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Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone

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In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity's hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens but will they be able to save themselves?


The eagerly anticipated Evangelion: 1.01 is the first installment in a four-feature retelling of Hideaki Anno's watershed series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). Anno has said he is re-creating Evangelion as he wanted it to be initially, unconstrained by technological and budgetary limits. The first film covers the same material as episodes 1 through 6 of the series: In 2015, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari arrives at the headquarters of Nerve, a scientific organization that represents humanity's last defense against the Angels, mysterious beings bent on destruction. Assigned to pilot the gigantic cyborg Evangelion Unit 01, Shinji proves a reluctant, neurotic hero, whose problems are rooted in his estrangement from his father. Anno was able to rehire most of the staff from the original series, but the use of computer graphics enables the filmmakers to amp up the visuals. When the army deploys an array of tanks, planes and missiles against the Angel Sachiel, the viewers sees the ranks of ineffectual machines moving into position--and being destroyed by the Angel's terrible power. Operation Yashima, the climactic battle with the Angel Ramiel, ends the film. In the television series, this Angel was just a blue tetrahedron; in the film it reconfigures itself into a fantastic array of geometric shapes. Shinji's destruction of the Angel with an experimental "positron cannon" eclipses the earlier version. The entire Japanese voice cast returned for the remake; in the English dub, Alison Keith and Spike Spencer re-create their roles as the exuberant Misato and the angst- ridden Shinji, while Brina Palencia capably takes over as the distant Rei Ayanami. The tighter story-telling and dazzling visuals of Evangelion: 1.01 will win over even skeptics who doubted whether there was any need for yet another version. (Rated PG-13: violence, nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Allison Keith-Shipp, Spike Spencer
  • Directors: Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KYIAJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By David Mortensen on March 25, 2010
This cut of the Eva series is awesome, but the DVD for 1.01 has production issues that make the overall image much darker than intended. Night scenes lack detail in particular. This was known in the Japanese release, and remains uncorrected in this North American release. I recommend getting 1.11. Not only is that one color corrected, but it has 2 minutes more footage explaining the complex narrative, and is offered in Blu-Ray. Skip the 1.01 release and just get 1.11. Otherwise, it's a great edit/retelling of the original series, with new characters and different events playing out. This is volume 1 of 4 pending releases, and represent a more mature director's master work. Old fans wont be disappointed, and new fans can ingest more of the main series in much less time.
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Love or hate the Giant Robot genre of anime, there is no denying the resounding influence the Evangelion franchise has had on the industry since its introduction back in 1997. I'm a self-admitted mecha-head and to have an opportunity to go back and witness the beginning of it all was quite an experience. Thanks to FUNimation, the masses will now have that same opportunity with their North American release of Evangelion: 1.01, the full length motion picture.

Hard facts first: The release is comprised of a single disc, housed in a standard sized dvd case with a cardboard outer slip cover with art that directly mimics the case within. The program's runtime comes in at 98 minutes and wears an appropriate PG-13 rating due to animated action, violence and some ambiguous nudity.

Language options are standard sub & dub fair, which means the viewer is given the option of running the original Japanese dialog track or an English dub, either of which is presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. The option to turn on English subtitles exists for either language choice as well.

Extras are essentially nonexistent save for an included booklet that explains precisely what this rebuilt DVD means and a note from the original screenplay writer and Chief Director of the project, Hideaki Anno.

The story, while straightforward enough in presentation, has been the source of case studies, web-site devotion, even college thesis throughout the years and hence could never be summarized accurately (with dignity) here. However, to reduce it all down to its most basic levels, a young boy by the name of Shinji is thrust into a world beyond comprehension once an attacking "Angel" comes to town.
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Let me start by saying that while I love the Evangelion franchise and legacy im by no means an expert on the subject, 95% of the symbolism and double meaning still goes over my head even today, but my love for this franchise should not be questioned. If I say something indicating a lack of knowledge and has been explaned somewhere before please forgive me.

If you are a fan of the original build of Neon Genesis Evangelion and are worry of this just being a rehash or if your just not sure it does the series justice, than lay your fears to rest. While alot of the action remains unchanged from the original few beginning episodes, this film sets a tone for the changes to come in the Rebuild as well as provide a whole new feel to what you may be used to.

For starters Shinji for the most part is the same depressed, lonely, self loathing individual he was in the original build, except now he projects his feelings more verbally to those around him, mainly towards Misato, and at times seems like a real a hole. Misato's personality during her earlier interactions with Shinji remains the same but as the movie progresses, she acts more like an irritated stepmother toward a disobedient child towards Shinji, I must admit I was taken aback by it at first but Shinji's new demeanor almost requires her new personality. Rei is almost excactly as she was in the series, you never even really notice she has a new voice actor, except her peronality seems more peaceful now dispite her still being somewhat cold. Gendo believe it or not seems to care even less for Shinji than he did in the original series. Ritsuko hasn't changed from the original build except her voice actor which is much more apparent than with Rei but still not horrible.
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Fans of the fantastic anime series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION will no doubt embrace "EVANGELION 1.0: You Are Not Alone". The film is the first series of four films titled the "Rebuild of Evangelion" which will be a compressed retelling of the anime series and the two big screen films with better animation, a much more tighter and compressed storyline, and the promise of a newer, better ending (fans thought that the climax in the series was unsatisfactory). Creator HideakI Anno and company know that their bread and butter lies in the majesty of Evangelion; it is an excellent blend of huge robots, shonen action, existentialism, pure human angst and apprehensive self-determination. This first film, Evangelion 1.0 is a retelling of the first six episodes.

After the events of the second impact that nearly annihilated mankind, Tokyo-3's hopes for survival lie with a 14-year old Shinji Ikari (voiced by Megumi Ogata) and his ability to pilot the EVANGALION Unit 01; a massive sentient robot designed by his father, Gendo Ikari (Fumihiko Tachiki) to fight against an alien invasion mounted upon humanity called the Angels. Shinji's hopes for a simple reunion with his father are dashed as Gendo proves to be one cold-hearted parent. Taken under the wing of commander Misato Katsuragi (Kotono Mitsuishi), the young man reluctantly fights against the invaders' awesome firepower. But for reasons only he can decipher, Shinji finds himself drawn to another EVA-unit 00 pilot, Rei Ayanami (Megumi Hayashibara)...

There is much that is left unexplained in the film since this is the first of four films planned by writer HideakI Anno and directors Masayuki and Kazuya Tsuumaki.
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