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Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death And Rebirth/End of Evangelion [3 disc set] [DVD]
Neon Genesis Evangelion - Death And Rebirth/End of Evangelion [3 disc set] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hideaki Anno

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and horrible all at once, 27 Sept. 2005
Please watch the whole series first. Beleive me, its better this way. Finally released in a box set, with the much better US artwork (the UK releases art was poor in comparison).
Everyone draws there own conclusions from Eva, and these ending movies gave me a feeling in my stomach no movie has ever managed.
I felt physically shaken, angry, and happy all at the same time by the End Of Evangelion.
The end of this monumental TV series was met with much controversy, its conclusion was confusing and somewhat disatisfying to many of the shows legion of fans (Death threats were actually levelled at Hideki Anno after the series 26th episode aired in Japan, which are actually featured in a montage in the final movie).
The first movie is a recap of the 26 episode series (now available in remastered "Platinum" releases: Highly reccomended), but serves as a poor substitute for experiencing the rollercoaster of emotions that is the series. You get what happened in a hurried and truncated form, but none of the massive range of feelings you get from following the whole series.
The second movie in this a retelling of the much talked about final 3 episodes. This is a literal view of events, giving a traditional finale rather than the series fascinatingly abstract thematic ending. This is solid and tangible, and serves a bitter and fraught ending to the most controversial and affecting anime series ever.
Cinematically released, the animation is much better than the original episodes, and is a technically very good. The imagery ranges from intensley stark, to truly beautiful at the same time, by the end the juxtaposition of visuals is so effective, making its events even harder to watch for fans im sure.
Rather than making the series better, it adds a tiny amount of satisafaction for having a "proper" ending, while leaving the viewer (in my personal experience) with a revelatory view of the characters you follow and root for for 26 episodes. The fate of the world is not pretty, and some of it I found almost unbearably heart breaking, a feeling not mirrored by friends who viwed only the movies without seeing the series.
Asks more questions than it answers, but many answers, you can find in your own "instrumentality".

Ghost In The Shell - Stand Alone Complex - Vol. 2 [DVD]
Ghost In The Shell - Stand Alone Complex - Vol. 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kenji Kamiyama
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.56

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best... SIR!!!, 4 Feb. 2005
Welcome back to Section 9 eh?
I never wanted to be a police officer when I was young, but I do if it means I could be working with Kusanagi, Batou, Aramaki, and all the other Section 9 super cops!
Forget the movie interpretations (they were lifless and too cold compared to the original intent) this is the reality of ghost in the shell, a living breathing crime drama, that features the varying day to day cases and relationships that affect the members of S9.
Intelligence. That the key. It treats you with respect this series, and that is why its easy to appreciate the efforts that went in to making this.
Well written, great characterisation, smart action sequences and some truly tough cyber mysteries to solve. Perfectly paced too.
Each episode just rushes by,but never feels unfinished or too flabby.
Yoko Kanno: Give this woman an award soon! Her score for this show is the best i have ever heard on an anime.
Ive seen up to episode 16, and I just cant get enough of it. MORE, MORE!!!

Voices of a Distant Star [DVD] [2002]
Voices of a Distant Star [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Mika Shinohara

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A really nice try..., 4 Feb. 2005
You have to just marvel at this piece when you consider it was created BY ONE PERSON!
Its nicley designed, well scored, beautifully animated.
Oh yeah! Be warned, its only 30 minutes long, but its possibly the most beautiful 30 minutes ever animated.
A touching tale of intergalactic unrequited love, and a plot that is incredibly focused (a rarity in modern anime!).
Something doesnt quite leave me happy with this though... but maybe thats how it was meant to make me feel about it.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum - Vol. 1 [DVD]
Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum - Vol. 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hideaki Anno

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rebirth of a classic anime..., 4 Feb. 2005
Digitally remastered, restored 5.1 audio track, and a slew of really great extras, Neon Genesis Evangelion finally gets the DVD treatment it deserves.
The story, characters, heck nearly every aspect of Eva has been "borrowed" by every anime series scince this. Truly revolutionary, emotionally challenging, and above all else, massivley thought provoking.
Set in 2015, in a world half destroyed, the earth is once again under attack from the mysterious Angels. Mans only hope of survival: Evangelion. An equally mysterious giant biomechanoid, piloted by the three children Shinji, Rei, and Asuka.
Massive action sequences a are prerequisite, but the depth that the series delves into human emotion and mental states and the relationship between man and God in the world is (or was) unprecedented.

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