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Lost - The Complete First Season



DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 7
Number of Episodes: 24 (25, counting the season finale as 3 episodes instead of 2)
Running Time: 1068 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 8 hours, with commentary
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Audio Commentaries from Cast & Creators on 5 episodes
• “Genesis of Lost”
• “Designing a Disaster”
• “Before They Were Lost”
• “Audition Tapes”
• “Welcome to Oahu: Making of the Pilot”
• “The Art of Matthew Fox”
• “Lost at Comic-con”
• “Lost on Location” ­ on 8 different features
• “On Set with Jimmy Kimmel”
• “Backstage with Driveshaft”
• “The Lost Flashbacks” ­ two unaired flashback scenes from the season finale
• “Deleted scenes” ­ 13 different ones
• “Bloopers”
• “Live from the Museum of Television & Radio”


TV’s best new drama is heading to DVD after a phenomenal opening season! That is of course the ABC sensation—LOST! Buena Vista Home Entertainment in association with Touchstone Television is bringing all fans a 7 disc set that will keep you occupied for years and years. The set is jam-packed with bonus material and 24 extraordinary episodes. Creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have brought us one of the best written shows of all time. And it’s time to celebrate the show on DVD!

If you don’t know what Lost is about then you have been living under a rock for the past 11 months. If that is you, then the show is about a group of 48 or so survivors who survived an airplane crash and have landed on a deserted island—or is it deserted? The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets, including the intense howls of the mysterious creatures stalking the jungle, which fill them all with fear. Fortunately, thanks to the calm leadership of quick-thinking Jack (Matthew Fox) and level-headed Kate (Evangeline Lilly), they have hope. But even heroes have secrets, as the survivors will come to learn.

Some of the other survivors include Hurley (Jorge Garcia) - a man with a warm sense of humor despite the desperate situation - does his best to keep his cool as he helps those around him to survive. Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) is a faded rock star who harbors a painful secret. Sayid (Naveen Andrews) is a Middle Eastern man who must wrestle with the racial profiling directed at him by some of his fellow survivors. Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) are a Korean couple whose traditions, values and language are foreign and thus causes much to get lost in the translation. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) has an air of danger surrounding him, and his intense sense of mistrust for everyone around him could prove to be fatal to his fellow castaways. Michael (Harold Perrineau) has just gained custody of his nine-year-old son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley), after the death of his ex-wife - they are a father and son who don't even know each other. Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is a mysterious man who keeps to himself, and who harbors a deeper connection to the island than any of the others. Claire (Emilie de Ravin) must face having a difficult late-term pregnancy while stranded far from modern medical help. And self-centered Shannon (Maggie Grace) - who actually gives herself a pedicure in the middle of the chaos - and her estranged controlling step-brother, Boone (Ian Somerhalder) - constantly bicker and must learn to get along if they are to survive.

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: the two-part “Pilot” episode ­ probably the best written stuff I’ve ever seen; episode 4 “Walkabout ­ is where we find out Locke’s past and learn what makes this island so special to him (the episode is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing); the fifth episode “White Rabbit” ­ is Jack really tired or is he seeing glimpses of another person everywhere; episode 6 “House of the Rising Sun” is where we learn the story of Sun & Jin; episode 8 “Confidence Man” is another powerful episode where we learn more about Sawyer and we also see the first kiss on the show (Sawyer and Kate); episode 9 “Solitary” is about Sayid, who is captured by that crazy French woman; episode 11 “All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” is Jack’s second story arc, does he save Charlie from death and at the end a secret is found by Boone and Locke; episode 13 “Hearts and Minds” is where we learn more of the weird relationship between Boone and Shannon, and a crazy thing happens to Boone; episode 15 “Homecoming” has Claire escaping and returning, she had been missing since the tenth episode; episode 17 “…In Translation” has the raft on fire and Michael blames Jim but he didn’t do it, everyone learns that Sun speaks English; episode 18 “Numbers” ­ Hurley has an eerie connection the same numbers that were found in Danielle’s papers; episode 19 “Deus Ex Machina” has Locke’s second story arc and is a big part of the series as there is a big accident at the end; episode 20 “Do No Harm” is a powerful episode about what happened at the end of the last episode, and a sad ending happens, meanwhile Claire has her baby; and cutting to the chase, the season finale episodes 23 and 24 “Exodus” is intense and potent you will have to watch for yourself.

