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Rememory (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While Mark Palansky’s “Rememory” may not be a groundbreaking film, but I enjoyed the concept and also Dinklage’s performance.  And while the film does have its faults, I did enjoy “Rememory”.

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TITLE: Rememory

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 112 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p (2:40:1 Aspect Ratio), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English SDH/Spanish Subtitles

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: PG-13

RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2017


Directed by Mark Palansky

Written by Mike Vukadinovich and Mark Palansky

Produced by Daniel Bekerman, Lee Clay

Co-Producer: Ethan Lazar, Tyler Nelson

Executive Producer: Jim Reeve

Music by Gregory Tripi

Cinematography by Gregory Middleton

Edited by Jane MacRae, Tyler Nelson

Casting by Tineka Becker: Tiffany Mak

Production Design by Hank Mann

Costume Design by Patricia Hargraves


Starring:

Peter Dinklage as Sam Bloom

Matt Ellis as Dash Bloom

Jordana Largy as Freddie

Martin Donovan as Gordon Dunn

Evelyne Brochu as Wendy

Henry Ian Cusick as Lawton

Anton Yelchin as Todd

Julia Ormond as Carolyn Dunn

Gracyn Shineyi as Jane Dunn


The film explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person’s memories. Gordon’s wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places.


From the director of “Penelope” and “A Series of Unfortunaate Events” comes the film “Rememory”.

The film stars Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, “The Station Agent”), Matt Ellis (“Final Destination 3”, “Undead Union: The Making Of”), Jordana Largy (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”), Martin Donovan (“Ant-Man”, “Insomnia”, “Weeds”), Evelyne Brochu (“Cafe de Flore”, “Tom at the Farm”, “X Company”), Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”, “Hitman”, “The 100”), Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”, “Terminator Salvation”, “Fright Night”), Julia Ormon (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Legends of the Fall”, “My Week with Marilyn”) and more.

And now “Rememory” will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate.

The film begins with Sam Bloom (portrayed by Peter Dinklage) at the bar with his brother Dash Bloom (portrayed by Matt Ellis).  As the two drive home, singing out loud, their car is smashed into by another car and when Sam Bloom comes to, Dash is bleeding and dying, while Sam screams for help.

Fastforward to the future and the accident still haunts Sam.  While he is watching Gordon Dunn (portrayed by Martin Donovan), a scientific pioneer who created new technology that allows for one to extract memories and watch them on an external device.

Later, the doctor is approached by a woman named Wendy (portrayed by Evelyne Brochu) who wants something back from the scientist.  We then see Todd (portrayed by Anton Yelchin) who confronts Gordon for ruining his life and bringing up something that should have stayed in the past.  Meanwhile, Cortex CEO, Lawton (portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick) listening in on their conversation.

We then see Wendy coming in and access Gordon Dunn’s Cortex device, Sam parked in the parking lot alone watching Todd, and then later Wendy leave Gordon’s office and then we also see Gordon laying on the ground, dead.

The next morning, Sam learns that Gordon Dunn is dead and when he comes to bring flowers to his widow, he manages to steal keys inside the house and manages to use it to break into his home and steal one of the Cortex prototype devices along with recordings of memories from other test users.

And through these memories, what will Sam discover?


VIDEO:

“Rememory” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio)

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Rememory” is presented with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Rememory” comes with following special features:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Mark Palansky and actor Peter Dinklage
  • The Memories We Keep – (31:59) A featurette about the concept and making of the film, as well as the evolution of the script and casting for the film.  Also, remembering actor Anton Yelchin.

EXTRAS:

The Blu-ray comes with an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


“Rememory” is a film directed and written by filmmaker Mark Palansky and created around actor Peter Dinklage and a film that looks into the extraction of memories.

The film revolves around a man named Sam Bloom (portrayed by Dinklage) who had a tragic past three years and watching scientific pioneer, Gordon Dunn, introduce his Cortex device that allows people to extract memories and watch them on an external device.

But when Gordon Dunn is found dead, we see numerous people along with Samuel who happen to be near the scene of the crime.

When Sam reads that Dunn had died, it leads him to stealing Gordon’s Cortex device in hoping he can find answers of who or what is responsible for his death but most of all, helping him come to terms with his tragic past.

If there was one issue with the film is that Cortex would go through any means of finding the stolen Cortex device and are quite aware that Sam Bloom is possibly involved.  While there are those in the company that are aware of Sam, there is buildup to painting the Cortex Corporation as a big, bad corporation and its leader, Lawton (portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick) being the film’s main antagonist.  But there was no element of danger as Sam was able to go around and accomplish things quite easily.

There is also not much time to establish the other characters in the film, they are merely subjects of tests conducted by Gordon but we don’t feel much impact with these characters at all.  If anything, the film hinges on the shoulders of Sam and Carolyn Dunn (portrayed by Julia Ormond).

I will also add that for the short moments that Anton Yelchin was in the film, you can’t help but feel sad that this young talented actor is no longer with us.  He had an emotional performance in the film and “Rememory” was among the last three films that Yelchin would make before dying in a fatal accident in the summer of 2016.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is good, especially on close-ups.  Lossless audio is primarily dialogue-driven and the audio commentary and featurette were entertaining.  I like the fact that Palansky gave people a chance to send in their own HD memories and they included a few of those selected, for their memory footage to be part of the film.

Overall, while Mark Palansky’s “Rememory” may not be a groundbreaking film, but I enjoyed the concept and also Dinklage’s performance.  And while the film does have its faults, I did enjoy “Rememory”.

Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” is worth of its title as scandals are a big running theme of this fifth season. We get to see a new side of Olivia Pope that we have not seen in prior seasons, presidential campaigns in full swing and relationships being tested. For fans of the series, “Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” is recommended.

Images courtesy of © 2013 ABC Studios. All Rights Reserved.


