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Lost - The Complete Fourth Season - The Expanded Experience


TITLE: LOST - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON - THE EXPANDED EXPERIENCE


Info:

DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008 (ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2008
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 13 (14 hours)
Running Time: 604 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 6 hours (approx. 247 minutes of extras + 213 minutes of audio commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish, French; Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Audio Commentaries from Cast & Crew on 4 episodes including the two-hour finale
• “LOST in 8:15”
• “LOST on Location” - on 8 different episodes
• “The Island Backlot: LOST in Hawaii”
• “The Right to Bear Arms”
• “Soundtrack of Survival: Composing for Character, Conflict & the Crash”
• “LOST Bloopers”
• “9 Deleted Scenes”
• “The Course of the Future: The Definitive Flash Forwards”
• “The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies”
• “The Freighter Folk”
• “Offshore Shoot”
• “LOST: Missing Pieces Mobisodes”


Introduction:

After 91 days the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 might be rescued. We are at the beginning of the end, as the series gets ready for the end...but we still have a long way to go! They will discover that the only thing more dangerous than the island might be the people who come to rescue them. Find out what happens in these 17 days from day 91 to day 108 in a span of 14 episodes on the fourth season of ABC’s LOST now on DVD from ABC Studios!

In this fourth season, six of our survivors will get off the island. Which 6 and how you’ll have to have to see yourself. The six that get off will have to hide the truth and will be known as the Oceanic Six. What will happen to the other survivors and more importantly the island itself? You have to watch all 14 episodes yourself! By the end of the finale, you’ll know who is in the coffin we saw in the third season finale. Keyword: Jeremy Bentham. And don’t forget the fifth season premieres on ABC on Wednesday, January 21, 2009!

“Lost” season four stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, 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, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, with Harold Perrineau as Michael/Kevin and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This season was cut short due to the writers’ strike. Lost was going to have 16 straight week of episodes, but we only got 13 episodes (14 hours) aired in two different blocks because of the strike. The quality of this season was at its best and perhaps at its best since season one and early season two, at the height of the Lost popularity. Each episode is needed to be watched as the season is intense and addicting. I will relay my favorites of the 14, though I love them all! We saw on the third season finale that a flashforward was used, as we saw Jack and Kate in the future. This season has a lot of flashfowards but still also has flashbacks. You will have to differentiate between the two, but it is not that hard to see. In the season premiere, “The Beginning of the End,” upon learning that Penny did not send the freighter, the survivors of 815 split into two groups led by Jack and Locke, as Hurley and Claire struggle with the news of Charlie's death. In the very next episode, “Confirmed Dead,” a science team from the freighter flown via helicopter by pilot Frank arrives on the island...are they good or bad? In a very unique episode, “The Constant,” upon arriving on the freighter, Desmond gains his 1996 consciousness and time travels between the present 2004 and eight years earlier in 1996. What is happening to Desmond? Michael returns in “Meet Kevin Johnson,” as Sayid and Desmond confront Ben's spy on the freighter: Michael. In “Cabin Fever,” Locke, Ben and Hurley journey to Jacob's cabin, where Locke is informed that they have to move the island. In part of the season finale, “There’s No Place Like Home,” six of the survivors are taken to the freighter and explosives are discovered onboard. Meanwhile, Ben surrenders to the mercenaries and Kate and Sayid meet the Others in the forest. In the two-tour finish, “There’s No Place Like Home Part 2,” after Kate, Sayid and the Others free Ben and kill the mercenaries, Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun, baby Aaron, Desmond and Frank are rescued by Penny after Ben and Locke succeed in moving the island and the freighter explodes. What will happen to them and what about the others on the island?