Lost had a lot of guest stars in the flashback scenes, there were a few that were on the island, too, they are: Greg Grunberg as the pilot (“Pilot, Part 1”), Fredric Lehne as the Marshall (“Pilot, Parts 1 and 2”), L. Scott Caldwell as Rose (various episodes), William Mapother as Ethan (various episodes), Mira Furlan as Danielle (various episodes) and Daniel Roebuck as Dr. Artz (“Born to Run” & “Exodus”). Flashback guests include John Terry as Dr. Shephard (various episodes), Robert Patrick as Hibbs (“Outlaws”), Julie Bowen as Sarah (“Do No Harm”), Beth Broderick as Diane (“Born to Run”), MacKenzie Astin as Tom (“Born to Run”), and Michelle Rodriguez as Ana-Lucia (“Exodus, Part 1”).


The packaging is very good. 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 blue-green color. Underneath that is a nice photo of all the cast members with the ocean behind them. Beneath that it says “The Complete First Season” and has the number “1” below that. A nice grayish color is on this sleeve. The spine has the “Lost” logo and a photo of Jack with the ocean in the background again. The back of the sleeve has a quote from Newsweek, see through photos of Sayid, Hurley, Sun and Locke. Below that there is a synopsis of the show and set. Then we have a nice color photo of the gang with the fuselage in the background. There is also a nice blue 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 headshot photo of Kate, Jack and Charlie. Then the photo of the cast is the one from the slip sleeve. The logo follows that. Again the color scheme seems to be gray. The back of the case has a three photos and the “Lost” logo again. When we open the case once, on the left side we see more quotes and a holder for booklets. An episode guide for the show comes with the set. A nice color booklet that is seven pages long and has detailed synopsis of each episode on each disc and the bonus material list. There are nice photos, too. The next booklet is about Buena Vista’s other TV on DVD products such as the upcoming Alias Season 4 and Desperate Housewives Season 1. Then there is a “Lost” booklet that has merchandise info, such as a calendar and magazine. Visit for more info. The last booklet is a contest form for a chance to win DVD titles. 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 Jack and episodes 1-4, disc two has artwork of Kate and episodes 5-8, disc three has artwork of Charlie and episodes 9-12, disc four has artwork of Sawyer holding a gun and episodes 13-16, disc five has artwork of Sayid and episodes 17-20, disc six has artwork of Sun and episodes 21-24. The bonus disc has the same photo of all the cast that the slip sleeve did. I’m shocked Locke doesn’t have his own disc artwork! It is not a big deal though.

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Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are perfect for this show. Just like the show they are mysterious and attractive. When you pop-in disc one, you get 7 minutes of previews, which you can skip or just watch. The previews are of the movie Chronicles of Narnia, TV on DVD titles, Lost Season 2 promo, and a preview of the Alias season 4 DVD. Then we get to the main menu screen. Each menu screen is different on each disc. Disc one has a forest type theme with a man on the ground (might be Locke?). The options are: Episodes, Bonus Features, Set Up, Sneak Peek, Play All. Sneak Peek is just one disc one and covers the same previews before the main menu on disc one and other previews: Desperate Housewives Season 1 DVD, Scrubs Season 2 DVD, Jimmy Kimmel Live promo featuring Lost cast members, movie trailers for Dark Water and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Bonus Features are only on the discs with commentaries. Set Up has where we can turn on the Captions, 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 option, background music from the show plays.

Disc two’s main menu has a shot of an airplane and it is raining and we can hear the rain, too. Disc three’s main menu has a nice shot of the sun and the ocean; we can hear the ocean in the background. Disc four has another forest type theme and we see a lot of trees and hear birds chirping. Disc 5 has a shot of the beach and ocean; with a woman inside (possibly Sun?) we hear sounds of the ocean and seagulls. Disc 6 has a shot of an airplane hanging from a tree; we hear different sounds in the background including birds. Disc 7 has a shot of the hatch, if you don’t know what I mean, watch your DVD!

