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LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 2, 2009 by  



Hands down! As of right now, “LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON” is the best all-around television series season set released on Blu-ray thus far.  Impressive picture and audio quality, loaded with special features, easter eggs plus the very ambitious BD-Live feature – “LOST University”.  “LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON” is simply a fantastic release and is highly recommended!

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TITLE: LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON

COMPANY: abc studios

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition/1:78:1, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/16-bit),  French and Spanish 5.1 DTS.  Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

DURATION: 731 minutes

RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2009

Created by J.J. Abrams

Directed by Jack Bender, Stephen Williams, PaulA. Edwards, Tucker Gates, Eric Laneuville, Greg Yaitanes, Rod Holcomb, Bobby Roth

Written by J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan, Drew Goddard

Executive Producer: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender, Carlton Cuse

Co-Executive Producer Jean Higgins, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Stephen Williams

Produced by Ra’uf Glasgow, Patricia Churchill, Stephen Williams

Music by Michael Giacchino

Cinematography by John S. Bartley, Cort Fey

Edited by Stephen Semel, Mark Goldman, Mary Jo Markey

Casting by April Webster, Veronica Collins

Production Design by Zack Grobler and Jonathan A. Carlson

Art Direction by Tim Beach, Luke Freeborn, Scott Meehan

Set Decoration by Carole Bayne Kelley, Julieann Getman

Costume Design by Roland Sanchez

Starring:

Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard

Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah

Jorge Garcia as Hugo “Hurley” Reyes

Josh Holloway as James “Sawyer” Ford

Daniel Dae Kim as Jin Kwon

Yunjin Kim as Sun Kwon

Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen

Terry O’Quinn as John Locke

Emilie de Ravin as Claire Littleton

Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke

Michael Emerson as Ben Linus

Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume

Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday

Ken Leung as Miles Straume

Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis

Malcolm David Kelley as Walt Lloyd

L. Scott Caldwell as Rose Henderson

Sam Anderson as Bernard Nadler

Michelle Rodriguez as Ana-Lucia Cortez

Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert

The show that revolutionized primetime proves once again why it is television’s most addictive and creative series, as the epic story of LOST twists, turns and spirals through time in its brilliant fifth season. Destiny sends the Oceanic 6 back to the Island and into the heart of the enigmatic Dharma Initiative. The reason they had to return and the fate of all those who were left behind is revealed as the momentum builds toward the much anticipated series finale in 2010. Some of LOST’s most pressing questions are finally answered in a spectacular 5-disc collection, packed with deleted scenes, exclusive interviews, as well as Blu-ray exclusive content.

Since 2005, the hit ABC drama “LOST” has captured our attention.  As we watched the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 brave through harsh conditions in a once thought uninhabited island, dealing with a monster black cloud which no one knows about, finding out there is a group known as “The Others” trying to kidnap people in their group let alone dealing with traitor(s) within the group and dealing with a computer that has a button that must pushed within a certain time period or else disaster.

When it was announced that the creators of “LOST” wanted a resolution to the drama series and end it while they are still on top (planned for 2010), many fans and even the cast were happy about it.  There’s only so much story of these survivors staying in the island that people can take and suffice to say, viewers have been waiting for answers to their questions since the first season.  And here we are now approaching 2010, awaiting the final season of “LOST” only a few months away and here comes a 5-disc Blu-ray release that not only surpasses previous releases, it definitely sets the bar higher than any television series released thus far.

To know “LOST”, let’s go back to 2005, when the series was developed by  J.J. Abrams who was known for his TV series “Felicity” and “Alias”  and joined by a talented team which includes executive producer and writer Damon Lindelof (“Crossing Jordan”), executive producer and writer Carlton Cuse (“Nash Bridges”, “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”) , writer Jeffrey Lieber, producer Ra’uf Glasgow (“The Big Easy” and “Profiler”), Jack Bender (“Eight is Enough” and “Beverly Hills 90210”), Bryan Burke (“Alias”) and Jean Higgins (“CSI: Miami”) .

