Despite its confusing and twisted story and characters, I’ve always been a big fan of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise thanks to the giant mecha action that pits young boys and girls against some pretty freaky looking aliens known as “Angels” that are trying to bring about the end of the world so mankind can ascend to the next plane of existence. The latest film entry in the new Rebuild of Evangelion series is Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo from Funimation who recently released it on home video. Newcomers will definitely be confused but the twist and turns, and hardcore Eva fans will be just slightly less confused, but both will enjoy the crazy ride for sure.
I was fortunate enough to receive a theatrical screener of the film back in early 2014, so be sure to check out that REVIEW for the plot and my thoughts on the film overall (spoiler alert: I enjoyed it). This frees me up to talk about the awesome home video release that Funimation put together for both the Blu-ray and DVD, which we were sent the latter by our friends at the company. For a DVD, the audio and visuals come through without a hitch and almost rival that of a high definition release. It was also cool having the option to switch between the original Japanese dialogue and the English dub, as both sound great with the voice actors fitting their characters nicely (which I know isn’t easy with Asuka’s crazed personality).
The coolest thing about this release is the nice amount of sweet extras Funimation included. First off, I like the rugged texture of the slipcase it comes in, as it feels like something that would be made for a collector’s item release. Next there’s the awesome 52-page guidebook that features art for the characters, Eva units and Angels along with their new redesigns for the film and more. As far as on-disc features go, there’s a ton of original Japanese commercials and promotional trailers for the movie, and “Rebuild of Evangelion 3.33” is a nice but short featurette showcasing how the crew went about working on the wonderful art and animation of the film and how they brought it to life.
If you’re a fan of the Evangelion series and movies, chances are you’ve already snagged a copy of Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo for your collection. While it may confuse and throw off most viewers with its twisted characters and story, Funimation has done a great job of bringing the “Rebuild” franchise to video and adding in some nice extras to one of the best anime experiences out there. The solid artwork, animation and music will pull you in, but you’ll want to watch the first two movies to ensure you’ll stay for this latest monstrous mecha battle.