Highest Certificate: 15 (vol 1)
The ending of the series came under a lot of criticism in Japan, and the original three Neon Genesis Evangelion films were director Hideaki Anno's answer to these criticisms. The two films, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Rebirth, were released as a single film in the UK called Neon Genesis Evangelion Death & Rebirth. These films are actually compilation films composed from clips of the series combined with some tantalising new bits of footage. It is mainly intended to set the scene for the third film, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion, which is an alternative version of the end of the series told from another viewpoint. The films were released on DVD in the UK by Manga Entertainment, originally individually and then together as the Neon Genesis Evangelion Movie Collection Box Set.
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first
part of a new film series of Evangelion known collectively as
Rebuild of Evangelion. The series is due to consist of four
films, the others are provisionally titled Evangelion 2.0: You Can
Evangelion 3.0 and Evangelion Final, and the latter two will
be shown together in Japanese cinemas as a double bill. The first
three films are an alternative retelling of the Neon Genesis
Evangelion TV series, whilst the final promises to be an all-new
film. Original creator Hideaki Anno is credited as the overall
director of the project and has written all four films, but directorial
duties on the individual films will be handled by Kazuya Tsurumaki.
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone covers the events of
approximately the first six episodes of the original TV series and
started screening in Japanese cinemas in September 2007. No UK or
US release has been announced as yet, although the film is available on
DVD in Japan and is due to be released in Australia on 19th of November
2008. The second film, Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, is due out in
Japan in 2009.
DVD Extras (original release):
DVD Extras (Genesis Reborn & Resurrection):
DVD Extras (Platinum Edition):
DVD Extras (Death & Rebirth):
DVD Extras (End of Evangelion):
DVD Extras (Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
Limited Edition Japanese release):
DVD Extras (Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone
Normal Edition Japanese release):
Availability & Price:
The Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition Box Set was limited to just a few thousand copes but can still be bought in larger branches of high street shops like Virgin Megastore and HMV, as well as specialist shops like Forbidden Planet. The standard retail price of the set was £99.99 but many shops sold it for around £75, whereas Play.com charged £66.99.
The original release of the series is now deleted, but the eight volumes can still be found in shops and online. Expect to pay around £15 to £20 per volume if you find them new, but with Platinum available you may find these older DVDs in second-hand DVD shops for lower prices. The Neon Genesis Evangelion Perfect Collection Box Set is also deleted but can also still be found in some shops, expect to pay around £80 for it.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genesis Reborn and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Resurrection are not as widely available as Platinum or the original release of the series but can still be found in the likes of HMV and Forbidden Planet. Expect to pay between £15 and £20 for each one. It is worth noting that Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition includes all of the added scenes from these volumes and has vastly improved sound and visuals when compared to the original release of the series. It is also on less discs and is easier to get hold of.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion were originally released separately and can still be found in some shops, priced around £10 to £15 each. However, they were re-released together as the Neon Genesis Evangelion Movie Collection Box Set, which is far easier to get hold of an will set you back around £25. It can be found cheaper online, and again the likes of Play.com and Amazon are good places to look.
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is available
in Japan on DVD (Region 2, NTSC), but the Japanese version contains no
English dub or subtitle track. If you still want to buy it, there
are two versions available - a special limited edition called
Evangelion 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone: Limited Design Edition, and a
Normal Edition. The Limited Design Edition has more
extras and comes with a film cel, and its limited run of 300,000 sets
has made it pretty hard to come by and expensive. However, it can
still be picked up on
YesAsia for around £30. The Normal Edition is easier to
find and cheaper, and you can get it for around £22 from