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Well, after six seasons, LOST, one of the most enigmatic television series of all time has reached the end of the line. Even after spending all of my previous reviews sidestepping the details of plotlines that occurred across the first five seasons, I remain hesitant to discuss what transpires on LOST, simply because I can’t bear the thought of spoiling the show for anyone else. LOST is a series that is best experienced firsthand, and personally, I can’t stand reviews that give away too much of the plot of a movie or television shows… After reading reviews that Cliff Notes the entire plot, what point is there in sitting down to watch it for yourself? I enjoyed watching LOST cold, and experiencing the sense of discovery as the story unfolded. In fact, I like the sense of discovery so much, that I try my best to avoid the weekly teasers aired by the network with highlights of upcoming episodes.

As I stated above, and in previous reviews, 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. Even at the end of 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. So when LOST reached its final episode, did every question, mystery and riddle have an answer? Well, lets just say that not every member of the viewing audience was satisfied when the screen went dark for the last time and the final credits rolled. Personally, I don’t think that LOST was the kind of television series that was capable of tying itself up into a neat little bow. At the end of six seasons, the series creative team behind LOST told the story they wished to tell… and left enough mystery and unanswered questions for fans to continue to speculate about and even debate amongst themselves for some time to come. Of course, with LOST, I think the journey is actually more important than the actual destination, as I was thoroughly entertained every step of the way.

For those completely unfamiliar with the series, the very basic 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. 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, futures and alternate destinies being as important to the show as their current plight. Of course, the island is far more than just a small landmass in the middle of the ocean, so the various mysteries that the survivors ultimately discover on the island (and beyond the island) are best experienced firsthand, so I will not spoil the surprises by going into any details at all about the storylines. What I will say about season six is that it does give a glimpse into the lives of the characters, had they not wound up on the island.

As I have stated repeatedly, if your are coming to LOST for the first time, STOP RIGHT NOW, you shouldn’t even consider looking at season six without a primer. Grab yourself a copy of season one and start at the beginning and watch each and every episode of the preceding five seasons before even thinking of popping a single disc of season six 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, Ken Leung, Jeff Fahey, Nestor Carbonell and Zuleikha Robinson.

LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON ($80) comes to Blu-ray in a five-disc set that features the following sixteen episodes that were aired during year six: LA X, What Kate Does, The Substitute, Lighthouse, Sundown, Dr. Linus, Recon, Ab Aeterno, The Package, Happily Ever After, Everybody Loves Hugo, The Last Recruit, The Candidate, Across The Sea, What They Died For and The End.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment has made all sixteen episodes that constitute LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH 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. Like the preceding season sets, the 1080p presentations of the episodes continue to best their 720p hi-def broadcasts on ABC. Also like the preceding sets, once comes away from watching LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON on Blu-ray with the impression that they have been looking at one of the most visually impressive television series to be produced in high definition. In the series favor, the Hawaiian locations are utterly gorgeous and the hi-def cinematography continues to capture every bit of that pretty as a postcard beauty. Image sharpness, depth and dimensionality are all truly top of the line for a television production. Fine details and texturing as well as the lines, freckles and imperfections in the actor’s skin, plus individual hairs are all clearly visible, especially in close-ups. Colors are rich, vibrant, fully saturated and reproduced without flaws. Additionally, the flesh tones come across in an exceedingly pleasing manner. Blacks are pure, as are the whites, plus the contrast is very smooth. 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 SIXTH SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. While there are some concessions to the necessities of over the air broadcasting, LOST definitely was one of the best sounding television productions. Largely a talky drama, LOST has a dominant forward soundstage. Despite the dominant front channels of the sound designs, the rear channels are particularly well implemented for a television production. The surrounds tend to be rather immersive, especially when jungle sounds and other environmental sounds come into play. Additionally, there are some nicely deployed active sound effects emanating from the rears, when the action warrants. Thanks to the lossless encode, the music sounds terrific and the sound effects are truly convincing. The bass channel is quite potent and exceeds expectations for a television level production. An English Dolby Digital 2.0 channel track has also been provided. 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. Starting things off, there are running Audio Commentaries on the set for four of the episodes: LA X, Dr. Linus, Ab Aeterno and Across The Sea. Featurettes and other programs include the following: The New Man In Charge (twelve minutes), THE END: Crafting A Final Season (thirty nine minutes), Lost On Location (twenty nine minutes), A Hero's Journey (nine minutes), See You In Another Life, Brotha (nine minutes) and Lost In 8:15- A Crash Course (eight minutes). Supplements also include Deleted Scenes and Lost Bloopers. LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player) and will offer access to the Lost University: Master's Program.

LOST is, was and always shall be one of the most enigmatic television series to ever grace a broadcast television network. Once again, utterly gorgeous looking and sounding Blu-ray presentations best even the hi-def network showings of this amazing series. Very highly recommended.


Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season [Blu-ray]


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



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