is the first movie in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. It consists of two parts, Death and Rebirth, respectively. It was released, along with the follow-up, The End of Evangelion, in response to the success of the TV series, and also of a strong demand of the fans for another ending. It has since been re-edited and re-released several times.
Death was re-edited twice. The first edit was Death(true), which removed the new scenes and was shown with Rebirth on the Japanese Network WOWOW. The second edit was Death(true)², which reincorporated the image of Adam on Gendo Ikari's hand, and had several scenes taken out. Death(true)² was the cut attached to Revival of Evangelion, the final edit of the Evangelion movies, as well as the video release of Death and Rebirth.
The second part, Rebirth, consists of an entirely new animation and storyline which follows episode 24, and is a remake of the final two episodes of the television series 25 and 26. Due to time constraints, the new animation wasn't fully completed when the movie was released and only the first 27 minutes out of the total 40 minutes were shown in Rebirth. Originally, Rebirth was intended to include episodes 25 and 26, which were later released as the The End of Evangelion movie. Four months later, The End of Evangelion movie, the second Evangelion movie, featured the complete Rebirth animation, which was released as "Episode 25: Air", and "Episode 26: My Purest Heart for You (Sincerely Yours)".
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|AnimeOnDVD||Chris Beveridge||Content: A-|
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|THEM Anime Reviews||Robert Nelson||3 out of 5||Movie Review|