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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:3
By Chris Beveridge
January 23, 2001
Release Date: January 23, 2001
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:3
What They Say
© ADV Films
It's triple jeopardy as the Angels continue to attack and the forces of NERV are finding themselves sorely pressed to find new ways to combat the alien invaders. Facing a new Angel with the ability to instantly replicate itself poses problems enough, but when an unborn Angel is found incubating inside an active volcano, the decision is made to meet the devil in it's lair! Can even an Evangelion survive mortal combat beneath a million tons of molten lava? Then NERV is left defenseless as a major power failure cripples Tokyo 3 and Shinji, Asuka and Rei must find their way through an underground labyrinth to the Eva's subterranean launch bays. But even if they get there, will they still be able to launch?The Review!
While things certainly don't slow down during this segment of Evangelion, we do get more of a character study with this batch of episodes alongside our enjoyment of watching the Angels trash Tokyo-3.Audio:
While there are four soundtracks on this disc, our primary review was done listening to the Japanese language track and giving a spot check to the other three. The series continues its pretty solid record on the audio side of things with a good presentation of the TV stereo soundtrack. Dialogue is clean and undistorted and mostly coming out of the center channel. The music takes advantage of the left/right speakers along with some of the action sequences.Video:
While more recent shows with higher quality animation certainly beat out Evangelion, this is definitely a solid presentation with only minimal amounts of artifacting. Colors are somewhat muted but feel more realistic and real-world like. There are some particularly vibrant sequences with the Evangelion's fighting the Angels that look wonderful. There were no visible instances of rainbows and the line noise factor was at a minimum. What will probably distract most people is the jitter, which is stronger in the first episode on this disc than the others (or my eyes managed to adjust better by that point). We watched the majority of this disc in theaterwide mode and simply enjoyed it.Packaging:
This series continues to be the only series that I consistently use the inserts for the covers as opposed to what's put there. While there's nothing wrong with Gendo, this should definitely have been as Asuka cover (mine's now a Ritsuko cover). The back cover is nicely done up with the summary and all of the features. The covers for this series continue to be the real sore point with a lot of people and I have to agree.Menus:
The menus are the same as previous volumes, so they're pretty functional and in the style of the show's computer screens. Access times are very quick and since there's not a lot of levels to it, very easy to navigate. There's front loaded previews on the disc, but there's an option in the main menu to view them separately as well.Extras:
The extras this time around are character bios as seen on earlier discs. Due to other discs giving away spoilers in bios such as these, we're skipping them (and yes, we've seen this series before, but we forget a lot of things and can still be re-surprised).Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The biggest thing working against the content of this disc is that a lot of us got real used to the four episodes on the first two discs, and really enjoyed making so much progress on it. While three certainly isn't bad, especially compared to the original VHS release, you're left wanting for more pretty bad.
The three episodes contained here though are some really great ones. The opening episode focuses on the new synergy created by Asuka being part of the group. Her introduction to Japanese school life goes great socially with her making tons of friends and becoming quite popular (especially for a gaijin), but her scholastic side leaves something to be desired. Her interactions with both Shinji and Rei prove to be quite domineering for the most part, which both tend to take with the usual amount of flinching.
When the latest Angel appears, Asuka and Shinji are paired up to take it down, and Asuka simply flaunts her abilities and tries to take it down on her own by going against standard procedures. To say this doesn't work is to be using quite the understatement. Due to the situation with the paralyzed Angel, Shinji and Asuka have six days to try and prepare to work together take down this foe.
The training time, with Asuka being moved into the same apartment as Shinji and Misato, is just hilarious. There are simply too many great moments here as the two compete (Shinji shows some backbone on occasion as well!) when they're actually supposed to be trying to synchronize their abilities. This is made dreadfully apparent to Asuka when the visiting Rei and schoolmates drop by. Misato has Rei perform the movements with Shinji in place of Asuka to show Asuka just how good Shinji can be, and it sends Asuka into tears.
Personally, my favorite moment of the episode was during the night before the final attack, with Asuka sleepwalking around and then getting into bed with Shinji. Oh, to be in that situation...
The final episode is one of my favorite of the series. While people are going about their daily lives, from Ritsuko and the others doing their laundry to commuting on the train with the commander, someone has managed to set into motion a virus of some sort in the NERV base, which controls the entire city of Tokyo-3. Eventually it brings the entire system to a halt and cuts off all electricity to everywhere, leaving both NERV and the city in a standstill.
The amusing situation is Misato and Kaji stuck together in an elevator for the duration of the show, providing some good laughs and more insight into each of the characters. The person who gets the least amount of screen time yet comes across the best here is Gendo (in his only real appearance on this disc). When its discovered that an Angel is on its way and there's still no power to the base, he heads down to the Eva bay and pitches in with trying to manually get the Eva's up and running.
The real central focus of the episode though is with Asuka, Shinji and Rei. Once they realize the base is without power, they do their best to get inside to figure out what's going on. When they learn an Eva is on its way, they finally start working well together and without any real adult supervision in getting their Eva's to fight this new Angel that's appeared. While definitely a spooky looking spidery Angel, this had to be one of the easiest ones that they've faced to date.
While ending just before the first half of the series is passed, this batch of episodes is pretty solid and brings a lot of fun into the picture with the fiery Asuka making her presence felt. With this being my second viewing of Evangelion, I'm enjoying her character a lot more than I did the first time around. And the series itself.
Japanese Language,English Language,French Language,Spanish Language,English Subtitles,Character Bios
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