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Serial Experiments Lain: Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Limited Edition) (2012)

Bridget Hoffman , Wayne Akers , Ryutaro Nakamura  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bridget Hoffman, Wayne Akers, Stephen Apostolina, Heather Ashton, Michaline Babich
  • Directors: Ryutaro Nakamura
  • Format: Animated, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Unknown), Japanese (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008YRL5V4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Acclaimed artist Yoshitoshi ABe (Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze) brings to life the existential classic that paved the way for blockbuster films such as The Matrix. Follow along as fourteen year old Lain driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate logs on to the Wired and promptly looses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches.

Serial Experiments Lain (1998) was one of the first artistic/surreal anime series that combined a fragmentary narrative with collages of disparate visuals. Although she can barely deal with e-mail at the beginning of the series, 13-year-old Lain metamorphoses into a computer guru involved in The Wired, a cyber-dimension that represents the sum of human electronic communications. Her waxing strength attracts the attention of the Knights of the Eastern Calculus, a cabal of hackers fighting the staff of the sinister Tachibana Laboratory. The cyber-Lain grows bolder and more confident, but her real-world counterpart seems to be fading out of existence. Does she need a body any longer? Does she still possess one? Her father departs, announcing that their family has never been anything but a group of actors. The Knights, who seemed omnipotent within The Wired, lose a critical power struggle and its members are executed by Tachibana agents. Lain greets these questions and revelations with her usual fixed stare and little indrawn breaths. Complications multiply as Lain debates the nature of God and free will with Masami Eiri, who argues that human minds are linked like electronic circuits on a subliminal level. As the boundaries between the real world and The Wired break down, Lain insists, "What isn't remembered never happened," and rescinds not only the actions of her cyber counterpart--but perhaps her own existence. When Eiri, the self-described god of The Wired, loses a debate with Lain, he explodes into a mass of writhing tentacles and eyeballs, and the tone of the series suddenly shifts to anime horror. Director Ryutaro Nakamura uses hand-drawn animation, computer-generated imagery, processed live-action footage, and still images to create a disjointed narrative. The collages of conversational bits and repeated close-ups of Lain's eyes only increase the feeling of disjuncture. Viewers will either embrace this skewed portrait of an emerging computer-dominated world or reject it as pretentious and unintelligible: no one will watch Serial Experiments Lain with indifference. The DVD/Blu-ray boxed set comes with a chunky volume of production artwork that includes neither captions nor credits. Rated TV 14: minor sexual content, violence). --Charles Solomon

(1. Weird, 2. Girls, 3. Psyche, 4. Religion, 5. Distortion, 6. Kids, 7. Society, 8. Rumors, 9. Protocol, 10. Love, 11. Infornography, 12. Landscape, 13. Ego)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come to the Wired... November 15, 2001
By Sean
We're all connected... Come to the "Wired" as soon as you can... Why won't you come? ...Why won't you come...?
Serial Experiments Lain is deep, very deep. As an anime almost indescribable, it will stick will you for life as it haunts you with its silent mysteries. Never have I seen an anime anything like this one. I remember the nights where Lain just stood in my head, as I wondered how the true secrets would eventually uncover from their cloaked darkness.
The artwork that was shown in this raging series was that of which reminded me of something from a basic MTV cartoon. Of course this isn't awful at any bit, it's just a different style with a nice appeal of eye candy and detailed but somewhat creepy designs. The unique computer (or according to this anime title, "Navi") and electrical designs/styles were done very beautifully and caught my eye every time. I curiously noted much of the Navi features and I thought about the terrific effort that was placed into animating each little part of the visually pleasing features. If you look hard enough at Serial Experiments Lain's art, you'll spot marvelous examples of well-done (and not to mention talented) Japanese animation creations. So, although the visual artwork can be a tad strange every once and awhile, it is fine non-the less and is something oddly different.
A major part of Serial Experiments Lain to me was the puzzling, tragic, and disturbing story to it. I was almost completely lost during the first and second volumes, but then once you hit a little further into the series, everything starts to slowly pile together and make sense.
Lain is fourteen years old, regular amount of friends, quiet and un-social, but lately Lain seems to be different. What is happening to her the life around her... her world...
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly disturbing December 2, 2001
You know I love disturbing and confusing movies but this show takes both those concepts to the extreme. We have here a show about a shy girl who finds herself becoming increasingly fascinated by The Wired(a futuristic version of the internet).
This in itself is something that many ppl can relate to.
What's different about it though, is that in the show you can actually project yourself into the Wired as a physical entity.
The show begins with a girl jumping of an apartment building. This grisly event sets the mood for the rest of the show..
What's even more creepy is that a few days later all the girls in her class start getting email from her about how she 'merely abbandoned her body and how she is living in The Wired'. Everyone ofcourse is terribly upset about this but Lain being curious replies to the message...
That's the beginning of a terribly deep, confusing and fascinating tale.
The overal question in the series is wether or not Lain is a real girl. Other topics covered are "what is reality" and "what exactly is God".
This isn't a cutesy and simple anime like Pokemon. this is how anime should be. Deep and intelligent. This makes you think and ponder about life. Plus it gives some interesting perspectives on what the internet is.
Highly reccomended
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I don't usually do stuff like this, but I had a few friends who were on the fence about grabbing this, and since my copy came (from RightStuf) yesterday, I figured it would be nice to have a review that tells you exactly what you're getting. There are many reviews of Lain around, and I'd recommend giving plenty of them a good look. This review is purely for this release. The series itself is solid (I watched it several years ago with a friend, and have every intention of reviewing it in full after another watch. Or two!), and if you so desire, it can bring about a lot of interesting discussion. It's not for everyone, but it's one of those series' that I think everyone should try at least once.

