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Lost - The Complete Third Season - The Unexplored Experience


TITLE: LOST - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON - THE UNEXPLORED EXPERIENCE


Info:

DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2006-07
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 7
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 991 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 6 hours (approx. 166 minutes of extras + 172 min of audio commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish, French; Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Audio Commentaries from Cast & Crew on 4 episodes
• “The Lost Book Club”
• “Cast in Clay”
• “The Next Level: Inside the Video Game”
• “Lost on Location” - on 10 different episodes
• “Crew Tribute with Evangeline Lilly”
• “Lost in a Day”
• “The World of the Others”
• “Terry O’Quinn: Throwing from the Handle”
• “Blooper Reel”
• “The Lost Flashbacks” - 3 never before seen back stories
• “9 Deleted Scenes”
• “The Orchid Instructional Film”


Introduction:

Did you forget to type the numbers and push the button? Well it seems you did because now the hatch has exploded and season three is starting! Now you can watch every episode of the great third season of the mega-hit Lost on DVD from Buena Vista Home Entertainment! The set is jam-packed with bonus material and 23 extraordinary episodes.

The third season continues the stories of a group of over forty people who have been stranded on a remote island in the South Pacific, after their airplane crashed sixty-eight days prior to the beginning of the season. As we last left the show, Jack, Sawyer and Kate were captured by the Others. At the start of this season, we see Jack is imprisoned in an underwater Dharma Initiative station, and interrogated by an Other named Juliet. Kate and Sawyer are kept in nearby cages. Sawyer tries to escape with a teenage Other named Karl, but they are caught. "Henry Gale," whose real name is Ben, is revealed to be the leader of the Others.

“Lost” season three stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This season was divided into two blocks. The first block aired in the fall and had six episodes, while the winter/spring block ran for sixteen consecutive weeks due to fan complaints about too many repeats. While many thought the first block of six episodes was “weak,” the block of sixteen was much better but there were complaints early on in that block as well for an episode or two. I don’t know what all the hassle was. Except 1 or 2 episodes, I think this season was very good, especially the last 6 or so. The season starts with the episode “A Tale of Two Cities,” where we left off last season as Jack, Kate, and Sawyer are prisoners. In “Further Instructions,” Locke, Eko and Desmond are found scattered about the island after the implosion of the hatch and Desmond has been fundamentally altered by the implosion, giving him a mysterious new power. In the fall finale, “I Do,” Jack makes a decision regarding Ben's offer. In the second-half premiere, “Not in Portland,” Jack has the Others in a desperate situation as he holds Ben's life in his hands. In a very fun-filled episode, “Tricia Tanaka is Dead,” Hurley finds an old van in the jungle and attempts to use it to help a fellow survivor in need of faith and hope. In “Enter 77,” Kate, Sayid, and Locke stumble upon a mysterious structure surrounded by farm animals and meet its strange inhabitant. In one of the best episodes of the season, “The Man from Tallahassee,” Kate, Sayid and Locke arrive at the Others' camp, Ben promises to tell Locke the island's secrets as long as he stops his destructive plan, and Kate's reunion with Jack doesn't go very well when she learns that the Others have offered him a deal. In “One of Us,” Jack returns, but no one is in the mood for celebrating when they see that Juliet has come back with him. In “D.O.C.,” Sun learns what happens to pregnant women on the island. Juliet takes her to the Staff in order to learn the baby's D.O.C. (Date of Conception). The last four episodes are Emmy worthy. In “The Brig,” after abandoning the Others, Locke takes Sawyer on a trek through the jungle to help him eliminate a common enemy. In “The Man Behind the Curtain,” Locke confronts Ben and demands that Ben take him to Jacob. Charlie makes a list of the best moments of his life in “Greatest Hits.” Finally, in the two-hour finale “Through the Looking Glass,” so much happens that I will not spoil it here!

Lost had a lot of guest stars in the flashback scenes, there were a few that were on the island, too, they are: Rodrigo Santoro and Kiele Sanchez as Paulo and Nikki, Kevin Tighe as Anthony Cooper, Sam Anderson as Barnard, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Mira Furlan as Danielle, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Michael Bowen as Picket, Andrew Divoff as Mikhail the Patchy, Marsha Thomason as Naomi, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, and M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom. Flashback guests include William Mapother as Ethan, John Terry as Dr. Shephard, Beth Broderick as Diane, Nathan Fillion as Kevin, Julie Bowen as Sarah, Frederic Lehne as The Marshall, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Sonya Walger as Penny Widmore, Cheech Marin as David Reyes, Billy Dee Williams as Mr. LaShade, Daniel Roebuck as Dr. Artz, Maggie Grace as Shannon and Ian Somerhalder as Boone. Francois Chau plays Dr. Marvin Candle in the orientation videos.


