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LOST The Complete Fifth Season

The Journey Back- Expanded Edition

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:   731 minutes (16 episodes on five discs), two audio commentaries, multiple behind-the-scene featurettes, Mysteries Of The Universe episode, bloopers, deleted scenes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  ABC Studios/ Bad Robot

RELEASE DATE:  12-8-2009

 

DISC 1- BECAUSE YOU LEFT/ THE LIE/ JUGHEAD

DISC 2- THE LITTLE PRINCE/ THIS PLACE IS DEATH/ 316/ THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JEREMY BENTHAM

DISC 3- LaFLUER/ NAMASTE/ HE’S OUR YOU/ WHATEVER HAPPENED, HAPPENED

DISC 4- DEAD IS DEAD/ SOME LIKE IT HOTH/ THE VARIABLE/ FOLLOW THE LEADER

DISC 5- THE INCIDENT/ multiple featurettes/ deleted scenes/ bloopers/ MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE- THE DHARMA INITIATIVE

LOST manages to explore it's mythology each season in deeper ways and telling the viewer new things.   The fifth season involves time travel, the Dharma Initiative, a hydrogen bomb, and the Oceanic Six's journey to get back to the island (and what happens when they get there).  Season five uses time travel to explore the origins of the Others and the Dharma Initiative.   It also makes you wonder whether the survivors of the Oceanic flight are part of history or changing it.   That last one will loom big in the sixth and final season.

 

Season five is like discovering a book or movie differently on a second time after I have seen it on TV first when the season aired.  The characters and motives are seen in a different light with a  repeat view.   Season five is definitely one of the strongest seasons of the show.   It is the type of season that rewards longtime fans and people who watched the whole season.  It refers to earlier things in the season as it builds to the finale.   The roles of Jack, Sawyer, and Locke are thrown upside down.  Jack reacts while Locke acts.   Sawyer takes up being a leader after the Oceanic Six leaves.  I will be thrilled to see what happens in season six and sad when LOST is over.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentaries for BECAUSE YOU LEFT and HE’S OUR YOU

 

The other extras are all on DISC 5.  Three mini-featurettes are hidden in the main menu.  13 deleted scenes are included with the last three and the one with Jack’s Dad being the most interesting ones.  The bloopers feature fluffed lines and antics by the crew.

 

LOST ON LOCATION focuses on pivotal sequences in seven episodes including the season finale.  AN EPIC DAY WITH RICHARD ALPERT follows actor Nestor Carbonell on the very last and long day of filming the season finale.  Actor Michael Emerson visits the writers, producers, editors, and assistants at the Offices of LOST in BUILDING 23 & BEYOND..

MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME shows how the writers, crew, and cast sort through the time travel episodes from keeping track of everything to the production design.

MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE- THE DHARMA INITIATIVE takes a look at questioning the truth about the DHARMA Initiative in this episode of a fictional TV series.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  LOST season 5 is one of the few shows that is very rewatchable.  It is like reading a novel where you discover new things.   Rewatch the show and discover it in a new way if you've already seen it.  Please check out the Mysteries Of The Universe episode on The Dharma Initiative.  The DVD set is worth it.

 

This DVD review is (c)12-5-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com  This DVD review is in no way affliated with the Dharma Initiative.