Lost: The Complete Sixth Season (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery / Science Fiction
Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 802 minutes - $79.99 || August 24, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-08-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): J.J. Abrams & Jeffrey Lieber & Damon Lindelof (creators)
Cast: Naveen Andrews, Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode Commentaries
  • 6 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Season Play


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Here we are - the end of the road. After Six successful Seasons, "Lost" is finally coming to an end. I'm going to skip the recap because if you are reading this you already know who all the characters are.

Season six opens up with the audience finding out if Jack's idea actually worked and, well, we still don't really know right away. What we are greeted with is an alternate timeline - what would have happened had the plane not crashed. Seems simple enough (but what are we watching - is the alternate timeline the new timeline or is the Island timeline still true? Or is both true?). Without spoiling the series ending, I'll just say I'm happy with how the direction went and the final outcome does make sense. The idea of 'waiting' and that there is no time in... something... is an interesting concept, and I'm very satisfied with how the show wrapped up.

While I appreciate the 16 – more like 18 considering how long some of these are – episodes, I felt like this Season was rushing towards the end. Had ABC granted them a few more episodes, I think some of the Alternate stories could have been fleshed out a bit better. Some characters were hardly seen, and others seemed to dominate the screen. Nearly every cast member was brought back in some way (they didn't die if the plane didn't crash) with a few exceptions from a cast member or two who was not happy with the show in the first place (Mr. Eko). One face missing in Season Six does show up in the addition "Man in Charge" episode.

As I sit here writing, still trying to get everything to sink in from what I saw in the final season, I can see some flaws with the "We had a plan the whole time!". Clearly they didn't. There are too many strings left hanging, and too many questions that should've been answered. But what answers did we get? Well, for one are they in purgatory. Who is (or was) the two skeletons found in the cave back in Season One, Black and White plays a huge part in the show, Is Jacob real or someone Ben just made up to spook people into following him, and how the hell does Hurley stay so fat?

Characters
My favorite part of the show is watching the dynamic between everyone. This Season we have Locke (Terry O'Quinn) playing a completely different character. Gone is the sympathetic Locke who wants to stay on the Island and take care of it. Replacing him is Locke (well, it's not really Locke, just someone using his form) who wants to kill anyone who stands in his way and get off the island to start causing evil around the world. Thankfully the Scooby Gang of Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Ben, Hurley and Co. won't allow it and try everything in their powers to stop that from happening - even if it causes them to stay on the island for all of eternity.

Aside from Locke, we have very strong performances from everyone. There are some flaws with the characters (and performances) of Claire (de Ravin) and Sayid (Andrews). They are apparently "evil" since they have died, but are still alive. Claire - while looking super hot for a change - decides to go wacko thinking the men in the temple have her son Aaron. Her wild quests and strange quirks make her someone the audience just cannot cheer for. Same can go for Sayid who was once my favorite character who suffers a similar crazy fate.

Episodes
It's tough when season six has one of the best episodes of the Series and one of the worst. Best?

Episodes 8, "Ab Abetemo". Richard, who has been with the cast since Season Three really comes into his own this Season and this episode deals with the history of his character. As we have seen in previous Seasons, he never ages. Is he a God? Was he granted a wish to stay young forever? Does his eye-liner possess magic powers? All is finally revealed in an episode. Not only does Nestor Carbonell bring one of his best performances of the show to the table, but we have some beautiful camera work, a short prologue that will bring a small tear to a grown mans eye, and one of the best pieces of dialog ever on the show (the bottle metaphor). This is an episode that cannot be missed.

Worst?

Episode 14, "Across the Sea". This episode was hyped up from the usual group of people who get information on "Lost" early, and what many thought would be the episode to tell us all the secrets instead looks like an episode from "Xena" in 1998. No, really, this episode is horrific in so many ways I almost wish there was a way to delete it from the Blu-ray. While we do get some answers (who the skeletons were in the cave, back story to Jacob and Man in Black), they could have easily squished this into a 10 minute flashback and given us another 30 minutes or so with the Losties instead of this 45 minute abortion. I'm pretty sure I could do better special effects on my iPhone.

I'm done. That's it. I'll never have to review another season of “Lost” again. I'm very happy Disney/ABC gave the show an end date, and I'm happy with the conclusion. This Season is not perfect - but pretty damn close.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Everything is presented in HD.

Sigh. Disney has once again changed things up for the Final Season. Instead of the thick Blu-ray cases from the previous five seasons, they opted for a slimmer case. And much like how season 3 had a nice hard cover slip case, and season 1 and 2 don't match the other Seasons in spines, this one will look really stupid on your shelves. Why can't they just keep the cases all looking uniform? Universal did the same thing to the final season of "Heroes" (not like anyone cares).

Oh, and no episode guide!

The New Man in Charge (12 Minutes) - Hype is one word to describe this. Now that Hurley is in charge of the island, we see what happens after he takes the reins (well, more like Ben). I won't ruin this for you...

Commentaries on:
"LA X" – Co-Creator Damon Lindelof & Writer Carlton Cuse
"Across the Sea" - Co-Creator Damon Lindelof & Writer Carlton Cuse
"Dr Linus" - Writers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz & Michael Emerson (Ben)
"Ab Aeterno" - Writers Melinda Hsu, Gregory Nations & Nestor Carbonell (Richard)

A Crash Course (8 Minutes) - Five Seasons in Eight Minutes. Really.

Creating a Final Season (39 Minutes) - Various cast and crew gather around and discuss how the show has progressed and their feelings on how the show is now ending. Some behind the scenes footage is also mixed in.

Lost on Location (30 Minutes) - Delving into six random episodes, these 5-6 minute featurettes show off some of the locational shoots those episodes used. Honestly, not all that interesting.

Rounding out the disc is A Heroes Journey (9 Minutes) which is another recap, only this time with characters; See you in Another LifeBrotha (9 Minutes) is a look at this seasons sideways; a handful of Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes) and a Blooper Reel (4 Minutes).

Masters Program is a BD-Live centric application where (when it launches) lets you join classes and learn about the Show. I never bothered doing it for Season Five and will likely skip it here. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

This release all packs Season Play ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** which allows the player to keep track of the episode you last watched so you don't have to guess if you stop at a random episode on a disc.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Lost: The Complete Sixth Season” arrives on Blu-ray in 1.78:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on 5 - 50GB Discs. Like with all my TV on BD reviews I tend to hold TV shows in a different light than movies. With that said, this season is nothing short of amazing. Colors are very vibrant and blacks are perfect. This is easily one of the best looking TV Shows on Blu-ray - even surpassing “Pushing Daisies”.

Disney once again has included an English DTS MA track for each episode as well as a standard English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Just like the picture the sound is astonishing. My rear speakers were filled nearly every episode with a slight ambiance of noise whether it being birds chirping, water rushing, or the slightest movement of characters. Disney certainly knows how to do the show justice.



.::OVERALL::.

Season six gives viewers tons of answers and left me with a satisfied feeling. While I still think we should have gotten a few additional episodes to space out the pacing a bit, at least we got a proper conclusion. The Blu-ray packs, as usual, impressive Picture and Audio Quality and a decent smattering of extras.