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LOST The Complete Second Season- The Extended Experience

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 1056 minutes (24 episodes on six discs, bonus features on disc 7), 5 audio commentaries, multiple featurettes, 14 deleted scenes, 3 Lost flashbacks, bloopers, Channel 4 trailer, previews, and Lost Connection Experience

STUDIO: Touchstone TV/ Bad Robot/ BVHE

RELEASE DATE: 9-5-2006

DISC 1- MAN OF SCIENCE, MAN OF FAITH/ ADRIFT/ ORIENTATION/ EVERYBODY HATES HUGO

DISC 2- ...AND FOUND/ ABANDONED/ THE OTHER 48 DAYS/ COLLISION

DISC 3- WHAT KATE DID/ THE 23RD PSALM/ THE HUNTING PARTY/ FIRE + WATER

DISC 4- THE LONG CON/ ONE OF THEM/ MATERNITY LEAVE/ THE WHOLE TRUTH

DISC 5- LOCKDOWN/ DAVE/ S.O.S./ TWO FOR THE ROAD

DISC 6- ?/ THREE MINUTES/ LIVE TOGETHER, DIE ALONE (PART 1 and 2)

DISC 7- multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, previews, and more

LOST was a fresh show on TV. I loved season 1 and I did like the steps season 2 went to develop the mythology while bring more questions. The flashbacks reveal even more about the lives of the characters before the crash. Three of the survivors lose their lives during season 2 while another becomes a traitor. A few episodes push the arc while others highlight the lives of the characters before the Island (Locke, Sayid, Jack, Kate). It will be interesting to see where the flashbacks while take the viewers during season 3 (the writers hint the second half of season 3 will open things up on the show). Also keep an eye out for characters in the flashbacks to cross paths with each other or minor characters seen in other flashbacks. The one trend I don't like about season 2 is they keep a real good flashback arc to a character before killing them off (it has happened at least twice during the season). The cliffhanger at the end of each season leaves me disappointed. I kinda of expect more. Still LOST is one of the best shows on TV period.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The transfers are as good as the fantastic job done for the season 1 set. Image detail is excellent.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 DS

Subtitles: English

Dialogue is clear and surround action is imppressive for a TV show.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The five audio commentaries featured on the set are:

-MAN OF SCIENCE, MAN OF FAITH with Executive Producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk, and Jack Bender

-WHAT KATE DID with Evangeline Lily, Director Paul Edwards, and Director Of Photography Michael Bonvillain

-THE 23RD PSALM with Executive Producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, and Bryan Burk

-THE WHOLE TRUTH with Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, writers Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim

-DAVE with director Jack Bender, Jorge Garcia, Cynthia Watros

I wish the set included more audio commentaries even one for the season finale. A few interesting points are raised like WHAT KATE DID originally ran 14 minutes too long. The tracks are worth a listen.

The rest of the extras can be found on disc 7 which the menus are introduced by the Dharma Initiative scientist seen in the training films during season 2.

PHASE ONE:

FIRE+WATER- a look at the making fo that episode from script to Post-Production. I wish they picked another episode to look at instead. It is amazing to see LOST is shot on 35 film stock and transferred to DVD Cam. I wonder when they will make the leap to HD digital video cameras.

LOST ON LOACATION- featurettes on the production of 10 LOST episodes from season 2

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SAWYER- a featurette on Sawyer's sayings and comedowns.

PHASE TWO:

Three deleted flashback scenes (two from ABANDONED and one from LOCKDOWN). 14 deleted scenes from various episodes are included. I wish the DVD producers will learn and put the deleted scenes in Anamorphic Widescreen and list what episodes the scenes came from (and spread them among the discs to give a better sense from what episodes the scenes are for). The Channel 4 UK promo is in Anamorphic Widescreen and is a very interesting promo to watch for season 1.

PHASE THREE:

LOST CONNECTIONS-

MYSTERIES, THEORIES, AND CONSPIRACIES- fans, actors, and writers discuss the fan theories about what is going on in the show.

SECRETS FROM THE HATCH- a look at the set design of The Hatch set.

Don't forget to find the Easter egg on disc 7 about how they made Dharma cookies (apparently more on hidden on the other discs).

FINAL ANALYSIS: LOST season 2 is a top notch TV on DVD set with loads of extras. If you haven't seen LOST, check out season 1 and move on to season 2 after that.

Related Reviews:

LOST Season One-   http://enterline2.tripod.com/lost_season1.html

this review is (c)9-5-2006 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://enterlinemedia.livejournal.com and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com