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Neon Genesis Evagelion: Comparison (Original vs. Platinum Editions) 
Written by: on November 18th, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1995
Director: Hideaki Anno
Writer: Hideaki Anno, Yoji Enokido, Matt Greenfield, Shinji Higuchi, Akio Satsukawa, Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Cast: Megumi Ogata, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer, Allison Keith, Tiffany Grant
neon genesis evagelion
neon genesis evagelion
DVD released: 2000 2004
Approximate running time: 120 minutes 125 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full Frame 4:3 Full Frame
Rating: NR NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese, English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 japanese and English
DVD Release: ADV ADV
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.98 $29.98

ADV’s Region 1 DVD
ADV’s Region 1 DVD

The Film :

The year is 2015 after which sees the survivors of the first impact which has taken half of the earths population preparing for the second impact. Shinji Ikari is a fourteen year old boy who about to see his father Gendô Ikari who works for a secret government agency for the first time in years. Shinji has been brought to his father under false pretenses which leads to Shinji being forced to pilot Evangelion a giant robot that was constructed to help eradicate earth of gigantic creatures known as “Angels”.

Video:

A.D. Vision recently decided to re-release one of its most popular titles Neon Genesis Evangelion in platinum editions. This time around the colors are more vivid and flesh tones look natural. Looking at the original A.D. Vision Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD’s it is now easy to see how pale and washed out the colors look now. The flesh tones when compared to the platinum editions look unnatural and they also lack the razor Sharp detail present in the platinum editions. Framing wise they appear to be framed about the same, still in the end these new transfers present on the platinum editions are miles ahead of A.D. Visions original DVD’s.

Audio:

The audio department if were the new platinum editions really shine with the newly created 5.1 audio remix’s that the series a more dynamic sound range that fully envelopes the viewer in the action. The original Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD’s released by A.D. Vision came with a Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack that sounded muffled at times. Once again the new platinum release is superior then A.D. Vision’s original Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD’s. Both releases include English subtitles that are easy to read and follow.

Extras:

When released four years A.D. Vision’s original Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD’s were pretty much bare bones affair with extras like character bios and previews for other A.D. Vision releases. Now A.D. Vision has re-released Neon Genesis Evangelion in platinum editions that contain the following extras two audio commentaries Episode #1 with Matt Greenfield and Episode #2 with Matt Greenfield, Spike Spencer. Rounding out the extras are clean versions of the opening and closing credits and trailers for other A.D. Vision releases. Even though neither release is a definitive special edition the new platinum editions get the edge in the extras department for their informative and highly entertaining audio commentary tracks.

Overall:

Some may be hesitant to double dip on the series who already bought the previous released DVD’s. One thing that has become a staple since the advent of DVD is that companies have a tendency to double and sometimes triple dip their titles with countless new DVD versions. A.D. Vision has decided to re-release Neon Genesis Evangelion this time around they have given this classic anime series new platinum edition DVD’s that are superior to the previous Neon Genesis Evangelion DVD’s in every way. Whether you are just getting into this series or are already a fan this latest Neon Genesis Evangelion release is highly recommended.

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