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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
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Fifteen years after the Antarctic blast known as the Second Impact, the world once again faces the threat of the Angels--super-powered entities with the capacity to bring about a Third Impact capable of destroying all human life. Summoned by his estranged father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari reluctantly embraces his destiny as the pilot of the bio-engineered vessel known as "Evangelion Unit-01." Alongside fellow Eva pilots Asuka Langley and Rei Ayunami, Shinji battles against the host of invading Angels. But all is not as it seems. Amidst layers of subterfuge, and the competing agendas of secret government organizations each seeking to manipulate the children and their Evas for their own ends, Shinji, Rei and Asuka must each come to terms with their past and unearth their own identities. Told from the various perspectives of the tale's primary characters, Death & Rebirth is a composition of epic proportions. The first half of the film is an orchestrated retelling of episodes 1 through 24 of the original groundbreaking Neon Genesis Evangelion saga. Supplemented with startling new animated sequences, Death offers a unique insight into the personal worlds of the characters as conceived of by the series' director Hideki Anno. In Rebirth, the second half of the film, we see an alternate vision of episode 25 of the original series. Seele, the secret international organization behind the development of both the Evangelion project and the Human Complementation project, is concerned about the way the projects' director, Ikari Gendo, is proceeding. Convinced that Gendo is implementing his own plans, they set out to wrest control of the projects and capture Eva Unit-01. Using the nine-production model Evangelions under their command, and a force of conventional troops, Seele undertakes a full-scale invasion of Central Dogma - the operation control center beneath Tokyo-3.
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.
The bizarre ending of the television series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) pleased no one, including creator Hideaki Anno. Shortly after it aired, Anno began remaking the final episodes as an OAV and then decided to release them as a theatrical feature. At the climax of the series, Shinji met and destroyed Kaoru, who was both the Fifth Child and 17th Angel--then collapsed into schizophrenia. Death retraces these events through clips, many of them set to new dialogue performed by the same English cast as the series. Rebirth depicts the aftermath of Shinji's victory over the final Angel: Seele attacks NERV headquarters as part of their plot to advance human evolution. The feature ends as inconclusively as the series, with Rei in limbo beside Dr. Ikari, the traumatized Shinji nearly catatonic, and a reawakened Asuka fighting Seele. It sets up the final film, The End of Evangelion. Unrated; suitable for ages 14 and up: Violence, brief nudity, profanity. --Charles Solomon
- 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
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Both movies "The End of Evangelion" and "Death & Rebirth" were released by MANGA entertainment (MANGA was able to swipe the rights from ADV for these)
This boxset includes Both movies, a mouse pad, and what looks like a small poster (Since my copy was used and under $60, I didn't receive the latter 2, so make sure if you want these you either buy it new OR ask the dealer selling used if the set they are selling has these included)
The 2 reasons I gave this set 5 stars are
1. It contains "The End of Evangelion" which is arguably the best anime film ever made
2. The box itself looks awesome, shiny, and is harder to find then both movies combined
My only gripes about both movies are that they were dubbed by MANGA and not ADV, While all of the main cast return, Toji Suzuhara,Fuyutsuki, Maya, and most notably Makoto Hyuga (Who goes from Matt Greenfield to essentially Shaquille o' Neal (Not really Shaq but thats the best way to describe it)these characters do not and it is an annoyance.
All in all, I recommend this set to anyone, whether your just looking for "End of Evangelion" or a hardcore Eva collector looking for the best (because used copy's of both movies are only like 5 dollars cheaper then the full set, so you might as well get this one).
The second half, Rebirth, is basically the first third of The End of Evangelion. So once it ended right away it made want to watch it.
In all I did enjoy it. I can see how many people will feel Death and Rebirth is redundant, if you are doing an Evangelion marathon. Prabably best to skip and go to The End of Evangelion. I would personally watch it just for the experience, and only if you are tolerant of clip shows in the first half. And I do recommand this because there is a commentary by Amanda Winn-Lee, her husband Jason C. Lee, and Taliesin Jaffe, which really entertaining.
However, those unfamiliar with the original series should not let that be a deterrent in the slightest. While I personally think the series was a bit odd with the extreme contrasts in comedy and serious subject matter, it is still absolutely worth watching at least once. The overall story is pretty amazing, but it takes quite a while into the series for the true nature of things to really be apparent, and I think it is still rock-solid despite it's age.
