Title: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
Manga Entertainment (DVD Only)
BBFC Certificate: 15
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): £19.99 (now
Running Time: 115 mins (approx.)
Audio Options: English 5.1, English 2.0,
Subtitles: English, Portuguese
Reviewer: Rave Shintaro
Note: This version of the film is
now deleted. However, the film is still available in the Neon Genesis
Evangelion Movies Boxset from Manga Entertainment
Death & Rebirth is two separate films combined so I shall
look at each separately.
Firstly Death is really a recap filling those in of the events that transpired
during episodes 1 – 24 of the series. This can confuse yet also be linear - a
huge collection of flash images and emotions crammed together and rehashed in a
way to totally confuse the viewer, it is like a strobe light on full effect.
The story jumps backwards and forwards, up and down, from one character to the
next, from calm to frantic, from battle to peace and from sad to happy. The
animation is masterful and the visuals clean although some of the cuts are
jerky, reflecting the rushed timeline and limited budget that Gainax worked to
in order to get the series (as the film does mainly comprise of scenes from the
series) done on time.
Rebirth is equally praiseworthy and details the events shortly after the battle
with the thirteenth Angel, it sets you up for the epic conclusion of the final
film – End. Rebirth is an interesting blend of non-stop action and truly moving
acting and the cliffhanger ending will really keep you on the edge of your seat. This is first class viewing.