Packaging:

The packaging is very good and similar to the previous sets. 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 green/yellow color and to the side it says, “Jacob Loves You” in small print. Palm tree leaves are in the background. Underneath that is a blank spot so you can see through to the box (which has headshots of various characters). Beneath that it says “The Complete Third Season, The Unexplored Experience” and has the number “3” below that. The back of the sleeve has more of the palm tree leaves in the background and three different screenshots from the show. Below that, there is a synopsis of the show and set. There is also a nice light green/yellow box highlighting some of the bonus features on this set and technical specifications.

When we take the slip sleeve out, we get to the case. There are nice headshots of characters: Claire, Charlie, Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Desmond, Mr. Eko, Jin, Locke, Juliet, Ben, Sayid, Hurley and Sun. The logo is above all that. In addition, below the headshots we see a far look of the Others’ camp! The back of the case has three nice high quality photos, Claire, Paulo & Nikki, and Sayid. 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, ABC.com, Lost the Official Magazine, Get Lost on Oahu, Lost the Video Game, and Lost McFarlane Toys. On the ride side we nice color photos (a shirtless Locke, Jack, Juliet & Ben, and Sayid, Kate & Locke). When we open the case once more, we see discs one and two in the middle, with more color photos on the right (Jack & Juliet, Hurley, Sun & Jin, and Charlie). Opening once more, we now see discs three & four, with you guessed it, more color photos on the right side (Desmond and Charlie). And in the final open, we see discs five & six on the left and the last disc on the right.

Like the previous sets, 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. Each disc fits the green color scheme. Disc 1 has artwork of Locke & Jack and episodes 1-4. Disc 2 has artwork of Sawyer & Kate and episodes 5-8. Disc 3 has artwork of Mr. Eko & Sayid and episodes 9-12. Disc 4 has artwork of Charlie & Claire and episodes 13-16. Disc 5 has artwork of Sun & Jin and episodes 17-20. Disc 6 has artwork of Hurley & Desmond and episodes 21-24. The bonus disc has artwork of Ben & Juliet. 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 and has nice background music and sound effects. Disc 1 has a shot of the pier where we saw Jack, Hurley, Sawyer and Kate get captured. Disc 2 has a shot of rain falling by the cages where Sawyer and Kate were later taken. Disc 3 has a TV screen with Juliet’s taped message to Jack playing on the screen. Disc 4 has the huge green valley and Hurley’s blue van riding around. Disc 5 has a shot of rocks by the ocean with high waves. Disc 6 has a shot of the Others’ camp and we see Locke’s dad tied up. Disc 7 is the extras disc and we see Ben’s control room where he has six screens...more on that in the special features section. 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 change the Audio Options (English, French or Spanish), turn on the Captions (English, French or Spanish), how to Register Your DVD, and Return to Episode. The episodes option takes you to the episode menu screen, where we can choose which episode. Each time we select episodes or any other sub menu, the great background music from the show plays.


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. Spanish is in 2.0 and French is in 5.1. We didn’t have any options to change it to another language on the season two set. I’ve only seen the show in widescreen on the DVDs, and it looks great again for this set! There are chapter stops for each episode, usually 8 per episode. Each episode runs mainly about 42-43 minutes, give or take a few seconds. Nothing is edited and if there were, it would be a disgrace. 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, is in two-parts here. 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. “A Tale of Two Cities” (43:13)
2. “The Glass Ballerina” (43:12)
3. “Further Instructions” (42:01)
4. “Every Man for Himself” (43:13)

Disc two
5. “The Cost of Living” (43:14)
6. “I Do” (43:07)
7. “Not in Portland” (43:14)
8. “Flashes Before Your Eyes” (43:08)

Disc three
9. “Stranger in a Strange Land” (43:10)
10. “Tricia Tanaka is Dead” (43:06)
11. “Enter 77” (43:01)
12. “Par Avion” (43:02)

Disc four
13. “The Man from Tallahassee” (43:09)
14. “Exposé” (42:26)
15. “Left Behind” (43:06)
16. “One of Us” (43:09)

Disc five
17. “Catch-22” (42:13)
18. “D.O.C.” (43:06)
19. “The Brig” (43:10)
20. “The Man Behind the Curtain” (43:07)

Disc six
21. “Greatest Hits” (43:08)
22. “Through the Looking Glass, Part 1” (43:04)
23. “Through the Looking Glass, Part 2” (43:09)


Special Features:

Now to the special features! Seasons one and two sets had everything we could imagine...season three is not a let down at all! The set has around 6 hours worth of bonus materials, including audio commentary. Let’s start with audio commentary. Last season we had five episodes with commentary, this season we have four episodes with commentary. On disc one there is audio commentary for the season premiere “A tale of Two Cities” from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Elizabeth Mitchell. I would suggest all fans who watched this episode before, to watch it first with the commentary. If you are watching the episode for the first time, watch it without the commentary and then watch it with it.

