Neon Genesis Directors’ Cut Coming

ADV Films will release Resurrection, the first of two directors’ cut volumes of the enormously influential anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion on January 13, 2004. More than a re-master, the revised and re-edited special edition produced under the careful supervision of creators Hideaki Anno and Gainax will include footage previously unavailable outside of Japan.

In addition to the Directors’ Cut episodes, ADV has obtained special DVD extras including an exclusive 25-minute interview with Richard Taylor, co-founder and head of EFX and Creatures at Weta Workshop. The Oscar-winning EFX shop behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy is currently working on the Neon Genesis Evangelion live-action feature. Also included are numerous never-before-seen production images from the upcoming theatrical release.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is the story of a reluctant young hero, called upon to pilot an immense robotic weapon in battle against alien invaders in the year 2015. As the remnants of the human race cower in subterranean cities, a deadly war is being waged on what is left of the planet. On one side are the mysterious beings known as Angels; on the other, the special agency NERV and the giant bio-mechanical humanoids dubbed Evangelions.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Directors’ Cut–Resurrection contains Evangelion episodes 21-23 in both the extended directors’ cut versions and the original broadcast versions, presented in both English-languange and Japanese-language versions with English subtitles. This first volume will retail for $29.98.