Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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As usual, I was being optimistic. My first viewing of 'Death' left me feeling that I had just experienced one of those shorts that were titled '26,000 Years of Art in 60 Seconds.' It does indeed recap the high points of the series, but as a crazed rollercoaster ride - with flashbacks. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. However, I felt that I had watched something incredibly momentous yet utterly inexplicable. Certainly, Evangelion is quite a bit more than the sci-fi, kid-in-a-robot series that I thought it was. In fact, it deals with a surprising breadth of issues. From emotional trauma to the future evolution of the human race.
What I did not realize until I read some reviews is that 'Rebirth' is actually the starting episode of 'The End of Evangelion.' As such, I was unprepared for an apocalyptic vision of the attack on NERV headquarters, complete with the new EVA circling above like vultures. The action and emotional pitch are intense, really a step beyond most of the films I had seen before. Lacking any guideposts though, I found it difficult to piece together the story behind the action. And, as in the companion piece, creator Hideaki Anno shows no mercy to the viewer.
However, the DVD includes an entire encyclopedia of Evangelion knowledge called the 'Mokuji Interactive Feature.Read more ›
However, if you're one of the people who have watched all 13 videos of eva and are expecting the alternate ending that everyone dreamed of, then you are going to be disappointed. Death and Rebirth is merely a recap on the videos of eva but with some key extra scenes put in. This is basically the first half of the evangelion movie (which was only made because fans were disappointed with the tv series ending(video 13).The full movie is in two parts, "evangelion death and rebirth"(recap on the tv series) and "end of evangelion."(the alternate ending anime which should have been released in summer 1998! but never was!)
When i say a recap on the series that is being kind, all death and rebirth shows is each one of the angels being destroyed with some narrative text and some extra footage. If you are a hardcore eva fan then it is worth having, but if you liked eva and just want to see the alternate ending, then wait for End of evangelion which should be released soon.
1 thing though, if you have never watched any of the eva videos do not buy this, it will literally make your brain hurt trying to comprehend what is happening. Eva is one of the most complex and deeply involving animes of all time, to understand eva, it must be watched in full, with a professor of philosophy standing beside you ready to answer any questions you have about the meaning of life. My advice would be to wait till end of evangelion is realeased, trust me, it is worth waiting for!
The true meaning of Evangelion is a long and in depth study of the human psyche and the inability to really connect with people, told via an initially complex and weaving narrative. Although the show is recognisable as one of piloted mechas (the Evangelions) fighting against invading Angels of prophesied destruction, these are just a means to an end in conveying the series true motives.
Death and Rebirth is the first of the two films within the set, and is split into two parts. Death, the first mini film, serves as an hour-long recap of the important plot points from the series up to the final two episodes (I'll cover this later) broken down into different chapters reflecting the roles each of the main protagonists played. Although essentially just a recap, Death is thoroughly enjoyable in its own right and even holds up to repeated viewings no matter how many times you've seen the series. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of Death is that is puts all the events in chronological order, as the time-hoping in the series can be a tad overwhelming on initial viewing. It also condenses the important facts, which were buried like gold nuggets in the series first viewing, to recap the relevant details needed for the second part of the film; Rebirth.
Rebirth is actually the first half of the second Evangelion movie: End of Evangelion.Read more ›
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Note: This is neither an ending nor a replacement for the original series. Its an in-between theatrical version with a ten minute intermission of the series and a preparation for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Drumm
Neon Genesis Evangelion, is by none, one of Japans best Manga/Anime/Movie franchises.
I am a big fan of Mecha Anime, even though this series is a little different, as... Read more
If you've seen the show, do not and I repeat DO NOT buy this. I decided to give it two stars because I suppose it achieves its rather pointless purpose but also includes a nice... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Taylor
This package whould have been a masterpiece but it has one huge flaw , death and rebirth is horrible . However end of evangelion is a masterpiece so its worth just for that .Published 20 months ago by Lauri Oksanen
Excellent animation that concludes the saga on a suitably epic note. However, this is Eva, so the final conclusion brings not tragedy, not triumph, but a profound and vivid... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Psychman
My son loves all these type of dvd and has a hugh collection this is just one of them brilliantPublished on 22 May 2013 by emma
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth is, at best, a short recap of episodes 1-24 of the original TV series, and at worst an impossibly incoherent mess of scenes that mostly... Read morePublished on 31 July 2012 by Erin
Having never seen the critically acclaimed anime from which this is derived, I watched this film with the expectation of gaining some perspective with which to enjoy its... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2006 by L. Brennan
I personally thought that both movies were marvelously expressed and mind blowing from the very start to the end. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2006