Recurring stars include Jeff Fahey as the freighter's helicopter pilot Frank Lapidus, Kevin Durand as Martin Keamy the leader of a group of mercenaries from the freighter, Anthony Azizi's as Omar the mercenary, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, John Terry as Christian Shephard, Marsha Thomason as Naomi Dorrit, the first person from the freighter to appear on the island, Marc Vannas as Doctor Ray the freighter's doctor, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Grant Bowler as Captain Gault the captain of the freighter, Fisher Stevens as George Minkowski, Zoë Bell as Regina, and Lance Reddick as the mysterious Matthew Abaddon. Other guest stars include Beth Broderick, Sony Walger, M.C. Gainey, Brett Cullen, and Cheech Marin.

Former regular cast members return for guest spots: Malcolm David Kelley as Walt in both flashbacks and flashforwards and Dominic Monaghan & Cynthia Watros appear in hallucinations as Charlie and Libby.


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 grey color with palm trees surrounding it. Underneath that we see a nice cast photo with Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Aaron, Sayid, Hurley, Jack, Locke, Sun, Jin, Desmond, Juliet and Ben. Beneath that it says “The Complete Fourth Season, The Expanded Experience” and has the number “4” below that (for season four of course) in water. We have a nice blue color scheme this season. The back of the sleeve has more of the blue color and palm trees and water 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 lighter blue box highlighting the bonus features on this set and technical specifications.

When we take the slip sleeve out, we get to the case. The front of the case is nearly identical to the slip sleeve’s cover...but one change. The characters that are not part of the Oceanic 6 are darkened, while the Oceanic 6 are only visible. Also, in the water we see the number “6.” The back of the case has three nice high quality photos, Bernard & Rose; Kate, and Faraday, Charlotte, Bernard, Jin and Rose, with again a blue color scheme and palm trees and water in the background. When we open the case once, on the left side we see a pocket holder for inserts with the show logo. The first insert is a nice Oceanic Airlines “For Your Safety” booklet. It is very creative and you’ll want to read it! The back of that booklet gives us a disc-by-disc breakdown of episode titles. Sorry, no detailed episode info on this set. The next insert is about Buena Vista’s other TV on DVD products, ABC.com, Lost the Official Magazine, and more. The final insert is a Blu-ray brochure of Buenta Vista titles. In the actual cas where the booklets goes, we see a blueprint of the Kahana freighter in the background. On the ride side we nice color photos Ben, Hurley & Locke; Sawyer carrying Claie; and Kate & Sayid). 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 Michael & Desmond). Opening once more, we now see discs three & four, and discs five & six on the far right.

Like the previous sets, the discs are overlapped with two other discs. I hate overlapping, but why change now since all seasons have been like that. Each disc fits the blue color scheme. This time the disc artworks are of items from the season. Most are hard to figure out what they are, but I see the freighter on disc two, the helicopter on disc four and the Dharma logo on disc six. Disc 1 holds episodes 1-3. Disc 2 holds episodes 4-7. Disc 3 holds episodes 8-11. Disc 4 holds episodes 12-14. And Discs 5 and 6 have all the bonus features. Wow! When you remove the discs, we are continued with the Kahana blue print in the background.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are again perfect for this show. Just like the show, they are mysterious and attractive. Again, each menu screen is different on each disc and has nice background music and sound effects. Disc 1 has a shot of inside of Jack’s home in the future as he is sitting on the floor with that beard. Disc 2 has a shot of a shed type cabin by a stream on the island. Disc 3 has a shot of the deck on the Kahana. Disc 4 has a shot of the beach and we see Faraday and Charlotte talking to each other. Disc 5 has a shot of inside of the freighter or it looks like some underground hatch. Disc 6 has a shot of the famous donkey wheel; you’ll see what that is in the finale if you don’t know what I mean. Hint: Brrr. When you finish watching an extra though, the menu artwork changes on this disc...very cool. The options are Play All, Set Up, Bonus Features, Episodes. Bonus Features are only on the discs with commentaries and of course the final two discs which is all bonus features. 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 for whatever reason. Spanish is only in 2.0 and French is only in 5.1, just like the third season DVD. I really like the widescreen on the DVDs, and it looks great again for this set! I got HDTV this past season and loved watching LOST in HD! There are chapter stops for each episode, usually 7 or 8 per episode. Each episode runs mainly about 43 minutes, give or take a few seconds. Nothing is edited and if there were, it would be a disgrace. ABC/Buena Vista is always great with their shows on DVD, especially the current ones, so not to worry. 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 its two-hour form at over 83 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. “The Beginning of the End” (43:05)
2. “Confirmed Dead” (43:05)
3. “The Economist” (43:01)

