SiN (Mania.com)

By:Roeland Das
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Saturday, October 14, 2000



The Review!
Sin: the game
Most people know Sin was also a pc game. Less people have actually played it. Well, I was one of them. I've heart it wasn't a great success. Why? Don't know...I liked it...just like the movie: same story, same action, same characters, and still cool.
Content
Maybe a little early to start with this subject, but this is a exception. Personally I don't like short movies (60 minutes) because you can't develop a entire world (or story if you prefer) in it. Still I was surprised by this one. They put a whole pc game in, without missed a spot or main character (if I remember correctly). It starts with a flashback, which is a great way the save time. After that it is all action (again). The main character John Blade a HARDCORPS elite who walks in the city of Freeport (which reminded me a little of the city from Battle Angel) in the 21st century. Strange mutated beast terrorise the city. Even HARDCORPS ain't strong enough to handle this. John Blade with a mysterious past faces a dangerous future trying to take revenge for what they (he actually) did to JC along with his partner and outside help. Although most times the characters are serious, sometimes they act really funny especially JC: "I think you'll need a bigger gun."

Video
Wow...well almost. The opening was really great. Probably one of the best I have ever seen. Some people think I'm overreacting. It is just my kind of style. Starting with a sequence of DNA-codes and a few headlines. The show itself is also great. There are really no complains. Everything is clear and solid except the helicopter design. That was really not hi-tech or cool.

Audio
I've only watched the English version and I liked it. The music is great and the dialogues also. The actors were really good and always understandable. They are one of the best in English anime history (also REALLY liked Cowboy Bebop). Back to the music...the movie has a really cool opening theme. It is not the best one (that would be Serial Experiments Lain I think) but it is one of the best. It really fits in with the show.

Packaging
Standard ADV-packaging. Nothing special but it ain't bad. A little dark maybe. And they should've used the lines from the trailer (One will stop at nothing to capture her, the other will risk all to save her) not the two lines that are at the front now. It is good enough.

Menus
Same style as the opening movie. And it is cool, clear and easy the control. Simple but good. There was only one problem when I watched the menu on the Philips Match line. The white lines in the menu really flicker (like running on 10 frames or something).

Extras
Not plenty but long: a 20 minutes video with all cast interviews. The interviews are really helpful understanding more about the world of Sin and Sin the game. Also a trailer which is the best one I've ever seen in anime history (on dvd).

Conclusion
It gets a little bored reading all the time: "(one of) the best". But it is the truth. It was a short but cool show to watch. It was almost perfect. At least it was the best pc-to-anime-movie. Wait a minute...I think it was the only pc-to-anime-movie. Well really doesn't matter. It rocks.



Review Equipment
Creative Encore (dxr 3), Creative Dolby Digital Set (DTT2500) and a Sony Trinitron HMD A200 monitor. Also tried: Pioneer DV 530 Region free, Philips Match line (flat screen) with Dolby 5.1 wireless speakers



Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: A+
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sin