Review: Lost: The Complete Fourth Season – The Expanded Experience DVD

The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 come closer than ever to solving the mysteries of their remote island prison when Lost: The Complete Fourth Season – The Expanded Experience ($59.99) comes to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on December 9, 2008. In addition to all 14 captivating one-hour episodes from the show’s unforgettable fourth season, this six-disc compilation is packed with mesmerizing bonus features that will take fans even deeper inside this award-winning series. Teeming with the kind of astounding discoveries and riveting plot twists that have made Lost television’s most compelling adventure, Lost: The Complete Fourth Season – The Expanded Experience arrives just in time for fans to catch up on their favorite episodes before the exciting fifth season begins on January 21, 2009.

Lost’s third season closed with a brilliant jaw dropping ending that had office workers buzzing at the water cooler the next day.  In the closing moments, the audience learned that Lost is not necessarily about a group of people who survive a plane crash and need to get off the bizarre island. Instead, the major “character” of the program was the island itself.  The expected flashback technique was replaced by an unexpected series of flash forwards and in those moments we see some of the survivors finally getting off of the island and living lives in the real world.

 

At that point you might as well say the show is over; where can you possibly go from there?

That brings us to the fast paced and rewarding Season Four, my favorite season of Lost so far with many questions finally getting answered and a greater sense of understanding for the direction of the program and characters.

I can describe it in one word, satisfying.

 

In this DVD set, you will have the pleasure of watching one of the best episodes of Lost, “The Constant” which involves Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) becoming unstuck in time and flashing between 2004 and 1996. Desmond must find a way to become fastened to 2004 again before the strain of the time travel becomes too much and he dies. The acting was extraordinary, the writing ingenious, the plot was mind blowing and the directing was top-notch.


Also in Season 4, Michael Emerson truly shines. Emerson has been one of the show’s greatest delights since his first appearance midway through Season Two. He brings the marvelously manipulative character of Ben Linus to life in a way that no other actor ever could. His greatest turn is in the Ben-centric episode “The Shape of Things to Come”.  Even though he appears to be cruel and evil, Emerson evokes sympathy from the audience and has become the villain you love to hate or hate to love.

Once you have watched this complete and exciting season, you can check out the hours of informative bonus features such as:

·Lost Bloopers

·Audio Commentaries

·Deleted Scenes

·Lost on Location – Go on location with the cast and crew of Lost for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of Season Four’s most gripping episodes.

·The Freighter Folk  – Where did the folks on the freighter come from? Get to know them and find out what the show runners looked for in new cast members.

·The Oceanic Six – Controversial underground documentary questioning the survivors of Oceanic 815.

·The Island Backlot: Lost in Hawaii – From the deserted beach to urban Los Angeles, Hawaii serves as a global backdrop for the excitement and intrigue of Lost. Join the small army of technicians that transforms Hawaii to the Island as they go about their duties.

·The Right to Bear Arms – Lost features a formidable array of firearms. Get real life gun profiles and find out what it’s like working with so much firepower.

·Soundtrack of Survival: Composing for Character, Conflict & the Crash – The Honolulu Symphony performs Michael Giacchino’s award-winning score live for the first time ever. Witness the power of the show’s many musical themes as well as its innovative use of instruments-and learn how music affects the production, from writing to directing.

 

At the end of season 4, we still don’t know where Lost will go next. The three-part finale offering twists and turns that are astounding even by this series’ high standards.  In a final scene, Jack tells Kate that they have to get back to the island.  I am with you on that request Jack and truly cannot wait to get back to the island myself.  If you missed any of Lost Season 4 or did not see it at all, I urge you to pick up this DVD as it is the most pivotal of all seasons.  You can’t afford to miss it!

 

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Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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