LOST: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
The best way to describe the television series LOST would be to say that the show always seems to pose more questions than it has answers- it is almost an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in mystery, which is probably why it has developed such a strong cult following. Taking the premise that a series like GILLIGAN’S ISLAND played for laughs, i.e. survival with a group of strangers on a desert island, LOST takes the elements of paranoia and conspiracy that were a key portion of the success to a series like THE X-FILES and creates for itself one of the most compelling hour’s of network television.
The premise of LOST follows the survivors of a jetliner crash who find themselves stranded on a remote Pacific island, with no way of contacting the outside world to let them know they survived. Of course, the series is more than just a survival drama- it’s a whole lot more. In fact, LOST is not what one would expect looking just by looking at the packaging of the DVD sets that the series come in. Sitting down to watch the series, one quickly discovers that LOST is definitely a horse of a different color. The series largely character driven, with the character’s back stories and histories being as important to the show as their current plight. Who and what the survivors ultimately discover on the island are best discovered firsthand and I will not spoil the surprises by going into detail about storylines. The outstanding ensemble cast of LOST includes, but is not limited to, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Josh Holloway, Emilie de Ravin, Dominic Monaghan, Jorge Garcia, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim.
LOST: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON ($60) comes to DVD in a seven-disc set that features the following twenty-three episodes that were aired during its third year: A Tale Of Two Cities, The Glass Ballerina, Further Instructions, Every Man For Himself, The Cost Of Living, I Do, Not In Portland, Flashes Before Your Eyes, Stranger In A Strange Land, Tricia Tanaka Is Dead, Enter 77, Par Avion, The Man From Tallahassee, Exposé, Left Behind, One Of Us, Catch-22, D.O.C., The Brig, The Man Behind The Curtain, Greatest Hits, Through The Looking Glass Part 1 and Through The Looking Glass Part 2.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment has made all twenty-three episodes from LOST: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. These episodes really look outstanding on DVD. Everything appears sharp and the picture produces an excellent level of detail. Colors are deeply saturated and the flesh tones are very attractive. Blacks are deep, and the whites are clean. Contrast is beyond your average television production, plus the dark scenes exhibit better than average shadow detail. The episodes generally appear very clean; blemishes and grain is fairly non-existent. Digital compression artifacts are always well concealed.
All of the episodes that comprise LOST: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Much of LOST is talky, but the outlying channels are utilized effectively during key moments. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant, but that’s the nature of the TV beast. Fidelity is excellent for a television production. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. A French 5.1, plus English and Spanish 2.0 surround tracks are also encoded onto the DVD, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode/scene selection and set up features, as well as some supplemental materials. Running Audio Commentaries are featured on the set for four of the episodes. Featurettes include The World Of The Others (fourteen minutes), Lost On Location (fifty eight minutes), The Lost Book Club (eight minutes), Lost For A Day (twenty five minutes), Cast In Clay (five minutes), Crew Tribute (seven minutes) and Terry O’Quinn: Throwing From The Handle (minute and a half). Closing out the supplements are Next Level: Video Game, The Orchid Institute Film, a Blooper Reel, Trailers for other Buena Vista titles.
LOST is definitely one of the most compelling shows on network television. Buena Vista’s DVD collection certainly bests a SD broadcast and loses all those annoying commercials. Recommended.
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