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Lost - The Complete Second Season - The Extended Experience


TITLE: LOST - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON - THE EXTENDED EXPERIENCE


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2005-06
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 7
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 1056 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 6 hours (approx. 137 minutes of extras + 221 min of audio commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Audio Commentaries from Cast & Creators on 5 episodes
• “Fire + Water” - Anatomy of an Episode
• “Lost on Location” - Looking at the location from 10 different episodes
• “The World According to Sawyer”
• “Lost Flashbacks” - three different unaired flashbacks from two episodes
• “Deleted Scenes” - 14 different ones
• “Lost Bloopers”
• “Channel 4 UK Promo”
• “Lost Connections” - see how each character is connected to another
• “Mysteries, Theories, and Conspiracies”
• “Secrets from the Hatch”


Introduction:

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42, got that? You all should have those numbers memorized. Go and play the lottery. Or type those numbers on your computer and “push the button” just like they do on the second season of ABC’s mega-hit Lost. Now you can watch every episodes and watch them battle the others and push the button the season two DVD from Buena Vista Home Entertainment! The set is jam-packed with bonus material and 23 (24 hours worth) extraordinary episodes.

Jack’s mistrust of Locke will grow, as he continues to question his motives and obsession in uncovering the secrets of the mysterious hatch. The fates of Sawyer, Michael and Jin will be revealed after their raft was blown out of the water by “The Others” ­ who at the end of last season kidnapped Michael’s son, Walt. Sun will become less dependent on husband Jin and more autonomous, as she wonders whether he is still alive. Kate’s back-story life as a fugitive will continue to be explored. Charlie will become even closer with Claire and her baby, Aaron, but the stash of drugs he found in a statue could seduce him back to a dark life of addiction. The cursed numbers that turned Hurley’s life upside down before the crash will continue to haunt him as he begins to uncover their meaning. Shannon will decide where Sayid fits in her life while she continues to grieve over the death of her brother, Boone, and develops a growing sense of unease about the raft passengers and their fate. In addition, we discover that there is at least one more previously unknown survivor of the crash of flight #815 --­ Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez) -- the mysterious woman Jack met at the Sydney airport bar. And Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje joins the cast as a resident of the island whose story is one of the mysteries that will be explored as the season progresses, and Cynthia Watros also joins the cast as Libby.

“Lost” season two stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Maggie Grace as Shannon, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie, Terry O’Quinn as Locke, Harold Perrineau as Michael, Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia and Cynthia Watros as Libby.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Every episode this season needs to be watched in order to fully understand everything. The plots are usually connected from previous episodes. So, watch them all in order, especially if you are a first time viewer. I will hint at some of my best episodes from this season: “Man of Science, Man of Faith” is the season premiere and it is just SO good, that’s all I will hint; then we have “Orientation” in which Locke watches a film of what the hatch is about; “The Other 48 Days” is the episode we see what the survivors that landed on the other side have been doing all this time; “What Kate Did” is the episode we finally find out what she did to make her a criminal; “The 23rd Palm” is the episode we find out what that Mr. Eko is all about; “Maternity Leave” is the episode we find out what happened to Claire when she was kidnapped by Ethan; “Lockdown” is the episode where Lock sees that mysterious map in the hatch; “?” is the episode where Locke remembers what the map looked like and then he and Eko take a walk there; then the last three episodes of the season are just amazing, 4 brilliant hours (season finale is a 2-hour episode).

Lost had a lot of guest stars in the flashback scenes, there were a few that were on the island, too, they are: Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond (various episodes), Sam Anderson as Barnard (various episodes), L. Scott Caldwell as Rose (various episodes), Michael Emerson as Henry Gale (various episodes), Mira Furlan as Danielle (various episodes), Malcolm David Kelley as Walt (various episodes) and M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly (various episodes). Flashback guests include William Mapother as Ethan (“Maternity Leave”), Evan Handler as Dave (“Dave”), John Terry as Dr. Shephard (various episodes), Katey Sagal as Helen (“Orientation” & “Lockdown”), Julie Bowen as Sarah (“Man of Science, Man of Faith” & “The Hunting Party”), Beth Broderick as Diane (“What Kate Did” & “The Long Con”), and Ian Somerhalder as Boone (“Abandoned). Francois Chau plays Dr. Marvin Candle in the orientation videos.


Packaging:

The packaging is very good and similar to the last set. It is a nice slip sleeve that is easy to take out and put back in. On the front of the slip sleeve is the “Lost” logo in light brown/orange or whatever (it looks like the color from the hatch). Underneath that is a blank spot so you can see through to the box (which has a cast photo). Beneath that it says “The Complete Second Season, The Extended Experience” and has the number “2” below that, along with the famous six numbers: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. The back of the sleeve has a quote from The Hollywood Reporter and four different shots of characters from the show. Below that there is a synopsis of the show and set. There is also a nice brown box showcasing some of the bonus features on this set.

