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Lost: The Complete Collection(TV) (2004-2010)
Watch the entire epic story of Lost – the series that redefined television – from its phenomenal opening scene to its magnificent final moment. Uncover the secrets of what caused Oceanic 815 to crash, what ultimately drew the passengers together, and relive their incredible journey as they battle to rewrite their own fate. Experience a landmark in the history of entertainment with Lost: The Complete Collection, featuring every episode of all six seasons and includes one full disc of never-before-seen bonus with over two hours of content exclusive to the complete collection. Television doesn’t get any better than this.
For more about Lost: The Complete Collection and the Lost: The Complete Collection Blu-ray release, see Lost: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on August 24, 2010 where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.
Directors: Jack Bender, Stephen Williams, Tucker Gates
Writers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Brian K. Vaughan, Brent Fletcher, Paul Dini
Starring: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews
This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:
Lost: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review
A mystery wrapped inside a riddle wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside a hidden disc.
Reviewed by Jeffrey Kauffman, August 24, 2010
Note: All six seasons of 'Lost' have received comprehensive reviews on Blu-ray.com. Links to those individual season reviews are included below. This review will focus only on content exclusive to this boxed set. While the series is presented in 1080p and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, the hidden bonus disc, dealt with in this review, is presented in 1080i (and occasionally 480p) and Dolby Digital 5.1.
Back in the "olden days" Legos didn't come in pre-defined sets and kids who had them actually had to use their own imaginations to come up with whatever structures they deigned to build. I had always been a fan of spy movies and television shows, loving the old James Bond films and reruns of series like Man from U.N.C.L.E., so my favorite buildings tended to include "secret" doorways and "hidden" hallways (pretty easy to construct since all Lego blocks looked the same back in those days), all part of my covert spy lair where I imagined a young boy had been recruited to fight the nastier elements of espionage and organized crime. Maybe that's why part of the allure of Lost for me was its trap doors, mazes, hidden escape routes and other labyrinthine excesses which made it the bane of Johnny-come-latelies, who could never quite figure out what the frell was going on in the series, as well as people (like I was) who had stuck with the show through thick and thin from the first episode. (Ironically, most of us knew we'd never completely figure out what the frell was going on in the series). Lost suffered the slings and arrows not just of repeated time slot changes and foreshortened seasons but also, in the early seasons, crazy interpolations of reruns which made the story even more incomprehensible than usual. That made the home video releases of the show that much more appealing, as we "Losties" could relish in small plot points and the ingenious cross connections that masterminds Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and J.J. Abrams wove into the series. The slings and arrows of course also came from a lot of viewers and an increasing number of critics (the nerve!) as the show wound down in its penultimate fifth and then final sixth seasons. Abrams had already proven in his previous hit Alias that he was very, very adept at crafting questions, but less smashingly successful at providing answers, and fans wondered if that same trend would continue with the island castaways of Oceanic Flight 815. Once the sixth season got started and viewers were confused, intrigued, angered and all of the above by the series' patently peculiar drift into the "sideways" timeline, those fears intensified, meaning, of course, that there was no unifying fan moment when the series finale aired. There was simply a whole new stratum of confusion, intrigue and anger, three reactions which will either be ameliorated or exacerbated by the recent release of the Sixth Season, given a very thorough and inciteful review by my colleague Ken Brown. Our reviews of the six previous seasons can be found here:
Like the famous Russian nesting dolls, always revealing a new subcutaneous level, Lost may have set the record for television complexity, something its Blu-ray releases have mimicked, with some of the most comprehensive supplemental features ever offered on the medium. Leave it to the Lost masterminds to give us one final confusing, intriguing and anger-provoking piece of the jigsaw puzzle in this Complete Collection boxset, one of the handsomest compilations ever assembled in the Blu-ray era and one with at least a couple of its own mysteries up its cardboard sleeve.
