Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Neon Genesis Evangelion Complete Platinum Collection |
Limited Edition Holiday Special
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films Release Date: 11/18/2008
Don't Waste Your Money
Matthew W. Hanger | White Lake, MI USA | 12/04/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This 'holiday' set of landmark anime Neon Genesis Evangelion is part of publisher ADV's new financial recovery strategy. They've put most of their catalog out of print, and are now reissuing every show in new boxes, a few at a time. On its own, there's no problem with this strategy. However, in order to cut costs, they've abandoned their traditional art box and thin-pak case setup in favor of the ugly, economy-style brick cases that other companies have used in the past. The company's prices have always been a little higher due to these elaborate boxes; so once again, this might have been acceptable if they actually reduced the price of this set. However, instead the price has been SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED.
So what the consumer ends up with is a LOWER QUALITY PRODUCT AT A MUCH HIGHER PRICE. ADV has always regarded Eva as a perpetual cash cow, so the price has always been a little higher for it. But this is just arrogant, especially for a company on the verge of collapse. ADV has stated (and it's also displayed on the packaging) that these Holiday sets are available only until the new year, when they'll be put out of print temporarily and reissued again; quite possibly in the much nicer art box format. My question to them is, what's the point of this?
If you have yet to buy Eva, or you intend to purchase it as a gift for someone this Holiday season, then you're much better off tracking down the still widely-available Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Collection. Not only will you get a very high-quality set in terms of packaging, but it also goes for less than half the price that this holiday set is currently running on Amazon ($99 on Dec. 3rd)."
Pricey, but good
A. Smith | 12/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Despite what one of the other reviewers said, this DOES NOT COME WITH THE MOVIE. It comes with the director's cut episodes and the DVD extras, but no more.
I wouldn't spend over $55 dolars on this though, if you don't want the extras, the Platinum collection can be had relatively cheaply, and the Platinum Perfect is still around if you have the cash.
Another thing is that one of the disc holders inside had some molding issues and made a hairline scratch around one of my discs. Everything played OK, but this is something to watch out for."
Good series, decent extras, poor packaging, awful price tag
That Guy Who Posts on Amazon | 07/27/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First, I'll say that this is one of the few anime series I've actually been able to enjoy. The first time through, I found the first half of the series to be one of the dullest things I've ever watched, but the second half was extremely engaging. Upon a second viewing, it seems flipped; the first half (and the third quarter) is much better, as I know what's going to happen, as well as the characters' motives. On the other hand, with two viewings and the movies behind me, I finally realize how poorly constructed the final three episodes of the show are. In comparison to the rest of the series and the brilliant End of Eva, the finale is outright awful. I'm all for stories that are open to interpretation, but practically all of NGE's finale depends on the viewer. There are so many ways to interpret the finale, but not because it's as deep and compelling as the rest of the series; it's because it's basically a lot of psychobabble tossed at you with a few small hints about what the creators originally wanted the finale to be (which, thank God, was ultimately shown in The End of Evangelion).
As for the technical aspects of the series, it's mediocre. The animation is what you'd expect from mid-1990s TV anime - acceptable, but nothing special, especially when compared to theatrical films like Princess Mononoke or even more recent TV series, like Last Exile. The English dub is fair; all the actors seem merely okay at first, but that changes as time goes on. Spike Spencer, Alison Keith, Amanda Winn Lee, and Tiffany Grant all turn in stellar performances in the second half. In comparison, the actors voicing Ritsuko, Kaworu (in the original version; his DC VA is fairly good), and especially Kensuke are truly terrible at some points. I haven't watched the Japanese version yet, but I've compared bits and pieces, and while it seems mostly faithful, there are times when the dub doesn't match up. For example, there's a scene in one of the later episodes where Gendo interrogates Ritsuko. In the Japanese version, Ritsuko's VA delivers her lines in an emotionless tone, which is appropriate given the circumstances. In the English dub, however, she's yelling everything madly; this contrast is made more apparent when you see how still Ritsuko is, despite her constant screaming.
The extras are fairly good. There are several commentary tracks and some featurettes. The featurettes mostly provide the dubbers' interpretation of the series, which some may not agree with, along with various bits of trivia available freely on the internet. There's also an entertaining piece where Tiffany Grant shows off her frighteningly enormous collection of Asuka swag.
The packaging is standard. Brick case, seven disks, no frills. Good, but when I pay this much for a DVD, I expect better.
Finally, the outrageous price tag. This is a good animated series, but by no means is it one of the best television programs ever, at least in my opinion. There is no way that the complete series is worth $50, let alone the incredible $100 that ADV wants for it. I rented it on Netflix, and after watching it once, had to see it again, because I was sure that the finale would make a lot more sense the second time around, and seeing everything with extra knowledge would make it a mind-blowing experience. Well, it doesn't. As I said, with the later events in mind, the first half becomes far more engaging the second time through, but the thing is that NGE is deep, but it's not as deep as it's frequently made out to be. For 26 half-hour episodes and some good bonus features, I'd say $30 would be ideal, $40 at most, but not $100 by any means.
In closing, if you can get it for $40 or less and are a die-hard anime fan, go for it. If you're more a casual anime viewer, like I am, rent it first (Netflix has the entire series and both movies) and then decide."