When we take the slip sleeve out, we get to the case. There is a nice color photo of the entire season two cast in the jungle with the hatch below them. The logo is above all that. The back of the case has four nice high quality photos, one of the hills from the island, Hurley & Charlie, Ana-Lucia and one of the others, and the tailies holding a body . When we open the case once, on the left side we see a holder for booklets. An episode guide for the show comes with the set. A nice booklet from Dharma that is seven pages long and has detailed synopsis of each episode on each disc and the bonus material list. There are nice photos on the top of each page. The next insert is about Buena Vista’s other TV on DVD products Desperate Housewives Season 2; you can get money back by filling a form. Then there is a “Lost” booklet that has merchandise info, such as a calendar and magazine. That booklet also has an ad for the Alias Complete Collection DVD and an ad for ABC’s Six Degrees coming this fall, also from J.J. Abrams. On the ride side we nice color photos. When we open the case once more, we see discs one and two in the middle, with more color photos on the right. Opening once more, we now see discs three & four, with you guessed it, more color photos on the right side. And in the final open, we see discs five & six on the left and the last disc on the right.

The discs are overlapped with two other discs, except for the last disc, which is on its own. I hate overlapping, but since this set has seven discs, I can see why. I would have preferred like 4 slim cases instead. Disc one has artwork of the 108 minutes counter from the hatch and episodes 1-4, disc two has artwork of the teddy bear and episodes 5-8, disc three has artwork of the writing from Eko’s stick and episodes 9-12, disc four has artwork of the Virgin Mary statue and episodes 13-16, disc five has artwork of the famous “?” map that Locke saw and episodes 17-20, disc six has artwork of the execute button from the hatch’s computer and episodes 21-24. The bonus disc has a photo of the orientation film. Again, this is very well packaged, besides the overlapping.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are again perfect for this show. Just like the show they are mysterious and attractive. Each menu screen is different on each disc. Disc one has Jack and Locke looking inside the hatch, with sound effects playing. The options are: Play All, Set Up, Bonus Features, Episodes. Bonus Features are only on the discs with commentaries. Set Up has where we can turn on the Captions, Choose Sound Option, Register Your DVD, and Return to Episode. The episodes option takes you the episode menu screen, where we can choose which episode. Each time we select episodes or any other sub menu, background music from the show plays.

Disc two’s main menu has a shot of the jungle and you can see the feet of the others as they are walking, and sound effects in the background. Disc three’s main menu has a nice shot of the beach and ocean and looks like Sun is sitting on the beach; we can hear the ocean in the background. Disc four has a shot of the turntable in the hatch, with some nice music playing in the background. Disc 5 has a shot of the hallway from the hospital hatch Claire was in, lights are going on and off, you hear that sound effect. Disc 6 has a shot of the clouds moving with a tree in the center. Disc 7 is the extras disc and starts with a video…more on that in the extras section.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video is in Widescreen and the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, but there is actually an option to change it to 2.0. That is strange they even have that option. Everyone would pick 5.1 anyway. I’ve only seen the show in widescreen on the season one DVD, and it looks great again for season two! There are chapter stops for each episode, usually 8-9 per episode; the season finale has 15, as that episode is a two-hour episode. Each episode runs mainly about 42-43, give or take a few seconds, but there are some episodes that were extended when it aired on ABC and aired 3-4 minutes past 10pm, and I guess that is why the run times on some of episodes are 45-46 minutes or so. Nothing is cut, and if there were, fans would go nuts. Original music, which is in some episodes during the closing scene, is all intact I believe. The season finale, which originally aired as a two hour episode, clocks in at 87 minutes. Also of note, we get to watch the actual closing credits again! On the network airings, they are in split screen form with promos on the right side. The closing credits are about 36-38 seconds and have a nice touch to it. The following are the episode runtimes:

Disc one
1. “Man of Science, Man of Faith” (43:10)
2. “Adrift” (42:24)
3. “Orientation” (43:09)
4. “Everybody Hates Hugo” (43:08)

Disc two
5. “…And Found” (42:23)
6. “Abandoned” (42:47)
7. “The Other 48 Days” (46:12)
8. “Collision” (42:23)

Disc three
9. “What Kate Did” (45:48)
10. “The 23rd Psalm” (43:18)
11. “The Hunting Party” (43:09)
12. “Fire + Water” (43:03)

Disc four
13. “The Long Con” (44:22)
14. “One of Them” (44:41)
15. “Maternity Leave” (46:04)
16. “The Whole Truth” (43:11)

Disc five
17. “Lockdown” (43:12)
18. “Dave” (46:16)
19. “S.O.S.” (43:12)
20. “Two for the Road” (43:13)