Disc two
4. “Eggtown” (43:00)
5. “The Constant” (43:04)
6. “The Other Woman” (42:57)
7. “Ji Yeon” (42:42)

Disc three
8. “Meet Kevin Johnson” (43:04)
9. “The Shape of Things to Come” (42:42)
10. “Something Nice Back Home” (43:04)
11. “Cabin Fever” (43:04)

Disc four
12. “There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1” (42:51)
13/14. “There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 and 3” (83:51)


Special Features:

Now to the special features! The first three seasons had everything we could imagine for that time...season four is not a let down at all and probably the best set since season one! The set has around 6 hours worth of bonus materials, including audio commentary. On disc one we have a “LOST in 8:15” feature we could watch before the main menu starts or you can jump to the main menu and watch it later under the bonus features option. Anyway, it is a very nice recap of LOST’s first three seasons before you start this fourth season. It actually runs 8:09, but who cares. The narrator is pretty funny too. If you forgot anything, this is where to go.

Then we have audio commentaries. Again we will have four episodes with audio commentaries, but for the first time ever, we will have audio commentary for a season finale! And not to mention the season finale is double-length episode! So technically we really get five episodes with commentary. On disc one there is audio commentary for the season premiere “Beginning of the End” from actors Evangeline Lilly and Jorge Garcia. 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. Lilly and Garcia are very fun and give lots of insight, but a lot of laughs too. Lilly is very charming and down to earth.

The next audio commentary is on disc two for the episode “The Constant.” Commenting on this episode is editor Mark Goldman and executive producers Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse. This one was very informative to listen to! This was the first time ever an episode editor did a commentary, as the editing back and forth between Desmond’s time traveling was well done by Goldman in the editing department. The next commentary is also on disc two for the episode “Ji Yeon.” Commenting on this episode are director Stephen Semel and actors Daniel Dae Kim & Yunjin Kim. This is probably the least interesting commentary, but still we get lots of inside info. The final commentary is on disc four for the two-hour season finale “There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 and 3.” Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse do the commentating here and they are the perfect people for this episode. They reveal a lot here and this might be the most informative commentary ever...even if they got tired after 83 minutes. All of the commentaries can be accessed in the bonus features option on their respected discs. Now to the big stuff ... the actual discs with nothing but extras ... discs five and six!

The following is on disc 5:
Lost: On Location - We get behind the scenes on a scene or two being produced (on 8 episodes totaling 41:56) “The Beginning of the End” (4:19): We get a look at the scene where Hurley’s car chase being filmed. Interviewed are Jorge Garcia, director Jack Bender, stunt driver Steve Picerni, and stunt coordinator Buddy Joe Hooker.

“Confirmed Dead” (4:34): We get a look at the scene where Charlotte is stuck upside down on a tree. Interviewed on this are Rebecca Mader, director Stephen Williams, and stunt coordinator Michael Trisler.

“The Constant” (5:25): We take a look at time traveling for Desmond. Interviewed are director Jack Bender, Henry Ian Cusick, and sculptor gang boss Mathias V. Wessinger.

“The Other Woman” (5:21): We get an inside look at the fight scene between Juliet and Charlotte! Interviewed are stunt coordinator Michael Trisler, stunt double Alina Andrei, stunt double Shauna Duggins, Elizabeth Mitchell, Rebecca Mader, director Eric Laneuville and director of photography Cort Fey.

