“ Genre: Television - Lost / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Jeffrey Abrams / Actors: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Naveen Andrews, Josh Holloway ... / Blu-ray released 2009-06-15 at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm / Features of the Blu-ray: Box set, PAL „
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Lost is one of my favourite TV shows and the first season is definitely the best in my opinion. From the first moments of the pilot to the end is a gripping tale of mystery and survival, with a fantastic cliffhanger endings.
The blu-ray is well worth it. The picture quality is breath-taking, the tropical jungle locations and crashing waves show off the best that high definition has to offer, certainly better than when I watched the series for the first time on TV. Although some scenes can be grainy at times it barely detracts. The surround sound also sounds brilliant especially with Michael Giacchino's score.
The Blu-ray also has a feature called Season Play which automatically remembers where you are in an episode and which disc you're on, even if you take the disc out and come back to it later, which is very useful.
The special features are also really interesting for fans, including lots of behind the scenes features and deleted scenes, with many easter eggs to discover.
At some point, everyone has heard of Lost, the series that took the US and UK by storm. Whether you have only watched one episode or have followed it from the beginning, it is safe to say that it is definately one of the most mysterious and confusing shows on TV!
At the start of the first season, we see the aftermath of a plane crash on a beach. The first scenes show the survivors of the crash helping each other and ensuring that everyone receives basic first aid.
This is where we first meet Jack Shepherd (played by Matthew Fox). Jack is a surgeon who soon takes the role of leader on the island and tries to keep some kind of organisation between the survivors.
It is soon obvious that the plane has crashed on an island and the survivors begin to explore. Once the exploring begins, the confusing storylines start to set in. Without giving much away, the first season becomes very strange very quickly, with some of the discoveries really leaving you thinking 'what is going on?!'.
The show has a large group of main characters including Kate, Sawyer, Charlie, Hurley and many many more. To give character descriptions would ruin the show for you, as the main point of the first series is to learn the characters' secrets. Each episode is dedicated to a specific character and has a series of flashbacks which give you some idea of the character's life before the island and why they were on the plane.
The first series of Lost was amazing and I didn't mind that we didn't really get any answers as there was always the second series for this. However, once I had watched the end of season 5, I found myself wondering if some of the first series was ever going to be explained.
I have not watched all of season 6 so do not know what happened in the finale and if we ever did discover what a lot of the things in previous series were. I just hope that we did!
Premiering back in 2004 and embarrassing Michael Eisner who deemed it a terrible $13 million Pilot, the first season of Lost pathed the way for six years of the most addictive sci-fi mystery ever aired.
In hindsight, this is barely a scratch on the surface of the Lost universe and, rightly so, J.J. Abrams concentrates on character development through an elaborate series of flashbacks. Each episode fleshes out one or two survivors with this method, revealing their background, their connections to one another and most abundantly; their secrets. The intricate layers of sub-plots and characters become increasingly significant and it is soon clear that the fairly unoriginal concept of crashing on an island, couldn't be further from the complicated and absorbing truth. Even more incredible, is the detail the writers cunningly managed to squeeze in. Rewatching this first season highlights the clues and themes (Locke playing Backgammon - black and white) that simply went unnoticed on the first viewing.
Lost is undoubtedly the best (looking) TV show available. Even on Freeview, it was obviously a potential HD stunner. It therefore, will come to no surprise to you, that the Lost Seasons are the best transfers I've seen on Blu-Ray to date. Right from the opening scene of the close-up on Jack, the detail is remarkable with a dramatic improvement in clarity. The setting creates a perfect viewing experience with the vibrant, deep green vegetation and foliage or the persistent backdrop of the vivid blue ocean. While some argue that the second, and in fact all the other seasons, are slightly superior in video quality, I don't believe the barely noticeable noise in a small handful of scenes are anything worth worrying over.
The entirety of the show, across all the seasons has a near flawless transfer and I challenge anyone not to become quickly attached to the survivors and addicted to answering the mammoth-range of questions arisen.
Lost took the world by a storm in 2004 - I was at secondary school at the time and I remember girls rushing in every Friday morning and screaming "Did you see Lost last night??" there would be "Lost" groups who would huddle together and theorise on the story and where it might go next. I tried to watch an episode but missed the first few and was lost - no pun intended.
