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Anonymous Says, in 1-20-2010 at 03:27:51 from     

ok like at the end of the season i was freaked that the monster was made of smoke but it realy doesn’t make sence that it’s made of dark smoke they never expain what it was or how it came to be!!!!
Rating: 5 / 5

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Robert Moore Says, in 1-20-2010 at 05:05:43 from     

The following is pretty much the review that I wrote for LOST Season One when Amazon first solicited reviews for the show as it was about to come out on DVD. I’m going to post most unedited. But I wanted to add a bit here. I have now purchased Seasons Three and Four of LOST on Blu-ray and while the show has always looked good on DVD, it looks nothing short of stunning on Blu-ray. I’ve been somewhat disappointed with how some shows turn out on Blu-ray versus regular DVD, even when the latter is view on an Up-Conversion DVD player using an HDMI cable. The difference in quality is astonishing. In Season Four, for instance, you can count every single one of John Locke’s whiskers or Jeff Fahey’s chest hairs on Blu-ray. What you gain in clarity is breathtaking. In contrast, I am at the moment rewatching Season One of CHUCK on Blu-ray, and I’ve been extremely disappointed with the image quality. It looks good, but nowhere near as good as some of my other Blu-ray TV sets, like LOST, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, or PUSHING DAISIES (if ever there was a show made to be watched on Blu-ray, it is DAISIES).

My one complaint so far with LOST as with many other Blu-ray sets has been the cost. This is as clear a case of bilking the public (milking the public) as I’ve seen in a while. I’m buying a fair number of Blu-ray sets, but my concern is that it is a media that may not last. This is partly because the costs of both players and discs are so expensive that sales are not increasing at the rate that they imagined once Blu-ray won the format war. And with Up-Conversion DVD players, which can cost as little as $50, playing regular DVD players over HDMI cables providing pictures about 95% as good as Blu-ray, many consumers have resisted taking the Blu-ray plunge. I buy a lot of shows on DVD or Blu-ray, but currently I pick and choose. Shows I love a lot, like LOST and MAD MEN and PUSHING DAISIES, I buy on Blu-ray. But most of the others I just get regular DVD (though the show I most want on Blu-ray, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, still is not available in the format). So, while I will get this and will even pay the exorbitant price to get it, I can’t necessarily advise others to do so as well. Unless the small improvement in visual quality means a lot to you (it does to me), you might just want to stick with your regular DVDs.

OK, here is my original review, from May of 2005.

It is too early to state for certain just how good LOST is compared to the great shows in television history, but by the highest possible standards its first season has to stand out as one of the great seasons in the history of the medium. Season One of LOST was not merely good but great television, and not merely great television but great narrative storytelling. But the impact of LOST goes completely beyond its aesthetic success. Along with another show on ABC (albeit one that I do not care for), DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LOST has managed to cause the prodigiously stupid television execs to realize that there is a huge demand for quality scripted television. After years of an endless string of simply awful reality shows, all of the networks suddenly want shows that are written ahead of time and feature casts of actual actors. Although final schedules have not yet been announced, it looks as if the 2005-2006 season is going to have both a dramatic decrease in reality shows and an increase in scripted shows. The stunning success of LOST has played a major role in this sea change.

We have in recent years seen genre shows that were huge hits with critics and managed to generate a passionate cult following. Probably no show was more critically praised than BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (with hordes of high brow critics preferring it to more respectable hit series like THE SOPRANOS), but at its peak it managed only a small audience. LOST has generated critical praise almost as strong as BUFFY, a core of fans nearly as passionate, but unlike BUFFY managed absolutely stunning ratings. It is one of the few instances in recent television history where what is arguably the best show on TV also managed among the strongest ratings. In fact, LOST would be considered a cult show based on the number of websites that it has inspired and the passion of the fans, except that the ratings instead make it a mainstream hit.

Who would have thought that a series dealing with plane crash survivors on a most unusual island would have been this successful? Before it debuted I remember people joking that it sounded like GILLIGAN’S ISLAND without the humor. But it ended up matching or surpassing the most optimistic expecations, in quality as well as in ratings. The mention of ratings is not gratuitious. So many superb shows have been cancelled in recent years (FIREFLY, WONDERFALLS, DEAD LIKE ME, ANGEL) that there was even a “Save LOST” website started . . . before the show even debuted! Luckily, the ratings have made cancellation seem not only remote but impossible.

It is almost impossible to acknowledge everything that LOST does well in the space allotted here. Above all else, it is a superbly written show, not merely on an episode by episode basis, but in the way all of the episodes mesh with one another. The continuity is the best that I have seen in a long time. For instance, the first time we see one character in the show, she is rubbing her wrist. Later, we learn that she had been a prisoner of a U. S. Marshall and had obviously gotten rid of her handcuffs just before we first met her. Almost any detail like that will be dealt with at a later date. But the scripts are just as strong on character development, humor, excitement, and adventure. I do have a tiny bit of fear about Season Two: former BUFFY and ANGEL writer David Fury, who wrote many of the finest scripts of the year, including “Walkabout,” which could very well win Fury an Emmy for best written episode of the year, has left LOST to work this summer on the new FOX series THE INSIDE, before joining 24 as a writer and executive producer.

