Lost: The Complete Second Season (2005) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery / Science Fiction
Buena Vista || NR - 1070 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
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Trailer


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.

If you ask a “Lost” fan what their favorite season is the usual answer you get is the first season. When you ask the same person which is the worst, three out of five will say season two, one will say season three and the next season four. So how could something go for being appointment television (Season one) to "What the $^#@& happened"? Pissing off the audience. Yep, that's exactly how you do it. Tease them with all these questions and intriguing characters in Season One and instead of answering them pile on even more questions and mythology to the point where you have no idea what's going on.

So how did all this come to a crashing halt? Let's start with the gripping conclusion to season one. Locke finds a hatch - yes, a freakin' hatch - on the island. As he and some other Losties pear down... BOOM, season one concluded. Let's not forget that Walt had just been kidnapped and poor Sawyer, Michael and Jin were left floating in the ocean. Fans had to wait months for season two to start and when that finally happened instead of answering questions right away they decided to lead us on and not give us questions for weeks. Now, when watching this directly on Blu-ray or DVD this is not really an issue (like with "Buffy" seasons six and seven...which plays wonderfully on DVD but sucked on UPN) as you could easily finish the entire Season in a week or two if you wanted, but if you were watching this on ABC when it originally aired you would definitely start to get pissed it took several weeks to fully explore the Hatch.

Much like what happened in season five, they went back and forth sometimes between the Losties and Jin/Sawyer/Michael which can be frustrating when the episode ends on a cliffhanger only to be resolved two weeks later. Now, take into account the show was preempted numerous times (filled by either repeats or clip shows) and you might be able to understand why fans were getting pissed. ABC and "Lost" creators figured this out and changed season three up by having 6 self-contained episodes followed by a break... but that didn't work either. Eventually seasons four and five worked the kinks out.

But wait... were not even done there. This Season delves deep into what happened to the other people on the plane and we spend several episodes learning about their stories and how they eventually make it back and join up with our Losties. And you know what all that back story on the other half of 815ers leads up to? Nothing. All of them (with one exception) are wiped out within a Season or so leaving us when characters and plot points much don't care about by the time season three rolls around.

But with all the negative aspects of Season Two there are several things that really make the season great (to me). First, I like the Hatch. It's an interesting location and gives the Losties another place to explore. The second is the introduction of Henry Gale (Emerson) or as we would come to know in later seasons as Benjamin Linus. By far one of the most interesting characters and some terrific acting really helps the show move along. And finally someone got 'it' and things picked up towards the end of the Season leading up to a fantastic conclusion. Make no mistake - "Lost" still has it in Season Two even with the slow moving story line.



.::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:
"Man of Science, Man of Faith", "23rd Psalm", "Dave", "What Kate Did", "The Whole Truth"

Fire + Water (31 Minutes) & Lost on Location (several smaller featurettes grouped together; 46 Minutes)
- - Besides the commentary tracks these are the ones you want to sit down with a watch. Season Two is dissected here and any lingering questions you may have are pretty much answered (as far as Season Two is concerned). Interviews and footage are used often.

The Rest:
Deleted Scenes (19 Minutes), Three Deleted Flashbacks (3 Minutes), Mysteries, Theories and Conspiracies (10 Minutes), The World According to Sawyer (5 Minutes), Secrets from the Hatch (16 Minutes), Gag Reel (4 Minutes), UK Commercial (1 Minute) and Lost Collections.
- - I lumped all these together because most of this stuff (except the Deleted Scenes/Flashbacks) is not all that interesting and some of the material is already covered in the much longer featurettes. You can tell Shannon's story was really dumbed down from the two removed Flashbacks and the Deleted scenes don't offer much except some trimmed dialog. Lost Connections is a giant pain in the butt and could have been better implemented (i.e. redone) on Blu-ray.

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 two have been carried over on Blu-ray.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Lost: The Complete Second 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”. Unlike Season One, this Season looks just as good as Season Three and Season Four on Blu-ray. Perfect TV on Blu-ray.

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: The Complete Second Season” starts off slow... but picks up momentum two-thirds through the season. Even though some fans may not like this season at all, it still has numerous character development stories, the introduction of Benjamin Linus, and Locke starting to lose it. With perfect picture and audio quality and hours of features I say pick this bad boy up along with season one!