Neon Genesis Evangelion - Resurrection (Director's Cut, Episodes 21-23)
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A lot of director's cuts really are just collections of deleted material pasted back on. With some frequency, the cuts were made for a valid reason. On occasion, the cuts were made to accomplish something arbitrary (to get a better rating or meet a length requirement). That is the case here. These episodes represent a return to Hideaki Anno's original concept for the series and provide considerable insight into the confusions of the first US release.
Episode 21 has been filled out considerably, providing a better picture of the progression that led to the birth of the Evangelions and the inception of NERV. While most of the information can be gleaned elsewhere, this makes the story gel for the view. You will immediately become aware that you are watching a redubbed Japanese product, not a re-localized cut (which is what the original release was. This creates a bit of visual confusion until you adjust, but actually presents considerable new information, as many of the subtitles are different or new.
Unfortunately, is also becomes apparent that the entire production has been redubbed and John Swasey has replaced Tristan MacAvery as Gendo Akari.Read more ›
For how great Eva is, for how well it digs into the emotions and personalities of its characters, 'Evangelion' gets very depressing by the end of it. When the show hits its 20th episode, almost all the humor has been put to the side. It gets very serious and very thought provoking. Watching Asuka (played by Tiffany Grant at her best) get torn down and fall into a wreck is gut wrenching to watch. The added scenes make this even harder to watch, but you just can't help but stare and listen. The added scenes of Rei II's (Amanda Winn-Lee) death are fascinating and almost feel out of place after years of seeing the original version.
In all, the added scenes make the show even better, but also make it harder to watch. To me, this is not the kind of show you can just sit down on a lazy Sunday afternoon and watch in your bathrobe. It's the kind of show you watch when you want to be moved and not stop thinking about it for a week. You watch 'Evangelion' when you want to feel something. Unfortunately, some of those feelings won't be pleasant and will make you sad, but that is the whole point in the first place.
Don't get me wrong, the reviews are great. They're just for the wrong disc. Maybe Amazon will catch the error and fix it. Maybe.
Evangelion is dark, no question, but for truly depressing viewing, watch the preview of the live-action version: a long dreary interview with two guys from Weta, interspersed with sketches of the characters. Shriek in terror at the characters' new & improved names. Throw up your arms, or possibly your lunch, at the pronunciation of Eva & of Evangelion (had they actually seen the anime?). And find a body language expert to explain what it means when X is droning on & on, & Y is sitting quietly beside him doing some very peculiar things indeed with his hands.
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I love these episodes very good so much more insight into the show which was missing if you can pick these up. Well worth watching.Published 18 months ago by Nikos Lecomte
The animation holds up and the characters while not always likable they are always interesting. Craziness abounds and is awesome.Published on August 4, 2013 by bubbajoe
Pretty much the same stuff from Death is shown in here, but at a much slower pace, a must-have for any Eva fan.Published on May 24, 2013 by Kerry Sandhu
Near the ending, bunches past and present and runs through big fights near the finale, key items in the close finalePublished on May 4, 2013 by Itsacar
The Neon Genesis: Evangelion platinum collection is a remake on one of the best anime's ever produced hands down. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by C. Valentine
Shinji is 14. After his mother's death and long separation from his father he is summonded to Tokyo 3. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by KevinB
Neon Genesis Evangelion Directors' Cut: Resurrection is a DVD that contains "director's cut" versions of episodes twenty-one through twenty-three of the series. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Lesley Aeschliman
Platinum Set - Contains Episodes 21-23
Episode 21 - Shows the back-history of NERV, as well as Gendo, Yui, Misato, and Fuyutski. Read more
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6 is a single DVD that contains episodes eighteen through twenty of the series. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Lesley Aeschliman
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