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Video and Audio Quality:

The video is in Widescreen and the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. So you tell me if it is good or not? Had enough time yet? I hope you did because BOTH the video and audio is just TOO good. It is perfect. Then again this show is very new, so why would I expect anything less than that? I’ve never seen the show in widescreen, but man does it look good! There are chapter stops for each episode, usually 8-10 per episode. The second part of the season finale has around 12 chapter stops, as that episode is longer. Each episode runs about 42:00-43:30, give or take a few seconds. Nothing is cut, and if there were, fans would go nuts. Again, nothing is cut. Original music, which is in some episodes during the closing scene, is all intact. Part two of the finale, which originally aired as a two hour episode clocks in at 85 minutes or so. The pilot airs as two episodes, like it did originally. I know many fans would like to see that in one shot, but since it aired that way on network television, I think they were right in doing that. Also of note, we finally get to watch the actual closing credits! 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.

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Special Features:

Now to the special features! This set has everything we could imagine. Well, there is one thing missing, the recap episode that aired in late April, titled “Lost: The Journey” but that isn’t a big loss and many fans considered that to be “boring” anyway. The set has around 8 hours worth of bonus materials, including audio commentary. So, let’s start with that. On disc one there are three episodes with audio commentary. “Pilot Part 1” and “Pilot Part 2” have commentary from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. 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. Also on disc one there is commentary on “Walkabout” from executive producer/director Jack Bender, writer David Fury and actor Terry O’Quinn. Bender and Fury are watching from Burbank while Quinn is in Hawaii.

Disc two has audio commentary on the episode “The Moth” from executive producers Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk and actor Dominic Monaghan. Then the next and final episode with commentary is on disc four titled “Hearts and Minds” from writer Carlton Cuse, Javier Grillo-Marxnach and actors Maggie Grace & Ian Somerhalder. Again the crew was watching from Burbank and the actors in Hawaii. It seemed Grace and Somerhalder didn’t speak as much as the two writers. 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!

The following is under the heading of “Departure” (1:44:26) on disc 7:

Genesis of Lost (8:40): Interviewed are network execs Lloyd Baun, Heather Kadin, Thom Sherman, Stephen McPherson, exec producers J.J. Abrams, Jesse Alexander, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk and Jeff Pinkner. This featurette tells us the struggle of how this show got started. I won’t say more, or I’ll give it away.

Designing a Disaster (7:59): Interviewed are executive producers J.J. Abrams, Sarah Caplan, Jean Higgins, Bryan Burk, construction coordinator Jeff Passanante, from the aviation warehouse Mark Thomson, Hawaii film commissioners Dorane Dawson, Walea L. Constantinau, production designer Mark Worthington, special effects coordinator John J. Downey, actors Jorge Garcia and Emilie de Ravin. This is a very interesting featurette. Did you know that the airplane on the beach was bought from the Mohave Desert? It was bought in February and it had to be in Hawaii on the set in early March, so they worked really fast.

Before They Were Lost (22:55): Interviewed are executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jean Higgins, Sarah Caplan, Thom Sherman, Jeff Pinkner, ABC president Stephen McPherson, casting director April Webster, actors Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder, Emilie de Ravin, Dominic Monaghan, John Holloway, Naveen Andrews, Harold Perrineau, Terry O’Quinn, Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly. This is where we find out how they got the parts and some of their tidbits. Did you know Yunjin Kim originally read for Kate? She was so good that they created her own character. Jorge Garcia, Dominic Monaghan, and Matthew Fox all read for the part of Sawyer. The only actor who didn’t have to audition for any role was Terry O’Quinn, who previously worked on J.J. Abrams’ other show, Alias. 75 different actresses read for the part of Kate, but they loved Evangeline the best. The problem was she didn’t have a visa to work in the U.S., as she is from Canada. But everything worked out at the last minute and she got the part.

