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LOST:
THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON

Every time I am faced with writing a review of LOST, I am also faced with doing a little tap dance that involves talking about the latest season of the show, without really talking about it. LOST is an absolute "must-be-seen-firsthand" type of television program that is best enjoyed by individuals, when they know as little as possible about what is about to happen next… or what isn’t. Five years down the line, LOST remains a television series that is best described as an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in mystery. Heck, LOST is riddled in riddles, mysteries and questions. Sometimes questions are answered, but that generally leads to even more questions mysteries and riddles. Of course, none of this should be taken as criticism against the series, which remains one of the absolute best things on television. LOST and its creators play by their own set of rules, and in five seasons, I have yet to seen any real signs of pandering to an audience with a limited attention span. The series will play out as it is intended to play out, and it will come to its conclusion at its prescribed time- revealing only the answer that the creators of LOST are willing to reveal.

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, histories and futures being as important to the show as their current plight. The various mysteries that the survivors ultimately discover on the island (and beyond) are best discovered firsthand and I will not spoil the surprises by going into any details at all about the storylines. However, what I am willing to say about season five is… that time is of the essence.

If your are coming to LOST for the first time, STOP RIGHT NOW, you shouldn’t even consider looking at season five without a primer. Grab yourself a copy of season one and start at the beginning and watch each and every episode of the preceding four seasons before even thinking of popping a single disc of season five 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, Jorge Garcia, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Michael Emerson, Henry Ian Cusick, Elizabeth Mitchell and Ken Leung.

LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON ($97) comes to Blu-ray in a five-disc set that features the following sixteen episodes that were aired during year five: Because You Left, The Lie, Jughead, The Little Prince, This Place Is Death, 316, The Life And Death Of Jeremy Bentham, Lafleur, Namaste, He's Our You, Whatever Happened, Happened, Dead Is Dead, Some Like It Hoth, The Variable, Follow The Leader and The Incident.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment has made all sixteen episodes that constitute LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH 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. Again, the 1080p presentations of the episodes on Blu-ray continue to best the 720p hi-def broadcasts found on ABC. After looking at this visual quality of this set, I have to say hi-def television shows don’t much better looking than LOST. The Hawaiian locations are gorgeous and the hi-def cinematography captures every bit of the pretty as a postcard beauty. Image sharpness and clarity are excellent, as is the levels of fine detail and texturing. Close-ups look amazing and the picture is almost always highly dimensional. Colors are lush and fully saturated, plus the flesh tones are wonderfully attractive. Blacks are pure and whites are completely stable. Contrast and shadow detail are strong performers, which is just what one should expect from this type of high definition television production. There are no noticeable defects in the source materials. Modest levels of grain/noise are present in the image.

All of the episodes that comprise LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. Despite some modest concessions to the necessities of over the air broadcasting, LOST remains one of the best sounding series airing on broadcast television. As the series is primarily a talky drama, the forward soundstage is dominant. Still, the surrounds are especially well implemented for a television series, and can be rather immersive, when jungle sounds and other ambient sounds come into play. The lossless encode certainly makes the sound more transparent, while the bass channel adds the required heft. French and Spanish DTS 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

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 two of the episodes. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Lost Starter Kit (five minutes), Lost 100 (nineteen minutes), Mysteries Of The Universe (twenty six minutes), Making Up For Lost Time (fourteen minutes), Building 23 & Beyond (twelve minutes) and Lost On Location (thirty eight minutes). Supplements also include Deleted Scenes and Lost Bloopers. LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player) and will offer access to the Lost University.

Five seasons in, LOST remains one of the most enigmatic television series gracing any network. Once again, the gorgeous Blu-ray presentations best even the hi-def network showings. Highly recommended.

 

LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON 


Lost: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] (2009)

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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