Neon Genesis Evangelion - Perfect Collection (of 1) (

By:Paul Jacques
Review Date: Friday, December 10, 2004
Release Date: Monday, November 15, 2004

What They Say
In the year 2015, half of the human race is dead, and the survivors face a terrifying last judgment from giant biotechnology experiments called Angels.

Within Tokyo-3 and the headquarters of the secretive organization called NERV, a special United Nations agency. A handful of teenagers are trained to pilot the colossal super-entities known as Evangelion and battle the Angels on their own terms... whatever the cost to their minds and souls.

Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion., is thrust into a maelstrom of battle and events that he does not understand. Forced to plumb the depths of himself for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive

The Review!
Since we've already reviewed this series, the box set review will focus on the packaging used. Please refer to our individual reviews for each of the discs content and technical specifications.

The new box set is a little beauty, all black, with the red NERV logo on one side and “El Diablo” on the other. The black box itself is made of (thin) folded cardboard, so no throwing it about in all the excitement. It’s about 4x standard cases wide, with the 8x discs freely packed into 2x double width translucent cases. The cases themselves are adorned with a montage of NGE graphics, in the form of reversible covers. At least two of the graphics look new, and when I say new, I mean that they haven’t been used in this format before, but they are from the series.

The discs themselves are the same black NERV design we’ve seen before. It should be noted that the DVD’s are extremely easy to release from the discs holders, as they employ the new locking mechanism (cantilevered hub arms), so no worries about bending them when you want to play.

In summary-
Literally this box set is the original series, re-packaged. Ordinarily this would be a good thing – the price makes for excellent VFM – but we have Platinum edition coming soon, and that will have the re-mastered versions. As such it’s hard to recommend this box set, UNLESS you really didn’t fancy paying the extra money for the Platinum edition. On the plus side you do get the entire original series in a much smaller form factor and a slick looking shelf box. If you are a newbie on a budget, this might be the way to go.

2.0 Japanese Language ,2.0 English Language ,2.0 Spanish Language ,English Subtitles ,Extras across all discs

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.

Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 2 - Europe
Released By: ADV Films UK
MSRP: £89.99
Running time: 650
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion