Lost: The Complete Fourth Season – The Expanded Experience

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Rating: TV-14

Starring:
Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond Hume
Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday
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
Ken Leung as Miles Straume
Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen
Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis
Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke
Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace
Terry O’Quinn as John Locke
Harold Perrineau as Michael Dawson
Sam Anderson as Bernard Nadler
Blake Bashoff as Karl
L. Scott Caldwell as Rose Henderson
Michael Cudlitz as Mike Walton
Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau
Tania Raymonde as Alex
Lance Reddick as Matthew Abaddon
Fisher Stevens as George Minkowski

Special Features:
Lost in 8:15
Lost Bloopers
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentaries
Course of the Future: The Definitive Interactive Flash-Forwards — Additional Insider Information, Including Script Pages and an Introduction by the Show’s Executive Producers
More From the Symphony — Includes “The Others Theme” (Uncut)
Seamless Menus
The Right to Bear Arms — Check Out the Guns of Lost, and Find Out What It’s Like Working With So Much Firepower
The Freighter Folk — A Look at the New Faces From the Freighter
The Island Backlot: Lost in Hawaii — Discover How Hawaii is Transformed into the World of Lost
The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies — Controversial Underground Documentary Questioning the Survivors of Oceanic 815
Offshore Shoot — Building and Shooting on the Freighter Set
Soundtrack Of Survival: Composing for Character, Conflict & The Crash — Experience the First-Ever Live Performance of the Score by the Honolulu Symphony Pops
Lost on Location — Go Behind the Scenes With the Cast and Crew
Course of the Future: The Definitive Flash-Forwards

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language Tracks
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 604 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

“Immerse yourself in the boldest show on television with every mysterious twist and turn of ‘Lost’s’ addictive Fourth Season. Exploding with excitement and never-before-seen extras, ‘Lost’ reaches new heights on DVD.

More than three months after their fateful crash, the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 will discover that the only thing more dangerous than the island might be the people who have come to rescue them.

Dive deep into this captivating box set, complete with original flashbacks, mind-bending flash-forwards and an astonishing world of exclusive bonus features. Experience one of the most groundbreaking shows in television history.”

“Lost: The Complete Fourth Season – The Expanded Experience” is rated TV-14.

Mini-Review:
The fourth season of “Lost” did a lot to get the series back on track, mainly by going back to their old formula while simultaneously breaking from the old formula. Huh? Let me explain.

One of the most notable things about this season was the fact that they went to ‘flash forwards’. Instead of the usual flashbacks from the first three seasons, the story jumped ahead to where six of the characters actually got off the island and got back to civilization. They were referred to as the Oceanic Six. Trying to figure out which of the characters those six were took up much of the first part of the season. And trying to figure out how exactly they got off the island took up the rest of the season. Some of the characters dramatically changed personalities which also threw another interesting twist into the equation.

This season also introduced a mysterious third faction into the mix that even the “Others” feared. They were referred to as the Freighter Folk. A mix of potential heroes and villains, they introduced some new favorites into the cast. Jeremy Davies stood out as Daniel Faraday, the quirky physicist. Ken Leung was memorable as the ghostbuster Miles Straume. Kevin Durand was a fantastic villain as Martin Keamy. Jeff Fahey was also a welcome hero as the pilot Frank Lapidus. But their arrival also heralded the return of Harold Perrineau as Michael Dawson. All in all their arrival was a much needed boost in the arm for the show.

While all these big changes took place, the show got back to its roots a bit. There was more running around in the jungle, more sparring between Locke and Ben, more conflict with the others, and more of the love rectangle between Jack, Juliet, Kate, and Sawyer. The Others got back into the conflict and a few more of the island’s mysteries were revealed… while a few more were created.

Overall, this was a satisfying, though truncated season thanks to the writers strike. I think having a definite end to the series helped them focus their storytelling a lot more. I can’t wait to see Season 5.

There are a ton of bonus features included on this DVD set. There are the usual bloopers, commentaries, and featurettes on the stunts and shooting on location. There’s an extremely weak feature entitled “Course of the Future: The Definitive Interactive Flash-Forwards”. This is simply all the flash forwards strung together in order. If you’ve seen the series, there’s nothing new here. On the positive side, there’s a fake documentary entitled ” The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies.” It details the conspiracy behind the cover up of the crash of Oceanic 815. The most amusing ‘proof’ of a cover up is the fact that Hurley didn’t lose weight. Also interesting is “Offshore Shoot” which details how they used a freighter anchored a mile offshore to film.

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