Lost: The Complete Third Season – The Unexplored Experience

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Rating: TV-14

Starring:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume
Emilie de Ravin as Claire Littleton
Michael Emerson as Ben Linus
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia as Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes
Josh Holloway as James ‘Sawyer’ Ford
Daniel Dae Kim as Jin Kwon
Yunjin Kim as Sun Kwon
Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke
Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace
Terry O’Quinn as John Locke
Kiele Sanchez as Nikki Fernandez
Rodrigo Santoro as Paulo
Julie Adams as Amelia
Blake Bashoff as Karl
Brett Cullen as Goodwin
M.C. Gainey as Tom Friendly
William Mapother as Ethan Rom
John Terry as Dr. Christian Shephard
Julie Bowen as Sarah

Special Features:
The World of the Others – Friends or Foes? Secrets And Mysteries Revealed by Cast and Producers
“Lost” Flashbacks – All-New, Never-Before-Seen Flashbacks
“Lost” on Location – Go Behind the-Scenes With These All-New Tales From Season 3
The “Lost” Book Club – Get Hints to the Significance of “Lost’s” Literary References
“Lost” in One Day – An Exclusive Look at 24 Hours in the Life of This Ambitious Series
Deleted Scenes, “Lost” Bloopers, Audio Commentaries and More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 991 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Find the answers you’ve been looking for in the explosive third season of the show. 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 seven-disc DVD 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.”

“Lost: The Complete Third Season – The Unexplored Experience” is rated TV-14.

The Series:
I’m a huge “Lost” fan, but this third season certainly had its ups and downs. After a couple of seasons of building up the Others, we discovered… they are a bunch of scientists living in a suburban neighborhood on the island. I doubt many “Lost” fans anticipated that. It was kind of a letdown, especially as much of the third season focused on them. Then there was the addition of Paulo and Nikki, two survivors that were moved from the background to the foreground, much to the chagrin of many fans. Then the remaining Tailies were wiped out. In short, the creators tinkered with the winning formula and it didn’t work so well for them.

But by the end of the season, things started getting back on track. The core characters were reunited. The Others were put in their place. Paulo and Nikki had a cool death worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. And the story actually started moving forward again.

But the most notable thing about the third season was the final episode. The characters have been set up to be rescued and the show has switched from flashbacks to flash-forwards. It’s an interesting change in the formula, but it may prove to be more successful than the changes of the third season. I have a feeling that Season Four is going to have a lot going for it.

The Extras:
While the “Lost” DVDs have always offered a lot of extras, this time it seems a little bit lighter than before. Here’s what you’ll find among the bonus features:

The World of the Others – Friends or Foes? – The cast and crew discuss the secrets revealed about The Others over the course of the third season. There’s not much new here, but you do get some insight into where the creators were coming from with some of their ideas.

Terry O’Quinn: Throwing From the Handle – In this video we see O’Quinn practicing throwing a knife. At one point, he pins a dollar to a tree and hits it with a knife from quite a distance.

“Lost” Flashbacks – We see three new flashbacks here. In “Locke Escapes,” we see him flee the commune as it’s being busted by police. In “Funeral Scene,” we briefly visit a funeral with Jin and Sun. Finally, in “People Can Change” we see Nikki lamenting to Paulo that they should become more involved with the other survivors.

“Lost” on Location – This is a series of 10 ‘making of’ featurettes dedicated specifically to individual episodes. Most of the best episodes are highlighted here with behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and more.

The “Lost” Book Club – The many book references in “Lost” are discussed in this featurette. From “Watership Down” to “Carrie,” all the books are discussed.

“Lost in n One Day – This is a pretty interesting featurette that follows the cast and crew of “Lost” over 24 hours of filming. The amount of work taking place on simultaneous episodes is amazing. Maybe they did this to make fans appreciate the episodes that they do get.

Cast in Clay: Creating the Toys of Todd McFarlane – In here you get to see in detail how they created the “Lost” toys. You see the actors getting scanned, the sculpting, and the unveiling. Yeah, it’s a blatant commercial, but it’s still cool to see.

The Next Level: Inside the Video Game – Here’s yet another commercial for “Lost” merchandise, but it’s still cool to see how the game is developed.

Crew Tribute with Evangeline Lilly – Lilly walks around the set and introduces many of the crew members from the show. It’s a lot of fun to see everyone behind the camera and they do seem like a fun bunch.

Deleted Scenes – There are 9 deleted scenes included on the DVD. Most are pretty minor. One featured Nikki and Paulo getting caught having sex in Jack’s tent. Another features some more moments with Hurley and the VW van. In another deleted scene, Locke confronts Ben about his daughter Alex. In it, Locke hints that Ben may not be Alex’s real father.

Rounding out the bonus features are “Lost” Bloopers and Audio Commentaries. “The Orchid Instructional Film” is also included and it seems to give some hints about what the Dharma Initiative was up to.

The Bottom Line:
While not the best “Lost” season, it is still one of the better shows on TV. This is also required viewing before a promising upheaval in season four.

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