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Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Hong Kong Limited Edition Blu-ray of Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance comes with English subtitles, as well as a blank CD-R with character picture label, and a booklet.

The second film in the four-part silver-screen remake of sci-fi anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance continues the familiar story established in the first film, while also reimagining the series with new characters and arcs. Picking up where You Are (Not) Alone left off, the second feature introduces two more EVA pilots - Asaka who moves in with Shinji and Misato and throws their world into further confusion, and new character Mari, a mysterious pilot from Europe. As the war against the Angels rages on, more light is shed on the true motives and powers behind NERV and Gendo Ikari and SEELE's secret project.

Since the original 26-episode Neon Genesis Evangelion premiered in the mid-nineties, the anime's legend has only continued to grow, amounting to a small industry of manga, DVDs, action figures, model kits, and other merchandise that remains popular with anime fans worldwide. The series eventually hit the big screen, with a trilogy of films released in 1997, summarizing and capping off the series, but creator-director Anno Hideaki is not done with Evangelion yet. Starting in 2007, Evangelion is returning to screen with a revamped storyline and additional, improved animation in an ambitious teratology of films dubbed Rebuild of Evangelion.

Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance comes to DVD and Blu-ray under the title Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. The 2.22 version is digitally remastered, and is expected to include slight adjustments different from the theatrical version.

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Product Title: Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 新世紀福音戰士 - 新劇場版 : 破 (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 新世纪福音战士 - 新剧场版 : 破 (Blu-ray) (中英文字幕) (香港版) ヱヴァンゲリヲン 新劇場版:破 Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Director: Anno Hideaki 庵野秀明 庵野秀明 庵野秀明 Anno Hideaki
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2010-06-25
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, 6.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Duration: 112 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 170 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022740385

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.1080p HD
.日語原聲6.1ch/2.0ch
.粵語配音2.0ch
.中英文字幕

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Professional Review of "Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 9, 2010

The oddly titled Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance is the second in creator Anno Hideaki's grand, cinematic revisioning of his hugely popular and influential original anime series. Following on from Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, the film again features new and revamped animation and CG work, though this time instead of merely summarising further episodes, it diverges by adding a new character - representing probably the biggest and most talked about event for Evangelion fans since the bizarre concluding episode back in the mid 1990s. Originally unleashed in 2009 and nominated for a Japanese Academy Award, the film now arrives on DVD and Blu ray, and marks the half way point of Anno's ambitious new four part collection.

The story takes up from where 1.11 left off, with young Shinji Ikari continuing his piloting of EVA-01 against the increasingly bizarre and powerful Angel attacks, while trying to come to terms with his own identity and his relationships with others. His relatively stable existence living with Misato Katsuragi and attempting to figure out the enigmatic Rei Ayanami and her strange bond with his otherwise cold father is thrown into disarray by the arrival of two new pilots called Asuka Langley and Mari Illustrious. A loud girl who lives to fly and fight with her EVA, Asuka immediately unsettles Shinji as she encroaches on his life. If anything, the mysterious Mari seems even more gung-ho, and with tensions between the NERV and STEELE organisations on the rise, it becomes clear that rocky times are ahead.

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance is the first of the new films to genuinely offer something new, not only with the introduction of Mari, but with other significant changes to characters, most notably to Asuka. Whereas in the original series and follow up films, the flame haired, red suited Asuka was an intensely aggressive girl, she has been toned down somewhat, almost to the point where her role, at least at this stage in the new proceedings has been lessened. To an extent, Mari appears to have been introduced to take up the slack, and although she does not have a great to do in the film, she certainly seems to have inherited much of Asuka's former personality. This is by no means a problem, and it hints at interesting developments to come, raising questions as to what part Mari will play, and whether or not Asuka will still go on to fulfil such a key and compelling role.

New characters aside, the film still basically follows the events of the series, focusing on a series of key battles with the Angels. Again, Anno has stripped down much of the material surrounding these clashes, and while some may argue that this results in a loss of some character details, it also helps to condense some of the more ponderous moments into something which though fast moving and exciting, is still thought provoking and highly ambiguous. Certainly, the new series has not so far represented a truncated or dumbed down version by any stretch, and though slicker and revolving more around its action is every bit as imbued with fascinating philosophical meanings and questions. Whether or not this means that answers will be forthcoming still very much remains to be seen.

In visual terms, the film is a definite upgrade, not only being more spectacular, but also showing more attention to detail. As well as resulting in some impressive eye candy, this does help to bring the series' world to life in more convincing fashion, improving upon some of the unmoving and bland background that accentuated some of the original's slower moments. The CG work is impeccable, especially during the final scenes, which are arguably amongst some of the most jaw dropping in Japanese animation, bringing the film to an intense and visceral cliff hanger of an ending.

Of course, this in itself is the only real problem with Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance that fans will have to wait another year or so before finding out what happens next. Crucially, as well as notching up the animation, the film illustrates Anno Hideaki's genuine desire to add something new to the story and characters, making this a must see for fans, and a compelling, exhilarating and wonderfully piece of animated cinema in its own right.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (Blu-ray) (Limited Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.7 out of 10 (3)

Alexander
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December 1, 2021

This customer review refers to Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
A Waste Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
My primary issue, with this film, apart, from its gross techinical incompetence, would have to be the treatment of Evangelion's as inanimate, cold, lifeless, grotesque machines, when, in the original series, they were these joyful giant toys, whose armor's plastic sheen, one coud practically slide off, with bodies that were well-proportioned, and, not hideously distended, like their pilots are in this movie series.

According to "Rei Ayanami", "An Eva is a mirror that reflects your heart," whereas in the original series, they were living creatures, with the soul's of their pilots' respective mother's, inside of the humanoid robots, protecting their pilots. Maybe, that all was not true, but in any event, one could say that the pilots' mothers protected their children, inside the Eva. Here, one shifts that onus of protecting themselves, and the entire world, onto, incompetent, ill-tempered, dysfunctionally-and-highly autistic, mean-spirited, ugly-looking children. Maybe, they were always that way, but our original director had a certain way of bringing out the best in his subjects.

The original Eva pilots were stars, and, these kids are turds. Make of that what you will, but it all goes for a generally unpleasant movie-watching experience, through and through. I would stay away, from this, unless you want to flagellate yourself, as a fan of the original series. This is truly a film, worthy of the dwarf island Japan and the third-rate, sweatshop animation house that is Studio Khara. Yuck.
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September 1, 2011

This customer review refers to Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (DVD) (US Version)
Amazing new tale! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This part of the EVA Rebuild movie series takes a slightly different turn from the original TV series. There are new characters, news angels (with different no. from the series), as well as events from the series revamped in different ways. I find this a little appealing since EVA 1.11 stayed so close to the TV series that it just felt like I was watching the series but in more high definition.

I must admit, I was a little wary of the new character Mari (I'm a stickler for the original cast), but she's a bit too cool to hate. ^^() They did an amazing job with her character development because a lot of fans don't like "replacement" characters to invade the original story. Also, I love how Nagisa Kaworu has a bit of a larger role.

While the new graphics are awesome, I want long time EVA fans to know that there's so much more to these movies than that. When the creators used the word "rebuild", they meant it. I actually feel that they rebuilt their entire concept and took it to another level.

Excellent second installment. Cannot wait for part three!
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March 30, 2010

This customer review refers to Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance. (DVD) (Japan Version)
Does it Include the film? or not? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'm wondering if it is the first released edition, which includes the films of 2.22 movies?
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