Lost: The Complete Fourth Season – The Expanded Experience

DVD Reviews | Dec 8th, 2008

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Starring Matthew Fox, Naveen Andrews, Terry O’Quinn, Elizabeth Mitchell, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Emerson, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Dae Kim
Written By: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof
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Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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Lost is by far my favorite TV series right now and I was really looking forward to watching this season on DVD again. Since there are only 13 episodes in this Writer’s Strike season, I blew by this season in only 2 days. This DVD set is a treat to watch on DVD and better yet, the bonus features are excellent as well!

The ending of Lost Season 3 was exhilarating and the beginning of the Season 4 is just the same. The freighter folk have arrived, and just like Locke said; they aren’t who they seem and aren’t there to rescue everyone. The game changer last season continues in Season 4 as you see who just made it off the island. Half the season, you’re intrigued on who finally got the island and what they are up to. That plays a big part in the season. While on the island, Jack and his team break off from Team Locke and wait to get rescue from the freighter folk. Ben is with Locke, and eventually gets freed to help out with Locke and the future attack on the island. Sayyid and Desmond go to the freighter and try to get answers. The mercenaries that were on the boat have one objective; get Benjamin Linus. Charles Widmore is in charge of the expedition and wants the island all for himself. But Ben isn’t giving up without a fight. This season you get to see more sides to Ben and just when you had him figured out, he does something not in character. The new freighter people include a physicist; herbologist, a guy who can talk to the dead, and a helicopter pilot who was suppose to be on Oceanic Flight 815. Quite a mix bag of weirdos wouldn’t you say? With the addition of them and the remaining cast, this is one of Lost’s strongest seasons to date!

In a way, I’m kind of glad that the Writer’s Strike happened because it made the creators step up their game and give us an almost flawed season of Lost. Since the first episode, the season was non-stop awesome! I felt the characters were well balanced for the most part. There were a few characters that got the shaft like Claire and some others that weren’t the Oceanic 6. Even though Sawyer didn’t get a specific episode for himself, I still thought he had enough scenes. What happened to Claire this season made me scratch my head and I’m sure it did for a lot of people to. Is she dead, is she alive? Who knows, and I’m sure we won’t find out in Season 5 either. I felt the best episode of the season and maybe the series was The Constant, which was a Desmond episode. I don’t know why but Desmond episodes always bring out the best in the writers. His episodes are always so damn interesting. I hope they continue to focus a lot on Desmond, because I still think he plays a key part to the story. The Jack & Kate flash/forwards were really interesting, and so were the Sayyid and Ben episodes this season as well. I liked how the creators have removed some of the dead weight so to speak, and did away with some of the characters that weren’t as interesting. I liked the return of Michael but felt everyone involved should have kept his return a secret. Everyone knew he was returning and when he finally showed up; it was very anti-climatic. I would have liked to have seen more of him but I’m fine with the way things have ended.

The Lost DVD bonus features have always been excellent and it’s the same for this set as well. You have hours of material to watch and to hold you over until the new season comes back in January. First thing you can watch is an annoying Lost in 8:15, which is a lady explaining what has happened on Lost in 8 minutes and 15 seconds. If you’ve seen the show, you don’t need to see this. There are fantastic featurettes on the freighter people, the guns on the show, shooting on location in Hawaii, shooting on the freighter, the soundtrack of the score, and behind the scenes footage. Plus you get some funny bloopers, audio commentaries and other goodies. The featurettes were really in-depth and you learn a lot from it. The guns featurette is cool because they follow the history of certain guns as they go from person to person. The behind the scenes stuff is great to see and I enjoyed that a lot. Bloopers always amuse me and this set features a lot of Josh Holloway. He must screw up a lot on set huh? I’m glad they had a featurette on Michael Giacchino’s score because it’s one of the best TV scores ever. You see him composing the music but you get to see some of the performance where the Honolulu Symphony Pops played music live. I hope they bring that concert to some other US cities because Ind be really interested in seeing that.

Overall, this season of Lost was fantastic and very interesting. There wasn’t one bad episode in this entire season. The DVD is worth buying because besides the season being awesome, the extras are great as well. I believe this is the first time you can get Lost on Blu-Ray as well? So be sure to catch up on your Lost before Season 5 airs this January.

– LOST In 8:15
– The Right To Bear Arms: Check Out The Guns Of LOST, And Find Out What It’s Like Working With So Much Firepower
– The Freighter Talk: A Look At The New Faces From The Freighter
– The Island Backlot: Lost In Hawaii: Discover How Hawaii Is Transformed Into The World Of LOST
– The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy Of Lies: Controversial Underground Documentary Questioning The Survivors Of Oceanic 815
– Offshore Shoot: Building And Shooting On The Freighter Set
– Soundtrack Of Survival: Composing For Character, Conflict & The Crash: Experience The First-Ever Live Performance Of The Score By The Honolulu Symphony Pops
– LOST On Location: Go Behind The Scenes With The Cast And Crew
– Course Of The Future: The Definitive Flash-Forwards
– LOST Bloopers
– Deleted Scenes
– Audio Commentaries

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Confirmed Dead, The Constant, Eggtown, Meet Kevin Johnson, The Shape of Things to Come, Cabin Fever, There’s No Place Like Home: Parts 2 and 3
Rating: NR
Running Time: 604 minutes
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