My initial fear when the show started was that the central cast was perhaps too large, but it turned out to be unjustified, and the great ensemble cast is unquestionably one of the reasons for the show’s success.. Yes, there are a lot of characters, and sometimes I wish some were more central than others, but the depth and power of developing the stories of a dozen characters ended up being both unique and exceptionally entertaining. Jack is the titular lead of the show, although show creator J. J. Abrams has confessed that their original idea was to have Jack assume leadership in the first couple of episodes, and then have him die off, forcing the lovely fugitive Kate become the leader for the castaways. But they quickly realized that Matthew Fox’s Jack was too valuable a character to toss aside so cavalierly. If there is a second main character, it is Kate, who is performed by a remarkable newcomer, the excruciatingly beautiful Evangeline Lily, who despite virtually no prior experience (I did recently spot her in a very, very tiny role from the first season episode “Kinetic” on SMALLVILLE, where her only task is to kiss her supposed boyfriend). One of the most consistently fascinating characters is John Locke, played by Terry O’Quinn, a veteran television actor familiar to anyone who has seen shows like ALIAS, THE X-FILES, MILLENIUM, and THE WEST WING. Although he has always performed marvelously, LOST has made him a star. Every one of the major characters has his or her own set of fans. Naveen Andrews, for instance, a Londoner of Indian descent, has been a big hit playing Sayid, the former Iraqi soldier, as has Jorge Garcia as Hurley, the obese lottery winner who is as unlucky for others as he is lucky himself. And while Dominic Monaghan shared in the enormous success of THE LORD OF THE RINGS playing one of the Hobbits, he has achieved more individual success as Charlie, the heroin-addicted bass player for the fictional band Driveshaft (one hit wonders famed for their song “You All Everybody”). So rabid are the show’s fans that there are websites dedicated to Driveshaft.

Structurally, the narrative shifts between the efforts of the survivors to adapt to and understand the island on which they are marooned and flashbacks that explain the personal history of each character. Some people object to this, wishing instead that they focused exclusively on the events on the island, but I think that this is wrong. If you focused merely on the events on the island, it would be only an adventure story, but through the flashbacks we learn so much about what makes the people tick that the series becomes as much a character study as an adventure. By the end of the season, we get to know the characters so well that we can anticipate how they are going to respond to even the smallest events. We learn very quickly that the island contains a host of mysteries, including invisible monsters whose location and function remain unknown until the end of the season (if we even understand them then), other inhabitants whose intentions seem both sinister and unknown, and a lone insane Frenchwoman named Danielle Rousseau. But there is not much more than we know about the island. Rousseau talks of the Black Rock, but it isn’t what we expect when we finally see it. And then there is the metal doorway that Locke discovers in the middle of the jungle. How can it be opened and what lies behind the door? By the end of the season many of the mysteries are explained, but more are left open-ended.

LOST clearly has the potential to be one of the great series in the history of television. The producers are highly ambitious, but so far their execution has matched their aspirations. I read an interview with David Fury before the first episode aired in which he said they had a plot line that runs over several years, so their clearly is a well-conceived storyline. I have only one concern with the show, and that is the executive producer and creator J. J. Abrams. Although he has two prior hit shows, FELICITY and ALIAS, he has had some problems with taking his shows to higher levels. What made BUFFY so extraordinary was that each year they managed to do something new and amazing, even if some fans were disappointed by some directions it headed. But ALIAS has started to disappoint some fans by the fact that it hasn’t progressed much beyond what it was in the first season. Instead of doing strikingly new things, Abrams just tends to recycle the same general storyline. And there has not been much of a payoff for all the focus on Ramaldi (for nonfans of ALIAS, a Renaissance genius whose artifacts provide much of the narrative force of the show). Abrams clearly is brilliant at conceiving and initiating great shows, but he has not yet demonstrated that he is a great finisher in the way that Joss Whedon has. I’m forever the optimist, and I believe that Abrams either will come to terms with this or the other creators and executive producers will help LOST get to a place that we will all find satisfying.

Regardless of the future, this nonetheless is one of the most remarkable rookie seasons any television series has ever enjoyed. I’ll end with food for thought. THE X-FILES, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, and FARSCAPE, to name just a few shows, were much better in their second and third seasons than their first. What if two years from now we are able to say the same of LOST?
Rating: 5 / 5

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Bryan P. Mansfield Says, in 1-20-2010 at 07:36:27 from     

My first grip is that there’s no booklet that has the episode list. So unless you have them memorized you will have to stick in every disc to find the episode you want.

Second, this SEASON PLAY, really sucks. I don’t know if its my DVD player that just doesn’t remember that I created a profile for season play or if its a flaw in the disc. I even plugged in a memory card stick to see if it will save my profile but it didn’t. So the SEASON PLAY is annoying. It just doesn’t remember you and it asks you ever time you press play an episode “Would you like to play this using SEASON PLAY?” Annoying.

