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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
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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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was originally very excited to own death & rebirth as well as eoe as some reviews stated, except I only received a one disc box with strictly death & rebirth, no eoe to be seen. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristin Boatwright
I both the movie used the case was a little damage as well the DVD. I play the movie and extrac to check it but my surprise it still work as newPublished 9 months ago by Freddy Cabral
The anime series Evangelion is a true master piece. It’s brilliant in almost every sense; the plot, the characters, the sidestories, the theme. It's a great work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anibal Madeira
If you're an evangelion fan or just love weird anime then you need to pick this up.Published 17 months ago by Alaster
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