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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 0:4

By Chris Beveridge     February 13, 2001
Release Date: February 13, 2001


Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:4
© ADV Films


What They Say
The war for the fate of mankind shifts to a new field of battle as a promotion for Misato sparks an introspective review of the events behind her early recruitment into NERV. Against the background of an attack by the largest Angel yet, both Shinji and Misato must come to grips with their feelings for their respective fathers while still trying to save the Earth from total destruction! Then, the powerful MAGI computers that control Tokyo 3 are violated by a savage wave of neural attacks that threaten to leave the entire city crippled and easy prey for the attacking Angels! Ritsuko faces her ultimate challenge as she races against time to decipher the arcane secrets buried deep inside the core of the MAGI by her own mother!

The Review!
Volume four of the series brings us just past the halfway mark in the series. The main cast is assembled and the general feel of the series has been established. It's almost time to mess with your head now.

Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this disc in its original language, Japanese. The shows soundtrack sounds solid overall, with a decent amount of front soundstage directionality during some of the more active combat sequences. Dialogue is mainly through the center channel and remains distortion free. The opening continues to sound great, even if it can be a bit of a tongue twister to sing along with.

Video:
Much like the past two volumes, this is a good looking release. Colors looked solid with hardly any bleeding, line noise was almost nonexistent and rainbows were hardly visible. Colors do look somewhat washed out at times and the scene switches continue to have the jitter that's in the source material, but I found this volume to be somewhat better off in that regard than volume 3.

Packaging:
Making the grade this time and getting her own cover is Maya, Ritsuko's assistant. Don't ask me why she made a cover and Asuka didn't. She's a nice looking character to be sure and it's a good looking cover, but the choice continues to baffle folks. The back gives a good summary of the episodes as well as the features to be found. The insert's pretty minimal with some artwork on one side and the chapter listings on the other.

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)
Things take on a more introspective feel for these three episodes, more so than previous shows. Misato and Shinji share briefly some of their feelings about being given attention, especially positive attention. The two of them seem to bond a bit more in this episode, with Misato feeling a bit awkward over her promotion to major while Shinji gets congratulations from Ritsuko for having his harmonic compatibility levels rising so quickly, even if they are below the others.

The Angel that comes to fight in this particular episode is rather interesting, even if only shown briefly. It's main goal is to simply drop from the sky and flatten the area where NERV is. Good solid and easy plan. While you know the threat will be handled, it's how it's handled that provides the excitement. The sequence of Shinji racing his Eva across the city towards the contact point was a great piece of animation that just sucks you in.

The middle episode focuses on an invading corrosion that actually turns out to be an Angel of some sort. While the threat of the Angel is prominent, it's the interactions between Ritsuko and Misato that provides the interesting part of the show. We learn more of the Magi computers and their origins as well as Ritsuko's role in their guardian. Some of the history of NERV comes through here (and in the first episode as well).

The third episode proves to be a mixed bag. The first half is a recap of the first 13 episodes. When this was coming out ever so slowly on VHS, having the recap was a godsend and helped refresh our memories. With the DVD release being a bit speedier since volume 2, it's less necessary and we sort of glossed over it. The second half however is where things start getting funky. Bits of info are started to be revealed about various projects mentioned earlier, as well as hints from Gendo's mysterious visit to the location of the second impact.

Eva's really getting ready to pick up steam now. Things have almost gotten into a bit of a lull, relaxing the viewer to familiar things. It's not going to last!

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,French Language,Spanish Language,English Subtitles,Character Bios

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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