Disc six
21. “?” (46:05)
22. “Three Minutes” (45:15)
23/24. “Live Together, Die Alone” (87:02)


Special Features:

Now to the special features! Season one had everything we could imagine…season two is not a let down at all! Well, there is one thing missing again, the recap episodes but that isn’t a big loss and many fans considered that to be “boring” anyway. The set has around 6 hours worth of bonus materials, including audio commentary…though the box says 8 hours; I only counted 6, so maybe they are counting Easter eggs? Let’s start with audio commentary. On disc one there is audio commentary for the season premiere “Man of Science, Man of Faith” from executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, and director Jack Bender. I would suggest all fans who watched this episode before, to watch it first with the commentary. If you are a new viewer, watch it without the commentary and then watch it with it. You will find out how they came up with the Mama Cass song. That song is so addictive -- “Make Your Own Kind of Music…”

The next audio commentaries are on disc three on the episodes “What Kate Did” and “The 23rd Psalm.” “What Kate Did” has commentary from director Paul Edwards, director of photography Michael Bonvillain, and actress Evangeline Lilly. “The 23rd Psalm” has commentary from executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and Bryan Burk. Disc four has one episode with commentary, on the episode “The Whole Truth.” Commenting on this episode are actress Yunjin Kim, actor Daniel Dae Kim, and writers Elizabeth Sarnoff & Christina M. Kim. The final commentary is on disc five on the episode “Dave.” Director Jack Bender, actress Cynthia Watros and actor Jorge Garcia commentate. Garcia is hilarious. All of the commentaries can be accessed in the bonus features option on their respected discs. Now to the big stuff … the actual disc with nothing but extras disc 7!

When we put disc seven in, it starts off with a video from Dharma Initiative! Yes, Dr. Marvin Candle is back and will instruct you on what to do. There are three phases he mentions. When a phase is selected there will be an intro video for each one. So, let’s get to it!

The following is under the heading of “Phase 1: Observation” on disc 7:

Fire + Water: Anatomy of an Episode (31:44):
Interviewed are exec producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, supervising producers/writers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, actors Dominic Monaghan, Jeremy Shada (young Charlie), Naveen Andrews & Terry O’Quinn, production coordinator Steve Cainas, first assistant director Rick Sickler, production designer Jim Spencer, lead painter Ross Anderson, producer Jean Higgins, costume supervisor Roland Sanchez, director of photography John Bartley, make-up department head Steve Laporte, sound mixer Dave Yaffe, associate producer Tamasa Isaac, film loader Brian Matsumura, post-production assistants Coriedus Brown & David Eisenberg, customer pick-up foreman Joe Page, telecine colorist Peter Ritter, film editor Stephen Semel, colorist Randy Coonfield, and ADR/Looping mixer Tony Hugar. This featurette shows us how the episode “Fire + Water” was done. From the ideas to post-production, it gives you a taste on how much work and effort it takes to do one episode. This is very informative and all TV fans should watch on how an episode is made. Too bad “Fire + Water” was probably the worst episode of the season, but it had its moments.

Lost on Location (44:43) ­ See where each episode was filmed:

“Adrift” (3:16) They show us the shark that was used and how they planted the Dharma logo on purpose, but didn’t think fans would even notice. Interviewed are sculpturer Jim Van Houten, Bryan Burk, supervising producer Leonard Dick, director Stephen Williams, and actors Harold Perrineau, Jr. & Josh Holloway.

“Everybody Hates Hugo” (3:44) ­ Interviewed are supervising producer Eddy Kitsis, stunt coordinator Michael Vendell, and actors Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Josh Holloway, Michelle Rodriguez, & Cynthia Watros .

“Abandoned” (4:36) Interviewed are stunt coordinator Michael Vendell, actors Naveen Andrews, Maggie Grace, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Watros & Josh Holloway, writer/producer Elizabeth Sarnoff and executive producer Damon Lindelof.

“Collision” (3:17) Interviewed are Michelle Rodriguez and supervising producer Leonard Dick.

“The 23rd Psalm” (4:21) Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, art director Bill Matthews and actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje are interviewed.

“The Whole Truth” (5:14) Damon Lindelof, writers Christina M. Kim & Elizabeth Sarnoff, director Jack Bender, make-up head Steve Laporte, and actors Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, & Michael Emerson are interviewed.

“Dave” (5:42) Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender, Carlton Cuse, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Cynthia Watros, stunt coordinator Michael Vendrell, supervising producers Eddy Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and 2nd 2nd AD Joyce McCarthy.

“S.O.S.” (4:46) Actors Sam Anderson & L. Scott Caldwell and supervising producer Leonard Dick are interviewed.

