TITLE: LOST - THE COMPLETE SIXTH AND FINAL SEASON
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010 (ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Packaging: Digipak with outer box
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 16 (18 ½ hours)
Running Time: 802 minutes
Audio: English 5.1/English 2.0
Subtitles and Captioning: English, French, & Espanol Subtitles; No Closed Captioning.
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 111 minutes of extras + 218 minutes of audio commentaries
* Audio Commentaries from Cast/Crew on 4 episodes
* LOST on Location - on 6 different episodes
* The New Man in Charge
* Crafting a Final Season
* A Hero’s Journey
* See You In Another Life, Brotha
* LOST Bloopers
* 9 Deleted Scenes
It’s time to wrap up LOST and find out what happens in the most anticipated ending of a TV series in recent memory. ABC Studio brings us the sixth and final season of LOST on Blu-ray and DVD! This review will focus on the DVD version, like we have since season one. Complete your LOST DVD collection with this 5-disc set featuring 16 exciting and action packed episodes, which includes the epic 2 ½ hour series finale.
Audiences can relive or discover every episode in the landmark final season, as the fate of each character and answers to long-pondered mysteries from the previous seasons are revealed! This release contains hours of never-before-seen bonus footage including deleted scenes, bloopers, and an often emotional featurette where cast, crew, writers, producers and other Hollywood notables discuss ending the acclaimed series. We also have the much-anticipated new chapter of the island’s story from the show runners/executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
LOST season six stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emily 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, Jeff Fahey as Lapidus, Zuleikha Robinson as Illana, with Nestor Carbonell as Richard and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.
What a way to end! LOST certainly never disappoints. And for those who complain about the ending, they didn’t pay attention because it is pretty simple and a fitting ending to the series. I give kudos to the cast and crew on a fine series finale and also a strong final season. We get 18 1/2 hours of very interesting stories, including the revealing 2 ½ hour season finale! Each episode is needed to be watched as the series is of course serialized, if you didn’t already know (*sarcasm*). I will relay my favorites of the 16 episodes, though I love them all! In the two-hour season premiere, “LA X,” two outcomes of the detonation of the nuclear bomb are presented -- in the first, Flight 815 lands safely at LAX, where Kate escapes from the marshal and Jack learns that his father's body was lost in transit -- and in the second, the survivors return to the present day after Jacob's death, while Juliet dies and Sayid is resurrected after being brought to the Others' temple. In “The Substitute,” on the island, the Man in Black attempts to recruit Sawyer in his attempt to leave the island, while an impromptu funeral is held for the real Locke and in the flash sideways Locke is fired from his job and becomes a substitute teacher. In “Dr. Linus,” Ilana discovers Ben killed Jacob, so she plans to kill him, while Jack, Hurley and a suicidal Richard visit the Black Rock and in the flash sideways, Ben, a high school teacher, tries to blackmail the school's principal. In the classic episode, “Ab Aeterno,” Richard Alpert's back story is shown: In 1867, he is brought to the island on the Black Rock as a slave; he makes a deal with Jacob to be his representative in exchange for immortality and in the present day, Hurley convinces him to help the candidates replace Jacob and stop the Man in Black from leaving the Island. In “Happily Ever After,” on the island, Widmore subjects Desmond to a large amount of electromagnetic energy as an experiment and in the flash sideways, Desmond, with the aid of Charlie, starts to have visions of his life in the original timeline. And the last four episodes are a must -- “The Candidate,” “Across the Sea,” “What They Died For,” and “The End.” I won’t give away plotlines, but “Across the Sea” gives us the back story on Jacob and his enemy and how they came about on the island. And in the series finale, “The End,” you’ll have to watch to find out what happens...