Years later, I came across the box set of season 1 and thought "what the heck," so I rented it out and wow. Here we go:
Lost season 1 begins with a airplane crash on an island. The characters and their backgrounds are explored as they learn more about the island at which they have been stranded on and about each other. That is all I feel allowed to reveal for fear of causing confusion or spoiling the plot altogether.
The male protagonist of this show; Jack played by Matthew Fox is a bit of a love/hate character. I know many Lost fans who despise the "hero" of the series and others love him. Matthew Fox certainly delivers well and with the help of an all-star cast, the season was a big hit.
Lost can not be praised highly enough. It has the most thought-out storyline and beautifully haunting music. A magical combination of horror, romance, sci-fi, war and mystery create this wonderfully addictive show. I say addictive because once you have watched the very first episode..there is no going back.
And now you can watch it in high definition (1080p) on Bluray. If you have a PS3 or a bluray player, it's definitely worth the extra money.
Lost - love it or hate it, it definately got everyone talking. I have watched Lost from the start and am still clinging on to the fact that it might come to some sort of reasonable conclusion.
The first season for me was the best of the lot and the most sensible and not confusing.
It all starts in dramatic fashion as you see the aftermath of a plane crash on an island somewhere and gradually as the first episode unfolds you meet some of the characters involved in the plot.
Each week the story is seen through the eyes of another of the main characters as they focus on their flashbacks to what they were doing before the flight crashed.
The flashbacks can be a bit annoying at first but you get used to them. There are so many things to discover in the first season that you just want to watch on and are intrigued by it all. For me the first season got me hooked on it and wanting to see more.
As the first series unfolds you not only see that alot of the characters lives are linked in some way outside of the island, plus the island has a lot more to offer than just an island and has secrets of it's own
Alot of peole I've spoken to loved the first series as well and then said from half way in the seond series it started to go down hill and get too confusing which I agree with. I have stuck by it but I think ratings started tumbling after the first series which too America by storm.
Everyone in some form or another I'm sure has spoken about Lost in the last five years in some capaicity before it exploded on to our screens. The first season is shot very well and sets up the story brilliantly. It's a bit unfortunate the writer's lost their way after that and resorted to time travel etc..
I would recommend this, however, with a word of warning that you will want to watch the rest and it does get confusing and you need persistence to stick with it for it's entirety..
I look forward to it's conclusion next year hopefully
It cannot be denied that LOST took the world by storm when it debuted in 2004. It was the show everybody was talking about, and with reason. It created it's very own genre, a 'cool' and modern sci-fi drama and adventure show.
LOST is about how a flight from Australia to Los Angeles crashes on a mysterious desert island and how the surviving passengers' who are all complete strangers deal with the surroundings and not being rescued.
The first episode opens with Doctor Jack Sheppard (Matthew Fox) opening his eye to a plane crash site, and helping all of the victims. There are several main characters. Jack, who is the do-good doctor who becomes the natural leader. Kate, the independent hard female convict who is hard to tell if she is a good or bad guy. Sawyer, the annoying but attractive villain out to be on his own and defeat everybody in the way. Sayid, the very intelligent Iraqi citizen who worked for the army, and is good with technology. Hurley, the overweight and seemingly useless average Joe who doesn't really have a purpose. Locke, the older more experienced survival expert, and Charlie the rock star.
Throughout season one we get to know about each character a little bit more, their personality and their story through the form of flashbacks. There are several surprises, confusions and a lot of drama in the first season consisting of 22 episodes, and this is one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of all time. You will watch season one and I guarantee you will purchase all of the other series, the show is extremely addictive!
Lost is one of the most frustrating, clever, irritating, and brilliant shows to come our way in the last few years; it's such a mix of clever thematics and the syndrome that affects so many other TV shows, in that it probably should never have lasted longer than one season, but of course, it is now beginning its sixth and final season. Much like Prison Break, it should have been a 24-part one-shot series, but has become far too distended and bloated for its own good.
The show starts with a plane crashing on a strange jungle, with a huge ensemble cast of characters meeting and trying to make sense of what has happened, as well as survive. The main characters include Jack Shepherd (Matthew Fox), a doctor with a dark past, Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), a former criminal who was being escorted on the plane by an air marshall, John Locke (Terry Quinn), a former paraplegic who was cured by the fall, strangely, among others.
There are some very interesting ideas, both philosophically and psychologically, and the show quickly drew parallels with David Lynch's brilliant psycho noir Twin Peaks. It has some nice ideas, such as duality of man and the whole reduction-to-savages concept that was so brilliantly depicted in William Golding's Lord of the Flies novel. Some of the concepts, though, are a bit superficial, and naming several characters after philosophers seems rather pompous.
Also, the film goes from a basic survival plot to something more supernatural, which is admittedly quite jarring and somewhat disappointing, as it goes away from the psychology of the characters and more towards nutty storylines and absurd mysteries. It's an overrated show for sure, but this was without a doubt the best and most focused season of the bunch.
Watching Lost loyally is like reading a gripping novel - you just can't tear yourself away from it. And whilst many American TV-Dramas will manage to do to this simply through ending each individual episode with a cheap cliffhanger, Lost leads the viewer into a large, complex narrative, a story that spans not only 'present time,' but each of the main characters' pasts. Each episode centres on a particular character, and gives the viewer a piece of their past which adds not only to the epic mosaic of the show's timeline, but also creates meaning and understanding for their current actions in that episode.
The show is hard to classify, genre-wise. It has all the traits of a typical drama, yet there are elements of adventure, comedy, horror and even sci-fi that make Lost a mixed bag. It is certainly for those with great imagination and intellectual curiosity; there are constant literary, cultural and historical references being made throughout, making Lost appealing to those in search of a TV show that has more than simple entertainment value. Not that Lost is in any way averse to pure entertainment - its moments of comedy, sadness and tension are executed brilliantly, and there's something very clever with the way in which the whole show works.
Despite the fact that there is such a complex story in place, Lost is, and always has been about its characters. The more you learn about each character the more you feel everything they go through whilst on the Island. Lost is a beautiful exploration of human relationships that rings so true in so many places. Both the writing and the acting are of a great standard, and if you can get past one or two typical 'American TV drama-isms' ("Previously on Lost!") then you will be hooked in no time.
As for the Blu-ray aspect of this product, you certainly won't be disappointed. The show is set amid such amazing landscape and colour that is really brought to life through high definition. Not only are these background colours made to stand out more, but intricate, up-close detail is also a bit too good to be true. Having watched the show both on TV and then on Blu-ray, there is a noticable difference that, along with a good surround sound system (pumping out a surely breathtaking soundtrack), will really bring the story to life.
The most common criticism of this show is that it is drawn out and never gives away any answers. Let me stress this: if you are looking for superficial yet instantly rewarding televsion, Lost probably isn't for you. You'd probably be best with something like Heroes. But if you want to devote some time to a deeper, yet perhaps slower journey that (I would argue) rewards more by the end of each season, look no further.
Watch this show. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hide behind the sofa at times, but either way you'll find it hard not be affected in some way by this wonderfully written piece of television.
The first season of the hit TV show Lost was released on Blu-Ray on June 15th of this year. However, although it's the first season, it wasn't the first Blu Ray of Lost as season four had already been released a while ago.
This first season basically introduces you to the main characters and their past with brilliant pre-island flash backs. It also shows you the beginning of discovering the island's secrets as they realise that they're in an extraordinary place. The leads are great, Matthew Fox fits the hero perfectly and John Locke is made to be an interesting and insightful character that maybe knows more than you would expect. It's filled with questions and mysteries, unbearable tension and all in HD.
The picture quality is remarkable and Lost was made for high definition. Beautiful backdrops of the surrounding water, dense luscious forest and very popular close ups are all improved with intricate detail and gorgeous colours. What impressed me the most were the close ups. Lost is known for having a lot and they are extremely clear and sharp on Blu-Ray, to the point where you can see Kate's make-up! From the very first scene when Jack is lying in the grass; the close-up is pretty much perfect in terms of video quality.
However, I've watched the entire season on Blu-Ray now and in total I'd say there were about ten scenes with very noticeable noise. The scenes before and after will look flawless but then out of nowhere it drops. Obviously this isn't frequent as it's over a 1000 minutes in this Blu-Ray. This is apparently the worst looking season of Lost... and it looks amazing, so the others will really blow you away.
SeasonPlay is a great addition for Blu-Ray. It is basically a save point. You create a profile and then when you stop watching and go back to it, the show will start from where you left off. You can have multiple profiles also, so the save points are not limited to one viewer.