DVD TITLE: Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season

DURATION: Episodes 70-90 (904 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Color, English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Television, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: ABC Studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: August 23, 2016


Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown, Tom Verica, Oliver Bokelberg,  Tony Goldwyn, Regina King, Jann Turner, Paris Barclay, Scott Foley, Steph Green, Sharat Raju

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Zahir McGhee, Severiano Canales, Paul William Davies, Mark Fish, Mark Wilding, Raamla Mohamed, Peter Noah, Chris Van Dusen, Jess Brownell, Johanna Lee

Produced by Scott Collins, Merri D. Howard, Heather Mitchell, Matt Byrne

Co-Producer: Chris Van Dusen, Noah Evslin

Executive Producer: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers,

Co-Executive Producer: Tom Verica, Judy Smith, Jenna Bans, Mark Fish, Peter Nowalk, Allan Heinberg, Mark Driscoll, Alison Schapker

Supervising Producer: Roxann Dawson

Associate Producer: Holden Chang

Music by Chad Fischer

Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg, Michael G. Wojciechowski, Daryn Okada

Edited by Gregory T. Evans, Joe Mitacek, Matthew Pevic

Casting by Linda Lowy, Will Stewart

Series Production Design by Corey Kaplan

Art Direction by Louise Dorton

Set Decoration by Amy Wells, Hernan Camacho

Costume Design by Lyn Paolo


Starring:

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch

Columbus Short as Harrison Wright

Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan

Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins

Guillermo Diaz as Huck

Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene

Tony Goldwyn as President Fizgerald Grant

Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker

Joshua Malina as David Rosen

Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant

Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers

Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak

Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle

George Newbern as Charlie

Debra Mooney as Verna Thornton

Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis

Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston

Scott Foley as Jake Ballard

Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers

Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch

Susan Pourfar as Becky Flynn

Brian Letscher as Tom Larsen

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope

Portia de Rossi as Elizabeth North

Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle


The hottest show on television takes ruthless ambition to all-new heights of shock and awe in the game-changing fifth season of ABC’s SCANDAL. The Oval Office is up for grabs, and none of the players are playing nice, including Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who now realizes she can never be content as a wifely First Lady. Domestic bliss pales in comparison with holding the reins of the highest office in the land, so when faced with a chance to wield unrivaled influence at any cost, will she continue to wear the white hat… or prove that she is, indeed, her father’s daughter? Prepare for a battle royale as Olivia, the White House politicians and the O.P.A. “gladiators” play an anything-goes game of blackmail, murder and seduction in a bid for that all-consuming, all-corrupting commodity: Power. Succumb to all 22 intoxicating episodes, spiced with exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features. Relive every drop of scintillating drama as you raise a glass to SCANDAL: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON.


If thought the previous were full of scandals, the fifth season proves to be a huge scandal as the affair between President Fitzgerald Grant and Olivia Pope has gone public.

Meanwhile, the First Lady, Senator Melody “Mellie” Grant becomes the Senator of Virginia and is now the Republican presidential candidate.

And life for Olivia Pope will never be the same in the exciting “Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season”!

What is “Scandal”?

In April 2012, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes would create another drama series titled “Scandal” and this time, instead of a medical drama, it would be Rhimes first political thriller.

For Rhimes, this is her fourth series, with the third, “Off the Map” (2011) being canceled in its first season. Fortunately for Rhimes, unlike other ABC drama series that began in Spring 2012, “Scandal” was among the few to be renewed and given a second season.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“The Last King of Scotland”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, “Fantastic Four”) as the main protagonist Olivia Pope, who runs a crisis management firm, Pope & Associates. Olivia is the former White House Communications Director for President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III (as portrayed by Tony Goldwyn, “Ghost”, “The Last Samurai”). A President that she happens to be having an affair with.

Known for her intellect and her ability to fix a crisis for the White House and major corporations, although her reputation is constantly on the line, she depends on her associates and employees to help her get the job done. Her staff includes Stephen Finch (as portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick, “Lost”, “Hitman”), a womanizer who can get any information that he needs; Harrison Wright (as portrayed by Columbus Short, “Stomp the Yard”, “Quarentine”) who is loyal to Olivia and is one of her key litigators and a person who tries to keep watch over the staff and lending his advice; Abby Whelan (as portrayed by Darby Stanchfield, “Jericho”), an investigator who is very loyal to Olivia for saving her life; Huck Finn (as portrayed by Guillermo Diaz, “Half Baked”, “The Terminal”), a hacker and former black ops who is a man with his inner demons given a second chance by Olivia and new employee Quinn Perkins (as portrayed by Katie Lowes, “Super 8”, “The Job”) who is trying to learn the ropes at Pope & Associates and how to stay on Olivia’s good side.

For the first season of “Scandal”, Pope & Associates have their hands full as they are taking on various clients that includes a decorated war veteran being accused of murder, a well-known DC madam who is trying to keep her clientele list private (especially since she serves many major players in Washington, D.C.) and defending a deceased pilot (representing her family) who is accused for a commercial plane crash that killed everyone onboard.

But the recurring storyline involves a White House intern who has accused President Fitzgerald Grant of having an affair. And when Olivia Pope and her associates defend the White House intern, the White House employees are going to do all it takes to protect the President and the administration from her client’s accusations. But how far will the White House go to stop Pope & Associates?

In the second season of “Scandal”, the scandals are taken to a higher level in Washington D.C. as Pope & Associates must defend various politicians but internal scandals start to hit Olivia and the others when Olivia is involved in a significant scandal, meanwhile President Grant wants to be with Olivia and wants to leave his wife, who is this Jake Ballard that the president has watching Olivia and what happens when someone within the President’s staff is leaking information to terrorists. But also, what happens when there is an assassination attempt on President Grant?

Season three focused on President Grant’s re-election campaign for a second term and Olivia’s name is leaked to the press as being the mistress of the President.