The series won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Drama Series” and series creator J.J. Abrams was award an Emmy in September 2005.  The series also won the Writers Guild of America Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for a Dramatic Television Series”, 2005 Producer Guild Awards for “Best Production” and the 2005 Director’s Guild Award for “Best Direction of a Dramatic Television Program” and the “Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005” for Best Ensemble Cast.   The series also done well overseas where it won a British Academy of Film and Television Award for “Best American Import” in 2005.  Also, Terry O’Quinn won a Saturn Award for “Best Supporting Actor.  in 2006, both Jorge Garcia and Michelle Rodriguez won an ALMA Award for “Best Supporting Actor” and “Best Supporting Actress” in a television series. Garcia winning the award once again in 2008.  Michael Emerson has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for “Outstanding Supporting Director” from 2007-2009 and winning the award in 2009. And this is just a few of the awards won for the crew, talent of the series.

So, what is “LOST”?  “LOST” is a drama series revolved around the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 who are marooned on an island.  While flying over the island,  their airplane broke apart into three sections on an island.   Of the 324 passengers of Oceanic Flight 815, there were a total of 71 survivors and a dog.  The survivors learned quickly that there is something mysterious about the island.  For some, those who have been sick or even handicapped have suddenly become healed.  And for others, the island has been nothing but full of unknown things which include science labs in the middle of nowhere, monsters that take the shape of a black cloud and it all started with the discovery of a hatch.  And as mentioned before, discovering that the island was once inhabited by a group called the Dharma Initiative and that there are people who are not too thrilled that the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are on their island…these people that have been called “The Others”.

Of course, the goal for these survivors since crashing on the island was to get off.  Attempt after attempt, it was until last season when  six people dubbed “The Oceanic 6” (Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, baby Aaron – the son of Claire Littleton, Sun Kwon, Sayid Jarrah and Hugo “Hurley” Reyes) who were part of the Oceanic Flight 815 were able to escape the island and in order to protect them and to prevent any suspicion, the six have decided to protect the remaining survivors by telling the media that no one survived the crash but them.

But all is not right in the island as Benjamin who knew the island’s secrets could have been exposed, did something to the island in order to hide it.  Not knowing the repercussions of the act, Ben was able to escape the island.

In season four, we learned that life has not been exactly to kind to “The Oceanic 6”.   Jack for some reason has become a suicidal drug addict; Kate has raised Claire’s baby Aaron as her own but her relationship with Jack has soured; Sun has nothing but revenge on her mind and is willing to work with Charles Widmore to find the island and get back and Ben; Sayid Jarrah loses someone precious and ends up working for Ben and Hurley starts seeing his dead friends and thinks he is going insane and thus is held in a mental institution.

But what about the survivors in the island?  How has life fared for them within the three years?  And this is what we learn from the fifth season of “LOST”.

“LOST” focuses on the following characters which include:

Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) – A doctor who has had a tough relationship with his father.  He has become the leader of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.  He is one of the people who escapes the island and has been affected with guilt and has major problems in the present time.  He feels that he and the others who have escaped the island must go back.

Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly) – A wanted felon for murdering her father.  One of the people who escapes from the island and has raised Claire’s baby Aaron as her own.   Unknown to viewers but seen at the end of Season 3 and parts of Season 4, her relationship with Jack has soured for some reason.

James “Sawyer” Ford (Josh Holloway) – A conman who is the rebel on the island.  He and Kate have had romantic times together on the island which puts him at odds with Jack.  Was about to leave the island with the six but due to the lack of gas, he opted to stay behind in order for Kate to return back home.

Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) – A former member of the Iraqui Republican Guard.  One of the people who escaped from the island and has had nothing but trouble since his return back.  He now works for Ben.

John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) – Mysterious and a man who was once crippled but somehow the island has healed him.  He believes they are on the island for a reason and embraces the island, to the chagrin of Jack which puts the two at odds with each other.

Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin) – A single mother of a baby named Aaron.  She gave Aaron to Kate to take care of him and bring him to safety back in the US.

Jin Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) – Jin is married to Sun and loves her unconditionally, but sacrificed his life to save his wife and unborn baby.  Did he survive after the events of the finale of season 4?

