Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Collection
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The perfect anime. The best show I have ever watched. If you are interested in philosophy, psychology, science and/or religion, then this is the end-all-be-all show for you! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Benjamin W. Bisconer
The Platinum Complete Collection is probably the best release of Neon Genesis Evangelion in for English viewers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carmen J Miele
If your a fan of anime Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mandatory entry on your list of must see. The anime is not for viewing pleasure but for shock. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gregorius
Series itself is definite 5 Star show and this is a quality DVD release for it for each episode, including the extended versions but the extras have been completely stripped from... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Edward P. Burke
this is a MUST HAVE FOR ANY DIE HARD EVANGELION FAN. came quickly, safely, love it !!! all episodes in 5 DVD's and the 6th is all the directors cut episodes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kelleigh Tommassello
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