You may need heard that Neon Genesis Evangelion, the seminal 1995 anime sequence seemingly about large mech battles however far deeper and extra disturbing than that, is coming to Blu-ray for the very first time within the US, UK, and past. What you may not have heard: when that information was first introduced practically two weeks in the past, it was only for a $275 limited-edition Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Ultimate Edition whose stateside launch of simply 5,000 copies bought out within the blink of an eye fixed.
Right now, GKids is rectifying that with a five-disc Customary Version that prices simply $60 and can truly ship a month sooner than these $275 copies, technically making it the precise first official Blu-ray launch in america when it arrives November ninth. And in the event you’re nonetheless bummed you couldn’t get the 11-disc Final Version? Nicely, there’s additionally a brand new 11-disc Collectors Version for $220 that you just may like as an alternative, transport December eighth.
Each are available for preorder today, and may function the identical 1080p remastered footage (with a 1:33:1 facet ratio) and with DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio for each English and Japanese.
Every version incorporates the complete unique 26-episode sequence, in addition to Evangelion: Demise (True)² — which older followers may know as Demise & Rebirth — and The Finish of Evangelion, in addition to bonus options together with “animatics, TV commercials, music movies and extra.” The Collector’s Version additionally comes with a full set of further discs containing the unique basic English dub of the complete sequence, two further hours of bonus options together with the Japanese forged auditions, plus a 40-page e-book and eight artwork playing cards.
The Collector’s Version appears to be like a bit of one thing like this:
That’s not fairly as lavish because the Final Version, after all, whose included e-book is sort of quadruple the dimensions at 156-pages and comes with fancier artwork and a NERV ID badge, however I feel I’ll reside. (The UK version of that isn’t truly bought out as of this writing, in case you’re .) Right here’s the Final Version’s unfold:
Evangelion was one of many first reveals that launched me to anime, and a few of its extra disturbing moments nonetheless reside in my head rent-free. When the sequence and its follow-up movies lastly legally arrived within the US once more through Netflix (the place you may nonetheless watch them immediately), we called them “the perfect story for this moment in history.” And that was earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.