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As I stated previously, LOST is a television series that is best described as an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in mystery. Let’s face it, LOST is steeped in mysteries, which at times, seem as though they are never going to be resolved. However, the series creators obviously realized that one can’t keep milking the same unresolved storylines forever, there is only so much frustration the audience can take before they walk away- even with their questions unanswered. During it’s fourth season, LOST began providing some answers. However, watching LOST is akin to peeling an onion, if you strip away one layer to reveal an answer, you find yourself left with another question and another layer to strip away…

For those completely unfamiliar with the series, the premise of LOST follows the survivors of a jetliner crash who find themselves stranded on a remote Pacific island, with no way of contacting the outside world to let them know they survived. Even without a laugh track, GILLIAGAN’S ISLAND this isn’t… Of course, LOST is more than just a survival drama- it’s a whole lot more. The series largely character driven, with the character’s back stories and histories being as important to the show as their current plight. The various mysteries that the survivors ultimately discover on the island are best discovered firsthand and I will not spoil the surprises by going into any details at all about the storylines.

If your are coming to LOST for the first time, STOP RIGHT NOW, you shouldn’t even consider looking at season four. Grab yourself a copy of season one and start at the beginning and watch every episode of the preceding three seasons before popping season four into your player. That said… the outstanding ensemble cast of LOST includes, but is not limited to, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Josh Holloway, Emilie de Ravin, Jorge Garcia, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim.

LOST: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON ($97) comes to Blu-ray in a five-disc set that features the following fourteen episodes that were aired during year four: The Beginning Of The End, Confirmed Dead, The Economist, Eggtown, The Constant, The Other Woman, Ji Yeon, Meet Kevin Johnson, The Shape Of Things To Come, Something Nice Back Home, Cabin Fever, There's No Place Like Home, Part 1, There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 and There's No Place Like Home, Part 3.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment has made all fourteen episodes that constitute LOST: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentations of the episodes are pretty terrific, bettering the 720p hi-def broadcasts on ABC. LOST is a fairly wonderful looking series, which translates to very sharp, clear and beautifully defined looking images on Blu-ray Disc. For the most part, colors are very warm and richly saturated, with appealing flesh tones. Blacks are deep, whites are stable, plus the levels of contrast and shadow detail are just what one should expect from a television level production. There are no noticeable defects in the source materials. Grain is present, but never appears excessive.

All of the episodes that comprise LOST: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel uncompressed PCM soundtracks. The sound mixes are of high quality, but the sound design of the episodes have been constrained by the necessities of over the air broadcasting. As expected, the forward soundstage is dominant. The surround channels do provide some active effects; however ambient sounds and musical fill make up the majority of the sonic information finding its way to the rear. The bass channel does a good job for a television level production by adding weight to the effects. Fidelity is fairly impressive for both the music and sound effects. English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks and a Spanish 2.0 channel track are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode selection and set up features, as well as some supplemental materials. Running Audio Commentaries are featured on the set for four of the episodes. Featurettes include Lost In 8:15 (eight minutes), Lost On Location (forty-two minutes), The Island Backlot: Lost In Hawaii (eighteen minutes), The Right To Bear Arms (twelve minutes), Soundtrack Of Survival: Composing For Character, Conflict & The Crash (twenty-six minutes), The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy Of Lies (twenty-one minutes), The Freighter Folk (thirteen minutes) and Offshore Shoot (eight minutes). Supplements also include Deleted Scenes, Lost: Missing Pieces Mobisodes and Lost Bloopers.

Even after four seasons, LOST remains one of the most compelling series airing on network television. The Blu-ray presentations best even the hi-def network broadcasts of the series- thus making Blu-ray the best way to enjoy LOST. Highly recommended.



Lost: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray]


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