Serial Experiments Lain: Complete Series - Classic (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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.
Close the World. Open the Next. Decades before the internet was something people carried around in their pockets, these words introduced anime fans to a surreal existence where computer monitors served as portals to brave new worlds. Serial Experiments: Lain and its deceptively “ordinary” title character redefined an entire generation’s concept of the world wide web, prompting us all to suspiciously take note of humming power lines and central processing units. Follow along as fourteen year old Lain – driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate – logs on to the Wired and promptly loses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches. Close the World. Open the Next. It’s as simple as the flip of a switch.
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The series essentially evolves around a 14 year old girl named Lain, who throughout the series struggles to learn who she is and how she fits into the grand scheme of things. Her parents ignore her focused on their own interests (mom with Lain's older sister and dad with his massive mess of computer tech); so she lives a reclusive life with barely any interaction with anybody. Then Lain receives an mysterious email from a classmate. The only problem is she gets the email after friend committed committed suicide. She then starts a journey into The Wired (like the Internet on steroids) to find answers. This is where the story gets more and more into a tangled web of mystery that goes deeper and broader into a conclusion that is pretty much all encompassing. I wish I could tell you more, but it would spoil the experience if I did. Trust me.
Serial Experiments Lain is a cerebral kind of show and does away with a lot of the standard anime themes. There is no teen angst/drama or mystical monsters, or any martial arts or gunplay to speak of. It's mostly a scenery and dialog driven show. With that you get some engrossing visuals and animation to complement this storytelling method. There is lots of symbolism too. Everything from what Lain wears to that lock of hair in her brow has a level of significance.The way the story moves keeps you as much in the dark about what is going as Lain is. It makes for a fascinating experience as you get various tidbits of information (some relevant and some not) that start to make more sense (or less) the further down the rabbit hole you go in.
The aspects of Lain that make it stand out are also the ones most prone to criticism. The pacing of the series is slow, and if you have to have some forward momentum you will have to wait a while before you see it. if you don't pay attention to just about every detail (not just the dialog but what Lain is focusing her attention on) then you run the risk of missing something that could make stuff later on make a lot more sense. It's these kinds of things that challenge some viewers to get deeper into the series, but others will simply not get it.
You get the entire series collected in a slip cover that holds two Blu-Ray cases (one with 2 discs Blu-Ray and one with 2 discs DVD). The cases have a neat feature in that the slip cover is reversible to give you double the cover artwork. You also get two booklets. The first one (Inside Serial Experiments Lain) is a huge 320 page art book filled with sketches and full production art used in designing the series. The second booklet is smaller and focuses on the restoration efforts of Lain. It has email conversations and more artwork (along with a mini-glossary of technical terms). All in all the physical content is pretty impressive.
With all 13 episodes on two discs there has been some concern of quality issues with the hi-def transfer. The 1080p transfer isn't perfect, but I am suspecting that has more to do with the source material. There are some slight color issues if you specifically look for them. Still the visuals are significantly sharper than on DVD. The aspect ratio is 1.41.1, which is very close to the original aspect ratio of 1.37.1 so I am not thinking that has anything do to with Audio is in both English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 with English subtitles. The original show was recorded in stereo, and I'm glad they didn't try to emulate surround sound.
The extras are identical to what was offered with the DVD collection, and consist of the original commercial and U.S. trailer for the show as well as the opener and closer with the music and without the text. On an interesting aside Lain helped launch the popularity of the musicians responsible for the opening credits music. Bôa's (not the K-pop artist) song Duvet launched the band's freshman album into full sold out mode to the point fans had to get more expensive imports due to unavailability. There are also trailers for other Funimation releases. Not much content, but it's better than nothing.
Serial Experiments Lain is in a way a grand experiment when it was introduced to the United States. Though many will find it too weird and slow to move others will find it engaging and immersive. If you are into a more intellectual kind of show this will be right up your alley. If you need a more visceral form of entertainment you might find Lain boring. Still it's great to see the show is still getting some exposure in a day and age where simple anime plots seem to be a dime a dozen.
THAT BEING SAID
This release has an amazing amount of content and the menu is phenomenal, I will recommend to a friend
Product: great, DVD was my main reason. Also, anime is in original condition/cuts/sounds/etc, Funimation did not mess with this one yet. At least by Funimation buying the rights, the distribution is back up and not overly expensive like the vhs were.
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Really nice slip cover and it's blu ray sized instead of one of those stupid dvd/blu ray combo packs.Read more