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DVD Reviews: Neon Genesis Evangelion Movie Collection

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Sacha Chambers
Review Date: May 2004
Distributed by:
The AV Channel





NGEM is a two disc boxed set comprising, Death and Rebirth, and End of Evangelion, the final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion. It also has an extra disc of single episodes of upcoming titles.

  Having only seen the original NGE and not been too impressed, this was a pleasant surprise.  The original weirdness I first witnessed continues and ends in this series, which is fine as this is one of the strengths of this series. The main protagonist Shinji is wracked with doubts and uncertainties in himself as he attempts to do his best to pilot EVA 01.

  So for those of you who haven’t seen any NGE, I’ll give you a basic synopsis. Humans have created EVA’s, which are big armored suits a couple of stories tall which are used to battle the ANGELS which are aliens that have come to eliminate humankind.  Shinji and his compatriots Rei and Asuka, pilot EVA’s to help defeat the ANGELS.  They work for NERV who created the EVA, but NERV is also controlled by a secretive organization called SEELE.

  Death and Rebirth gives a very short summation of each episode so far, and then recommences with the story again.   SEELE appears to have double crossed NERV, and attacks the NERV base in Japan. This is done in order to procure LILITH, the original ANGEL that NERV have crucified deep in the safest part of their base.

At this stage there is only Shinji in EVA 01 and Asuka in EVA 02. Asuka is unconscious in hospital, but she is deposited into her EVA where she wakes up and destroys the incoming SEELE forces.  Shinji is slowly being taken to his EVA against his will, as he has folded and has no will to live. The last scene that we see is the approach of the SEELE controlled EVA’s 5-13 that descend upon EVA 2 and the NERV base.

  This is when End of Evangelion starts, and shows Asuka destroying the new EVA’s but once her energy runs out and she dies, the SEELE controlled EVAS regenerate, and come to life again. By this time the NERV base is destroyed EVA 01 breaks of out of the debris holding him, picks up Shinji and goes to battle. 

Rei has melded with LILITH, and she then goes to the surface to where the battle is happening.  From here the weirdness starts, the SEELE controlled EVA's hold up the beaten EVA 01, and LILITH melds with the Shinji’s EVA to create the rebirth of the human race.  A very potent Rabbinical structure is shown, (the tree of life) and from here humanity is ended.  

  Some very weird scenes ensue, including the final scene where all that is left is Shinji and Asuka, and Shinji sits atop Asuka and strangles her.  She awakes from unconsciousness and caresses his face. He then stops strangling her, and starts crying with his tears falling onto her face.   She then says “how disgusting”….

  I found the ending to be a little over the top and not really conclusive as to what really happened to like it at all.  However, if you enjoyed this series, then you will be used to the morbidity and over the top religious themes, so you may well enjoy this ending.  Either way, it’s still interesting to watch purely to see what happens next. 

   I would recommend anyone wanting to watch this boxed edition to watch all previous episodes before you watch this.   This series is very well scripted and delves thoroughly too deeply into complex emotional and relationship themes, with some magic fight scenes to boot.


1.85:1 letterbox widescreen.  The animation in this series is quite good, however I feel the character design is quite hit and miss.  The Angels themselves most times look like a child has attempted to draw a monster, and sometimes the background scenery is quite washed out when it doesn’t need to be.   In contrast to this EVA 01 is one of the maddest figures in Manga. The human characters have a very wide range of expression and the shading and interactions with their environments are very good.   


English 5.1 Dolby Digital with the options of titles, and subtitles as well.

Japanese 2.0, 5.1 Dolby Digital, and 6.1 DTS Surround

The sound reproduction was clear, and even on my pitiful sound system I was able to make hear some clear differences between the 5.1 and 6.1 surround. If anyone considering watching this has a remotely good system, the sound clarity will be brilliant.  

The translation to written English had a fair few differences from the English Audio, which is the only downside to an otherwise brilliant package.


This is easily the best package of extras I have ever seen.

Each disc has its own menu of extras as well as a third disc with single episodes from upcoming shows: Escaflowne, Fruits basket, Initial D, Transformers G1, and Angelic Layer.

The menus for the DVDs were simple, with some nice classical music that was played in Death and Rebirth.

Death and Rebirth extras were:

  • Photo Gallery: A decent look at some of the pictures from the DVD

  • Magi Archives- the background information on the series for those who haven’t seen this series before, or need reminding of what the main story is. Very comprehensive and made it easy for me to watch these last two titles. It has character profiles, episode summations and other cool stuff.

  • Madman Propaganda- Vampire Hunter D, Cowboy Bebop, Armitage, Gundam

  • Evangelion Trailers- with out text

  • Mokuji Interactive-  A cool feature that allows you to watch the show and get information on concepts people and place that occur in the course of the episode. 

  • Audio Commentary- Not bad, I suggest you watch these episodes first otherwise this commentary will not make much sense.


End of Evangelion:

  • Audio Commentary:  Three different people give their takes on the story

  • Madman Propaganda: Vampire Hunter D, Hellsing, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam, Robotech and Ah! My Goddess.

  • Evangelion Trailers:  Two different trailers for End of Evangelion, One for Death and Rebirth, and the original Trailer.

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