Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 02/02/2016
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    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (196 out of 206)

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    Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo is the third installment in a film series known as the Rebuild of Evangelion that reinterprets the story first told in the critically acclaimed anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Covering the material from the episodes 7-18 of the series but also including completely new storylines, as well as the new character Unit-05 pilot Mari Makinami, the film opens as Maki and Asuka are sent into Earth orbit to rescue Shinji, who is later fitted with an explosive collar by WILLE, the organization bent on destroying NERV. ~ Cammila Collar


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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      "There's always hope Shinji, there's always hope."

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      Morganical
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      "Wat." Is the operative word the first time you watch 3.33. As a preface, I'm going to TLDR this review to death. I will strive not to SPOIL things, but be advised that it's impossible to talk about the franchise and not spoil things from the 1995 OVA series. First off, Anno told us from the begging that the Rebuild was going to change midway through it's four film release, and it does, wildly! Second of all, the first two films of the rebuild stick pretty close to the original's storyline, which makes 3.33 a new trope for directorial tangents. Nothing in 3.33, aside from the inclusion of most cast members and about three or four plot devices remains the same from either the original broadcast or the 2 movies. So if you loved End of Evangelion or the original show, you WILL be heartbroken with 3.33. But don't lose hope! This iteration of the rebuild is glorious. The action is over the top intricate detail after detail. 2/3's of the movie are devoted to fight scenes. 2 freaking 3rds! The plot follows a similar pattern to what's being attempted all along; Gendo is working under the guise of SEELE to implement the Human Instrumentality Project, Misato questions the aim of Nerv since surviving previous calamities, Shinji seeks to find himself in a world of despair, betrayal, manipulation and abandonment. Those are as Eva as you can get and shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. It's the storyline of 3.33 that's going to drift dramatically from canon. Pull-off the nostalgia goggles, realize that the original run was hampered by Anno's depression and budgetary constraints, watch the film and wait patiently another four years for 4.44's conclusion to land before dismissing this entry in the rebuild. Picture is nearly flawless. With a few artifacts during one or two fight scenes involving polarizing colors, and a few micro-banding issues during some dim lit sequences, the visual portion of 3.33 is mesmerizing. Blu-ray is the only way to watch this movie. Audio is a problem in this entry for several reasons. Normally my speakers are on 10-12 to hear dialogue. I had to turn the volume up to 23 to hear things clearly! There's really quite moments during playback, especially concerning Shinji mulling his dilemmas over. Then there's explosive bombastic moments during outbursts and action. The result is a juggling of volume controls, something that the other two movies have an issue with as well. I'm hoping one day that anime will be coded with decent audio options for 2.0 stereo AND 5.1 surround, but not in this entry. The special features in this outing are poor. There's 14 different trailers for the movie, there's one decent featurette showing the production process of sketches, to rushes, to finalizations of the film. Then there's previews for other Funimation works. This is pretty standard, but they're missing the voice actor narrations that we had in 2.22! It would also be nice to see interviews with Anno, as he's the visionary mastermind behind Neon Genesis Evangelion. They did include something very nice with this entry, a small full color booklet showcasing the official artwork of the characters, evangelions, angels, weaponry, and other elements of the movie. Also, the cover jacket is a beautiful matte finish seafoam green cover that fits the disc cover and booklet quite nicely. Finally, and this is why I give this movie a 3 stars, the controversy surrounding 3.33. The movie premiered in Japan in November of 2012. It was released in North America on February 2nd, 2016. Read that again!!! This is beyond unacceptable. It was milked in theatres at the end of 2013 of various anime conventions, so Funimation decided to halt it's retail release. Then it was delayed a second time to dub the entry, slated for a 2014 release, which mysteriously stopped over night. A third delay occurred when Funimation posted a message on their website stating that Studio Khara wanted to redub the entry so that it followed more closely to the original Japanese script. In the later part of 2015 we were told that the movie would release at the beginning of 2016, a full three and a half years from the original's release AND after the holidays. I've watched this movie backwards and forwards three times straight, along with scanning every possible inch of the special features and nowhere is there an formal apology by Funimation or any of the production studios for the constant delay of this movie! A similar event happened with End of Evangelion back in the early 2000's but this is 2016! Entire series get released within three years! Inexcusable. The movie is also 30 minutes shorter than the previous rebuilds and winds up giving us more questions than answers with the new storyline twists. So you have a movie that differs greatly from the canon of the series, has poor audio with great video, and took close to 4 years to release stateside for you could read this review. 3 out of 5 is generous, and if it wasn't Evangelion it would be a 1. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to complete their Evangelion Rebuild collection, or anyone who wants to hang on for the wild ride that the rebuild of the series has set up. I would avoid it like Plutonium for anyone who is a stringent lover of the originals, or anyone who hasn't fallen in love with the newer styles of anime fanservice delivery, hates production postponements, or wants more bang for their buck.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good release/packaging, dissapointing movie

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      PleatherJacketCritic
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      (My star rating is a mix of my ratings for the packaging and the movie itself. Rating for packaging/release quality alone: 5/5. Rating for movie itself: 2/5.) Before I get into my thoughts on the actual movie, let me describe the quality of the Blu Ray itself for anyone who has already seen it. Overall, the packaging is great. It comes with a book full of concept art that's cool to look at. As for the blu-ray itself, it has stellar picture and sound quality, it definitely preforms in that area. The menu is also very cool. I haven't checked out the special features yet, but overall this was a good release by Funimation (even if it did take forever for them to finally push it out). As far as my thoughts on the movie itself: I hated it. I'm a big fan of the original Evangelion series and I really liked the first two rebuild movies, so I was looking forward to the third one where they'll totally go off the rails with an original story that is totally different from the series. And, man, was I disappointed. If you're looking for closure to the shocking events of the second film, you won't find them here. It plops you into a story that takes place years after the last movie, and on top of not explaining events from the last movie, it doesn't even explain the events in this one! To make matters worse, all of the development that the characters went through in the last movie is totally revoked. They all basically become two-dimensional side characters that don't do much of anything. The plot of this movie was so confusing - and not in the good, stimulating way that the original series was confusing. No, this confusion is just due to bad writing. This is one of the biggest disappointments of a movie I've ever watched. It's confusing, contrived, dull, and ultimately lifeless. Unless you just want to own all the movies, I do not recommend buying it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Incomplete

