By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, with distribution from Shout! Factory, announced it will issue the critically-acclaimed Neon Genesis Evangelion in an expansive Collector’s Edition Set, Standard Edition, and digital download-to-own. The three new formats include the original twenty-six episode television series as well as the films Evangelion: Death (True) 2 and The End of Evangelion. These editions join the previously announced Ultimate Edition, marking the first time this exceptional anime will be available on Blu-ray in North America.
From the Press Release:
The Collector’s Edition is a deluxe 11-disc set presented in a rigid case, containing a 40-page book, 8 art cards, the Official Dub and Subtitled versions, and the bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled versions. This set contains over seven hours of bonus features including animatics, TV commercials, music videos, Japanese cast auditions, trailers, and more. This limited-edition set will be available online through select outlets, and is now available for pre-order on Shout! Factory’s website, arriving December 8, 2021.
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Collector’s Edition
The Standard Edition is an essential five-disc set that will contain over five hours of bonus features, including animatics, TV commercials, music videos, and more. The Standard Edition will be widely available in stores and online wherever Blu-ray box sets are sold, and is now available for pre-order, arriving November 9, 2021. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, as well as the films EVANGELION:DEATH (TRUE)2 and THE END OF EVANGELION also arrives on digital download to own platforms on November 2, 2021.
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION Standard Edition
Strictly limited to 5,000 copies for North America, the Ultimate Edition is sold exclusively through the GKIDS Store (with a limit of 1 per customer). For fans in the United Kingdom, the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: Ultimate Edition is distributed by Anime Ltd. For more information, please visit evangelion.alltheanime.com
The full listing of bonus features for the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: Ultimate Edition, Collector’s Edition, and Standard Edition is available at GKIDS.com/EVANGELION
GKIDS previously announced that it had acquired North American theatrical, home video, and EST rights to the critically acclaimed masterwork. Created by Hideaki ANNO, the television series is considered one of the most influential animated series of all time. Since its 1995 premiere in Japan, the story of teenager Shinji Ikari has remained one of the most iconic titles in animation history, and a global pop culture phenomenon.
In 2015, Tokyo-3 is under attack from “Angels,” extraordinary beings that possess various special abilities. Multipurpose Humanoid Decisive Weapon, Evangelion is the only method to counter these Angels, and Shinji Ikari is chosen as its pilot. The battle for the fate of humankind has begun. Exactly what are the Angels? What is destined for the young pilots? And what will become of humanity?
Presented on Blu-ray for the first time in North America, this groundbreaking, action-packed series from creator Hideaki ANNO has been hailed as one of the most important anime series of all time – a remarkable fusion of genres, and a powerful examination of the relationship between man and machine.