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Lost Tapes

3.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Even in the modern age reports of human encounters with mysterious and often dangerous beasts continue to surface. Lost Tapes is a first person, immersive experience of encounters with bizarre animals that science is reluctant to recognize - in our waters, in our woods, and in our skies - they live among us - you will believe.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Discovery Channel
  • Directors: Discovery Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 308 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347ZXWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Admiralu VINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
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*****This DVD set is a re-issued version of the first season of the show. This set contains the same programming and deleted features as the original version. The difference in this release is in the editing. When Lost Tapes is brodcast, it often has a splash screen with the show's logo and episode title before and after commercial breaks (which are many). This is (to me) annoying and tends to disrupt the flow of the show. The first version on DVD contained the splash sreens. This new edition DELETES THE SPLASH SCREENS before and after the commericial cuts. The episodes flow better and it is easier to follow the story without the annoying cuts. The logo splash is only at the beginning and end of the show. It is a great improvement.*******

Lost Tapes is my favorite Animal Planet show. It tells stories of alleged creatures disputed by science with first person accounts in realistic settings. It is entertaining, but you don't often get a good look at the creatures. That is why I didn't give this season a five star rating. That was changed in Season 2. The shows producers upped the scare factor in the second season that is currently airing. I can't wait for that to come out on DVD. The first season does contain some good stories and I love the diversity of the casts and locales. The set contains two DVDs with seven episodes on each and some deleted scenes.

Disc 1 contains:
Chupacabra
Skinwalker
Monster of Monterrey
Devil Dragon
Thunderbird
Cave Demons
Bigfoot

Disc 2 contains:
Oklahoma Octopus
Death Raptor
Swamp Creature
Megaconda
Hellhound
Mothman
Death Worm

My favorites include Bigfoot, Death Raptor and the Swamp Creature.
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This series dares to tackle some of the more "fringe" specifics in the cryptozoology realm! It seems that instead of specific case studies they use "composite dramatic reenactments" to capture the over-all theme or feel of a specific mystery animal. The show is interesting but seems to lack the details that would come from typical case studies. The production quality of the show varies some, and leans between quite good on some episodes and disappointing on others! The actors seemed to fill the rolls well enough, especially since they had no real opportunity for extensive character building.

I enjoyed watching the first season, but I would not recommend it to anyone but those truly into cryptozoology; and if one is "technologically spoiled" and must have the best of sets, effects, and all that goes with big budget productions; then this particular collection would not be a good fit for you! Perhaps the later seasons are a bit better on the production side?
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This is a great dvd set to own. It is the complete first season with some deleted scenes as bonus features. I bought this thinking that it might be the second season but it wasn't. This is the only reason why I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. If you love learning about different "hidden" creatures then this is a good item to own. I would recomend this to all my friends and family.
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In the vein of Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch and (to an extent) Cloverfield, the Lost Tapes is another attempt to present "staged handfilmed" footage as if it were real. I first heard of this show from my mother who told me that it was based on true frightening accounts and included real video footage of legendary creatures. Unfortunately, I believe that much of the acclaim this series has found is because a majority of its fans believe that the video footage is either real or a recreation based on real events. Let me tell you that neither is true. How do I know? Because I wrote directly to Animal Planet.

According to Animal Planet, these episodes are based on the "possibility that these creatures exist." For example, there is a legend of Sasquatch roaming around parts of the US. Animal Planet's writers think of a way that "somebody" might come into contact with the creature if it existed. Then the writers determine what would be a feasible way that the animal would be captured on film if it "did" come into contact with somebody. The combination of this setting and a reason for it being filmed generates the 15 minute episode. The fact that the entire event is fictitious is not the real problem. The problem is that the level of acting varies from good to mediocre without ever being great. Most episodes are quite cheesy. Some of them never even show the creature in question. The camera becomes shaky, the actor drops the camera, and then you see them being dragged out of the view of the camera. If this were a student film, I'd say it was a very clever concept for a low budget venture into filmmaking. After spending $20, however, I'm not impressed enough by these works of fiction to say that I felt my money was well spent.
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This is the first season and I think the best of them all. While I think some of the accounts were staged, I don't doubt that many of these creatures are real. Coming from Australia, the episode featuring the giant monitor is my favourite. That there are some really huge lizards in remote parts of the Great Dividing Range I think is really likely, although it remains to be seen if they are really surviving Megalania. They could simply be unusually large specimens of known species. The episode featuring the Oklahoma Octopus is pretty scary too, and I don't think that I would be willing to swim in a lake or other body of water with a creature like that.
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