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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Running time: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion Directors Cut: Resurrection

By Paul Jacques     June 06, 2004
Release Date: June 21, 2004

Neon Genesis Evangelion Directors Cut: Resurrection
© ADV Films UK

What They Say
At long last, the world of Evangelion is re-presented in an astonishing new DVD special edition! It?s not just re-mastered, but a revised and re-edited special edition produced under the careful supervision of the original creators to include amazing new footage and revelations. The penultimate three episodes of the epic animation masterpiece are herein presented on a single DVD, in both their new and original forms, for the ultimate Eva experience. The keys to the mystery have never been clearer as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance, and the Evangelions must once again race to defend the Earth from a host of Angelic invaders. The end of the world is nigh in the first of two very special director?s cut releases of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION ? RESURRECTION.

The Review!
In this volume we are well and truly rolling on towards the end of the story, only now we have a chance to get few additional questions answered, such as "should I double-dip a DVD I already own?".

Some of the new changes are in the addition of completely new prologues, as well extending some original scenes with new material. And so the disk contains the three Directors cut episodes, plus the three original versions (why?).

I listened in alternate Japanese and English episodes, and both stereo streams were good, with no problems detected. The new improvements to the audio seem to be centered of the ambient sound effects.

Overall the new video is excellent, with no defects. The original was very good anyway, and all I could really say about the new presentation is that the colours appear a little brighter and the picture a little sharper.

Different cover to the original volume. This time it's is a very dark front cover, with Unit 02 brandishing it's progressive knife. The rear cover has eleven stills from the episodes, plus the usual production and story information. The insert is a single sheet affair with Rei on one side and the episode listings on the other.

Good menu, set out like the Ops command room. All the links worked quickly, and no problems were found.

Not a whole lot, you do get a clean open & close. The really interesting bit should be the live action interview, but all they can talk about is pre-production drawings, and so it's not as exciting as you first think.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
Episode 21 starts with a completely new prologue, this comes in the form of some old video footage of an earlier incident. Then we get the regular credits, followed by the dramatic news that Sub Commander Fuyutsuki has been abducted, and suspicion falls upon Kaji. In turn suspicion falls on Misato as Kaji cannot be found, so she is placed under arrest until the investigation has been completed. Of course the Sub Commander has been abducted by order of SEELE, who wish to find out what Commander Ikari is up to. There then follows a very revealing flashback of how NERV and it's senior people came together and are interlinked. As such this is the detailed background information you will no doubt have been craving for. And it's all there, including love, hate, jealousy and naked ambition. Of course the question is, who shoots Kaji (c'mon you can work it out)? You may want to watch ep 21 again, as it's such a milestone, and the additional background information on second impact is quite important.

The next episode also has a new prologue, and it has some vital background information on Asuka, which helps explain why her ability to pilot an EVA, as well as why her mental stability are deteriorating. Meanwhile the EVA construction project has been speeded up, but for what purpose, no one is sure.

A little later a new Angel appears in orbit, and Unit 002 is launched to intercept, but the Angel uses a physic attack which causes Asuka to fire wildly in all directions. This forces Commander Ikari to order the use of the Lance on Longinus in order to bring down the Angel. This reveals a lie that Ikari has been perpetrating about the cause of the second impact (that killed Misato's father), and this causes deep suspicion within Misato. In the end it is Rei that delivers the Coup de Gras to the Angel, but too late to prevent Asuka from being mentally broken. This episode seems to benefit a lot from the additional work, as we understand Asuka's motivations a lot better.

In episode 23 we see the outcome of various situations in the characters lives; Asuka self esteem is dead; Ristuko self denial ends; Ikari friendly relationship with SEELE is finished; Misato has lost Kaji and no longer trusts Ikari. The underlying feeling from all is that of deep bitterness and regret.

A new Angel appears over Tokyo 3 and in the battle that ensues Rei's EVA is invaded by the Angel, and she undergoes a introspective bit of soul searching at it's hands. Asuka is sent to the rescue, but due to her mental state she can't even move her EVA out of the lift, making it very public that she can no longer be an EVA pilot. In the end Rei makes the supreme sacrifice in order to destroy the Angel. Only, and amazingly, Rei isn't dead, she re-appears in the hospital a little time later. Meanwhile SEELE interrogate Ritsuko about the whole incident, only they deliberately use a phrase that stirs hatred in her heart for Ikari. At the same time Misato looks at the pill that Kaji left in the ashtray, and it turns out to contain useful information. Finally Ritsuko, Misato and Shinji all take a trip to terminal Dogma to look at the terrible secrets it contains.

In summary-
Wow, what a corker of a volume, secrets revealed left, right and centre! Does it fill in some of the blanks that was missing from the original, well yes (some), but not to a level where you can just sit back and let it wash over you, you still need to work out the meanings. At times it felt like watching the series for the first time, so it was good to watch again, in this new form. Of course the real test will be whether the final volume clears away some of the "huh?" questions for real.

If you are a fan of this series then buying this Directors cut is a no brain~er, as the additional information and footage are worth forking out the money for.

Japanese 2.0 Language ,English 2.0 Language ,English Subtitles,Textless Opening ,Textless Ending ,Live Action Movie Interview

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


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