Season four focused on changes after Olivia was relocated on an island off the coast of Zanzibar and the changes that her staff went through, as they had to seek other employment and Jake being arrested for the death of Jerry Grant.

Which leads us to season five as Olivia has been outed as the mistress of President Grant.  As Mellie wants her marriage to work, the President wants to divorce the First Lady.  And Mellie, now hell bent on getting revenge on her husband by wanting to destroy Olivia Pope.

How will Olivia Cope after being vilified by the media and the public?


VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1). For the most part, picture quality for “Scandal” is very good for DVD but as expected for a DVD release, you can see a bit of compression but nothing that would hurt your viewing of the film and for the most part, for most viewers, this is a non-issue for a DVD release.

“Scandal” is presented in English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound with subtitles in English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese. As a drama series, audio is primarily a dialogue-driven track with some use of scenery ambiance for surround channels. For the most part, audio is very appropriate for this style of series and dialogue is clear and understandable.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Extended Episode of “I See You” – An Extended version of episode 83 “I See You”.
  • Outtakes – (3:09) Outtakes from season five of “Scandal”.

EXTRAS:

“Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” comes with a slipcover case.


As political scandals is a running theme for the series, “Scandal”, one of the biggest scandals that many expected to happen is the affair of President Fitzgerald and Olivia Pope.

Olivia is a person who is used to calling the shots, most of the time, calm and collected and her gladiators there with her every step of the way.

But things have gotten a bit chaotic as Olivia has been vilified by the press and the public and while she is stuck at home, trying to avoid the death threats she has been receiving, the First Lady, who is working with Cyrus, now wants her revenge.

And as Mellie is running for President, trust and loyalty becomes a theme for series five as we don’t know who to trust.

And as Abby is busy working at the White House, Quinn trying to keep things together and Huck in a bad state mentally, the team brings in a new gladiator, Marcus Walker, a man who doesn’t follow anyone’s rules but his own.

And just when you think you have heard enough about Rowan Pope or even Cyrus, Rowan has escaped from prison and as for Cyrus, he is secretly working with the Democratic presidential hopeful (while working for the Republican president) as a potential vice presidential candidate.  And as for Mellie, her choice to run for vice president will be a complete shock to everyone.

As for the fifth season of “Scandal”, I felt that the first half of the season was very strong as it focused on the affair of the President and Olivia being made public.  As the second half of the season focuses on the changes that have taken place six months later, it seems like there was a big role reversal as we saw Mellie wanting revenge on Olivia for the affair but then by the second half, the two working together.

Meanwhile, Olivia, who was more interested in President Fitzgerald in the first half of the series, all of a sudden starts to become more interested (and also jealous) in Jake, now that she finds out that he is dating someone new.

Personally, this flip flop of the characters and situations bothered me because it felt inconsistent. And the whole VP running mate for the presidential nominees just felt too farfetched.

If anything felt consistent and a person I started to respect more in the series was Vice President Susan Ross.   A person who holds accountability and most of all, she’s becoming more interesting as a character in the series, especially with her fling with Attorney General, David Rosen.

As for the Gladiators, I liked how in the earlier seasons, there were more storylines that were character building episodes for Quinn and Huck.  With Abby now in the White House, she is featured much more in season five than the others.  The season also introduces us to the newest gladiator in Olivia’s team, with the introduction of headstrong Marcus Walker.

But while I did enjoy the series showing us Olivia’s vulnerable side for season five, I’m not sure how to think about what Olivia did in episode 86’s “Thwack!” and what she did to former Vice-President Andrew Nichols.

As for the DVD, picture quality is as good as you can expect on DVD, with dialogue being crystal clear.  There are not many special features but outtakes and an extended episode, so no audio commentaries or any featurettes are included with this fifth season DVD.

Overall, “Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” is worth of its title as scandals are a big running theme of this fifth season.  We get to see a new side of Olivia Pope that we have not seen in prior seasons, presidential campaigns in full swing and relationships being tested.

For fans of the series, “Scandal: The Complete Fifth Season” is recommended.

Scandal: The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“Scandal: The Complete Second Season” absolutely made me a fan of the series! The acting was well-done, the writing has improved greatly and the way they developed the characters with a longer second season truly makes this series one of the better drama series on television.

Images courtesy of © 2013 ABC Studios. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Scandal: The Complete Second Season

DURATION: 22 Episodes (946 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Color, English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Television, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

COMPANY: ABC Studios

RATED: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2013

Directed by Ron Undrwood, Allison Liddi-Brown, Stephen Cragg, Mark Tinker, Steve Robin, Tom Verica

Written by Shonda Rhimes, Matt Byrne, Heather Mitchell, Jenna Bans, Mark Fish, Mark Wilding, Raamla Mohamed, Peter Noah, Chris Van Dusen

Produced by Scott Collins, Merri D. Howard

Co-Producer: Chris Van Dusen, Noah Evslin

Executive Producer: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Bears,

Co-Executive Producer: Judy Smith, Jenna Bans, Mark Fish

Music by Chad Fischer

Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg

Edited by Gregory T. Evans, Matthew Ramsey, KAren Castaneda, Christal Khatib, Julia Grove

Casting by Linda Lowy, Will Stewart

Series Production Design by Corey Kaplan

Art Direction by Louise Dorton

Set Decoration by Amy Wells, Hernan Camacho

Costume Design by Lyn Paolo

Starring:

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch

Columbus Short as Harrison Wright

Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan

Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins

Guillermo Diaz as Huck

Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene

Tony Goldwyn as President Fizgerald Grant

Joshua Malina as David Rosen

Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant

Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers

Dan Bucatinsky as James Novak

Gregg Henry as Hollis Doyle

George Newbern as Charlie

Debra Mooney as Verna Thornton

Norm Lewis as Senator Edison Davis

Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston

Scott Foley as Jake Ballard

Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers

Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch

Susan Pourfar as Becky Flynn

Brian Letscher as Tom

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope

Experience every breathless, jaw-dropping moment as Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her team of “gladiators in suits” turn up the heat and raise the stakes in Scandal: The Complete Second Season. For Olivia Pope and Associates, cleaning up other people’s messes takes a shattering personal toll. Season 2 blows the lid off Quinn’s identity, exposes Huck’s dark past, and uncovers Olivia’s darkest secret – something so shocking and enormous that it threatens the entire nation. From boardrooms to bedrooms, relive all 22 episodes of Scandal’s explosive second season – plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features in this riveting 5-disc set.

