I couldn't help but pick it up today when I saw it at Best Buy lol, it's still insane to me just how easily accessible the series is now. So I thought I'd post about some of the more interesting aspects and go into the special features for you guys.
-The series itself is identical to the netflix release, even down to the weird ass translation of "Third Children" and Kaworu's dialogue in the shower room going unchanged from the netflix version. Which, I only half expected them to do so, but I'm still a bit surprised they didn't change it at all after the backlash from the fans.
-The bonuses are a FUCKING TREASURE TROVE man, like the total inverse of the ADV releases. Genesis 0:0 is super cool, it's like an introduction to the series and characters but with some extra trivia thrown in there like how Rei smells a bit like hospital antiseptic and Misato was partially inspired by Fujiko from Lupin. Weirdly, the bonus content isn't on it's own disc, but is spread out across the last three main discs. It is all in chronological order though, so that's super cool.
-None of the bonus stuff was remastered or anything, and the commercials are in particularly bad shape. Still decent, but no different than what you can find on youtube.
-Japanese cast audition audio is amazing. We get to hear Hayashibara scream as Rei. Weirdly there's no audition audio for Ogata as Shinji though, we only get Rei, Asuka, Misato, Ritsuko, and Gendo, in that order.
-That awesome full music video for A Cruel Angel's Thesis that uses footage from both the series and End of Evangelion is included here, which is crazy awesome because that shit gets nuked from youtube like every time it's posted. I can't remember if it was originally official and was on a rare ADV DVD release or sumn, or if it was fanmade, but it sure as hell is official now!
-The second disc that has extras on it is all animatics with no dialogue and scant sound effects. Rad for the ultra-hardcore, but that's about all.
-Genesis 0:0' is just a glorified commercial for Death & Rebirth, unless there's something at the end I skipped past.
-We all know by now that the EoE live action sequence has no subs, which is super weird because literally everything else DOES, even the frickin commercials.
-The End of Evangelion final scene alternate take is just Asuka's alternate line instead of "Pathetic." "Idiot, there's no way I'd let myself be killed by a worm like you," which is even more harsh and I'm really glad they changed it lol
-Mutsunde Hiraite is the full version of that creepy children's song in the background when Shinji is at the park inside his mind building a sandNERV with those two dolls. It's kinda neat ig
-The partial animatic for ep25' Love is Destructive is way cooler than the other animatics. It starts at the JSSDF raid of NERV HQ with placeholder music from the series, and goes until the end of the Air on G sequence. A lot of shots used finished or almost finished animation. No real differences I can see from the final movie myself.
And that's pretty much it. Shit's not perfect, but it's still above and beyond for what I'd expect from a US BD release of the series. God knows fuckimation would have done nowhere near this fantastic of a job. This is the ideal way to own a physical copy of everything Neon Genesis.
*injects Angel blood* I know what the fuck an EVA is now :)