Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: D
- 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 Brian Shea
March 24, 2002
Release Date: February 13, 2001
Audio was excellent as usual; everything sounded clear. I checked out the Japanese and English Audio Tracks. The Japanese sounds great, along with every other DVD, although I can't help but hate plenty of the voices in the dub, which brings the overall audio score down.
Nothing much to say, things look quite good like the previous one.
Pretty cool cover, featuring NERV's adorable computer expert Maya. This DVD includes a brand new alternate cover, one featuring Adam's wings from episode 12. The back features a summary of episodes 12 and 13 along with some pictures. Episode 14 strangely enough isn't mentioned there at all. The only beef I have is the one I have with all the Eva DVDs except the second one, the holding for the DVD, which is extremely hard to handle.
Same menus as all the others, there isn't much to say here, they work fine for me and I didn't have any problems at all.
ADV just supplies us with some more bios. Nothing interesting here.
This DVD is a real turning point for the series. Although the series starts off strong, it gets into quite a rut around episode 7. With multiple light-hearted episodes and bizarre angels, the show seems to become a monster of the week show. Luckily, things turn around with this DVD giving us a preview of the fascinating things that are to come.
The first episode, called THE VALUE OF A MIRACLE IS is yet another one of those dissappointing monster of the week episodes featuring the most bizarre angel in the entire series. A giant mishapen pancake with eyes, which is actually a bomb. Sounds weird? Watch it for yourself and find out what I'm talking about. The Angel fight is pretty cool, complete with a nifty 70's like theme and the 3 Evas working together for one of the few times in the series. The character development through the first half of the episode makes up for the lameness of the second half, we finally get to learn some of Misato's past, along with our only good look at Adam and the Second Impact in the series.
In ANGEL INVASION, things start to turn around for the series. Yes, we get another angel (sixth episode in a row believe it or not) although this one's quite interesting in the fact that its composed of nanomachines, microscopic robots that are able to hack into the MAGI. The three Eva pilots are shipped off to safer grounds, allowing some nice character development for the supporting characters. We get to learn a lot more about Ritsuko in this episode, and about the MAGI that control Tokyo 3. I suppose it can come off as a little dull to those who just want action, but for those of us who love the character development side of the series, its great.
The last episode, SEELE, THRONE OF SOULS is a weird one. The first thing you'll notice is that approximately 90% of this episode is composed of stock footage from the first 13 episodes. Gainax apparantly ran out of money for a while, forcing them to make this episode. The first half consists of flashbacks from the first 12 episodes as the Committee and Gendou talk about whats happened thus far. The second half begins with what soon becomes a staple in the series: bizarre psychological insights. After this nice surrealistic scene featuring Rei, we go to NERV HQ, where a new system called the "Dummy Plug" is being tested with the Eva pilots. Unit 00 goes berserk yet again, but everything has been calmed down by the end of the episode, where we get one of the more interesting cliffhangars of the series. It'll make you quite hungry for the next episode.
Overall, this set of episodes is rather average. The first episode is rather dull, and the third is almost a complete waste, but the second episode makes up for a lot of their pitfalls. With this disc, Eva departs from the lightheartedness it previously featured a lot of, and starts down the swift road to surrealism, depression, psychology and the other stuff that makes the series so great. Keep watching, because it will just get better.
Panasonic DVD ROM, 17 inch monitor, Cambridge Soundworks Speakers