If thought the first season was full of scandals, the second season amps things up for one of the best drama series on television!

In the second season, Olivia finds herself in a major scandal, President Fitzgerald Grant is targeted for assassination, Abby and David Rosen may have found love, Quinn’s descent into darkness and Huck’s past is revealed in an exciting season two of “Scandal: The Complete Second Season” available on DVD!

What is “Scandal”?

In April 2012, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes would create another drama series titled “Scandal” and this time, instead of a medical drama, it would be Rhimes first political thriller.

For Rhimes, this is her fourth series, with the third, “Off the Map” (2011) being canceled in its first season. Fortunately for Rhimes, unlike other ABC drama series that began in Spring 2012, “Scandal” was among the few to be renewed and given a second season.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“The Last King of Scotland”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, “Fantastic Four”) as the main protagonist Olivia Pope, who runs a crisis management firm, Pope & Associates. Olivia is the former White House Communications Director for President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III (as portrayed by Tony Goldwyn, “Ghost”, “The Last Samurai”). A President that she happens to be having an affair with.

Known for her intellect and her ability to fix a crisis for the White House and major corporations, although her reputation is constantly on the line, she depends on her associates and employees to help her get the job done. Her staff includes Stephen Finch (as portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick, “Lost”, “Hitman”), a womanizer who can get any information that he needs; Harrison Wright (as portrayed by Columbus Short, “Stomp the Yard”, “Quarentine”) who is loyal to Olivia and is one of her key litigators and a person who tries to keep watch over the staff and lending his advice; Abby Whelan (as portrayed by Darby Stanchfield, “Jericho”), an investigator who is very loyal to Olivia for saving her life; Huck Finn (as portrayed by Guillermo Diaz, “Half Baked”, “The Terminal”), a hacker and former black ops who is a man with his inner demons given a second chance by Olivia and new employee Quinn Perkins (as portrayed by Katie Lowes, “Super 8”, “The Job”) who is trying to learn the ropes at Pope & Associates and how to stay on Olivia’s good side.

For the first season of “Scandal”, Pope & Associates have their hands full as they are taking on various clients that includes a decorated war veteran being accused of murder, a well-known DC madam who is trying to keep her clientele list private (especially since she serves many major players in Washington, D.C.) and defending a deceased pilot (representing her family) who is accused for a commercial plane crash that killed everyone onboard.

But the recurring storyline involves a White House intern who has accused President Fitzgerald Grant of having an affair. And when Olivia Pope and her associates defend the White House intern, the White House employees are going to do all it takes to protect the President and the administration from her client’s accusations. But how far will the White House go to stop Pope & Associates?

In the second season of “Scandal”, the scandals are taken to a higher level in Washington D.C. as Pope & Associates must defend various politicians but internal scandals start to hit Olivia and the others when Olivia is involved in a significant scandal, meanwhile President Grant wants to be with Olivia and wants to leave his wife, who is this Jake Ballard that the president has watching Olivia and what happens when someone within the President’s staff is leaking information to terrorists.  But also, what happens when there is an assassination attempt on President Grant?

All this and more in season two of “Scandal”!

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Scandal: The Complete Second Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1). For the most part, picture quality for “Scandal” is very good for DVD but as expected for a DVD release, you can see a bit of compression but nothing that would hurt your viewing of the film and for the most part, for most viewers, this is a non-issue for a DVD release.

“Scandal” is presented in English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound with subtitles in English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese. As a drama series, audio is primarily a dialogue-driven track with some use of scenery ambiance for surround channels. For the most part, audio is very appropriate for this style of series and dialogue is clear and understandable.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Scandal: The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

  • A Closer Look: President Grant’s Assassination Attempt – (4:51) Interviews with Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes, Tony Goldwyn and the cast regarding the Assassination attempt.
  • Being Huck – (8:04) Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes talks about Huck, Guillermo Diaz talks about his character.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring 34 deleted scenes.
  • Outtakes – (4:41) Outtakes from season two of “Scandal”.

EXTRAS:

“Scandal: The Complete Second Season” comes with a slipcover case.

After watching season two of “Scandal”, I think that Shonda Rhimes has created one of her best drama series yet!

With her previous dramas, there is only so much that one can go with the medical drama series by trying to keep with the drama in the hospital, among co-workers and trying to introduce action or emotional situations to get viewers interested but this time around, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have a chance to explore scandals in Washington, D.C. but also explore darker elements on prime time TV.

I was absolutely surprised to see how much violence was featured in “Scandal” season two but it’s what made the series feel real and shows the danger that Pope & Associates must confront quite often.

But its the further exploration of characters that made this season magnificent.

Olivia was shown as a strong woman in season one but in season two, she is tested.  From her off and on affair with the President, someone targeting her life and trying to be strong for her own employees who need her but also having to go behind their backs and hurt them.

The one character that stood out this season was Huck.  The former Black Ops serviceman has a past that will shock you but also makes you feel sympathetic to him.  Suffice to say, his past continues to haunt him and eventually gets the best of him.  And his influence on Quinn Perkins is quite shocking.

But this season also introduces a twist of who is friend and who is foe.  There are a lot of secrets being kept and these twists and turns definitely makes this season exciting!

