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Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum: 01 (1995)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Coming of Age , Sci-Fi TV, Sci-Fi TV, Mecha
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Officially revised and digitally remastered for this new release by original creators GAINAX to create beautiful, vibrant video and crisp, sparkling new English and Japanese 5.1 surround sound audio. DVD Features include Clean opening and closing animation, Episode: 01 commentary by director Matt Greenfield, Episode: 02 commentary by Matt Greenfield and Spike Spencer ("Shinji"), and ADV previews. In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for Mankind's survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by NERV, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelion's one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with the Evangelion. One such tenager is Shinji Ikari, whose father heads the NERV team that developed and maintains the Evangelion. Thrust into a maelstorm of battle and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything. The extraordinarily popular television series that took Japan by storm! On one side are the mysterious beings known as Angels; on the other, the special agency NERV and mankind's last hope, the awe-inspiring Evangelions. Piloted by a special team of teenage warriors, these giant bio-mechanical humanoids are the only thing that can withstand the force of the Angels' defense fields long enough for the pilots to tackle the invaders themselves in hand to hand combat! With the lives of every soul on the planet at stake, these few youngsters must reach down deep inside themselves to find the strength and courage necessary to meet the Angels head on in a desperate attempt to save mankind.

Contains episodes 1-5:

  • Angel Attack
  • The Beast
  • A Transfer
  • Hedgehog's Dilemma
  • Rei I
Special Features:
  • Episode 1 commentary with Voice Director Matt Greenfield
  • Episode 2 commentary with Matt Greenfield and Spike Spencer, voice of Shinji

GreenCine Member Reviews

What The World Needs Now is... another EVA box set by NLee December 15, 2004 - 9:06 AM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The original TV broadcast version of EVA was released on 8 discs. Next came the theatrical release version, which replaced TV episodes 25-26 with a completely different ending. Then there was the 2-disc Director's Cut version, which enhanced TV episodes 21-26 with extra footages. And now, here comes the 7-disc EVA Platinum Edition which is a remastered version of the original TV series.

As far as I can tell in a side-by-side comparison between the two versions, there are no extra footages (so far) in the Platinum edition. The subtitle has been reformated with some minor changes in translations. The bonus material on disc 1 are just some boring commentaries from the English production crew. So where is the real incentive in getting the EVA Platinum Edition?

Better Video: For years, fans of EVA have been complaining about the murky images found in the original 8-disc set. Now, GAINAX/ADV finally decided to do it right (and rake in more profit in the process). By comparing screenshots captured from both DVD editions, I can attest that the Platinum edition gives significantly sharper and more contrasy images. I believe this is the result of a better video transfer, and not due to some artificial sharpening filters (unlike the case of SDF Macross).

Better Audio: The Platinum version remixed the original 2-channel English/Japanese soundtracks into Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Unfortunately for me, the two versions sounded exactly the same because I don't have a home theater with surround sound

Bottom line? If you don't own the original EVA box set, you should definitely consider the Platinum Edition instead. But if you already bought the original version, you'll need a good excuse to replace it, just to enjoy the better audio/video qualities offered by the Platinum Edition.

[Unconfirmed information: The Platinum edition may contain both the original and "Director's Cut" version of episodes 21-16. If true, then this alone is reason enough to buy the new box set.]

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