Looks like we finally have a rough release date for the DVD release of the second Evangelion Rebuild movie.
According to the “Everyone’s Evangelion Fan” blog, co-director Kazuya Tsurumaki revealed in an interview featured in Rocking On’s January 2010 issue of Cut that it will be due sometime next spring. It will also include retakes of the movie.
It’s still quite a while away but at least we now have an idea when to reserve some cash for it. Or as one commentor wrote… Just wait for the full DVD boxset that will probably come out once all four movies are completed.
Can’t wait to watch it even though I know there’s a cam version floating around. Look out for it on Play-Asia if you want to pick up the collector’s goods and save on the expensive import EMS delivery fees!
Well, this didn’t take as long as the last movie to get camcorded… Kind of tempted to watch the whole thing since the DVD release probably won’t be available until next year if the first movie is any indication but, that would just lower my anticipation of getting my hands on the actual package so I will refrain ^^;
I did have a skim through though and the re-direction is looking just as good if not better. According to Newtype, this second movie’s weekend première grossed more than twice that of the first movie making 512,180,200 Yen (US$5,474,508). Glad it’s doing well!
Today was the day the Japanese finally get to see the second title in the Evangelion Rebuild series of movies subtitled, “You Can (Not) Advance” and Famitsu dropped by Shinjuku, Kabuki District to cover the première. There were over 1000 people queuing outside by half 6 in the morning where some of the SEELE “Sound Only” monoliths appeared.
Needless to say, there was plenty of Evangelion franchise on sale on the day too, including this limited edition “Eva Combo Set” composed of a bag of popcorn, a drink and a figure of Asuka for 1500 Yen (US$16).
A pamphlet was also sold with the message, “WARNING! Do not open this before watching the movie!” In other words, spoilers ahead as we take a peek inside.
An increment in the first decimal place in computer software version numbers usually mean a large number of changes have been made, few being significant new features but not enough to give the original design a complete overhaul.
In this case, I don’t think it’s true of Gainax’s Blu-ray release of Evangelion 1.11 (also available on DVD) because apart from providing you with the standard Full HD 1080p resolution and TrueHD 6.1 surround sound, it only extends the original 1.01 movie’s 98 minutes by a “massive” 3 minutes of new scenes – A lot less than the extra 30 minutes FFVII Advent Children Complete gives you.
Well, it does also provide you with brighter images and it’s the first Blu-ray disc to be encoded with Sony’s new “Super Bit Mapping for Video (SBMV)” software technology that makes colour gradients look smoother but, only if you have a player that supports it.
Anyway, back to the new scenes… So where do they come in?
Remember the rumour two years ago about the mysterious new female character in the next Evangelion 2.0 movie? Well, I was just browsing the Gainax site curious to find out what the specs are for the new earphones being released this month but then, I came across a figure of the new heroine. Apparently, her name is indeed “Mary” – Full name being “Makinami Mary Illustrious” according to the Anime News Network but her voice actress won’t be Takako Matsu.
I wonder how much of the rest of the rumour is going to turn out true?