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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth / The End of Evangelion

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Three young pilots are faced with the final fate of humanity and their Evangelion vessels are the world's last hope!

Death & Rebirth, 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.

Anno brought his watershed epic to its conclusion in the final installment, End of Evangelion. It begins where the series ended: with the Angels defeated, the sinister cabal SEELE attacks NERV headquarters to seize the Evas and realize their plan for humanity. Misato and Ritsuko fight from inside while Asuka decimates a new Eva series. But when Rei merges with Lilith, and Shinji seems to fuse with Unit 01, the final traces of a coherent storyline dissolve into a protracted collage of fantastic images, played against discussions involving Rei, Shinji, Asuka, and Kaoru. Anno's dazzling apocalyptic vision forms a weird but oddly logical finale that ultimately means whatever the viewer chooses to read into it. This unrated feature, suitable for ages 17 and older, contains considerable violence, profanity, grotesque imagery, and sexual situations.

Extras in this set include a gallery of still artwork, short biographies of the main characters, descriptions of the Angels and Evas, and a glossary of terms used in the series. In the voice-over commentary, Amanda Winn Lee (producer-director of the English dub and the voice of Rei Ayanami), co-producer Jason C. Lee and "anime enthusiast" Taliesin Jaffe make a lot of dumb jokes that suggest a lack of respect for both Anno's work and the audience. --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Amanda Winn Lee, Megumi Ogata, Spike Spencer, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura
  • Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Masayuki, Amanda Winn Lee
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,995 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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For those turning to this film to answer all the questions that the last two episodes of the Evangelion (NGE) series didn't answer, I suggest you look elsewhere. If anything, this film will provide you with precious few answers but a multitude of new questions. For those wanting a highly provocative, thought-provoking, intelligent and most poignant conclusion to the NGE series, then have no fear. I will try to explain some of the more perplexing elements in this film, without giving too much away, as well giving my thoughts and opinions at the same time.

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.
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Fans of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" will most likely want to get this DVD though it is not needed. The "Death" part of this movie is a recap of the first 24 episodes of the TV series. Only the bare highlights are given in order to cram that much information into such a short amount of time that I don't think this would be helpful to those who have not already watched the series. However, the recap can be helpful to possibly answer a couple of questions or bring a small amount of clarity to what you've seen before. Some of the animation has been redone to make it better and some previously unseen footage from the show has been placed here.
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.
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From the reviews ot his I have read, most people think this is just Death & Rebirth, which makes since because Amazon labeled it Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death & Rebirth (Special Edition). Well this is NOT just Death & Rebirth. It is a boxed set that also comes with End of Evangelion, as well as a postcard and mouse pad.

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.
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This review is intended for the Neon Genesis Death and Rebirth/ The End of Evangelion two-pak edition.

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.
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