The next audio commentary is on disc two for the episode “I Do.” Commenting on this episode is executive producer Carlton Cuse, Evangeline Lilly, and Josh Holloway. This one was very fun to listen! The next commentary is on disc four for the episode “Expose.” Commenting on this episode are co-executive producers and writers for this episode, Edwart Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. They reveal they were working on a mystery type episode since like season one. The final commentary is on disc five on the episode “The Man Behind the Curtain.” Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and Michael Emerson commentate. 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 seven!

When we put disc seven in we see Ben’s control room. This is where he can track different parts of the island. You know, this is where he showed Jack the intimate Kate & Sawyer. There are six screens where he can see video from...well, guess what? We are in charge of these screens now! Only four of them can be accessed it seems. Screens 2-5 only can be accessed. So, let’s get to it!

The following is inside “Screen 2” on disc 7, as we are inside the cage:

The Lost Book Club (8:11):
Interviewed are exec producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Jeff Pinker, story editor Christina M. Kim, Michael Emerson (Ben), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), supervising producer Elizabeth Sarnoff, and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet). This featurette shows us how literature is an important part of the show. You won’t believe how many books are in this show, unless you look carefully!

Cast in Clay (5:13) 
This is a featurette about the Lost toys that are made by McFarlane Toys. They look so cool! I want one now! We are in various locations here. First up is at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con. On hand are Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), executive producers Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, and McFarlane Toys Founder & CEO Todd McFarlane. Next, we are at the Hawaii Cast Scanning where they go and record and are scanned for the toys. On hand are Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Daniel Dae Jim (Jin), and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko). Then we are at the McFarlane Studios in New Jersey. On hand are 3-D digital modeler Mark Dowey and sculptors Brian Fay & Alex Heinke. Then finally, the toys are revealed at the Toys ‘R Us in NYC! Jorge Garcia is among the ones on hand.

The Next Level: Inside the Video Game (4:05): We get a sneak peek at the video game by Ubisoft with details and insight. Interviewed on this are, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, associate producer Samantha Thomas, script writer for Ubisoft Kevin Shortt, and we have a look at the Montreal Studios for the company where we see producer of Ubisoft Gadi Pollack, lead animator of Ubisoft Xavier Rang, and creative director of Ubisoft Nicolas Eypert.

The following is from the second part of the special features on disc 7 under Screen 3 as we are at a locker:

Lost: On Location (10 episodes totaling 58:13)

“The Glass Ballerina” (4:49): We get a look where scenes were filmed in an episode that dealt with Sun and Jin’s back-story. Interviewed is Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, stunt supervisor Michael Vendell, actor Tony Lee, stuntman Keoki Sakata.
“Every Man for Himself” (6:57): Interviewed on this are Josh Holloway, make-up department supervisor Steve LaPorte, Evangeline Lilly, actor Michael Bowen, Michael Emerson, M.C. Gainey, and property master Rob Kyker.
“Not in Portland” (7:01): In the episode that marked the series’ return from hiatus, the character of Juliet is featured. Interviewed are supervising producer/director Stephen Williams, Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox, Elizabeth Mitchell, Carlton Cuse, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, actor Blake Bashoff, and actress Tania Raymonde.
“Flashes Before Your Eyes” (7:40): This is a Desmond-centric episode and this featurette goes behind the scenes of this episode. Interviewed are Damon Lindelof, first assistant director Rich T. Sickler, Henry Ian Cusick, Emile de Ravin, Dominic Monaghan, and executive producer/director Jack Bender.
“Tricia Tanaka is Dead” (4:29): This is the very fun episode that featured Hurley. Commenting on this and showing us the behind the scenes details are Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, and stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos.
“The Man from Tallahassee” (4:36): So who is this man from Tallahassee? Maybe you’ll find out here. Commenting are Jeff Pinker, Terry O’Quinn, visual effects supervisor Kevin Blank ,second unit first assistant director Chip Touhey, supervising producer Elizabeth Sarnoff, sculptor Jim Van Houten, and art director Scott Cobb.
“Expose” (4:59): This is the episode where we find out who the hell Nikki and Paulo were. Interviewed are Stephen Williams, Kiele Sanchez, Rodigo Santoro, co-executive producer Jean Higgins, editor Stephen Semel, first assistant director Rich T. Sickler, actor Daniel Roebuck, Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder, and visual effects supervisor Kevin Blank.
“The Man Behind the Curtain” (5:08): This is one of the best episodes and we get a taste of Jacob. Who is he? Interviewed in this to give us insight are Rich T. Sickler, director Bobby Roth, art director Andrew Murdock, Jack Bender, actress Madeline Carroll, actor Sterling Beaumon, Michael Emerson, and Nestor Carbonell.
“Greatest Hits” (6:18): This is the episode where Charlie makes that list. Find out more about it here! Interviewed are Stephen Williams, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, actor Neil Hopkins, Dominic Monaghan, Emile de Ravin, and actress Andrea Gabriel. Nadia returns once again with another character.
“Through the Looking Glass” (6:06): Find out the locations and such for the season finale! Interviewed are Damon Lindelof, Matthew Fox, Jack Bender, Michael Emerson, Tania Raymonde, Mira Furlan, Marsha Thomason, producer/unit production manager Pat Churchill, Dominic Monaghan and Carlton Cuse.