“Meet Kevin Johnson” (4:15): This is the first episode for Michael, as he returns. Commenting on this and showing us the behind the scenes details are Harold Perrineau, executive producers Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, supervising producer/writer Elizabeth Sarnoff, M.C. Gainey Marsha Thomason, and Cynthia Watros.

“The Shape of Things to Come” (7:42): Find out the tricks from Josh Holloway in the shooting scene where he tries to rescue Claire. Commenting are director Jack Bender, Josh Holloway, Michael Emerson, Jorge Garcia, stunt coordinator Michael Trisler, Emily de Ravin, and Tania Raymonde.

“Cabin Fever” (4:50): Find out how they slashed the good doctor from the freighter. Interviewed are Marc Vann, make-up department head Steve La Porte, and stunt double Mark Rayner.

“There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 and 3” (5:22): Find out what they did in the finale including the shooting scene. Interviewed in this to give us insight are director Jack Bender, executive producers Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, Jorge Garcia, Kevin Durand, Anthony Azizi, Elizabeth Mitchell and Rebecca Mader.

The Island Backlot: LOST in Hawaii (17:51): This great featurette shows us a nice map of Hawaii and all the locations they shoot including Police Beach. Did you know they have recreated all these cities and stuff like Berlin, Iraq, Korea, all in Hawaii! They have only shot like 4 scenes ever out of Hawaii. They do a great job and the attention to detail is amazing! Interviewed are Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, Matthew Fox, Walea Constantinay (Honolulu Film Commissioner), exec producer Jean Higgins, Jack Bender, Noeu Nakai (set dresser), Jim Triplett (location manager), Elizabeth Mitchell, Josh Holloway, Shane White (grip), Carla Bowen (key 2nd assistant director), Michael Emerson, Rebecca Mader, Stephen Williams, Mitch Suskin (visual effects supervisor), Tim Beach (art director), Naveen Andrews, Jonathan A. Carlson (production designer), Daniel Dae Kim, Jorge Garcia, Dustin Gomez (locations assistant), Henry Ian Cusick, Harold Perrineau, Rich T. Sickle (1st assistant director), Norman Kali (2nd assistant director), Marsha Thomason, Derrick Kaupiko (set dresser), Carol Bayne Kelley (set decorator), Craig Lewis (set dresser/shopper), Michael Emerson, John Bartley (director of photography), Bryan Burk, Jorge Garcia and Yunjin Kim. Wowsers!

The Right to Bear Arms (11:13)  This is a featurette about the guns on the show. Wow, I didn’t realize all the times guns were used on this show not to mention how many times gun(s) was said. Script coordinator Gregg Nations does a nice job keeping track of who has whose gun and what. Interviewed are Jorge Garcia, Evangeline Lilly, Stephen Williams, Josh Holloway, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis (co-executive producer), Gregg Nations (script coordinator), Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Matthew Fox, Rob Kyker (property master), Don Bracken (prop assistant), Rebecca Mader, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Yunjin Kim.

Soundtrack of Survival: Composing for Character, Conflict & the Crash (26:19): The great Michael Giacchino’s music is featured here and we get a sense how he picks music for a scene. He is so great at what he does. Also, we get a look at an outdoor symphony done by Michael in Hawaii in September 2007. Lots of cast members were there like Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn and Evangeline Lilly, who looked stunning in that dress and even with glasses. Interviewed on this are, Carlton Cuse, Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams, the sexy Samantha Thomas (co-producer), Damon Lindelof, Stephen Williams, Bryan Burk, Emily de Ravin, Michael Emerson, Jorge Garcia, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Slim (principal percussionist), Terry O’Quinn, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, and Daniel Dae Kim.

LOST Bloopers (3:22): Hilarious flubs and mistakes from almost the entire cast. It is fun to watch but not as long as last season’s bloopers. Still good, though.

