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HTF REVIEW: LOST - the complete first season - ADDICTIVELY RECOMMENDED!!!

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#1 of 255 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted September 01 2005 - 09:57 AM


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Posted September 01 2005 - 10:37 AM

I'm embarrassed to admit it -- I've never watched an episode of Lost. But after this, I'm definitely gonna have to at least give it a rental. Posted Image

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Posted September 01 2005 - 10:48 AM

I watched it in high def and it sounds like the 'drop' in quality to SD won't be too bad. This (and the newly announced 24: Season Four) seem like they are possibly the best sets out this year! A great show deserves a great DVDPosted Image

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Posted September 01 2005 - 11:13 AM

Lost Season 1 is my most anticipated TV show set of the year. Tues can not come fast enough. And yeah 24 S4 looks to be just as good capt

#5 of 255 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted September 01 2005 - 01:32 PM

Great to see such enthusiasm Dave. Enjoy the rest of the season!
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Posted September 01 2005 - 02:24 PM

I watched every episode last season and can't recommend the show enough. Now that I think about it THAT was the only show I watched last year consistently. Unfortunately I can't afford new release TV sets but will pick this up used if I can ever find it.
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Posted September 02 2005 - 12:30 AM

Wicked review, David. I managed to see the first episode (in hi-def) and was hooked. After stupidly missing the 2nd episode, I decided to wait until DVD, even though I'd have to settle for standard-def. I was hoping it would be similar PQ as some other great widescreen TV DVD sets (e.g. Alias) and it sounds like it is... Can't wait!
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Posted September 02 2005 - 12:45 AM

David,

Absolutely awesome review from someone
who never watched the show previously.

So happy that it was you that got to be
the official reviewer on this set.

I never jumped on the Lost bandwagon
immediately, that is, until my girlfriend at
the time urged me to watch. At that point the
series was into its 4th episode and with a single
viewing, I found myself hooked.

It has been a very difficult season for Lost
fans as the show aired a few episodes, stopped for
reruns, aired a few more new episodes and then
showed more reruns into its final 3 or 4 shows.

This gave new viewers a chance to catch up, but
the reruns were never shown in true order and those
who watched the show from the beginning were
getting a little frustrated by all the repeats.

...still, in the end, Lost managed to
become one of the most talked about shows last
season. I think its success stems from the
emphasis put on its characters and the "mystery"
element that writers have PROMISED will all make
sense in the end. I know that many have learned
from The X-Files on how not to create a
mystery and leave its viewers hanging.

I'm one of the few who was very disappointed
in this show's finale, but viewers are already
being promised that Season II will win over many
doubters.

I urge people to invest in this DVD set. It's
one of those few new releases that I would
recommend as a "MUST BUY" right up there with
24 and The Shield.

 

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#9 of 255 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted September 02 2005 - 02:32 AM

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Thanks for your comments Ron. Agreed!!!

Just watched another 4 episodes last night! Getting closer and closer to those bonus features...

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Posted September 02 2005 - 03:27 AM

I'm kinda disappointed there's only 4 commentaries. When I first heard details about the cast and crew recording them, it sounded like they were preparing many more. Oh well, it's got what sounds like a great bonus disc. Posted Image

I guess I've just been spoiled with the later seasons of Buffy and Angel which got 7 commentaries and shows like Freaks and Geeks (28 commentaries) or Undeclared (18 commentaries) which have commentary/commentaries on every or nearly every episode.
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#11 of 255 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted September 02 2005 - 05:25 AM

there should be more than four...so far I've seen 3 on disc one (but no commentaries on disc 2)...and there's a commentary on disc 3...or is it 4...gosh I can't even remember what disc I'm on...staying up till 1:30 am the last 3 nights watching these shows has been taking it's toll... Posted Image

In any case...I've seen at *least* 4 commentary tracks thus far...and I'm sure there are more as I get towards the end (the last episodes have got to have them)...so there are more than 4 in total...

That will be the first thing I update in my review...the exact episodes that have commentary.
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Posted September 02 2005 - 05:59 AM



Unfortunately, no. There's commentaries on:

“Pilot” commentary by creator-writer-director J.J. Abrams, creator-writer Damon Lindelhof and non-writing executive producer Bryan Burk.

“Walkabout” commentary by actor Terry O’Quinn, writer David Fury and director Jack Bender.

“The Moth” commentary by actor Dominic Monaghan, executive producer Damon Lindelhof and executive producer Bryan Burk.

“Hearts and Minds” commentary by actors Maggie Grace and Ian Sommerhalder and writers Carlton Cuse and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

I assume that they recorded the tracks when they were shooting the season. So the further along they got in the season, the more hectic the schedule probably became and so the later episodes didn't get commentaries since they weren't completed or everyone was too busy.

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Posted September 02 2005 - 06:00 AM

Thanks for the info. Do you have the discs in hand to confirm?
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Posted September 02 2005 - 06:04 AM



No. It got the info from AICN. And while they may not be the most reliable source, I assume they did have the discsPosted Image

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Posted September 02 2005 - 06:35 AM

This is the only (hour-long) show that I made it a point to watch in some time. As Ron mentioned, the breaks and reruns did make it a little difficult to figure out when a new episode was coming on. I'll say it this way, though--I'd buy this set if it were only coming out on grainy vhs with no audio.

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Posted September 02 2005 - 08:36 AM

Your review makes me want to get this set ASAP. Quick question, David: will you be reviewing Desperate Housewives too? If so, let me know about the packaging. Thanks.
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Posted September 02 2005 - 08:42 AM

I'm pretty sure that D.H. is one of the shows I'll be getting...another one I've *never seen* and can't wait to review!

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Posted September 02 2005 - 09:27 AM

Desperate Housewives is a show I didnt plan on watching. Ended up loving it, however my tivo died with 4 episodes on it so i decided to wait for the DVD's to watch the last 1/4 of the season

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Posted September 02 2005 - 10:22 AM

Lost started on channel 4 here in the UK 5 weeks ago.I wasn't going to watch it after seeing the strange trailers that were shown before it aired( some stupid stuff showing the cast dancing in slow motion on the beach!) but I decided to watch it just to satisfy my curiosity,and boy am I glad I did,I was instantly hooked.So much in fact that I couldn't wait to see the rest of it on tv,so I got the season 1 set and now I'm just about to watch the last 5 episodes.This has my vote for one of the best series in quite a while,everyone should have this fantastic program in their collection.

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Posted September 02 2005 - 10:55 AM

There's a load of TV shows coming out begining on the 6th and my plan is to wait until the DDD sale to buy them. If the sale doesn't happen no big loss since I usually buy my TV shows from Costco anyway and the prices stay the same. That said, this review makes me want to reconsider my plans.





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