Overall, “Scandal: The Complete Second Season” absolutely made me a fan of the series! The acting was well-done, the writing has improved greatly and the way they developed the characters with a longer second season truly makes this series one of the better drama series on television.

“Scandal: The Complete Second Season” is recommended.

Scandal: The Complete First Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

June 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC drama hits such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” is back with a new series, a political thriller known as “Scandal”.  An enjoyable drama series with true potential, “Scandal: The Complete First Season” is recommended.

Images courtesy of © 2012 ABC Studios. All Rights Reserved.

DVD TITLE: Scandal: The Complete First Season

DURATION: 7 Episodes (301 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Color, English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Television, Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

COMPANY: ABC Studios

RATED: TV PG DLS

RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2012

Directed by Roxann Dawson

Written by Shonda Rhimes

Produced by Scott Collins, Merri D. Howard

Co-Producer: Chris Van Dusen, Heather Mitchell,

Executive Producer: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Bears,

Co-Executive Producer: Judy Smith, Jenna Bans

Supervising Producer: Roxann Dawson

Music by Chad Fischer

Cinematography by Oliver Bokelberg

Edited by Gregory T. Evans, Matthew Ramsey

Casting by Linda Lowy, Will Stewart

Series Production Design by Corey Kaplan

Art Direction by Louise Dorton

Set Decoration by Mary Ann Biddle

Costume Design by Lyn Paolo

Starring:

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch

Columbus Short as Harrison Wright

Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan

Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins

Guillermo Diaz as Huck

Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene

Tony Goldwyn as President Fizgerald Grant

Joshua Malina as David Rosen

Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant

Matt Letscher as Billy Chambers

Liza Weil as Amanda Tanner

Brenda Hines as Gideon Wallace

Kate Burton as Vice President Sally Langston

From the creator and executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of America’s elite.After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter ‐ both professionally and personally ‐‐ but she can’t seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who
specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can’t quite fix the ones closest at hand ‐‐ their own.

In April 2012, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes would create another drama series titled “Scandal” and this time, instead of a medical drama, it would be Rhimes first political thriller.

For Rhimes, this is her fourth series, with the third, “Off the Map” (2011) being canceled in its first season.  Fortunately for Rhimes, unlike other ABC drama series that began in Spring 2012, “Scandal” was among the few to be renewed and given a second season.

“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington (“The Last King of Scotland”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, “Fantastic Four”) as the main protagonist Olivia Pope, who runs a crisis management firm, Pope & Associates.  Olivia is the former White House Communications Director for President Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III (as portrayed by Tony Goldwyn, “Ghost”, “The Last Samurai”).  A President that she happens to be having an affair with.

Known for her intellect and her ability to fix a crisis for the White House and major corporations, although her reputation is constantly on the line, she depends on her associates and employees to help her get the job done.  Her staff includes Stephen Finch (as portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick, “Lost”, “Hitman”), a womanizer who can get any information that he needs; Harrison Wright (as portrayed by Columbus Short, “Stomp the Yard”, “Quarentine”) who is loyal to Olivia and is one of her key litigators and a person who tries to keep watch over the staff and lending his advice; Abby Whelan (as portrayed by Darby Stanchfield, “Jericho”), an investigator who is very loyal to Olivia for saving her life; Huck Finn (as portrayed by Guillermo Diaz, “Half Baked”, “The Terminal”), a hacker and former black ops who is a man with his inner demons given a second chance by Olivia and new employee Quinn Perkins (as portrayed by Katie Lowes, “Super 8”, “The Job”) who is trying to learn the ropes at Pope & Associates and how to stay on Olivia’s good side.

For the first season of “Scandal”, Pope & Associates have their hands full as they are taking on various clients that includes a decorated war veteran being accused of murder, a well-known DC madam who is trying to keep her clientele list private (especially since she serves many major players in Washington, D.C.) and defending a deceased pilot (representing her family) who is accused for a commercial plane crash that killed everyone onboard.

But the recurring storyline involves a White House intern who has accused President Fitzgerald Grant of having an affair.  And when Olivia Pope and her associates defend the White House intern, the White House employees are going to do all it takes to protect the President and the administration from her client’s accusations.  But how far will the White House go to stop Pope & Associates?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Scandal: The Complete First Season” is presented in Widescreen (1:78:1). For the most part, picture quality for “Scandal” is very good for DVD but as expected for a DVD release, you can see a bit of compression but nothing that would hurt your viewing of the film and for the most part, for most viewers, this is a non-issue for a DVD release.

“Scandal” is presented in English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound with subtitles in English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese. As a drama series, audio is primarily a dialogue-driven track with some use of scenery ambiance for surround channels. For the most part, audio is very appropriate for this style of series and dialogue is clear and understandable.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Scandal: The Complete First Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Scandal: Setting the Pace – (9:57) Interviews with Executive Producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Judy Smith talk about how “Scandal” was created and interviews with the cast of “Scandal”.
  • Gladiators in Suits: Casting a Series – (6:26) A featurette with Executive Producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers talking about the casting of “Scandal” and a sneak peek at the cast’s audition tapes.
  • Scripting Scandal – (7:31) A featurette with Executive Producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers talking about the writing process of “Scandal” and interviews with other writers on the show.

EXTRAS:

“Scandal: The Complete First Season” comes with a slipcover case.

I have always been fascinated with those who work in crisis management.  Having gone to college and studying in mass communications and crisis management being taught as part of public relations, I would have never imagined a television series based on the field or in this case, based on a crisis management firm.

And when I heard that Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, both known for their work on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” were working together on a new series, one thing that I have learned is that both women know television and know how to reach an audience.

Granted, “Off the Map” may have been thinking too far off the box for most viewers to enjoy (as that series dealt with a medical crew helping people in the middle of nowhere), “Scandal” is a bit unique as it doesn’t deal with medicine but deals with political intrigue and corruption, but no…there is no “24” style Jack Bauer storyline when it comes to the President of the United States.  This time, it’s a President who is accused of having a sexual affair with his White House intern, but to make things worse, he is having an affair with one of the most powerful women in Washington, D.C., Olivia Pope.