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      willm
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      I have been waiting for this movie for what seems like a lifetime. When I found out it was released, it was very late in the day - so I had rushed to a local Wal-Mart and purchased the single disc Blu-Ray that comes with a slipcase and the guidebook. Brought it home - watched it - and sadly, was very disappointed. A lot is not explained in this movie, and it is best to wait for it to be "re-released" as a collection of the entire Rebuild. Just imagine only watching half of The End of Evangelion, then having to wait for the second half. That is essentially what you are getting here. Also, imagine what you've already heard about the movie - that it's 14 years after the events in 2.22 - now imagine the movie ending after reading that. Once again - a lot is not explained in the movie, and it ended feeling incomplete leaving myself with a lot of unanswered questions. It is unknown when the final film will be released, but here's hoping it won't take as long as the third film, and that a large majority of my questions get answered then. A lot of other reviewers are reading in to the movie with the knowledge of the "original" series as a whole. As a Rebuild of that series, and especially after the first two movies, 3.33 feels out of place. If included as an addition to the end of 2.22 (which I feel would explain the subtitle of 3.33), I would recommend this feature film. Although, on its own - I say RENT. Wait for the movie collection of the Rebuild if you are a fan and you want to add this movie to your collection.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth the wait

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      ENVYotb73
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      These Evangelion movies take an eternity to reach these shores, but fans and newcomers alike will find them worth it! Like the original television release, the English dub is a mixed bag. I highly suggest Japanese language with English subtitles to get the real flavor for the characters. Characters who really irritate are for more endearing in the original Japanese. As far as the remake goes this is the HUGE break from the original narrative; uncharted territory, new characters , and an entirely new story trajectory. With one more film to come your left hanging, but the entire rebuild series is so masterful you'll endure the wait. Theres some nice extras showcasing design progression, a really nice companion book packed in, great sound and this series looks AMAZING on Bluray. The vibrancy of colors alone makes one want all their anime on Bluray, assuming the transfer is on par. Evangelion is a masterpiece not to be missed. Be aware though it gets fairly high concept as it progresses, mindless robot action it isn't, but any fan of the art form must see it. Its one of the best bar none.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      After a FIVE YEAR Delay...

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      dto2865
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      ...the wait if FINALLY OVER. The big question: Was it worth it? That's very difficult to say. If you're an hardcore fan/otaku of all things EVA, definitely. If you're like me and you're a fan of just the 2 previous movies, then I'd say yes. Keeping this Spoiler-Free, I'll say this. It's the shortest (in run time) of the 3 EVA movies at 96 minutes. The animation quality if on par with the previous 2 movies as well. The story continues to expand on the new, revisionist version of the original story, which is the biggest selling point. What I truly hated about the original TV series was the meandering, angst-filled storyline & characterizations. This new version, while still angst-y, doesn't waste as much time dwelling (wallowing) in that. Instead, it builds on the action and conspiracy angle of the original story. Think "Pacific Rim," but remember that is was originally produced years before that film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An Interesting Departure from Evangelion

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      medee88
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      Evangelion 3.33, the third in the series, is the first real departure from the original Evangelion series. A short summary of this movie Shinji wakes up in a foreign world many years after the events of the 2nd movie, and has to deal with the world that results after his desperation to save Rei. It's amazing how much this movie departs from the original story, but it was nice to see some original content. The first two, while nice and presented shine in a less depressing light as well as changing the character dynamic, was really the same story. A big downside to this one is it really feels like the story isn't really flushed out compared to the previous two, nor is it near as fast paced and in many places feels boring. This is definately not the one to start out on. It's still a really good film for any evangelion fan in my opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Much to like about this film

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      jpog
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      I liked a lot about this movie, but I really wish it hadn't been years between the US releases of 2.22 and 3.33. I'll admit that I watched this without watching Evangelion 1.11 and 2.22 again, so I'm going to try to review this movie as a standalone release. Technically, this is very well done - plenty of fantastic visuals and sound. I wasn't really crazy about the story in this version - it's lighter on action and heavier on the character moments, where previous releases were better balanced. However, I'm inclined to give this some leeway because I am hoping that 4.44 is a good conclusion to this version of Evangelion, thus redeeming 3.33 a bit. It's not as good as the previous entries, but it's still Evangelion, so I am recommending it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good but not the original

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      SnowMourn
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      Evangelion is probably one of the best anime series that was able to draw adult and American crowds with its different entry into the genre. Evangelion 3.33 is part of a reboot and shows its teeth as such. Evangelion 1.11 & 2.22 were essentially condensed reruns of the first 20 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion (the original TV show), with some separation in the second movie. The problem is that people who loved the TV show will not enjoy this if they demand it remain faithful to the original. If you watch it without that expectation, you will enjoy this for being something else. Now, its not as good as 2.22, it feels like a run-up to the fourth Rebuild film. I wish they would hurry up and make 3.0+1.0 (the fourth film).

      I would recommend this to a friend


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