It looks like there are more than enough fans of Neon Genesis Evangelion in North America because pre-orders for the Neon Genesis Evangelion Ultimate Edition, a Blu-ray collection of the original 26-episode series, and the two follow-up films, are already sold out.
Pre-order for the Neon Genesis Evangelion Ultimate Edition was open on Thursday but last checked, the store now indicates that it is “sold out”. There were supposed to have 5,000 sets available. However, it is not clear if all 5,000 sets were put up for pre-order, or limited sets were available during the pre-sale campaign.
In any case, the special limited set packs 11-disc on Blu-ray, which is the first, btw – contains all 26 episodes of the original series from the mid-90s, along with the two follow-up films, Evangelion: Death (True)2 and The End of Evangelion.
The series and the movies are presented in both “Classic” dub and subtitles as well as the “Official” dub and subtitles as seen streaming on Netflix.
Apparently, this Blu-ray collection will cost US$349.99 when it drops on December 8. So does that mean, there are some left for December? I really don’t know for sure.
Anywho… for the too-pricey-for-any-movie sticker, you will get over 7 hours of bonus features. In addition, the set also includes 11 12 inches by 12 inches double-sided artboards that replicate the character artwork from the Japanese LaserDisc releases, a resin paperweight modeled after the Third Angel, a NERV ID card with a lanyard, and a 156-page book containing promotional posters and artwork, a glossary of Angels and EVA units, and a full credit lists for each episode.
The 156-page book can only be described as the holy bible of the franchise. Though it is not clear if the wealth of information does covers through to Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time or not.