“Two for the Road” (4:30) Director Paul Edwards, writer Elizabeth Sarnoff, visual effects producer Michael Rivero, first assistant director Richard Sickler, and actor Harold Perrineau, Jr.

“Live Together, Die Alone” (5:07) Second assistant director Charles “Chip” Toyhey, Jack Bender, Stephen Williams, Jean Higgins, marine coordinator Victor Lozano, and actors Cynthia Watros, Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, and Harold Perrineau, Jr.

The World According to Sawyer (4:30): We see some of the funny Sawyer-isms here. He sure has some hilarious punch-words. Interviewed on this are supervising producer Teph Loeb, writer/writer’s assistant Dawn Lambertsen Kelly, supervising producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and actors Josh Holloway, Dominic Monaghan, Michelle Rodriguez, Evangeline Lilly, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, & Matthew Fox.

The following is from the second part of the special features on disc 7, titled “Phase 2: Conditioning”:

The Lost Flashbacks:
“Abandoned” - Two on this episode. The Wake-Up with Shannon and her mom runs 1:28. The New Au Pair with Shannon and a French family runs 1:07.
“Lockdown” - (0:48) Scene is titled Locke’s Father and has Locke, Helen and a Minster.

Deleted Scenes (19:15):
“Seeing Walt” (1:18) Sun & Shannon talk about Shannon seeing Walt.
“A Little You Time” (1:34) Scene between Claire & Charlie, while Locke sleeps.
“Sawyer’s Visitor” (1:15) Sawyer is alone in the whole, and then a voice from above talks to him, sounds like Libby.
“Dinner Time” (1:20) Jin, Michael and Sawyer eat in the tailies’ hatch.
“Special Delivery” (0:36) They tailies find a crate in the ocean.
“Ana Lucia’s Prisoner” (1:30) Sayid is tied up and talks to Libby.
“Libby & Claire” (1:09) They first meet and talk.
“Connected” (1:14) Michael asks Locke about the computer in the hatch.
“I Need to Know” (1:12) Sayid and Claire talk.
“The Doctor’s Solution” (1:26) Eko and Ana Lucia talk about going after the others as Jack suggested.
“What’s Your Story” (2:38) Libby & Hurley taking the laundry out of the laundry machine in the hatch.
“Weakness” (0:36) Sayid and Jack argue about how to treat Henry.
“Are You All Right?” (2:03) Rose and Sun talk.
“I Miss…” (0:44) Libby & Hurley are running on the beach saying what they miss from home.

Lost Bloopers (4:05): Hilarious flubs and mistakes from almost the entire cast. It is fun to watch!

Channel 4 UK Promo (1:05) - A sexy promo for Lost in London. All the cast is mostly featured.

Sneak Peeks - Tons of previews for other BV stuff, also has a season three promo for Lost on ABC.

The following is from the third part of the special features on disc 7, titled “Phase 3: Conclusion”:

Lost Connections: The opening video runs 1:55 and tells us how historically people are connected-- kind of like six degrees of separation. After the video ends, you can choose a character and see all his/her connections. You are in a box with buttons and wires that lead you to the connections. This is very cool!

Mysteries, Theories, & Conspiracies (10:16): Fans, cast and crew share what they think the show is about and how they got on the island. Interviewed is creator J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Leonard Dick, Edward Kitsis, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, Jean Higgins, Christina M. Kim, writer/writer’s assistant Matt Ragghianti, Dominic Monaghan, Josh Holloway, Michelle Rodriguez, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Jorge Garcia, Evangeline Lilly, Matthew Fox, and fans Clayton Sasaki, Fred Holt, Robert Montjoy, Karri Phillips, Mike Sanders, Mike Hanttula, & Chelsie Takasaki.

Secrets from the Hatch (15:46): This is very good! We find out how they made the set for the hatch. Jack Bender did the painting on the wall that Desmond did. And we find out that the sound when the counter goes off is actually from the checkout line of a supermarket! Cool stuff! Interviewed are J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, production designer Jim Spencer, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Matthew Fox.


Final Comments:

Wow yet another 5 star set! Again the TV DVD of the year by far! Or maybe again even the DVD of the year! They just about had everything on this set. There were just a few flaws, such as not including the clip show (Lost: The Journey) and the overlapping discs. The same problems we had last season. Other than that, this deserves many awards. The extras are just about the same in quality as the last set, but the quantity might be a bit down. Season 3 will start airing on ABC on October 4, so re-watch or watch for the first time before the season starts. Lost won the Emmy for Best Drama Series last season, but the stupid Emmy voting system left them off it for this season. How dumb are they? On Sept. 5, run over to your local DVD store or buy the set online from our link below and head on to your room and turn it into a hatch for 23 episodes non-stop! You’ll know how Desmond feels now!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 08/31/06

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