut" versions of episodes twenty-one through twenty-three of the series. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Lesley Aeschliman
This DVD is aimed at die-hard Evangelion fans. It also coincides with preproduction of the live-action movie. Evangelion is the Holy Grail of anime TV series. Read morePublished on February 18, 2004 by William
I don't know about the rest of you, but I think the "professionals" writing the editorial reviews are supposed to be unbiased. Read morePublished on January 24, 2004
Evangelion fans will surely rejoice on some level that their beloved series is being somewhat redone. Read morePublished on January 19, 2004
Everyone else tells the details, but this really said nothing new and has little that is new. The untold plot had already been told in the movies and this only reenforces it. Read morePublished on January 18, 2004
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