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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Collection

4.4 out of 5 stars 210 customer reviews

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From the Back Cover

The year is 2015, and half of the Earth’s population is dead, victims of the disaster called Second Impact! Answering a summons from his enigmatic father, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari arrives in the rebuilt city of New Tokyo-3 just as a gigantic creature identified as an "Angel" attacks! Forced into the cockpit of a giant bio-mechanical construct known as an Evangelion, Shinji must defend the city from the rampaging Angel or die trying! The future is back like you’ve never seen it before, in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Edition!

Special Features

Director's cut versions of four episodes

Product Details

  • Actors: Noriko Kobayashi, Yutaka Sugiyama, Hideaki Anno
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Full Screen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000767QTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Collection" on IMDb

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My Evangelion background:
I have been a fan of the series since I rented the weird "End of Evangelion" movie a couple of years ago. I rented the original DVDs (the 'Perfect' collection) from Netflix and watched every episode in Japanese+Subtitles and English. I have also seen "Death & Rebirth."

What THIS collection contains (hardware):
I purchased this collection from Amazon. The disks have an interesting textured label application. Nothing else is special about the physical items. Thin DVD containers, decent box, NO inserts AT ALL unless you include the promo page stuck to the back of the box.

What THIS collection contains (software):
Just the episodes and the director's cut versions of four episodes, nothing extra. No commentaries, no interviews, no guides, nothing. Well, it has some previews, but those do not count. To be clear, the director's cut and original versions of the four episodes are both here.

Detailed review:
I watched the first DVD and was amazed at the quality of the transfer. It had been a few months since I had seen the Netflix version, so I re-rented the first DVD to compare.
Yes, the picture quality is vastly superior to the old version. I never really noticed the frame shake before, but watching the original was like watching a crappy 60's western--almost every transition was marred by at least two or three frame shakes that cannot be ignored once the 'clean' one is seen. The images themselves are also much cleaner. The old version looks like a VCR tape by comparison.
The sound was also amazing. I prefer watching in orignal Japanese with English subtitles, so it was a great surprise to hear it in Dolby Digital 5.1--usually the Japanese soundtrack is only two-channel.
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The changes in the Platinum version of Evangelion from the Perfect Collection are small, with four director's cut episodes and commentary. (I received an e-mail recently, which noted I left out 5.1 sound and better picture quality, though than anime still looks washed and the sound is only clear in surround sound). But, they are changes in what is perhaps one of the best animes ever created, and to fans, that is more than enough to spend their money.

If that wasn't enough for you then, then here is your opportunity. Take it from someone who thrives off of these thin-pack box sets. The value of them is beyond compare. All of them have sturdy boxes with artwork on them. You get entire series for what is usually half the price you would spend buying the entire series, and you save on shelf-space. In this case, where there were seven DVDs in the entire series that go for $27 a pop (7 x 27 = 189 plus tax and possibly shipping), you'll end up saving big. How can you beat that?

I recommend this for anyone who doesn't have the original box set and for fans of anime of the highest quality. This is the best giant-robot anime, one of the top ten ever, and will go down as something magical and important in anime in the same way that Akira did. Plus, I recommend this for the value itself (7 x 27 = 189 - 48 = 141 = How can you beat that?).

(ADDED LATER) I've received a lot of e-mail regarding the extra features, inserts, and DVD count, so I'm going to address these issues now. Firstly, there is only six DVDs, but the episodes are condensed into the six so there is no need to worry about that. The final disc contains the director's cut episodes. Also, there are few extras on the disc, and in case you enjoy the inserts that tend to come with DVDs, the DVDs in the box set won't have them.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) starts out simple enough. A story about a boy named Shinji Ikari coming to a futuristic city and using giant robot-like Evas (Unit-01 himself) to fend off the invading enemies called Angels. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl and pilot of Unit-00, Rei Ayanami, the fiery pilot of Unit-02 Asuka Langley Soryu, Director of Nerv Operations Misato Katsuragi, the brilliant scientist, Ritsuko Akagi and his estranged father and Nerv's Commander, Gendo Ikari. There's also an intriguing cast of minor characters including friends from his school, Toji and Kensuke and Nerv's Vice Commander Fuyutsuki. But it ends in a completely different place than where it began, with so much filling its creamy center that it's hard to know what to cover in a review.

Yes, it indeed starts out simple enough: Through the first 8 episodes you probably couldn't distinguish NGE from any other giant robot anime ever made. These episodes, while entertaining, are as straight forward as anime gets. Then, slowly but surely from episodes 9-13, the characters are given to more detailing. We get to know them better as more of their stories and histories are revealed. A beautiful example of this is in episode 9 when Asuka falls down, asleep, next to Shinji, who is then tempted to kiss her before something makes him stop. The story is expanded upon as more secrets are revealed, which leads to more questions.

But then, during episode 14, which starts out as a boring "recap", half way through we get the first glimpse of what this series is really about. After the title card we hear the voice of Rei, giving a surreal and beautiful monologue with similar images following on the screen.
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