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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 Julian Yuri Tacher
February 18, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999
OK. Lain #3 first of all might actually be a disappointment to some. Other's will enjoy it thoroughly. Why? let me explain....
First Lain I purchased on recommendation from Anime on DVD alone, and while I enjoyed the disc a lot, it was at some points just too confusing and obtuse for me. I had to watch the darn thing 6 times before I thought I had understood everything that was going on. Sadly I don't speak Japanese so I had to make do with a combination of dub's and subs. But again I eventually started to catch on the whole theme of the show. Lain #2 was also along the same vein, but we start to see a little more life from our characters, and a bit further explanation about who they are and why there are here.
Lain #3 breaks with this in that it actually reveals a LOT of the story. I wont go into details as I don't want to spoil it for the 3 people that haven't actually bought it and seen it yet :) Here we have very vivid character developments. We find out a whole bunch of stuff about Lain, and some other non seen characters. I wont go much more into the story as honestly, you just have to watch it. It's a great thing.
On the technical aspects, as per Pioneer specs, this is yet another wonderful DVD. The video is crisp and clean. I have my Pioneer 606D DVD player hooked up through component outputs to a Wega TV, and it just looks so nice, I still haven't gotten the guts up to watch anything on the VHS anymore. The audio is also a very nice Stereo Mix, again as it has been mentioned before about this series, because it's originally a TV series (and god don't you wish we could get original programming like this on TV around the US huh?). The case has some typical Lain artwork, kinda spacey, with washed out tones. Very nice.
All in all, this series is slowly developing from very strange-spacey to a solid well told story. I cant wait for the final disc where the conclusion comes about. All the confusion from the first disc's gets explained so well in this disc that as a matter of fact, I am going to watch them all one after another tonight just to make sure I have everything down.