For new viewers or repeat, this series was pretty amazing back in the day and still definitely worth a watch.
Apart from the product, I must say the seller was excellent. The discs were all in good condition and the outer cardboard sleeve just had a little bit of edgewear.
Before I continue with the extra contents let me first do a quick re-run for readers who are not yet familiar with this release: The Platinum series is a re-release of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime serie. It features enhanced picture quality (so that it will give out a very clear and sharp picture on (modern) installations) and its sound dubs have also been improved. You'll quickly discover (in comparison with the original release) that some of the enhancements really add up to the experience. Like, for example, the sound which fades to the right when a talking person walks out of the screen to the right side. The sound dubs (both English and Japanese) should be in 5.1 surround but I can't verify that since I still use stereo. Perhaps its good to know that even on stereo the new dubs sound very nice in the overall.
Rounding up the re-run: they have also added some new material to the serie in some episodes but on this DVD it is only clearly noticable in the "preview" section at the end of an episode (which is simply different from the original). Most extra's in the serie are very hard to spot (so I may be offtrack here) but this DVD has no extra scenes (note that I'm considering 2 - 3 seconds of new material an extra scene as well) in comparison with the original release. Because Amazon has caught up with the pictures I'll skip that description. Just keep in mind that you're seeing the picture of the silver "slip over" box which contains the real DVD box. Don't let the sharp picture on this site fool you; the original is a little more vague due to light transperancy. The DVD box itself features the same picture more clearly but partly since it also has a title printed on it. The back sums up the several episodes with the original airdate and the names written out in Kanjii.
So on with the extra's... The first (usual) extra is the 12 page booklet, excellent material. It features some very nice pictures (some scenes from the series on the DVD), a short story about the new 5.1 sound dub, a quick commentary on the episodes (quick storyline) and ofcourse a description of the 3 Angels which are encountered on this DVD. Rounding up is a nice (short / 1 page) description of Evangelion Unit 1 (Shinji's unit). Note that it may be wise to keep the booklet outside the DVD case. I noticed that it fits, but that about says it all.
Onto the extras on the disc: First it has the clear opening & ending, like all of them do. And I discovered the first little goof-up in the series so far... It almost seems as if Amazon made a deliberate one in their editorial description as well (sorry guys but Shinji doesn't get praised in the episode with the "Spidery angel" (Episode 11) but in the one after it (Episode 12). Don't let the original series fool you ;-)). This DVD features 2 audio commentary tracks: Tiffany Grant (English voice actress for Asuka) is back again and gives us some comments during episode 11 ("The day Tokyo-3 stood still") and the pair of Matt Greenfield (ADR director) and Wade Shemwell (The 5.1 sound supervisor for the English track) give their comments during episode 13 ("Lilliputian hitcher"). What the menu and booklets and such don't tell you is that Tiffany brought along her husband as well. But thats all I'm telling about the commentary in order not to spoil anything for "non die-hard fans" and others for which this may still come as a surprise.
Last but certainly not least they have a video about the English remix process. In here both Matt Greenfield and Wade Shemwell give some insight information about the (re)creation / remastering of the English sound dubs.
All in all very interesting but I didn't consider it as exciting as the extra's on the previous disc, hence my comment about it being slightly dull. Please keep in mind that I don't like audio commentaries very much, so while I might consider things a bit dull others maybe very excited about them. Apart from that I have to admit that Tiffany's commentaries are very interesting and amusing to listen to. I'd like to advice all others who feel like me about commentaries in the overall to give the ones with Tiffany in it a fair chance; you may be very amused and surprised.
Well, that about rounds it up. Is it worth it? I think it is, both for fans (this is a very informative release) and new comers (the extra episode in comparison with the original release and the enhancements makes it worth the money IMO).
One last personal comment though: I'm very curious as to what artwork will be used on the rest of the DVD boxes. So far we've seen Shinji, Rei and Asuka. If you'll skim Amazon you'll notice that Misato will be on the next release. All of these characters are also displayed on the big "silver colored" box which was optional with the first DVD (to house all 7 releases). The pictures of Asuka and Misato are printed on the box just as you see them on the DVD boxes. Shinji and Rei are featured as a pair on the back (from the 1st episode where Shinji holds Rei in his arms) so one can only wonder if the rest of the prints will be used as well... One way to find out :-)
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