Amazon messed up
Keith Baker | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the reviews ot his I have read, most people think this is just Death & Rebirth, which makes since because Amazon labeled it Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death & Rebirth (Special Edition). Well this is NOT just Death & Rebirth. It is a boxed set that also comes with End of Evangelion, as well as a postcard and mouse pad.
Sure, D&R wan't that great, but EoE was a masterpiece, plain and simple. I already own both, but I'm gonna buy this anyway, because I want the mouse pad."
A Couple Of Reasons To Buy
AstroNerdBoy | Denver, CO | 11/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fans of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" will most likely want to get this DVD though it is not needed. The "Death" part of this movie is a recap of the first 24 episodes of the TV series. Only the bare highlights are given in order to cram that much information into such a short amount of time that I don't think this would be helpful to those who have not already watched the series. However, the recap can be helpful to possibly answer a couple of questions or bring a small amount of clarity to what you've seen before. Some of the animation has been redone to make it better and some previously unseen footage from the show has been placed here.The second part of the movie is called "Rebirth" and is simply the first part of "End of Evangelion" movie. So in a way, it's almost a waste and certainly is a tease of what's coming up.There are two big reasons to own this DVD. First, fans of the series will want it to fill out their collection. Second (and the biggest reason) is the audio commentary from the director of the English dub (and English voice of Rei) as well as Jason Lee and one other guy involved in anime. Since they worked a long time getting the translation right, they are very familiar with the story and what is going on. So they are able to provide insights into the story as well as pointing out things you might miss. Jason Lee is very helpful since he knows a ton about Catholic dogma/beliefs/stories (which is the basis for the "Christian" themes in this movie) as well as other mythos. His comments help a ton in explaining things.The original Japanese audio is included as well as English subtitles if you need that. There are other extras as well, but I haven't taken the time to examine them all.Bottom line: Neon Genesis Evangelion is a great series, but this DVD is not a required purchase. However, I am happy with this DVD."
Death and Rebrith
AstroNerdBoy | 06/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First released to Japanese movie theaters in 1997, Death & Rebirth is a double feature summarizing the Evangelion TV series and preparing viewers for the End of Evangelion. Evangelion: Death is a 45 minute long collection of footage from the first 24 Evangelion TV episodes, expanded by a small amount of new footage, that introduces the Evangelion characters and the themes and characterizations that surround them. The 27 minute long Evangelion: Rebirth is the beginning of an alternate, more action oriented conclusion to the Eva TV series that begins directly after the conclusion of TV episode 24 and disregards original TV episodes 25 & 26."