Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Thursday, May 25, 2000
I'm an Eva head. I won't deny it; it's my favorite series. So when I got the Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD, I was happy. Ecstatic, even. I've had the series dubbed and the movies fansubbed for quite some time, now, and have seen the subs a few times. I figured that this was would be the greatest format to watch it on.
I was mistaken.
This disc is borderline horrid. The five months spent getting all the audio tracks together should instead have been spent fixing the video problems. Several times, in fact, at least once every minute in the last two episodes, the colors shifted. Red turned to orange, then back. Black turned to dark blue or gray. Brown to light brown. And so on. This was very distracting, especially in episodes 3 and 4 where there's a lot of scenes presented in red or have a lot of shadows, and they shift from orange to pink to red or black to grey. Misato's jacket is red, and she is one of the pre-dominant characters in the first four episodes. If this continues, I shudder to think what the later episodes
with Asuka will be like. In short, I found these color shifts to be extremely annoying and detracting, since they're VERY noticeable.
The scrolling of the video is another problem. Several times the screen or animation 'jumps.' I blame the transfer because I can't find it on the tapes. The screen also shakes slightly throughout all four
Another thing that was different from the dubs I own is ADV's blatant cutting of any written Japanese and replacing it with English. The problem is somewhat stupid when you see the same thing they replaced earlier in its original Japanese later. (example - The sign on Shinji's door. In one scene, it reads in English: 'Shinji's Lovely Suite.' A later scene shows it in it's original Japanese.) I have to give ADV a big boo-hiss at this. Why they couldn't leave it alone like they did with the tapes is beyond me. In this same vein, the opening and closing credits have been re-done with new, glaring subtitles. I preferred the original Japanese credits intact as opposed to having the information
nicely shot through my eyeballs. What's worse is that the opening titles and upcoming episode titles have all been redone by ADV in the same Glaring White.
The audio on the disc is nothing to write home about, although I noticed that at certain times it dropped out a little when it shouldn't have. The inclusion of the extra language tracks is a nice touch. However, I'll more than likely never watch more than the English dub or sub versions. On the nore of dubs, the English dub of Eva is one of the dubs that shines as an example to others. This is what dubbing should be! There are times when I like it better than the subbed version.
The extras on the disc are negligible. The character bios only cover a small portion of the cast, and I didn't get around to the trailers. Especially after seeing the video of the disc itself.
The menu design is great. You move the 'Absolute Borderline' connection symbol around a replication of one of the synch-graphs from the series onto the different areas. When you select something, it responds quickly and pretty fluid.
The cover pic on the case is nice; I've always liked the covers of the Eva series. The spine design has a nice picture of Eva-01 flying using its energy wings from the opening credits. I thought this was a nice touch.
The interior of the case has an insert with the cover of the second tape on it and ads for ADV's other releases on the back. However, ADV used the type of spindle that is hardest to get DVDs out of.
But, in the end, if you're looking to upgrade from your VHS, I wouldn't bother. It makes a nice novelty with the four language tracks, but the frustrating color changes, constant screen-shaking, and ADV's re-edits make the viewing annoying. I sincerely hope that ADV does a better job with their future DVD projects than this. The Eva DVD was a big disappointment in my eyes, and I hope not indicative of their future endeavors.
25 inch Samsung TV, Sony DVP-S330 DVD player
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion