THE STORY SO FAR…
Find the answers youâ??ve been looking for in the explosive third season of the show USA Today calls “the most gorgeous, audacious, expansive series on network TV.” As the power of the island to both heal and destroy comes into sharp focus, the lines between good and evil are blurred and loyalties are challenged when the survivors of the crash become tangled within the lives of the Others. Plan your escape, and immerse yourself in all 23 episodes of Season Three. Go deeper than ever before in this six-disx box set, complete with hours of never-before-seen bonus features, including secrets from the world of the Others, behind-the-scenes featurettes, unprecedented access to the Lost writers room, and so much more.
- The World of the Others
- Lost Flashbacks
- Lost: On Location
- The Lost Book Club
- Lost in a Day
- Deleted Scenes
- Lost Bloopers
- Audio Commentaries
- Access: Granted Blu-Ray exclusive
- Bio-Prints Blu-Ray exclusive
- and more!
- Video: This is the best looking Blu-Ray Collection I’ve ever seen.
- Audio:Â Uncompressed Dolby 5.1 Audio
- Extras: Featurettes, Bloopers, Commentaries, Deleted Scenes and several Blu-Ray exclusives
- Packaging: A Blu-Ray keepcase that houses six discs inside of a hard-pressed cardboard case.Â
- Final Tally:Â 100% – A
The third season of “Lost” picked up after the sort-of lackluster Season 2. Jack, Kate and Sawyer have been taken to the Others’ Island and they’re being held against their will. While there, Jack meets the mysterious Juliet and begins to realize that maybe not all of the Others are working for the same thing.Â Meanwhile, the other castaways begin to realize that they have to form an endgame to deal with the Others massing to take them all out. Then, there’s the issue of the fatal pregnancies for women that conceive on the Island. If that’s not enough, Desmond keeps tripping through time and space while Charlie has to prove himself to Claire and his friends one last time.Â
The Blu-Ray set features the third season spread across six discs that promise to unfold the most complete experience that one can expect in a season that contained Nikki and Paolo. Two characters that almost reached Ana Lucia levels of shitty writing. You get the standard episode specific commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers and supplemental material that is similar to the material founds on the first two season releases. But, what I’ve come to notice is that there appear to be little CGI cleanups in a lot of scenes. If time and technical staffers permit, I’ll post a few examples based on HD dubs off my DVR to the episodes shown in the Season 3 set.
Much has been made of the fact that Disney/ABC didn’t try to squeeze more episodes on each disc to make a smaller collection. That would be a great disservice, as these discs have the highest bitrate transfer that I’ve ever seen. There are no flaws on the print and the field of depth seems to go on forever during the lush jungle sequences on the Island. I can see messages and Easter Egg info on the Others’ computers on their Island. Then, there are the more obvious CG changes that stick out on this edition. I spent several days looking for the cleanups and add-ons in the regular DVD release and couldn’t find them. It’s nice to see that extra resolution brings the truth to the light.Â
The Blu-Ray exclusives aren’t really that hot. You get extra background info on the characters, plus some information on what’s coming up in Season 4 and beyond. But, there aren’t any solid answers from these new inclusions. It’s enough to drive a simple man mad, as well to run a genius up a wall. There are a lot of people out there that bought a Blu-Ray player for this release and you will not be disappointed. This will be the coming touchstone that brings people over from Standard Definition and into 1080 resolution. The fires are already being lit and between now and 2009, you’re going to see more and more go up. The High-Def Revolution is now and everyone should take part. Â
Sure, we’re all familiar with the shark with the Dharma logo on his fin from the Season 2 release.Â But, the cleanups on this release seem trivial in nature. Almost as though they were going back to produce a cleaner source material transfer for the day and date release of the Blu-Ray edition. The Minkowsky audio change from the final episode that was hinted at by one of the site spies is nowhere to be found. Perhaps it was made for the syndicated cut, who knows? We’ll have to wait for the syndicated episodes to start airing on G4 next year.Â
The point is that you come for the episodes and you get them all in their uncut glory. Hurley’s van, Ben’s origin, the quick debut of Jacob, Jack refusing to perform surgery, Mr. Friendly’s last stand and Charlie at his best are all captured on Blu-Ray media for your viewing pleasure. Even with the tacked-on death episode for Nikki and Paolo, this season is still one of the most emotionally invested collection of Television drama in one season. Even if you’re not a fan, you would do yourself a disservice to let this series slip past you.Â
If you click on the fourth screen you can actually click on, youâ??ll see an entry for â??Orchid Instructional Videoâ?, which has that Asian scientist guy preparing to shoot an instructional film. Heâ??s getting makeup applied to reduce the shine, and is also holding a bunny rabbit.
However, the video is quickly disrupted – and by that I mean that the scientists begin to freak out – when a second bunny rabbit appears. Whatâ??s so strange or notable about these events are these:
- The bunny rabbit that the scientist is holding has a â??15â?³ branded on its side. When the other bunny appears, it too has â??15â?³ on its side.
- The scientist shouts in desperation, â??Keep them away from each other!â?
- The scientist then asks an assistance how far â??the shift was set?â? She responds, â??Minus twenty.â?