“No. You won’t die. Because I’ll protect you”
Okay, so anyone that knows me knows I absolutely love the Evangelion series. The series has everything, from great characters, good action, and an amazing story. Recently, Hideaki Anno, creator of the Evangelion series, has been releasing a sort of remake or retelling of the series. The first installment in that series is “Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone”. This is the extended Blu-Ray edition of that film.
When I first heard that the film was going to be released on Blu-Ray only months after I bought the Standard DVD, I was very upset. After a while I quickly got over and became excited about it when I learned that it would include additional scenes.
So, does this new release fair better than the original release? In a way, yes. The additional scenes to the film don’t add much to the film at all. In fact, I could barely point out some the new scenes, there were so few. I’m not saying they weren’t a nice touch, but it wasn’t as great as it could have been.
You Are (Not) Alone still does a great of showing Shinji’s inner turmoil, but most of the new scenes don’t add anything to it. There is this great scene near the end during the final battle with Rammiel, but nothing other than that.
Audio/Video: The film looks absolutely beautiful in Hi-Def, and the audio is nice an loud. Its rare I have to adjust the volume down on my TV, but was necessary in this case.
Rebuild of Evangelion: This feature shows the process of making the film by showing the creation of the animation. It begins with the sketch work and how it made it to the finished product. This feature comes with two versions, Shiro Sadisu’s and Joseph-Maurice Ravel. The only difference between the versions is the music score, though.
20-Page Guidebook: This booklet gives you a look at artwork, character profiles, and notes about what the “Rebuild of Evangelion” series is.
New Flashes: This just gives you teaser trailers for the film.
Other features include: Some movie previews, some trailers for anime titles, and a shiny flip book to finish things off.
The Film: 5 out of 5
The Blu-Ray: 1.5 out 5
Overall: While the added scenes didn’t add much, I still had a blast watching this film. I’m biased when it comes to Evangelion, so you should take my opinion with a grain of salt. The release could have used more special features, but this is a gold mine considering what we got with the Standard DVD release.