Deleted Scenes (9:30): We get nine deleted scenes here. I can’t really talk about them until you see them yourself. It is always neat to see what was cut for time or cut in general. If it was cut for time, I wish they would put them in the actual episode where it belongs.

We also have Sneak Peeks over other ABC and Buena Vista stuff.

The following is on Disc 6:
The Course of the Future: The Definitive Flash Forwards (56:02): This is a very good extra and it is great to see all at once. We get ALL the flash forwards in chronological order. So it is nice to see them all at once, but also in the right order so we know when things happened. For example, the last scene of season four is the latest flash forward ever, while the earliest flash forward is the Oceanic Six on the plane. Before we see that, we get short comments in interviews from Carlton Cuse, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia, Michael Emerson, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox and Yunjin Kim.

The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies (21:10): We get a disclaimer saying that these are not the thoughts of the producers and stuff. On the last set I said the featurette “Lost in a Day” was probably the best extra EVER for the series! But maybe this tops it even more. “Lost in a Day” was more informative and factual and was like a 48 Hours or Primetime special, but this is more of a True Hollywood Story or a conspiracy type! It is a conspiracy documentary with a great narrator and images and theories. The theories this gives makes sense, but we know the Oceanic Six are lying to protect the other survivors, but of course in the actual show the world doesn’t know that. This is VERY interesting and a must watch. This has lots of theories and such...which are right? You can tell since we really know what happens. Maybe Lapidus produced it?

The Freighter Folk (12:40): This explores the newbies, known as the freighter folks. We get a look at the new people from the freighter such as Faraday, Charlotte, Miles, Lapidus, Keamy, the Doctor, the Captain, and Minkowski! Interviewed are Elizabeth Mitchell, Stephen Williams, Jack Bender, Evangeline Lilly, Jeff Fahey, Carlton Cuse, Edward Kitsis, Damond Lindelof, Jeremy Davies, Adam Horowitz, L. Scott Caldwell, Sam Anderson, Rebecca Mader, Daniel Dae Kim, Ken Lueng, Fisher Stevens, Josh Holloway, Michael Emerson, Kevin Durand, Marc Vann, and Elizabeth Sarnoff .

Offshore Shoot (7:50): You will see how they shot on the freighter on the water. The Kahana is a real freighter actually. Interviewed are Leah Warshawski (assistant marine coordinator), Jim Triplett, Naveen Andrews, Jack Bender, Henry Ian Cusick, Victor Lozano (marine coordinator), Brad Hayes (aviation technical advisor), Grant Bowler, Mario Lewis, (captain of the real Kahana), Bob Bowen (real chief engineer of the Kahana), Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Jorge Garcia, and Jeff Fahey.

LOST: Missing Pieces mobisodes (31:21): These are 2-3 minute mini episodes that aired prior to season four on cell phones and later on abc.com. They created 13 of them and they are all very interesting and make us think a bit, while also giving more details on a character. We get all 13 here and they are worth watching, especially the last one! WOW!


Final Comments:

I might sound like a broken record...but once again, a LOST DVD never disappoints. I look forward to this every year and have a blast watching. I take an entire day nearly out of this and love it! This is how DVDs should be done each season. This once again is the TV DVD of the year again by far! They just about had everything on this set and even with fewer episodes the extras are more than last time! There were just a few flaws, such as the overlapping discs, like always. Other than that, once again this set deserves many awards. The extras are just about the same in quality as the last set and more in quantity I think. That “The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lie” extra is a genius special feature and maybe the best featurette ever! It is a must watch! Also, I loved watching ALL the flash forwards in chronological order and watching them that way and all at once makes things clearer. This was an excellent move by Buena Vista in doing this. Season 5 will start airing on ABC starting January 21, so re-watch or watch for the first time before the season starts. By the time you finish reading this review, you could be back in 1996 like Desmond...ask someone what year it is!


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 12/06/08

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