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DVD Review: Lost: The Complete Collection
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LOST: The Complete Collection DVDLost: The Complete Collection
DVD | Blu-ray
Created by Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, J.J. Abrams
Starring Matthew Fox, Terry O’ Quinn, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia
Release Date: August 24, 2010

It has been several months since the season finale of Lost, but fans are still buzzing about the finale. Some fans loved it and felt satisfied by the ending, while others felt cheated by it, as though they’ve wasted six years of their life. Me? I was just waiting for Lost: The Complete Series box set to come out. I had a feeling that the producers of the hit show would go the distance to give Lost the proper DVD sendoff it deserves, and boy did they ever.

For those unfamiliar with the show, the series follows a group of passengers from Oceanic Flight 815 after their plane crash lands them on a beautiful and mysterious island. Realizing that until someone finds and rescues them, the surviving members need to learn to live together or die alone. Along they way they meet up with polar bears (yes polar bears!), underground tunnels, smoke monsters, and the mysterious group of people who landed on the island before them, called The Others.

There are many reasons why this series is as popular as it is. For one thing, the writing on the show is top notch. Say what you will about the writing staff and where they have gone in terms of story, but you can’t deny that those guys can spin one hell of a yearn. Combining themes about redemption, forgiveness, faith, and fate, and put it all over a science fiction backdrop can get pretty messy, but writers do it with style. The pace of the writing is always smooth and while the story may drag on or seem convoluted at times, it is never boring. Plus, the characters on the show are easy to love (or hate).

Maybe you are a fan of the do-gooder but flawed protagonist Jack Shepherd (Matthew Fox) or the charming rogue Sawyer (Josh Holloway)? Perhaps you like people who kick butt like Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews), or maybe you like all-knowing, Yodi-like guru Locke (Terry O’ Quinn)? It doesn’t really matter. The actors on the show do an amazing job with their roles from the beginning and you really feel like you can see the characters grow and develop.

Now take note, readers: If you are just getting into Lost, buying this box set right away might not seem like the best thing to do. If you’re not sure that you’ll like the show, then spending $150 on the set might be too much. But, the individual season DVDs are around $28-$35 per season for 1-5, while Season 6 (the final season) is selling at $47.99!. That comes out to much more than $150 total for all 6 seasons if you decide you like the show. And let’s face it, most people who try it out, love it, so it is a good investment. Also, if you already enjoy the show, this box set is a fan’s dream.

Not only does it come with all six seasons, but the set comes with a bonus disc full of extras, like deleted scenes, a featurette documenting the last few days of filming, to even a gag feature of various celebrity fans asking showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse unanswered questions about the show. There is even a 12-minute Epilogue, further revealing some secrets and answering some questions about the island. In true Lost fashion, even the packaging and extras that come with the box set have hidden messages and secrets to offer to hardcore Lost fans. (Doomers, pay close attention to the map of the island given to you in the box set. It holds a pretty important secret.)

For six years, Lost has delighted, annoyed, confused, and entertained millions of fans all over the world. It is truly one of the best sci-fi shows that has come out in the last decade. If you have not seen the show, do yourself a favor and pick it up. If you are a fan of the show, it is essential that you pick up this box set. You will not regret it.

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