Crew Tribute with Evangeline Lilly (7:18): This is a very good extra. The lovely Evangeline Lilly goes around the set and shows us people who we normally don’t see. Evangeline seems to have a great relationship with all the crew. Kudos to the crew indeed!

Lost in a Day (25:32): This is probably the best extra on this set and maybe EVER for the series! It is very informative and you feel like you are right there with them! It takes place on Wednesday, February 21, 2007. It is narrated in the style of shows like 60 Minutes or Primetime. Fans of Lost will have a chance to see what it really takes to create the show each season. Cameras follow each part of the Lost machine to cover a day’s work on the series. Spanning seven episodes, from Hawaii to California, and from the writers’ room and the sound studio to the production office and the Hawaii set, you’ll be amazed to see everything this show accomplishes day in and day out. Michael Emerson arrives early in the morning for his scenes on the sixteenth episode of the season “One of Us.” Interviewed are Emerson, post production assistant Coriedus Brown, Jack Bender, first assistant director Richard Schroer, Chip Touhey. While that is going on Rich T. Sickler is prepping on episode 17 “Catch 22” which begins shooting the next day. Back in Los Angeles, Lindelof & Cuse are discussing reshooting scenes for episode 14 “Expose.” In the writers’ room, discussion for episode 19 “The Brig” is being taken place. Episode 11 is in post-production with Bryan Burk and post-production assistant Adam Lambert. More people featured are transportation captain Jon “Sudee” Dahl, second assistant director Joyce McCarthy, Stephen Williams, production designer Zack Grobler, set decorator Carol Kelley, foley artist Dong Reid, Henry Ian Cusick, location casting director Margaret Doversola, extras casting coordinator Julie Carlson, and script coordinator Gregory Nations. Much more happens as well. Watch this!

The following is from the third part of the special features on disc 7 under Screen 4 as we see an old computer:

The World of the Others (14:11): This explores the crucial role of “The Others” in season 3 and what the world of Lost holds for these characters in the future. Interviewed are Carlton Cuse, Dominic Monaghan, Michael Emerson, Jack Bender, Henry Ian Cusick, Jorge Garcia, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jeff Pinker, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Damon Lindelof, William Mapother, Stephen Williams, M.C. Gainey, Blake Bashoff, art director Scott Cobb, location manager Jim Triplett, art director Andrew Murdock, Greg Nations, Matthew Fox, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, and Josh Holloway.

Terry O’Quinn: Throwing from the Handle (1:40): We get a disclaimer saying don’t try this at home! We see Locke throwing knives. Terry became an expert at this and shows us how to throw knives at something. This is a very random extra but very fun.

Blooper Reel (6:34): Hilarious flubs and mistakes from almost the entire cast. It is fun to watch and longer than the second season’s bloopers!

The following is from the final part of the special features on disc 7, under Screen 5 where we see an old desk with desk light and stuff:

The Lost Flashbacks:
“Further Instructions” - Locke Escapes (1:26).
“The Glass Ballerina” - The funeral scene of Tony Lee’s character (0:38).
“Expose” - People can change says Nikki and Paulo (3:34)!
Deleted Scenes (17:20): We get nine deleted scenes here.
Sneak Peeks - Tons of previews for other BV stuff, also has a season four promo for Lost on ABC...coming in 2008
The Orchid Instructional Film (2:09): More from Dr. Marvin Candle! What doesn’t he want us to see? Hmmm, this is very interesting. At the end it says, Lost returns in 2008!


Final Comments:

Once again, a Lost DVD does not disappoint. This is how DVDs should be done each season. This will be the TV DVD of the year again by far! They just about had everything on this set. There were just a few flaws, such as the overlapping discs. The same problems we had last season. Other than that, once again this deserves many awards. The extras are just about the same in quality as the last set and in quantity, too. That “Lost in a Day” extra should be nominated for many awards because it is so well done! It is a must watch! Season 4 will start airing on ABC in early 2008, so re-watch or watch for the first time before the season starts. Catch Terry O’Quinn in his Emmy-winning season! So, get off that chair and don’t wait for a hatch to explode so you can see the future and buy this DVD TODAY!


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 12/05/07

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