And what I love about Olivia Pope is that she is a strong female character on television, strong to her fellow associates, strong to her clients and everyone she works with, but deep inside, she is also human and does make mistakes.  She may seem perfect, but like any person, she wants to be loved or find love…and this begins to cause fractures in her career.  Not only is her mind cloudy because of her involvement with the President but because of this war between her firm vs. the White House, especially from the Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene (as portrayed by Jeff Perry).

And while we have seen a lot of political corruption in a series such as “24”, corruption within the White House, there is no guns ablazing nor is Olivia Pope a woman armed with a gun.  She is a woman of high intellect, who will do all it takes to represent her clients.

But with Cyrus, his main concern is protecting the President and eliminating the problem.  Unfortunately, when murder is involved, the storyline then gets a bit darker and then we see a little of that “24” style of violence, start to creep up in “Scandal”.

The series manages to incorporate the elements that made “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.  Each characters have their pros and cons but in the case of “Scandal”, there is also some over-the-top situations with every woman willing to give Stephen Finch the information he needs, if he gives them sex in return to Huck, who is like Jack Bauer of “24” and extracting information through torture techniques.  Suffice to say, these characters are fascinating. And while you do get to know a little bit about each staff member, unlike “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Private Practice” which incorporates a storyline involving many of its core cast members, for “Scandal”, the episodes rely heavily on Olivia or how the skills of the supporting characters helps Olivia.

And while I do feel that Kerry Washington does an amazing job in playing the role of Olivia Pope, part of the problem of having a shortened season is that character development takes a hit.  Still, I do feel that “Scandal” takes more positive steps in becoming a fantastic political thriller and less missteps.  The cast have good chemistry so far, but I do wonder how much are we going to get of this President who pretty much wants to do all he can to continue his affair with Olivia Pope and trying to find ways out of the White House to meet with Olivia was too over-the-top and corny in my opinion.

While “Scandal” was a mid-season replacement, unlike other series, it only had a seven-episode run.  And because the ratings were good but not great for ABC, while renewed and given a second season, Shonda Rhimes has said that a second season will be 13 episodes or less.  I did enjoy this series, but there are only so many stories that can be focused on Olivia but I am confident that Shonda Rhimees has a lot planned for season two.  We have seen her work her magic on the first season of “Grey’s Anatomy” and it’ll be interesting what she has cooked up for season 2.

Overall, “Scandal: The Complete First Season” was an enjoyable “short” first season and I can only hope that pricing for this DVD set, ABC takes into consideration that it is shorter than other ABC drama series in terms of season duration and will be sold for a much cheaper price.

For anyone wanting to watch a political thriller with potential, “Scandal: The Complete First Season” is recommended.

Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

August 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The final season of “Lost” may have started out a bit confusing with the flash-sideways episodes but the more you stuck with it, by the time the series ended, you can’t help but feel happy of how wonderful the series ended.  One of the greatest series of all time on television has come to an end and this Blu-ray release of the final sixth season is not only a fitting goodbye to the series but a final way to tie-up a few loose ends for fans of the series.  If you are a fan of “Lost”, this Blu-ray release is highly recommended!

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TITLE: Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final 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: 802 minutes

RATING: TV 14 DSLV

RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2010

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

Maggie Grace as Shannon Rutherford

Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlisle

Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia Cortez

Cynthia Watros as Libby Smith

Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday

Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert

Malcolm David Kelley as Walt Lloyd

Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis

John Terry as Christian Shephard

Alan Dale as Charles Widmore

Francois Chau as Dr. Pierre Chang

Sonya Walger as Penelope Widmore

Mark Pelligrino as Jacob

Titus Welliver as the Samuel/Man in Black

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.

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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.

In season five, we saw the Oceanic 6 deal with their present situation at home and due to situations that were affecting them in their personal life and things not going so right, they know they need to return back to the island to make things right.  Because of the changes in the island, the island starts to shift back and forth in time (thus episodes dealing with flash forward and time travel) and seeing the losties that were left on the island suddenly going back in time to 1977 when the Dharma Initiative is just beginning their research on the island.

In 2007, we are introduced to a new group of Losties via the Ajira Airways Flight 316 that has recently crashed into the island.  We start to learn that these losties are quite familiar with what is going on in the island.   And we are introduced to the man named Jacob who has been pulling the strings of many people.  Who is this man?

In season six, the series focuses on the aftermath of Juliet detonating the nuclear bomb and we start to see each of the Losties in their current present timeline on the island and their flash-sideways timeline where their lives have played out differently.   Also, we start to learn more about the mysterious Jacob and also the true identity of who is behind the smoke monster.  The camps are divided, who will follow the Others and who will follow the mysterious Man in Black. Who is right and who is wrong?  Who will live and who will die?  “Lost” concludes with these final 18 episodes for season 6.

“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.