Recurring stars include Mark Pellegrino as Jacob, Titus Welliver as man in black, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Kimberly Joseph as Cindy, John Terry as Christian Shephard, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Sonya Walger as Penny Widmore, Hiroyuki Sanada as Dogen, Francois Chau as Pierre Chang, John Hawkes as Lennon, Anthony Azizi as Omar, Kevin Durand as Keamy, Jon Gries as Roger Linus, Neil Hopkins as Liam, Kevin Tigh as Anthony Cooper, and Fionnula Flanagan as Eloise Hawking. Other guest stars include Katey Sagal, Fisher Stevens, William Atherton, Brad William Henke and Allison Janney.
Former regular cast members return for guest spots: Dominic Monaghan as Charlie, Jeremy Davies as Daniel, Ian Somerhalder as Boone, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte, Harold Perrineau as Michael, Cynthia Watros as Libby, Maggie Grace as Shannon, Daniel Roebuck as Arzt, Fredric Lehne as Marshall, Sean Whalen as Frogurt, William Mapother as Ethan, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia and Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet.
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 since this season just aired from Jan-May 2010. ABC/Buena Vista is always great with their shows on DVD, especially the current ones, so not to worry LOST fans. Original music, which is in some episodes during the closing scene, is all intact I believe. The series finale, which originally aired as a two and a half hour episode, is in its original form at over 104 minutes. The following are the episode runtimes:
1. “LA X” (84:03)
2. “What Kate Does” (42:58)
3. “The Substitute” (43:04)
4. “Lighthouse” (44:02)
5. “Sundown” (42:02)
6. “Dr. Linus” (43:04)
7. “Recon” (43:05)
8. “Ab Aeterno” (47:37)
9. “The Package” (43:05)
10. “Happily Ever After” (42:54)
11. “Everybody Loves Hugo” (42:36)
12. “The Last Recruit” (43:04)
13. “The Candidate” (43:05)
14. “Across the Sea” (43:05)
15. “What They Died For” (43:04)
16/17. “The End” (104:38)
The packaging is very good as always with LOST. We have an outer box holding a digipak case inside. The color scheme of this DVD is black. The cover of both the box and digipak case has the LOST logo on top, followed by a nice shot of the entire case from all six seasons, then below that it says “The Complete Sixth Season” and below that it says “The Final Season” and the number 6 below that. The back of the box has four different episodic photos from the show and below that there is a synopsis of the show and set. There is also a nice gray box highlighting the bonus features on this set and technical specifications. The back of the case has about 9 different episodic photos from this season. It is very cool.
Anyway, opening the digipak case, on the left side we see a pocket holder for inserts with the show logo and disc-by-disc breakdown. We have three inserts, but nothing noteworthy. On the actual case where the inserts go, we see the start of the caves where Jacob wrote all the names and numbers. Discs one and two are in the middle panel. Opening once more, we now see discs three & four on one panel and disc five on the far right panel.
Like the previous sets, the discs are overlapped with two other discs (except for disc 5). I hate overlapping, but why change now since all seasons have been like that? Each disc fits the black color scheme. Once again the disc artworks are of items/scenes from the season. Disc 1 has the Swan station destruction site from “LA X” and the disc holds episodes 1-3. Disc 2 has a shot of the temple and holds episodes 4-7. Disc 3 has artwork of the wooden ankh that Jacob gave Hurley to give to Dogen and holds episodes 8-11. Disc 4 has artwork of the Black Rock it seems and holds episodes 12-15. And disc 5 has artwork of the lighthouse and holds the 2 ½ hour series finale and all of bonus features. Wow! When you remove the discs, we are continued with artwork of the names on the cave. 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42!