Serial Experiments Lain was originally released in 1998 by Geneon. It would get a nice quality box set release a few years later, and one more slimpack-esque release a few years later. All of these releases are available on Amazon if you're curious about them. Back at Anime Expo 2010, Funimation announced they had picked the title up (along with some others, of course), and later suggested that this would be the definitive version released in the States. Well, for as skimpy as some Funi releases can be, they were absolutely correct. Anyway, sorry for over pre-facing, onwards!

So everything comes in a nice artbox, it's a perfect size for two blu-ray cases (one for the DVD, one for the blu-ray), and the two books. It looks surprisingly good amidst a small blu-ray collection, and does not at all stand out like some other BR/DVD combo packs. First, let's talk about the books. The first is a 320-page artbook - it's soft cover, and it's worth noting that this book isn't much bigger in height than a blu-ray case, but it's nice and glossy. It's one of those books that just feels high quality.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and deep October 10, 2000
Serial Experiments Lain is a show which leaves most people with a distinct impression of 'huh?'. It is the story of a girl named Lain, who is rather socially inept.
In the first episode, a classmate of Lain's jumps off of a building to her death. Afterwards, people start receiving E-mails from this girl. And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the 'weirdness' of Lain.
As the series progresses, so does Lain. Because of the dead girl's E-mail, she gets a little interested in computers. She learns more and more of the Wired, which is like our Internet. From the individuals on the Wired, and from her own experiences there, she slowly learns the truth about the Wired, and the world.
Lain is a nicely slow, somewhat pretentious anime. It questions what we know as the real world, using real-seeming characters.
In some ways, the series has an 'X-files' (the multi-part episodes) feel to it. You never quite know what's going on, who's who, and just when the pieces are about to come together, the storyline takes another twist.
A good look into the psyche of the Internet, Internet users, and the world.
The boxed version contains all four DVDs (Navi, Knights, Deus and Reset). For reviews or tech specs of the individual discs, visit their pages.
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I read another review that indicated this set comes with an artbook, but be warned that it does not! I ended up returning this one so I could buy a different, cheaper one. Read more
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A fantastic series about the internet and the effect it will have on youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
I'm really happy for you to suggest this to me amazon. I had no idea what Lain was, but since it looked good from the suggestion I picked it up. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true exploration of the modern media driven world we now live in.
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Scenes left in SD
I haven't personally gotten to see the show in HD yet. But my guess: There are some scenes/elements that are CG and where rendered in SD only. They would only have the option to upscale the footage (unless they spent extra money to make new shots). That would cause the lower res look in some shots.
Jan 19, 2013 by Joe |  See all 2 posts
price drop
Its cheaper on ($50) with free shipping and they include a bonus (some decals) with pre-order.
Nov 6, 2012 by Jason Smith |  See all 3 posts
I doubt that they will invest money in redubbing the whole series agian if its already been dubbed once.
Nov 6, 2012 by Jason Smith |  See all 3 posts
Is this a DVD-bluray combo?
Yes. This contains both the dvd and blu-ray version. If you look closely at the boxart that amazon posted, it shows Blu + DVD on the side towards the bottom. I was confused at first also because of the way amazon has labeled this product but it is Blu-ray + DVD combo. According to... Read More
Sep 13, 2012 by M. Boles |  See all 3 posts
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