The sixth season of “LOST” aired on February 2010 with a total of 18 episodes aired. The two-part finale aired on on May 2010 and all 18 episodes are presented on five Blu-ray discs. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode from the final season 6:

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 104-105: LAX – A two part episode and the aftermath of Juliet detonating the nuclear bomb.  We are introduced to the flash-sideways storyline (2004) for each character in which the bomb may have successfully changed the future (2007).
  • EPISODE 106: What Kate Does – In the flash-sideways storyline, Kate helps a pregnant Claire.  Meanwhile, in the original timeline, The Others try to save Sayid who may be infected.
  • EPISODE 107: The Substitute – In the flash-sideways storyline, the story focuses on the life of John Locke.  Meanwhile, in the original timeline, we learn that John Locke may not appear to be the real John Locke and maybe someone else.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 108: Lighthouse – In the flash-sideways storyline, we see the life of Jack who is married and has a son named David.  Meanwhile, in the original timeline, Jack and Hurley go on a mission to the lighthouse.
  • EPISODE 109: Sundown – In the flash-sideways storyline, we see how Sayid is happily married and tries to stay away from any violence.  In the original timeline, the man in black gives an ultimatum to those staying in the temple.
  • EPISODE 110: Dr. Linus – In the flash-sideways storyline, we learn about Dr. Benjamin Linus and his job as teacher.  Meanwhile, in the original timeline, the Man in Black tries to recruit Ben.
  • EPISODE 111: Recon – In the flash-sideways storyline, James “Sawyer” Ford and Miles Straume work for the LAPD.  In the original timeline, the Man in Black sends Sawyer to spy on the survivors of Ajira Airways Flight 316.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 112: Ab Aeterno – In the flash-sideways storyline, we learn about Richard Alpert and his life in 1867 and how he got to the island.  In the original timeline, Llana explains to the survivors what the job of the candidate is for and who has been selected.
  • EPISODE 113: The Package – In the flash-sideways storyline, we see how Jin and Sun meet each other in this timeline.  In the original timeline, the Man in Black and Charles Widmore confront each other.
  • EPISODE 114: Happily Ever After – In the flash-sideways storyline, Desmond’s flash-sideways life in that timeline somehow correlates with Desmond in the original timeline.
  • EPISODE 115: Everybody Loves Hugo – In the flash-sideways storyline, Hugo goes on a blind date with a woman named Libby.  In the original timeline, Michael reappears and sends Hurley on a mission.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 116: The Last Recruit – In the flash-sideways timeline, Desmond sets his mission into action and meets with each character in that timeline.  In the original timeline, The Man in Black sends Sayid to kill Desmond.
  • EPISODE 117: The Candidate – In the flash-sideways timeline, Jack offers his help to perform surgery on Locke.  In the original timeline, Jack and friends try to escape via submarine.
  • EPISODE 118: Across the Sea – The history of Jacob, his brother and his mother Claudia and the role they have in the island.
  • EPISODE 119: What They Died For – In the flash-sideways timeline, Desmond continues his mission by trying to get everyone together and Ben begins to have a flashback from the original timeline.  In the original timeline, Jack and Kate seek revenge from the Man in Black after the death of their friends.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 120-121: THE END – A two part episode, as Jack and Kate go after the Man in Black, meanwhile Desmond continues his mission to make things right with the two timelines. The final episode.

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:

“Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season” 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 final season’s offering continues its wonderful presentation on Blu-ray. You can see the skin pores much more closely, even the stubble or sweat on the faces of the characters, the mucky water, detail of the plants in the dense jungle, the rocky earthtones, the brownish/reds inside the Dharma buildings and just regular objects, the stained blood on the skin of the characters, you can actually see that the blood is actually dry 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 Sixth Season – The Final 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.

Another wonderful presentation of “Lost” on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

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 smoke monster and the growls to the ambiance of the island, explosions, earthquakes, the chanting  of the voices of the island and if anything, they really went all out in destruction and chaos with this latest season.

Audio comes quite clear through the various surround channels. Also, good use of surrounds and LFE. Dialogue is crisp, clear and understandable and the music also comes out alive during certain scenes.

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!  So, once again, “Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season” delivers in lossless audio.  Fantastic!

Subtitles are featured in English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Blu-ray edition of “Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season” is featured in 1080p High Definition and 480i Standard Definition.  Audio is in English 2.0 Dolby Digital with subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish. Included are:

DISC 1:

  • Lost Starter Kit – (8:26) Get up to speed on what has happened in “LOST” from the last five seasons.
  • Audio Commentary for “LAX” by Executive Producers and Co-Creator/Executive Producer Damon Lindelof and Executive Producer Carlton Cuse.

DISC 2:

  • Audio Commentary for “Dr. Linus” with commentary from Executive Producers and Writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz along with actor Michael Emerson.

DISC 3:

  • Audio Commentary for “Ab Aeterno” with commentary from writers Melinda Hsu Taylor, Greggory Nations and actor Nestor Carbonell.

DISC 4:

  • Audio Commentary for “Across the Sea” by Executive Producers and Co-Creator/Executive Producer Damon Lindelof and Executive Producer Carlton Cuse.

DISC 5:

  • Lost University: Master’s Program – 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. 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.

With that being said, I did try out a few classes, watched a few professors (actual college professors) give their lectures on several subjects such as literature and then I took two exams on the first day.  I actually like the concept of how the Lost University is implemented on the Blu-ray releases and probably one of the best uses of BD-Live thus far.  The video streaming was fine and I didn’t have any problems with this feature at all.

  • The New Man in Charge – (11:55) The epilogue which has been hyped in many publications in which executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have been teasing us with.  Answers to a few questions that people have had.  This epilogue features Dr. Ben Linus, Dr. Chang, Hurley and Walt.  The questions regarding the polar bears and also with Walt is revealed and let’s just say that I had a smile on my face after watching this.  Presented in HD.
  • Crafting a Final Season – (38:33) Featuring the cast, executive producers, writers and crew working on the final season of “LOST”.  Everyone reflects on working on the last episode.  Presented in HD.
  • See You in Another Life, Brotha – (8:38) A featurette about the flash sideways and the return of previous cast members.  Presented in HD.
  • A Hero’s Journey – (8:52) A featurette about the hero’s of “LOST” and to see how certain characters have evolved through the series.  The cast discuss the concept of hero’s in the show.  Presented in HD.
  • Lost on Location: (28:40) Featuring “LOST” shot in different locations in Hawaii and how certain episodes were created.  Scenes featured in this featurette are: LAX, The Substitute, Recon, Ab Aeterno, Happily Ever After and The Candidate.  From the stunts and cliff shots, the Other’s temple, the Sawyer police scenes, the Alpert past history scenes, Desmond’s car accident scene, the flooded submarine scene and more.  Presented in HD.
  • Deleted Scenes: (9:39) A total of nine deleted scenes presented in standard definition.  Featuring the deleted scenes: On Guard, Bearing Fruit, Maternal Instincts, Parched, A Helping Hand, Fatalities, The Lab & the Well, Epiphany and Desmond’s Task.
  • Lost Bloopers – (4:09) “Lost” season six outtakes.