Sun Kwon (Yunjin Kim) – Daughter of a ruthless businessman, she married Jin.  She is now pregnant and has given birth to her son in the US.  But wants revenge for her husband’s death and will do what it takes to get back at Ben Linus.

Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia) – Hurley is a millionaire who used numbers that keep popping to win the lottery.  But for Hurley, these numbers have only brought him bad luck and has sent him several times to the mental ward.  He is one of the main people who have escaped the island in season 4.

Rose Henderson (L. Scott Caldwell) and Bernard Nadler (Sam Anderson) – Rose is a woman who has terminal cancer but it seems the island has healed her and similar to Locke, she has embraced the island.  She and her husband Bernard try to make life as positive as they can in the island, Bernard who at first wanted to leave the island but seeing his wife alive and healthy prompts him to want to stay in the island.

Other Characters:

Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) – A fertility scientist who joined the Others to find out why pregnant mothers were not giving birth on the island.  Was only supposed to stay for a short time but coerced by Benjamin Linus to stay.  Every woman pregnant and their baby have died but somehow Claire was able to give birth and Sun is also pregnant.  She has had a romantic fling with Jack in the past but now is left behind with Sawyer, the other survivors and the science crew.

Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) – The man responsible for killing many of the people of the Dharma Initiative.  Believes he was sent by a powerful being to protect the island but is now confused because the island is starting to favor John Locke.  A mysterious man who has an unknown agenda and a master at lying and manipulating people.  He wants revenge against Charles Widmore for the death of his daughter Danielle (who the Others kidnapped from Rousseau).

Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusack) – Was stuck on the island for three years maintaining the reset for the island computer.  He dreamed of reuniting with his girlfriend Penny Widmore and unaware that she has been searching for him for years.  Has had a case of deja vu of remembering the island and experiences (that haven’t happened yet).

The Search Team:

Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) – A scientist and physicist who understands what is going on with the island.  Part of the original team that were sent to find Benjamin Linus but also to dismantle the nuclear bomb on the island.  Has a romantic fling with Charlotte.

Miles Straume (Ken Leung) – A medium who is sarcastic and finds himself at odds with the Oceanic survivors at times.  His father ran the Dharma Initiative and was hired by Charles Widmore to find Benjamin Linus.

Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader) – A cultural anthropologist who has a tie to the island but not remember why.  Has a romantic fling with Daniel.

Season five continues with the personal lives of the Oceanic 6 and how celebrity life has treated them for the last three years and as we learned from season four, we know their lives are not exactly going well. Meanwhile, the story shifts back and fort from place to place as we have a few who are back home and for Oceanic Flight 815 survivors (primarily Sawyer and John Locke, along with  Juliet Burke, Daniel Faraday, Miles Straume and Charlotte Lewis), we see them agonized and dealing with the repercussions of Benjamin Linus moving the island and watching them experience time travel to the 1970’s.

The fifth season of “LOST” aired on January 2009 with a total of 17 episodes in which the two-episode finale aired on May 2009.  Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode from season 5:

