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The epic story of Lost twists, turns and time-shifts in its outstanding fifth season. Packed with hours of never-before-seen bonus features and exploding off the screen with a pristine picture and theater-quality sound, LOST is an astonishing new experience on Blu-ray High Definition.
When destiny calls, the Oceanic 6 find their way back to the island. Discover what forced them to return, and find out the fate of all those who were left behind.
Explore innovative new bonus features, including Lost University, an immersive collegiate experience powered by BD-Live where you can interactively examine the themes, stories and secrets of LOST. The answers to some of the series' most pressing questions are revealed in this spectacular 5-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def collection. You'd be crazy not to watch, proclaims Matt Roush of TV Guide
Since Lost made its debut as a cult phenomenon in 2004, certain things seemed inconceivable. In its fourth year, some of those things, like a rescue, came to pass. The season ended with Locke (Terry O'Quinn) attempting to persuade the Oceanic Six to return, but he dies before that can happen--or so it appears--and where Jack (Matthew Fox) used to lead, Ben (Emmy nominee Michael Emerson) now takes the reins and convinces the survivors to fulfill Locke's wish.
As producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse state in their commentary on the fifth-season premiere, "We're doing time travel this year," and the pile-up of flashbacks and flash-forwards will make even the most dedicated fan dizzy. Ben, Jack, Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Sun (Yunjin Kim), and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) arrive to find that Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) have been part of the Dharma Initiative for three years. The writers also clarify the roles that Richard (Nestor Carbonell) and Daniel (Jeremy Davies) play in the island's master plan, setting the stage for the prophecies of Daniel's mother, Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan), to play a bigger part in the sixth and final season.
Dozens of other players flit in and out, some never to return. A few, such as Jin (Daniel Dae Kim), live again in the past. Lost could've wrapped things up in five years, as The Wire did, but the show continues to excite and surprise. As Lindelof and Cuse admit in the commentary, there's a "fine line between confusion and mystery," adding, "it makes more sense if you're drunk." Other extras include deleted scenes, featurettes, a "lost" episode of Mysteries of the Universe, and commentary from writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz on "He's Our You," a reference to Sayid, who tries to change the future by changing the past. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Editorial Reviews
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Once the shifting stops most of the action occurs in 1977 and we see things like the creation of the hatch, learn more about the Dharma initiative as well as "The Others." We also lean about Ben and Widmore's conflict and see the beginning of it. The season finale leaves us with a cliffhanger surrounding "the incident" which necessitated the pushing of the button every 108 min in season 3. There are still a lot of questions, but this season definitely starts to fill in some of those gaps.
As far as the discs go for those who get the blu rays. There are a total of 5. Most of the special features (aside from commentary tracks) are on disc 5, although there is a making of the 100th episode feature on disc 4. As usual the A/V quality is great and you can play the episodes in season play mode so you can stop and pick back up where you left off. The special features are not as abundant as in the past seasons, but still enough to make those who like to go through the extra material happy.
As to the Blu Ray, the picture is gorgeous, especially the outdoor shots, with a pretty good smattering of special features, though I would have preferred a few more. Sometimes when I watch special features on the Blu Ray/DVDs, I feel the cast, crew, and producers are holding back on information, just to not spoil things that are coming, and I especially felt that here, where the features didn't really give any insight into the future of the show, but was mostly retrospective. Overall, this show is great, with a great presentation on blu. Highly recomended!
As great as the Season 5 content is, I have several problems with the actual DVD package. First of all, for those who own Seasons 1-4, you will notice a big difference in the box this time around. Not a huge problem, but the inconsistent package looks weird sitting on a shelf next to the first four seasons. Secondly, there is no booklet included with the episode summaries. As a substitute, the episode titles are printed on the inside of the DVD case. Perhaps the DHARMA Orientation Kit version is the better (although more expensive) way to go Lost: The Complete Fifth Season Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit. Bonus features also seem to be a bit light this time around.
In conclusion, the extras and packaging of Season 5 is a bit disappointing. But that cannot overshadow the fact that Lost is still going strong after five seasons, and Season 5 is a worthy entry into the Lost universe.
Twists, turns, mysteries, answers, questions, repeat. The island is almost a living entity, with many confusing, interesting, and unusual features. The characters are well developed, with their stories being told in the form of flashbacks and flash-forwards. The story line takes place very slowly, moving along similar in pace to a soap opera. Even with this pace there is plenty going on to keep your attention with island history and character back stories being woven together to form engaging scenes.
I had never intended to watch LOST. A co worker suggested it was a great show and I needed to see it. I was doubtful, but when I saw it on the shelf of my local movie rental store, I picked up the first DVD in the collection. Although a bit sensational, and certainly impossible, the show caught my attention and my imagination. I have been a fan ever since. The series is like a good book that you can't put down. Give it a try, maybe you'll get hooked too.
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