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are again perfect for this show. Just like the show, they are mysterious and attractive. We are first started with the quick sound used on the opening title screen then we get to the main menu. Again, each menu screen is different on each disc and has nice background music and sound effects. Disc 1 has white smoke, clouds, whatever you want to call it. But after you watch “LA X,” it goes away and the main menu then has a shot of the inside of the airplane where Jack was sitting. Disc 2 has a shot of inside the temple with the holy water and we can hear it, too. Disc 3 has a shot of the dock on Hydra Island where the sub is anchored. Disc 4 has a shot of the outside where Desmond was tested by Widmore for electromagnetism. And disc 5 has a shot of Jacob talking to the candidates in the dark, like on the show. The menu options are Episodes, Bonus Features, Set Up, Play All, and Sneak Peek. Bonus Features have audio commentaries on discs 1-4 and of course the final disc has the actual features. Set Up has where we can change the Audio Options (English 5.1 or 2.0), 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 by episode title. Each time we select episodes or any other sub menu, the great background music from the show plays. Sneak Peeks is on disc five and has trailers for Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives season 6 DVDs. Auto trailers play before the main menu on disc one and we get ABC on DVD/Blu-ray, FLASHFORWARD, Castle and Legend of the Seeker DVDs.
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 again. I really like the widescreen on the DVDs and it looks great again for this set! I have HDTV at home, so I’m used to better, but I don’t have a Blu-ray player. However, my DVD player converts to HD, so it looks great! There are chapter stops for each episode, usually 8 or 9 per episode. Also of note, we get to watch the actual closing credits again! On the network airings, they are in split screen form with ABC promos for the following week on the right side. The closing credits are about 36-38 seconds and have a nice touch to it.
Now to the special features! Like always, LOST DVDs are filled with special features that takes forever to review...but that is a good thing! I’m just glad this is the last time I have to review this! We have four episodes with audio commentaries on this set, up from the two only that was on the previous set. On disc one there is audio commentary for the season premiere “LA X” from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Before the commentary starts, there is a disclaimer saying watch out for spoilers! Damon & Carlton reveal lots of spoilers from later the season, so you need to watch all the episodes first then come back to this and listen to this commentary. The next audio commentary is on disc two for the episode “Dr. Linus.” Commenting on this episode is executive producers/writers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Michael Emerson. There is that disclaimer before the start of the episode on this one, too and all of the commentaries on this set. Disc three has commentary on the classic episode “Ab Aeterno” from co-produers Melinsa Hs Taylor & Greggory Nations along with Nestor Carbonell! And the final audio commentary is on disc four for the episode “Across the Sea.” Commenting here are executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Damon addresses the fan response to this episode. I thought the episode was outstanding and needed. All of the commentaries can be accessed in the bonus features option on their respective discs. Now to the big stuff ... the actual disc with the real extras ... disc five!
First up we have the anticipated new chapter of LOST titled “New Man in Charge.” This runs 11:54 and is a must-see. It answers some answers and gives us a taste of how Hurley and Ben handled things. Next up we have a very good featurette titled “The End: Crafting a Final Season.” This runs 38:29 and is a must watch as it highlights a day in the life for this final season, including what was going on the set during the finale. Also, creators of other hit series are interviewed! Interviewed are Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, Jorge Garcia, Shawn Ryan (executive producer The Shield), Rob Bowman (executive producer X-Files/Castle), Stephen J. Cannell (executive producer Rockford Files), James Burrows (executive producer Cheers), Paul Zybszewski (co-executive producer), Elizabeth Sarnoff (executive producer), Adam Horowitz (executive producer), Dominic Monaghan, Matthew Fox, Ken Leung, Emily de Ravin, Graham Roland (story editor), Evangeline Lilly, Melinda Hsu Taylor (producer), Yunjin Kim, Torry Tukuafu (camera operator), Edward Kitsis (producer), Nestor Carbonell, Izzy Diaz (guest star), James Thurston (grip), Diane Frayenholz (script supervisor), Mark Pellegrino, Jennings Fowler (prop assistant), John Bartley (director of photography), Stephen Bacquet (electrician), Norman Kali (second assistant director), Daniel Dae Kim, Henry Ian Cusick, Zuleikha Robinson, Kamuela Yurong (special effects), Michael Emerson, Josh Holloway, Naveen Andrews, Jim Galassol (writer), Terry O’Quinn, James Fahey, Mario Perez (still photography), Lindsey Owens (set production assistant), and Greggory Nations (producer).