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 87: Because You Left – Something has gone wrong with the island.  Meanwhile, for the six who escaped the island, life has been a bit quite difficult.
  • EPISODE 88: The Lie – While those in the island try to deal with the changes in time, in the present time, Ben tries to convince those who escaped the island to go back.
  • EPISODE 89: Jughead –  A Desmond episode. We see how life has been for him and Penny.  Meanwhile, Juliet, John and Sawyer try to find out who the two men they discovered on the island are.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 90: The Little Prince – The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 who escaped the island are being targeted.  Meanwhile, those on the island start show symptoms of the effects of the time jumps.
  • EPISODE 91: This Place is Death – Desmond searches for Daniel Faraday’s mother, meanwhile we learn what happened to Danielle Rousseau’s crew during the flashbacks.
  • EPISODE 92: 316 – A few of the escaped survivors learn from Eloise about what is needed to return back to the island.
  • EPISODE 93: The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham – Locke leaves the island tries to convince those who escaped from the island to come back.  We also learn of the true nature of Benjamin Linus.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 94: LaFleur –  Another time jump on the island brings the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors to 1974 and see how they have lived their lives for the next three years.
  • EPISODE 95: Namaste – A few of the survivors who escaped from the island make their return back.
  • EPISODE 96: He’s For You – A Sayid episode.  With the survivors who have lived their life in the island for the last three years reuniting with the survivors who returned, needless to say, things have changed since they last saw each other.
  • EPISODE 97: Whatever Happened, Happened – A Kate episode.  Also, what happens when some of the Oceanic survivors meet a young Ben Linus.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 98: Dead is Dead – A Ben episode.  We see what happens when Ben tries to get revenge on Widmore.
  • EPISODE 99: Some Like it Hoth – A Miles episode.  Meanwhile, Ben’s father is suspicious of Kate.
  • EPISODE 100: The Variable –  A Daniel episode. The group tries to create a plan to leave the Dharma camp before a major disaster takes place but some Dharma begin to become suspicious of them.
  • EPISODE 101: Follow the Leader – With the events of the last episode, Jack and Kate must make a major decision.  Meanwhile, Sawyer and Juliet are held captive by members of the Dharma Initiative.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 102-103: The Incident – The two-part season finale.  Jack believes Daniel Faraday in that the atomic bomb must be detonated.  Meanwhile, the crew of Ajira Flight 316 appear to know about certain surroundings of the island.  Meanwhile, Locke continues with his mission while the Oceanic survivors get into a confrontation with the Dharma Initiative.

Similar to the previous “LOST” Blu-ray releases, the Blu-ray’s allow for “SeasonPlay” which allows people to watch as they go and can stop, restart where they last left off.  “SeasonPlay” is optional and people can select it before watching an episode.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“LOST”  is a series that looks incredible on High Definition.  Featured in 1080p High Definition (aspect ratio of 1:78:1), the detail of the island is captured quite vibrantly.   The green lush plants that surround the island, the blue skies, the blue ocean.  Personally, most of the video footage shot in Hawaii tend to be vibrant in colors and “LOST” is no exception.   This year’s offering is much more detailed.   You can see the skin pores much more closely, even the stubble on the faces of the guys, the arm hairs, detail of crushed metal in the car accidents, Dharma buildings and just regular objects and much, much more.  There is a lot of detail that you just don’t see on television and when you see it on Blu-ray, especially for “LOST – The complete Fifth Season”, you can’t help but be amazed.    The colors are just fantastic as blue oceans and blue skies are surrounded by beautiful lush greenery.  Blacks are nice and dark and skin tones are natural.

One of the things that caught my attention was just things that you never even looked at while watching on television such as jars, the appearance of rusty jars are really apparent in High Definition.  The stained blood on the skin of the characters, you can actually see that the blood is actually dry.  When comparing Seasons one through four on Blu-ray, there is an obvious difference in the picture quality and where season four looked fantastic, season five just really looks incredible.

As for the audio, “LOST” is featured in DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1.  The dialogue is quite clear but one thing that caught my attention is how magnificent the audio is in terms of capturing the ambiance of the island when each person is moving through the jungle.  This season tends to have used more panning and audio directional to certain speaker channels much more evident than the first season.  Also, sounds of the island, car crashing, metal crunching and even thunderstorms come quite clear through the various surround channels. Also, good use of surrounds and LFE.  Dialogue is clear and understandable and the music also comes out alive during certain scenes.

In fact, the final episode “The Incident”, that is an episode that really takes advantage of each channel.  Hearing audio and crunching metal from the surround channels, hearing the rumble of LFE through the subwoofer and the front and center channels working in overdrive, capturing the frenzy that took place.  Great use of sound!

I love how the music for the series sounds and how it really brought an overall mood to certain scenes. The music by Michael Giacchino and the way the orchestra creates that tension for the scenes was awesome.  So, music plays a big part in the series and the music soundtrack is just wonderful!