EASTER EGGS:

  • On Disc 5, hit left on “Season Play” and the dot will go to Jacob’s head.  You will access the following easter egg: (:53) Yunjin Kim, Daniel Dae Kim and Josh Holloway goofing off behind-the-scenes in the submerged sub.

“Lost” was an amazing experience since the beginning.  Meeting new friends and debating topics that I have never done with a TV series before, it was just a fantastic ride with its ups and downs and each episode just capturing my attention and for the most part, just embracing everything that had come out.  From the audio books, the web episodes, the videogame,  the podcasts, the magazine, you name it…I was loving every minute of “Lost” and what the writers had to provide for us.

And then it came to this final season and I admit that the flash-sideways episodes were a bit confusing.  In fact, I was wondering where this was all heading and right after each episode, I would head to the Fuselage to see how everyone else was interpreting these flash-sideways storylines.  Was I missing something?  Was I not enjoying these flash-sideways as much and I was more into the original timeline?

But the more we got into the series and to see how Desmond had this connection between the two timelines, I just started to have this silly grin on my face while watching this series because we had a sense that Desmond had to play an important part in this series and then things slowly started to unravel.

But then the original timeline also started to unravel and we didn’t know who would turn evil, we don’t know what would happen with Sayid and what will happen between Jack, Kate and Sawyer.  And for me, I was so happy to see Jin and Sun back together but then to find myself devastated and sad after watching “The Candidate” where favorite characters we have followed for years, were killed off.  We knew something was going to happen, we just didn’t know who.  And I admit, I was so bummed out, it affected me the day after.

And then it was time for the final episode and I just felt it was the most fantastic ending for a series on television that I have seen.  Granted, the final episode had a lot to do with faith and if anything, your appreciation for the series as a whole.  I found myself going online and having to explain the finale to so many people.  But it was quite interesting to read of how the finale affected people.  Many, like myself, who absolutely loved it and then those who were upset with the finale and a lot of loose ends not being tied up.

And here we are with the Blu-ray release of “Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season”.  Hyped by many publications and even brought up on the night after the finale on the Jimmy Kimmel “Lost” special about how Executive Producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof will tie up those loose ends on the Blu-ray and DVD release.  So, needless to say, many fans of the series have been awaiting this release.  And with all said and done, the 12-minute epilogue was satisfying.  It may not answer all questions but it does answer the question that relates to Walt (and also the polar bears).

Like every previous release of “Lost” we are treated with a good amount of special features.  I wish there were more audio commentary featured (especially for the final episode) and I wish the web episodes or even the Jimmy Kimmel special was included on this Blu-ray but overall, you do get many special features like the previous season box sets and you also get the latest version of “Lost University” (note: you must have a Blu-ray 2.0 player to play this.  So, if your Blu-ray is connected to the Internet, you can view this feature).

As for the Blu-ray release of “Lost – The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season”, the picture quality is again, amazing.   The detail can be easily seen on Blu-ray and  things that never caught my attention when watching the episodes on television, have now caught my attention this time around. From the skin pores and even the hair on one’s arm, to the lush plants and the coarse rocks, the blood, the sweat… the amount of detail that pops is simply amazing.  Audio quality is also used very well through all channels and because we see the smoke monster quite a bit and also quite a bit of explosions and destruction in this final season, lossless audio was well utilized and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray.

Overall, this series was a fitting conclusion to this fantastic series.  Many months since the conclusion of the series, people continue to debate the series finale and I’m sure with the epilogue, there are people who will continue to debate the series throughout the rest of the year.

But in the end, the series did touch millions of people worldwide.  May they be content or upset of how the series unfolded throughout the six seasons, it’s all subjective.  But overall, for me, I was quite content with how the series played out from beginning to end.  Do I still have questions in regards to the series?  I sure do (especially when it comes to the characters of Eloise and Jacob).  But on the grand scale of how the writers resolved many of the important questions of the series, I was content with how the final season played out and I admit to feeling a bit saddened that this series, which had become a favorite of mine for six years, is now over.

“Lost” is definitely the most compelling, entertaining and enthralling drama series to air on television and the cast and crew made sure to end the series on a positive note.   If you have purchased all seasons on Blu-ray, this is a no-brainer and easily a must-buy.  Highly recommended!

“Lost Live: The Final Celebration” in Los Angeles (05.13.2010)

May 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Images from ABC’s ‘Lost’ Live: The Final Celebration held at UCLA Royce Hall on May 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

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arrives at the Lost Live: The Final Celebration

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

Actor Harold Perrineau arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

Actor William Mapother arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Titus Welliver arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Malcolm David Kelley arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Michael Emerson and wife, actress Carrie Preston, arrive at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

'Lost Live: The Final Celebration' Party

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

Lost Live: The Final Celebration

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

Actress Rebecca Mader arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Ian Somerhalder arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

Actor Jeremy Davies arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Jorge Garcia arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles Actress L. Scott Caldwell arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Michael Emerson arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

Actor Henry Ian Cusick arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

Actor Lance Reddick arrives at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles

arrives at the Lost Live: The Final Celebration

arrives at the Lost Live: The Final Celebration

arrives at the Lost Live: The Final Celebration

arrives at the Lost Live: The Final Celebration

arrives at the Lost Live: The Final Celebration

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Arrivals

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration - Inside

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