Then next we have “A Hero’s Journey” (8:56) where everyone takes a look on who are the heroes on this show. It is more than just a few, too. We get Joseph Campbell quotes, too. Interviewed are Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Greggory Nations, Yunjin Kim, Josh Holloway, Matthew Fox, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Edward Kitsis, Paul Zybszewski, Jorge Garcia, Adam Horowitz, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Evangeline Lilly, Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn, Naveen Andrews, and Mark Pellegrino. The next featurette is titled “See You In Another Life, Brotha” and it runs 8:35. This talks about the new storytelling device, the flash sideways. Just what are they exactly? You should know if you watch the show, but if you want clarification, this feature tells us. Interviewed are Rebecca Mader, Henry Ian Cusick, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Roebuck, Tania Raymonde, Michael Emerson, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Carlton Cuse, Evangeline Lilly, Damon Lindelof, Paul Zybszewski, Josh Holloway, Jack Bender, Terry O’Quinn, Emily de Ravin, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Maggie Grace, Kimberly Joseph, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Anthony Azizi, Ken Leung, Cynthia Watros, and Melinda Hsu Taylor.
Next up we have the “Lost: On Location” featurettes. We get behind the scenes on a scene or two being produced. This season we have on location segments from 7 episodes. I won’t spoil anything, but here are the episodes featured and who were interviewed. “LA X” (6:16) has interviews with Jim Van Houten (sculptor), Jack Bender, Roland Sanchez (costume designer), Kimberly Joseph, Jorge Garcia, and John Hawkes. Then we have “The Substitute” (3:30) and it has interviews with Terry Ahue (water safety), Benjamin Taylor Philips (2nd assistant director), Norman Kali (2nd second assistant director, Josh Holloway, Terry James (stunt double for O’Quinn), Terry Leonard (second unit director), Dave Schultz (master rigger), and Michael Trisler (stunt coordinator). Then we have “Recon” (3:03) and it has interviews with Ken Leung, Josh Holloway, Ane Tranetzki (grip), and Walrus Howard (2nd assistant “A” camera). For the fourth one, “Ab Aeterno,” (4:38) we have Nestor Carbonell interviewed. The fifth one is for “Happily Ever After” (4:48) and it has interviews with Henry Ian Cusick, Michael Trisler, and Dominic Monaghan. And finally the sixth episode that was featured is “The Candidate” (6:14) and it has interviews with John Bartley (director of photography), Ane Tranetzki (grip), Paul Santonil (first assistant camera), Don Bracken (property assistant), Jack Bender, Richard Peter Schroer (co-producer/first assistant director), Daniel Dae Kim, and Yunjin Kim.
Deleted Scenes: 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 get one more deleted scene than the last set! Runtimes are: 0:36, 0:41, 1:02, 0:22, 0:26, 2:32, 0:30, 1:17, and 0:40.
LOST Bloopers (4:08): Hilarious flubs and mistakes from almost the entire cast. It is fun to watch and it is a tad longer than the last set’s bloopers. I still wish it was longer, though.
And that’s a wrap for LOST, sadly. The show never disappoints and the DVDs never do either. We get as many special features as the previous set but with more audio commentaries. While the DVDs haven’t had as many features as the first four season sets, it is still of quality. I look forward to this set every year and have a blast watching. I take an entire day nearly out of this and love it! I am so sad this is the last time I will get to this and even more sad that the show is over. After watching the finale, make sure you watch “New Man in Charge” so you get a taste of what happened after the finale. Also, that final season featurete is genius and a must watch! It is almost as long as an actual episode even. Anyway, if you have the first five seasons, get this set of course and if you missed this season on TV, you need to buy this and watch ASAP! As the series ended with Jack opening his eyes, we close with eyes closing...a fitting end to a wonderful TV series that will be deeply missed! Long live LOST!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 08/27/10
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