I received the DVD of EVANGELION 2.22 recently from Funimation and, lucky me, also got the chance to check out the Blu Ray version at my pal Metal Mike’s place. You might remember that I watched the sub in theaters earlier this year and walked away from it hoping the dub might solve some of my issues with the movie. Purists will be glad to know that two feel very much the same (aided and abetted by another seamless Funimation dub.) Myself, I was disappointed that the wildly-inappropriate pop ballad was kept to once again undercut almost all the tension of the Third Impact.
Without getting too deep into technical details, the picture’s sharp and the sound’s crisp, making for a beautiful presentation-in-total that just radiates futurism. There’s a comprehensive animation process sizzle reel that harps on just how many individual elements went into each and every lavish. Normally, I’m not a fan of integrating 3D models into 2D animation, so I was definitely humbled to discover that there was a lot more CG in this toon than I initially perceived - - I thought I had an eye for that. While the rest of the featurettes are just collections of TV spots and trailers, there’s an interesting selection of deleted scenes that were omitted early in the production process. The tidbits there about Kaji’s added flirtations with Shinji (yeah) and Rei’s disinterest in a more revealing plug suit like Asuka's maybe aren’t as interesting as the glimpses into a stage of production where After Effect-ed, marked up storyboards are used as placeholders. There’s also a “remixed” version of the climax. I couldn’t tell the difference - - the song didn’t suddenly have a hip hop beat or anything - - but it’s there for you all.
Were I to name the set’s most appealing features, I’d say that 20 page inset booklet is actually really helpful as a field guide to the show’s complicated mythos - - even if you do pride yourself a veteran fan. Hearing the dub cast on it made the movie feel realer to me given my prior experiences and there’s actually a pretty cool commentary track where they get interviewed by the American voice director. That, of course, includes our always entertaining pal, Spike Spencer.
I’d even say the deep orange packaging is very well conceived and executed. You simply can (not) go without buying this, so go on and find out how to get it here.