Lost: The Complete Collection comes housed in a relatively sturdy shipping slipcase which measures 13 ¾ w x 11 ½ h x 3 ½ d. If you're an anal retentive type, it's easy to preserve this outer "shell" by carefully opening the side flap and extracting the contents that way. Inside you'll find a gorgeous recreation of The Temple which measures 13 x 11 x 4 (slightly narrower at the top as it resembles the base of a pyramid). Inside the box are several compartments (you expected anything less?), including at the bottom a small pop up section which houses a folded, weathered page from a journal, an ankh and a black light. Hint: just start shining the black light on various items in the set. At the top is another pop-up section which houses white and black stones and playing pieces for the game which Jacob and the Man in Black played through the ages. The board for this game is kept in the middle section. A cursory review of the set's contents has yet to divulge directions for the game, but I'm sure some brilliant fan will PM me about this and I can post an update to this review at that time. (Update: The directions to the game are included as an easter egg on the bonus disc. See Sneaking Suspicion Department below for some clues). The final item housed in the middle section is a nice glossy illustrated episode guide. Don't freak out when you notice Season One's guide only includes six discs—the set does actually include the seventh bonus disc of the original Blu-ray release, it's just not dealt with separately in the episode guide.
The Hidden Disc
Finding the Disc
And now for the good stuff. Skip the rest of this paragraph if you do not want to know where to find the hidden disc. Simply pick up the review at the next paragraph which will go into the disc's contents. The Temple has a lift off flap covering the base. Turning that flap over you will notice a cool embossed map of the island, with ankh symbols at either end. Note how there is part of an ankh symbol on the actual island as well. Turn the island map (which may take some elbow grease—this element of the boxed set is not particularly well designed and my hunch is it's not going to stand up to repeated use). When the ankh base on the island section matches the ankh head, the map will magically lift out of the cover, revealing the hidden Blu-ray disc.
Contents of the Disc
Unfortunately I am unable to provide a review of the disc's contents, as I received the odd error code 4-8-15-16-23-42 when I inserted the Blu-ray in my PS3. Just kidding.
An incredible five hours-plus of bonus content is crammed onto this Blu-ray. Some of it is more compelling than other sections, as is to be expected, but overall it presents a fun and often very informative backstage pass to the Lost cast and crew. Two minor quibbles which I'll get out of the way right off the bat: the menu is in 1080p, while all of the supplements are either in 1080i or (heaven forfend) 480p, and while the menu sports an LPCM 5.1 track, all of the bonus content is either Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital 2.0. There's the curmudgeonly complaining, now on to the contents:
Letting Go: Reflections of a Six Year Journey (39:43; 1080i) is a bittersweet assemblage of reminiscences by the cast and crew, with some fun interstitials of the gorgeous Hawaii scenery. Daniel Dae-Kim appears throughout flying around the island in a helicopter. There are also some home movies of various episodes being shot.
Artifacts of the Island: Inside the Lost Prop House (14:07; 1080i) Rob Kyker, Lost's prop master takes us on a guided tour of the storage facility for Lost's props, including huge Tupperware storage bins devoted to each of the major characters.
Planet Lost (11:55; 1080i and 480p) has some fun segments of Lost fans around the world waxing enthusiastic about their favorite show. There are also scenes from the series dubbed into a variety of foreign languages, as well as Cuse and Lindelof at some little geek-fest I think is called Comic-Con or something like that.
Swan Song: Orchestrating the Final Moments of Lost (13:18; 1080i) is a nice look at the final scoring session for the series, though it includes one laugh out loud, semi-patronizing comment from Evangeline Lilly. Evie waltzes onto the soundstage and congratulates the orchestral players for having as much fun on their jobs as she and the cast did on the island. Oh, yeah, sure, I bet any of those string players is just thrilled to be stuck in a soundstage for days while Lilly and her friends frolic in the tropical paradise of Hawaii.
Lost on Location is the first of two huge arrays of mini-featurettes devoted to backstage musings on various episodes. It's split into three seasons, and includes:
Season 3 (1080i)
Deleted Scenes (1:44:00; 1080i and 480p) is an assemblage of interesting, but not completely compelling, segments from seasons 3 and 5, made even less appealing by their ugly video presentation.
More from the Series is the second huge compendium of featurettes, most offering behind the scenes footage of various segments or episodes. It includes:
Season 4 (1080i)
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