Subtitles are featured in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Blu-ray edition of “LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON” is featured in 1080p High Definition and 480i Standard Definition.  Audio is in English 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital with subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish. Included are:

DISC 1:

  • Lost Starter Kit – (4:43) Get up to speed on what has happened in “LOST” from the first four seasons.
  • Audio Commentary for “Because You Left” by Executive Producers and Co-Creator Damon Lindelof and Executive Producer Carlton Cuse.

DISC 3:

  • Audio Commentary for “He’s Our You” by Executive Producer/Writer Edward Kitsis and Executive Producer/Writer Adam Horowitz.

DISC 4:

  • Lost 100 – (19:00) The cast and crew reflect on the first 100 episodes and take part in a cake cutting ceremony with Duff Goldman (of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes”).

DISC 5:

  • Lost University – For those who have Blu-ray 2.0 profile players and are hooked up to the Internet can be part of Lost University.  An excerpt from the explanation of “Lost University”: Viewers will be able to join LOST executive producers Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, the cast of “LOST,” and a panel of esteemed experts for a vast array of courses at LOST University, delving into the themes and storylines regularly explored on the groundbreaking television series. Through this robust, engaging, multi- semester experience, students will gain a better understanding of the story, unique insight to the mysteries of “LOST,” and perhaps even valuable clues as the show heads into its final season. “LOST University” will be accessible through several portals, starting now with www.lostuniversity.org, where “LOST” fans can enroll beginning September 22, 2009, months before the university goes completely live on December 8, 2009. The main campus of “LOST University” will live on the “LOST: The Complete Fifth Season” Blu-ray disc and will be powered by BDLive.  Upon launching the innovative interface, students immediately get access to their personalized lesson plans, compelling HD Audio-Visual presentations and communication from the LOST University faculty and staff. Like any real university, campus life at LOST University is not solely focused on higher learning, pop quizzes and homework. Through an extended web experience, students will be able to pay visits to the campus bookstore to purchase LOST U merchandise, or discuss their school experience and “LOST” theories through study-groups on the LOST University message boards. Potential students will even have the opportunity to prep for the LOST U experience in advance on www.lostuniversity.org with story and character refresher courses and advanced reading suggestions… all providing information vital to getting up-to-speed with the world of LOST as it heads into its final season. Courses offered at LOST University include:

• Introductory Physics of Time Travel
• History
• Family Psychology
• The Languages Of “LOST”
• Jungle Survival Basics
• Deciphering Hieroglyphics
• Art Of “LOST” seminar
• Philosophy 101
• …and all things “LOST”

  • Mysteries of the Universe – (26:15) A faux episode from a 1980’s short-lived ABC show called “Mysteries of the Universe” about secret societies and the Dharma Initiative.  The show looks into how people went missing after they gone through job interviews with the Dharma Initiative and more.
  • Making Up For Lost Time – (13:47) The producers and crew talk about their thoughts of “time travel” being incorporated to the storyline and how it all relates to the island.  The challenges of creating scenes in the 70’s and present time and going back and forth.  Trying to recreate the 70’s through the set, clothing and more.
  • An Epic Day with Richard Alpert – (12:14) Hanging out with Richard Alpert on the final day of shooting for Season Five.
  • Building 23 & Beyond – (12:01) Michael Emerson (who plays Benjamin Linus) takes the audience on the tour of Building 23 in Burbank, where the executive producers and writers are based.
  • Lost on Location: (37:44) Featuring “LOST” shot in different locations in Hawaii on different episodes: The Lie, The Little Prince, The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham, Namaste, Here’s Our You, Whatever Happened, Happened and The Incident.  How certain scenes such as a storm scene and how they created the scene or an accident scene was shot and how the cars were damaged.  How a burning van running into homes were shot and more.   A very informative featurette on the behind-the-scene making-of shots.
  • Deleted Scenes: (13:43) A total of eight deleted scenes. No Police, Jill the Butcher, Where’s LaFleur, I Think He’s One of Ben’s People, Breakfast Time, Locke’s Promise, Phil’s Theory, Stones and Boulders.
  • Lost Bloopers – (3:48) “Lost – The Complete Fifth Season” bloopers.

