I thought this was interesting. Someone has made a version of Death and Rebirth
[the original] with English subs - he had to assemble them from other sources, of course, as this version has never been available on home media before. OK - so far, so unremarkable.
Now the interesting thing is what he has written in his notes to his version about the versions of EoE
. He tells us that the separate and Revival
versions of EoE
are identical - as in the files have the same checksums; straight copy and paste onto an extra disk, it seems. So if anyone thought that the Revival
version was tweaked, it would seem that it was not so (I think I knew that, actually). More interesting though is his comparison of Rebirth
with the corresponding parts of EoE
. Although the Rebirth
cuts are incomplete, they are also a great deal sharper - a considerable amount of quality was lost in making the final EoE
versions. Similarly, Death
is better quality than Death (True^2)
Here is part of his notes:
[...] It contains two parts: A 1h:12m summary film called Death, which wasn't even directed by Anno, and the "pre-release" Rebirth, which is the first 20 minutes of Evangelion AIR incomplete and unpolished
Though some effects and sound effects are missing and the shadows look crushed, this movie is actually MUCH SHARPER than the End of Evangelion. Many people were mistakenly believing that evangelion "Revival" was a remastered version of end of Evangelion. THIS IS NOT TRUE, as a matter of fact, both the Disc 7 and 8, which are EoE and Revival respectively have THE EXACTLY SAME CRC for the files. Is a blatant copy and paste. There is no hope of a sharper version of EoE, fellows, however, Rebirth IS sharper and you have 20 minutes of footage in extra quality for you to check out.
Here is some comparisons of the EoE m2ts with samples of my Release [of Rebirth] for you to get a taste what to expect and the amazing level of detail from Rebirth:
There is also another version of the first part of the movie, the recap one: "Death" On the Revival disk. It's called Death True (2). [...] If you are in doubt of which version you want to watch, I recommend [the earlier] one because it has that extra scene and most importantly: IS MUCH SHARPER than Death True 2 from revival.