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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. #3
By Chris Beveridge
October 12, 1999
Release Date: October 12, 1999
Serial Experiments Lain Vol. #3
What They Say
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
I am God in the wired. I created you, Lain. There are rumors that Lain is stealing people's secrets and spreading them in the wired. Her friends, including Arisu, abandon Lain, and even her parents leave, telling Lain that they are not her real parents. Then Lain discovers the one in the wired causing the trouble - her other self. Which is the real me!? Lonely and confused, Lain then encounters a man who calls himself God in the wired. The Review!
The third of four discs, Serial Experiments Lain: Deus has finally arrived. The first two discs have built up high expectations on all counts. How does this release hold up?
The audio is definitely of the same caliber as previous releases. Some of the English voice actors are getting more in tune with the characters, but I'm still definitely preferring the Japanese actors on this one. Dialogue is clean and without distortion and with some minimal use of the front soundstage directionality. It's not a big action show and mostly dialogue and ambient sounds (along with one of the most excellent opening songs), but it's done very well.
The video continues to be a true highlight of this series. With a properly calibrated TV, this show is nothing short of stunning in so many sequences with the striking use of colors and the ominous and continual use of deep blacks. With two recent Pioneer releases faltering slighty in the video department, I was concerned whether this release would be tinged as well, but it's definitely in the same league as the previous releases.
The keepcase artwork and packaging continues in the same odd style as the previous releases. The fuzziness of the cover on this one begins to hint at things shifting and changing and the line between the wired and the real shifting. The back cover has a decent level of information on the show itself and definitely a lot of information on the creative forces behind the series laid out. Definitely a nice thing to see.
The menu is very much like the last two releases as well and contain the same kind of easter egg. When at the top of the menu, you can direct your arrow over to the left to place a red dot on Lain and catch a little more omake! Very cute and fun.
As for the show itself, I'm not even sure how to review something like this as it's still very much a work in progress. Some people will be disappointed by the inclusion of the live action bits and things going back to the CIA and other mysterious forces at work. Those people like myself who love conspiracy theories (which were hinted at early on with the KIDS episode) and shows like the X-Files and especially the second season of Millennium will definitely get a kick out of how things progress in these episodes.
One thing's for sure, when the fourth disc comes out, we're going to watch them all at once to make sure we can try to follow everything well enough. It's definitely a series that merits multiple viewings to get all the little things placed throughout that hint at the larger picture!
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.