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Lost (S2) Blu-ray
BLU-RAY disk
06.23.2009 By: Sturdy
Lost (S2) Blu-ray order
Director:
J.J. Abrams

Actors:
Matthew Fox
Evangeline Lilly
Josh Holloway

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Passengers on Oceanic Flight 815 continue to be…lost, but now they discover they’re not alone on the island. Between trap doors, unknown strangers and love triangles, they have their hands full.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It’s tough to write a review of Lost because so much of the fun is unraveling the mysteries from episode to episode. For those that haven’t seen it, I want to be careful to not spoil any of the fun for you. To understand how magnificent Lost is, consider this; I think season 2 is the worst season so far and I still give it 4.5 stars. Saying a season of Lost is the “worst” is like saying a Pixar movie is their “worst”. It might be true, but the fact remains that it’s still better than anything else you’ll see.

For me, the second season of Lost gets knocked down a notch because I didn’t like Michelle Rodriguez’s character. In fact, I didn’t really like anyone in the second section of the plane. It’s not that they weren’t great characters, it’s just that I loved the original cast so much that I wanted to keep up with them. Without knowing where the show was going, I kept waiting to get back to the original gang. Of course, after having seen a few seasons since, everything makes sense and I understand their purpose.

But isn’t that what makes Lost so incredible? No one that watches it knows where it’s going. And you can’t tell me that when you first watched season 2, you had any clue as to what they were going to do with it. For them to be able to keep that up for five seasons (so far) is unbelievable. The second season is the transition for the show from a show about a group of people stranded on an island to something so much more. And even though the second season is the weakest so far, it’s still incredible and arguably has the best cliffhanger.

But the real question you should be asking is whether or not this Blu-ray set is worth the $60 upgrade. With all the discounts and coupons floating around, I have to say that this is definitely worth your money. Not many shows are worth a Blu-ray upgrade, but shows that were originally shot and aired in HD (like Lost) are usually a safe bet. Lost is absolutely incredible on Blu-ray and if you’re a fan of the show, this is a no-brainer.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by various people on five different episodes: I actually have to question what the point of doing commentaries on Lost episodes is. They can’t really say anything or give any more in-depth analysis on the plot, so they’re left talking about the island and things like that. I would say all of these are average at best, but die-hard fans of the show should enjoy them.

Lost Flashbacks (3:26): There’s only a few here, two of which revolve around Maggie Grace. I think Lost fans either like the island stuff or the flashback stuff more and I have to say I like the flashback stuff. So these were pretty cool.

Lost Connections: I consider myself an observant person, but this managed to shed light on things I completely missed. It’s basically a character map that highlights how random characters interact with each other. Virtually every character, no matter how small, has some seemingly random connection to other characters. I think this would take days to completely go through, but it’s fun to check out some of your favorite people.

Secrets from the Hatch (15:47): I wasn’t a big fan of the hatch and thought it was distracting from the rest of the show. But here, it gets its own featurette and they talk about how they built it and why they came up with it.

Mysteries, Theories and Conspiracies (10:17): Everyone shows up to talk about the phenomenon that is Lost. Some give their theories, but it’s all done in fun and no real information is divulged. It’s cute, but a little bit on the fluff side.

Lost: on Location (44:43): About ten episodes have a mini-featurette that takes you on location. Like any stunt-filled show, this one can be a tough shoot. Of course, things are easier when you’re living in Hawaii. They’re decent, but get a little repetitive.

Fire and Water: Anatomy of an Episode (31:44): They pick an episode and follow it from cradle to the grave. It’s an exhausting look at how they come up with episodes and partially explains why there’s a long gap between episodes. I thought this was the highlight of the set and well worth the time.

Deleted Scenes (19:16): There are several, actual deleted scenes here, but none of them really add to the story. We get some funny lines from Hurley, but most are bits of dialogue that mean very little.

Bloopers (4:06): These aren’t you’re typical line-flubbing bloopers. They make a lot of jokes and seem to have a good time together. I had a good time watching these.

The World According to Sawyer (4:32): Four minutes of Sawyer insulting almost every cast member. I love his nicknames and thought this was fun to watch.

Channel 4 U.K. Promo (1:06): Ummmm…not sure what to think of this. It appears to be a television promo that has the cast dancing around for no reason. It’s weird.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Go buy this. There, that’s my official diagnosis. If you already have the DVD’s, then this is a worthy upgrade. If not, then do yourself a favor and experience Lost on Blu-ray.
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