Lost: The Complete First Season (2004) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery / Science Fiction
Buena Vista || NR - 1068 minutes - $69.99 || June 16, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-06-10


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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 (created by)
Cast: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentaries
  • 9 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audition Tapes
  • Flashbacks
  • Outtakes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (Dolby 2.0), French (Dolby 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

One of the biggest TV hits of 2004 that spawned many, many copycats the year after on other networks (all to be canceled the same year) is finally available on Blu-ray - "Lost: Season One". If you are reading this it’s very likely you have already seen Season One but may want a quick refresher to see if the Blu-ray release is worth the double-dip from the previous. With the improved Picture and Audio quality I would say yes - absolutely. Since each season includes a $20 rebate you can very easily snag the Blu-ray sets for about $40-$45 each. With that said, let's get on to the actual review.

Plot: After a mysterious and bloody airplane crash, 48 survivors are left stranded on a Pacific Island... miles off course. It soon becomes apparent that they will not have to cope only with the forces of nature, but with the island's secrets, including the Dharma Initiative, the 'Lost Numbers', the "others" (or hostiles) and the strange black smoke- to name a few. There is also much more than meets the eye, as it becomes apparent that everyone is connected in some way and that everyone has a purpose to live on the island... and for some, to die.

One of the great things about re-watching Season One is that if you been following the show so far on ABC some of the mysteries have either been explained, solved, or make a hell of a lot more sense than they did back in 2004 and 2005. Smoke monster? Yeah, we know what it is and where it comes from. The Others? Ha! I spit in the face of Ben and Juliet. Adam and Eve found in the cave? Well...we now know who Rose was married to (in Season Two) and one may be able to figure out why there were two skeletons on the island. Jack's dad? That's pretty much been explained. "The Black Rock"? Perhaps we should ask Richard about that question. It's just so fun to watch these episodes that had millions guessing and debating online and already have the answers (or at least a better understanding of them) years later.

If you are new to the show or heard about all the hype but never got a chance to watch it now is the time. With Season One and Two available June 16th and Season Three and Four already out you would be caught up (with the exception of Season Five which comes out in December) and ready for the Sixth and final season in 2010.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This set is packaged in a slick, embossed Slip Cover made to match Season Two and Four. Also included inside is a $20 mail-in rebate of your previously purchased this season on DVD. All Features Presented in SD.

Commentaries on the following episodes:
"Pilot (Part 1 and 2)", "Walkabout", "The Moth" & "Hearts and Minds"

DEPARTURE:
The Genesis of Lost (9 Minutes), Designing a Disaster (8 Minutes), Before they were Lost (25 Minutes), Making of The Pilot (34 Minutes), The Art of Matthew Fox (6 Minutes)
- - Now this is the biggie in terms of Special Features. So much information is thrown at you that you need to pay attention at all times. Out of everything present The Making of the Pilot is the one to watch as it goes deep into production of the very expensive Pilot and how it got the head of ABC fired because he OK’ed it (Oops!). Some information is repeated... but that's alright, it’s worth it for Lost.

TALES FROM THE ISLAND:
Lost on Location (several different small featurettes played individually or together, ~45 Minutes), Backstage with Driveshaft (6 Minutes) & On Set with Jimmy Kimmel (7 Minutes)
- - Running a bit over an hour long this goes through many smaller scenes from Season One and (for instance) discusses how the Boars were both real and CGI, more back story on Kate, Charlie, Jin and Sun and rounds out with a brief look at Charlies fictional (but sounds damn good!) band Driveshaft and a bit on Jimmy Kimmel. I'd say just give the Lost on Location a spin - the other two are pretty average.

LOST REVEALED:
"Lost" Flashbacks (5 Minutes), Deleted Scenes (14 Minutes), Audition Tapes (22 Minutes), Museum of Television and Radio Spot (11 Minutes), Flashbacks and Mythology (7 Minutes) & Bloopers (4 Minutes)
- - This portion has only a few interesting tidbits like two deleted Flashbacks with Claire and Sayid, a decent running of Deleted Scenes (some which could have fit in very well with the episodes but trimmed for time), as well as some comedic Bloopers and other minor footage.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray release is "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 and D-BOX Motion Codes. It appears all the features from Season One have been carried over on Blu-ray.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Lost: The Complete First Season” arrives on Blu-ray in 1.78:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on 7 - 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”. In a comparison to Season Three and Season Four on Blu-ray I would say Season One is just a small notch below those. Not sure why (did they use different cameras or tape?) but it just looked different. Regardless this is still an amazing looking set.

Disney changed things up a bit and has dropped PCM (error on the case) for English 5.1 DTS MA track for each episode as well as a standard Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track and English/French 2.0 tracks. Just like the Picture Quality 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::.

"Lost" really is one of the best shows in the past decade on Television and Season One is the season most tend to mention when talking about the show. While it certainly dipped a bit in Season Two and Three, things picked up in Four and Five making this appointment television. With superb Picture and Audio and tons of special features its absolutely recommended. And for fans of the show with the DVDs...UPGRADE!