EASTER EGGS:

[note: On Disc 5, you will get two screens.  One that shows the statue and another one in which the scene explodes and everything is white.  The following descriptions are for the screen with the statue but also will work by pressing your remote a certain direction as mentioned below when the screen turns white]

EASTER EGG: Frogurt

Highlight Episodes and press left twice and the dot will then appear towards the “Lost Season 5” wording on the top right. Click on it and you will get a special feature with Sean Whalen (who plays Neil “Frogurt”). (:45)

EASTER EGG: Walt

Highlight Episodes and press left- the dot will then appear towards the bottom near the trees. Click on it to access an easter egg featuring Malcolm David Kelley (who plays the character of Walt). (:36)

EASTER EGG: Jorge Garcia and Michelle Rodriguez

Highlight Features and press left- the dot will then appear under the wording of “Lost Season 5”. Click on it to access an easter egg featuring Jorge Garcia and Michelle Rodriguez. (:41)

EASTER EGG: Jorge Garcia watercolors

Highlight Setup and press right- the dot will then appear between some trees. Click on it and you will get an easter egg featuring Jorge Garcia painting via watercolors. (:50)

EASTER EGG: Jorge Garcia explains the term “Ass Dirt”

Highlight Season Play and press right – the dot will then be on the rear of the statue. Click to access Jorge Garcia explaining the cinematography term “ass dirt”. (:56)

After watching the season four finale of “LOST”, I just felt that season would be hard to top.  So, along came season five and the season was very good but it was definitely a season that can easily confuse people with the different time period jumps.  But for the most part, season five was quite interesting as we saw different characters receiving more screen time, we got to see how evil Benjamin Linus truly is (and how wonderful an actor Michael Emerson is to play such a role) and seeing some of my favorite character(s) getting killed off was a bit of a hard pill to swallow after the final episode was over.

Just the final minute alone of the season finale, I felt saddened… yes, as a dedicated follower of “LOST” (yes, I even followed the audio book and a lurker on “THE FUSELAGE” online forum), I felt that the season was a bit more restrained but the finale, almost like season three, more than made up for it.  Needless to say, big things are to come in this final sixth season and I look forward to seeing what Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and the writing crew have planned.

So, I did enjoy the fifth season of “LOST” (not as much as the fourth which was more adventure and action-driven) and since I’m a sci-fi geek, it was it easy for me to take in the sci-fi “time travel” aspect of this fifth season, which I’m sure there are people who felt the writers may have been pushing the storyline a bit too far.  But for me, I felt the storyline worked and again, you can sense the writers are going to have fun with this upcoming final season.  I definitely look forward to it.

As for the Blu-ray release of “LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON”, this has to be the best looking television series on Blu-ray yet.  I was just amazed of how much detail can be seen, things that never caught my attention when watching it on television.  From the skin pores and even the hair on one’s arm, to the lush plants and the coarse rocks, the amount of detail that pops is simply amazing.  Audio quality is also used very well through all channels.  From hearing the thunder and rain, the druglord’s airplane crashing onto the island to the number of vehicles crashing, gun shots galore and just the ambient sounds are capture quite well and all were great use of lossless audio.

As for special features, for those who are looking for a lot of commentaries like previous releases, “LOST – The complete Fifth Season” has very few this time around and some who enjoy commentary tracks will be slightly bummed.  But that doesn’t mean this season is lacking any special features.  If anything, disc 5 of this set contains plenty of special features that are quite long, quite a few easter eggs hidden and it was great to watch the celebration of the 100th episode of “LOST”.  But of course, the biggest addition to this Blu-ray is the utilization of BD-Live for the exclusive “LOST Universe”.

It’s a great technology for viewers/fans to connect with each other and take part in showing their love for the series.  It’s important to note that enjoying “LOST University” would depend on those who have BD-Live enabled, profile 2.0 Blu-ray player (a player can connect to the Internet) and is able to utilize the technology.

Overall, this is the most ambitious Blu-ray release for “LOST” in terms of special features but also the picture and audio quality is absolutely fantastic.  If you are a major “LOST” fan, this latest “LOST – The Complete Fifth Season” Blu-ray set is highly recommended!

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