Audition Tapes (23:34): This is located in a submenu under the “Before They Were Lost” section. Matthew Fox (3:34), Evangeline Lilly (2:53), Dominic Monaghan (1:16), Naveen Andrews (2:01), Yunjin Kim (1:10), Daniel Dae Kim (0:46), Josh Holloway (1:20), Jorge Garcia (1:57), Ian Somerhalder (1:36), Maggie Grace (1:48), Harold Perrineau (1:35), Malcolm David Kelley (1:22), and Emilie de Ravin (2:19).

Welcome to Oahu: Making of the Pilot (33:19): Interviewed are Dominic Monaghan, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, director of photography Larry Fong, Evangeline Lilly, Fredric Lehne, Brother Franklin Pao of Kahuna, Bryan Burk, Greg Grunberg, Sarah Caplan, Jean Higgins, Matthew Fox, Ian Somerhalder, Naveen Andrews, Jesse Alexander, Josh Holloway, from visual effects Kevin Blank, Harold Perrineau, Maggie Grace, Daniel Dae Kim, Emilie de Ravin, stuntman John Sakato, stunt coordinator Greg Smrz, stuntman Frank Torres, Terry O’Quinn, editor Mary Jo Markey, ABC president Stephen McPherson, and composer Michael Giacchino. This featurette talked about everything you needed to know on the pilot. The airplane, the beach, the jungle, the polar bear, the monster, the stunts, background scenery, the music and so much more were discussed. Some tidbits: Did you know the character of Jack was originally was supposed to be killed rather than the pilot? And did you know that the polar bear was just a costume, worn by visual effects man Kevin Blank. Abrams didn’t want to go CGI for the polar bear, he wanted it to look realistic.

The Art of Matthew Fox (6:07): Matthew Fox narrates and shows us his photography and artwork from the pilot. He did a nice job and he seems like a professional in photography. A nice feature to watch and it is very interesting.

Lost at Comic-Con (1:50): Before the pilot aired there was a showing at Comic-Con in San Diego and over 4,000 people were dying to see Lost, surprising everyone from the cast. It was sold out so they had to rent a bigger room for the showing. Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan and some of the producers were on hand at this event. Interviewed for this feature are Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan. Lilly said she had goose bumps watching the pilot with the people watching at Comic-Con, it made her proud every time they gasped and awed.

The following is from the second part of the special features on disc 7, titled “Tales from the Island” (57:37):

Lost on Location:
“The Trouble with Boars” (5:19) ­ Jack Bender and Jean Higgins discuss what type of boars and where they got the boars from. Also shows how they used the boars to chase the actors.
“The House of the Rising Sun” (7:19) - Javier Grillo-Marxnach, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Harold Perrineau, Dominic Monaghan, and VFX co-supervisor Ivan Hayden are interviewed on this episode dealing with Sun & Jin’s back-story.
“Confidence Man” (4:24) ­ John Holloway, writer Christian Taylor, and Damon Lindelof discuss Sawyer’s back-story episode and how the love triangle between Jack, Kate and Sawyer officially develops.
“All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” (4:56) ­ Dominic Monaghan and stunt coordinator Michael Vendnell are interviewed and they talk about how Dominic had to hang on that tree for hours.
“Whatever the Case May Be” (2:58) ­ Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Evangeline Lilly are interviewed and they talk about Kate’s character and the swimming scene between Kate and Sawyer.
“Hearts & Minds” (6:20) ­ Writer Carlton Cuse and actors Ian Somerhalder & Maggie Grace are interviewed about this episode where we saw the love connection between the step siblings. They also talked about the practical joke that was played on Ian during the last take of the kissing scene. Watch it, it is a hoot!
“Special” (3:05) ­ VFX co-supervisor Ivan Hayden, Terry O’Quinn, director Greg Yaitanes, Harold Perrineau, Malcolm David Kelley, and Damon Lindelof are interviewed in the back-story of Micheal & Walt. They talk about Walt’s secret powers and how Locke probably knows that Walt possesses that.
“Exodus” (9:21) ­ Ivan Hayden, Damon Lindelof and Jack Bender are interviewed. Bender does a nice job of explaining everything for the season finale.