Third complaint is no booklet for the episode guide. That’s an important missing feature on ALL of these Blu-ray Lost discs that is not included on any of the seasons.

Am I starting to sound repetitive?

1080p is great but no episode guide included.
Rating: 3 / 5

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Frank Bitterhof Says, in 1-20-2010 at 08:43:45 from     

I started watching the second season on LOST on TV a longer time ago but realized soon that in order to keep track and fully appreciate the show, it seemed better to postpone any further LOST watching until Season One and Two became available on Blu-ray (i.e. HD) and watch the show in chronological order (a wise decision as it has turned out to be).

This is a unique, mesmerizing TV show with a special appeal to adult (i.e. mid-life) audiences, which among others draws inspiration from works like MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, SURVIVOR, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, THE PRISONER, various works of Stephen King and elements and clues that are reminiscent of better video games.

That LOST’s main creators, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, picked supporting actors from the BABYLON 5 universe, MATRIX:RELOADED and LORD OF THE RINGS, suggested to me on a subconscious level to have faith in this TV show, which has not been disappointed. On the contrary my early expectations in regard to LOST exceeded far beyond what I thought I could possibly expect.

LOST achieves the seemingly impossible task of combining gritty reality with enchanting mystery. Just as in real-life and with friends and people we come to meet, we get to learn more and more about the characters through the means of flashbacks which eventually either turns us away from a character or establishes a bond through sympathy. Sensitive audiences may have difficulties with various scenes, especially during the first two seasons, but I felt it to be obvious that these were not intended to attract audiences hungry for blood and gore but to add to the realism (my wife had a hard time with the graphic, medical surgeries – especially in the pilot episodes – but I told her she should consider it a desensitization attempt of her fears, enabling her to provide first aid after a traffic accident…).

And instead of graphically showing the dangers and ‘monsters’ of the island of LOST, the creators cleverly opted to address the spectators’ own imagination instead (as it usually turns out to be more frightening what we do NOT see).

The characters are three-dimensional, the (final) choice of actors is excellent and dialogues range from very good to simply outstanding. If there was any complaint I were asked to mention, it would be that I felt the romance triangle between Jack, Kate and Sawyer at times to be rather immature and not totally convincing (just my two cents). On the other hand LOST takes a firm stand against racial prejudice, with the Iraqi character of Sayid Jarrah beeing portrayed as one of the most common-sense, repentant survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 (my wife is of Christian Arab origin, she was positively shocked, because that was the last thing she would have expected from an American TV show). Through the Korean couple Sun-Hwa Kwon and her husband Jin-Soo Kwon, LOST also provides us with insights into Asian culture.

While the aforementioned elements contribute to make LOST a unique, interesting and entertaining TV show, I feel the most remarkable and outstanding characteristic is the enormous range and diversity in the way the show explores ethical, philosophical and spiritual issues (with my personal highlight being a witty, verbal punch John – faith – delivers in a short dialogue with Jack – science – in the last episode of Season One).

It seems some audiences have criticized LOST for the amount of ‘puzzle pieces’ the creators add on a regular basis while still beeing in the process of putting the early ‘puzzle pieces’ together, thus creating confusion and disorientation. Having now watched Seasons One through Three in a moderate ‘marathon’, my wife and I can’t share this criticism.

On the contrary I hope that J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof will resist the urge to put the entire puzzle together because that’ll be be like putting a lid on the show which might be counter-productive to LOST becoming a timeless cult classic (in my humble opinion some loose ends will rather contribute to keep audiences busy to continue using their own imagination and interpretation as it is and has been with Patrick McGoohan’s THE PRISONER).

However, my wife found those LOST episodes confusing, that entered the realm of THE TWILIGHT ZONE where all of us were invited to deal with different scenarios of what this was all about (Hurley, Desmond and at the end of the third season Naomi, making a stirring claim which didn’t seem improbable, given previous events and hints…). Ever since TOTAL RECALL and THE MATRIX, I, on the other hand, have cherished such an occasional “mindf…” and felt these episodes rather to be contributing to the diversity of LOST, than being a distraction.

Looking forward to the second part of the story of LOST (i.e. Season Four through Six), I feel it is safe to suggest that among the “100 things to do before you die” watching this TV show ranks among the top positions. This show is asking important questions – and invites each and everyone of us to answer these questions in regard to our own, individual personal lifes. This not just another TV show, it is a profound experience.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Jocaju Says, in 1-20-2010 at 09:13:36 from     

I got nothing to say about the show, it’s simply amazing, but this isn’t the best blu-ray transfer by any means, but still better than DVD though.

I’m re-watching Lost again, at this moment I’m halfway through season 3 and what I can say is, season 1 and 2 on blu-ray it’s identical, but soon as I put the disc 1 of season 3 we can clearly see the difference, the colors were alive. Season 1 & 2 it’s beautiful but no where near 3 & 4(picture quality wise).

I would give season 1 & 2 3.5 stars if I could.
Rating: 4 / 5

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