The title may call this a review, and I’ll give you my take on the bonuses, but a true review at this point is only trumped in meaninglessness by a review of the complete series, also out on DVD. No positive or negative commentary on the show, or its final season, is going to sway anyone about anything. When the final tally was in, people either thought the final season, and ultimately the finale, was completely brilliant, or insultingly stupid, and there isn’t really a live dialog between the camps.
Wherever you stand on the show’s merits, one thing the show has definitely managed well is the attention to its fans, and that includes the attention given to the DVD releases. Always filled with just the sort of fun and entertainment that will make fans feel they’re getting some actual value from the purchase, the DVD sets have added new spins, a lot of behind-the-scenes, and generally expanded the realm of owning TV shows. That changes a bit with the final season, because there isn’t an avenue for new teases, but this is still a solid release.
Let’s look at the rundown, then I’ll let you in on the special features –
With the release of Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season, audiences can relive every episode in the landmark final season, as the fate of each character and answers to long-pondered mysteries from the previous seasons, are revealed. In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD releases contain hours of never-before-seen bonus footage including deleted scenes; bloopers; an often emotional featurette where cast, crew, writers, producers and other Hollywood notables discuss ending the acclaimed series; a much-anticipated new chapter of the island’s story from Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse; and much more.
An epic box set for the ultimate LOST fan, Lost: The Complete Collection is a fantastic icon-clad, secretladen, Blu-ray and DVD box set containing every episode, from all six seasons. Additionally, the elaborate release includes over 30 hours of bonus material (from every season), plus one full disc of bonus exclusive to the collection, containing a fascinating array of all-new behind-the-scenes featurettes; documentaries; and a series of unique tours of Oahu with many of the cast as they reflect anecdotes, experiences and emotions of working on the series and living on the island; and more.
Lost follows the lives of crash survivors of Oceanic Airlines flight 815, on a mysterious and apparently supernatural tropical island. Their survival is continuously jeopardized by inexplicable entities, including a polar bear, an unseen monster that wanders the jungle and the island’s malicious occupants known as the “Others”.
Forced to depend on each other to endure, the diverse group of survivors are bound by menacing secrets and complicated interrelationships, with the truth behind each character slowly revealed through the seasons. The series regularly stars Matthew Fox (Jack Shephard), Evangeline Lilly (Kate Austen), Josh Holloway (James ‘Sawyer” Ford), Naveen Andrews (Sayid Jarrah), Jorge Garcia (Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes), Terry O’Quinn (John Locke), Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin Kwon), Yunjin Kim (Sun Kwon), Nester Carbonell (Richard Alpert) and Emile de Ravin (Claire Littleton).
LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH AND FINAL SEASON – Contents
• Every Sixth Season Episode
• Bloopers and Deleted Scenes
You don’t get a ton of deleted scenes, and I’m not sure that even given the nature of the show these amount to all that much, but real fans will enjoy anything they can get that didn’t make it to air. You might expect that deleted scenes might change things, but these aren’t necessarily the most integral snippets. Still, Lost deleted scenes are a different kind of bonus than normal deleted scenes. The blooper reel is pretty good.
• Audio Commentaries accompany four episodes (LA X, Dr. Linus, Ab Aeterno and Across The Sea)
The commentaries are what they are, and frankly, I don’t want to give much about them away. Possibly the best bonus there is for fans, these are put together nicely, and won’t disappoint.
• The End: Crafting A Final Season – Join the LOST team along with other producers of some of television’s longest running shows as they examine the challenges of ending a landmark series.
The longest bonus, at some forty minutes, this is a behind-the-scenes extravaganza, that runs through just about every angle you can imagine. From interviews with the cast, to wandering the sets, to discussions with the writers and creators. Even for those who aren’t serious fans, this is one of the better behind-the-scenes packages, because it showcases the wrap-up of the journey, both in terms of the show we see, and the people involved in the show.
• A Hero’s Journey – What makes a hero? Which survivors of Oceanic 815 are true heroes? These questions and more are explored.
About ten minutes of exploration of the hero mythos, and how Lost intended to aim at it in its own quirky way. It’s a pretty decent feature with a lot of cast interview footage, and even if you aren’t a big fan, one of the more interesting aspects of Lost has always been the attempt to get “heroic” action out of perhaps the least likely candidates.
• See You In Another Life, Brotha – Unlocks the mysteries of this season’s intriguing flash sideways.
Well, I’m not so sure about “unlocking” exactly, but this ten-minute featurette gives some insight into the theory behind running in this particular direction for the last season.
• ‘LOST on Location’ – Behind-the-scenes featurette showcasing stories from the set, including all-new interviews with actors and crew.
• PLUS: A LOST Blu-ray & DVD exclusive – Go deeper into the world of LOST with a much-anticipated new chapter of the island’s story from Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
This one is titled “New Man in Charge,” and is basically a short snippet of an episode that never existed. A small bite that gives just that little bit more information that fans will enjoy, especially as it includes something that a great many fans were asking about at the show’s end.
Below find info on the complete series release, and video clips from the bonuses in both sets.
LOST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION – Contents
• Every Episode in the Series (Seasons 1 through 6)
• Over 30hrs of Season 1-6 Bonus materials (previously released materials from Season 1-5 and the all-new Season 6 bonus material)
• A unique series of featurettes that takes viewers on very personal tours of Oahu where the series was created, with key cast and crew as they reflect.
• Exploring the global phenomenon that is Lost, bonus showcases events ranging from the series cast and crew at San Diego’s famed Comic-Con convention to international voice recordings, local events and even fan parties, all of which helped make the show into a worldwide favorite.
• A closer look at some of the props with cast, writers and producers, exploring their significance, stories and emotional ties to the characters.
• Humorous yet emotional look at every character who died on the series
• 16 hilarious Lost “Slapdowns” featurettes showcasing celebrity Lost fans who confront Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to ask press questions about the final season, including the Muppets and cast members Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson, Rebecca Mader and more.
The exciting collectible packaging also includes: a Special Edition collectible ‘Senet’ Game as seen in Season Six, a custom LOST island replica, an exclusive episode guide, a collectible Ankh, and a black light penlight.
Lost S6 – Blooper Reel
Lost S6 – New Man in Charge
LOST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Packaging Video
Lost: The Complete Collection – Letting Go