On Set With Jimmy Kimmel (7:15): This was a segment from Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jimmy is on the set of Hawaii and talking to some of the cast members. He talks to Matthew Fox, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway. At the end Jimmy meets face to face with the island’s monster, or is it the monster? This is a very hilarious piece.

Backstage with Driveshaft (6:40): Dominic Monaghan, Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof discuss the fake band. Sing along with us, “You All Everybody!”

The following is from the third part of the special features on disc 7, titled “Lost Revealed” (34:29):

The Lost Flashbacks:
“At the Airport: Claire” (3:07) ­ The long awaited scene featuring Claire and the pilot (played by Greg Grunberg) is finally aired!
“At the Airport: Sayid (1:28) ­ We see Sayid buying a tie for himself, then he is being taken away because he left his suspicious bag.

Deleted Scenes (14:41):
“Smoking” (1:10) ­ Sawyer is smoking and Charlie questions him. This is from the “Pilot.”
“Chicken or Lasagna” (0:43) ­ Hurley asks Locke if he wants some uncooked Chicken or Lasagna, but he doesn’t answer. This is from the “Pilot.”
“Kate & Sayid” (1:09) ­ Sayid tells Kate how the others knows about the pilot being killed by that monster. This is from the “Pilot.”
“The Climb” (2:01) ­ Some of the cast are climbing a huge cliff. When they get up there Charlie sings “You All Everybody” and Shannon says she hates Driveshaft. This is from the “Pilot.”
“Finding the Tell” (1:04) ­ Locke shows Walt some of the other people on the island, such as Sawyer and explains them. This is from the “Pilot.”
“Partners” (0:56) ­ Jin is handcuffed. This is from “The House of the Rising Sun.”
“The Huddle” (0:50) ­ Sawyer and Kate talking and Sawyer asking why she isn’t going to the huddle where the others are talking. This is from “The Homecoming.”
“Claire’s Doctor Visit” (1:55) ­ Jack & Claire are talking in the caves after she comes back. This is from “The Homecoming.”
“A Deal’s a Deal” (0:47) ­ Kate asks Sawyer for the gun back. This is from “The Outlaws.”
“Capture” (0:29) ­ A hilarious scene between Jin & Sawyer.
“Secrets” (1:48) ­ Jack & Kate are talking about Sun speaking English this whole time. This is from “…In Translation.”
“The Jack Situation” (0:42) ­ Sayid talking to Hurley & Michael about how Jack went crazy accusing Locke. This is from “The Greater Good.”
“Whispers” (1:00) ­ This is the scene between Charlie, Claire & the baby, with Danielle sitting on the beach. This is from “Exodus.”

Bloopers (4:17): Hilarious flubs and mistakes from almost the entire cast. They even bump into things!

Live From the Museum of Television & Radio (10:56): This was a salute to Lost at the Director’s Guild of America hosted by The Hollywood Reporter’s Robert Dowling. On hand for this salute on stage were J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jorge Garcia, Harold Perrineau, John Holloway, Matthew Fox, Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim, Ian Somerhalder, and Dominic Monaghan. They talked about the show and took questions from the audience. Garcia, Monaghan, Perrineau and Holloway were very funny.

Final Comments:

Wow what a set! This could be the TV DVD of the year by far! Or better yet 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. Other than that, this deserves many awards. The cast and crew were smart making interviews and features before the show started and during the show’s first season. I liked how they used other material borrowed from other shows, like that MT&R special and the Jimmy Kimmel Live segment. I just hope I covered everything as best as I could. The set is so huge and 7 discs is the largest TV DVD set I own. Season 2 will start airing on ABC on September 21, so brush up on season one by buying this DVD and for you newbie’s, buy this set and watch all the episodes before the Sept. 21 season premiere. Everyone should be watching this show; there has never been anything like this show. You never know what to expect with this show, from birth to death. Lost is up for an Emmy for Best Drama Series, let’s all hope Lost wins it. If you have not seen the show yet, you need to buy it as soon as this set hits the market on Sept. 6! After everyone buys this set, they’ll be singing “You All Everybody” all day and night!

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 08/26/05

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