9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
We all know LOST is brilliant. However I was dubious at first as to the merit of buying a TV series on DVD, especially one which requires the episodes to be watched in sequence to understand what is going on.
How wrong can one man be? After receiving this as a Christmas gift I thought it would remain on the shelf unopened and unloved. Then came the choice of watching the wizard of OZ for the umpteenth time or the numerous Christmas reruns being shown all over sky. So I made the choice to give LOST a second chance before the new series began. I duly stuck in the first disc and was totally hooked again.
The stories still hold you like the very first time you saw them and you find yourself lost (excuse the pun) in the world of the survivors once again. I found myself wishing for each episode to conclude, like reading the last page of a book, solely for the purpose of finding out what happens next.
If you love LOST this is a must buy. However be warned. If you're buying this please ensure you have ample time of work to sit and watch them all.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's a vast mass of mysteries, bizarre twists and supernatural occurrences -- and it's brilliant. "Lost: The Complete Seasons 1-5" has some bumps along its way (particularly in the second season), but it blossoms once it finds its footing, and starts working towards a brain-bending, epic clash between the forces of light and darkness. Think of it as "Swiss Family Robinson" by way of Stephen King.
A plane crashes on a remote tropical island, leaving a terrified band of survivors including a doctor named Jack (Matthew Fox), a spoiled brother and sister, a single dad and his strange son, an Iraqi ex-soldier, a Korean couple, chubby lottery winner, an escaped prisoner, a hostile con-man, a man cured of paralysis, and a junkie rocker.
Unfortunately, the island has countless perils that crop up as the survivors try to survive there, and strange people are hidden in its depths. What's more, the island has a history that stretches back countless years -- there are remnants of a powerful organization called Dharma, a collection of "Others" living in a luxurious modern village, a metal hatch with a button that MUST be pushed, and ancient statues and temples from ancient times.
The survivors do their best to keep alive and to fight back the Others, but they lose many of their number -- and when a small band of them do escape, they find that they have somehow disrupted the island's primal forces, and the fabric of time itself. But even when they fight their way back to the island, they find that not all is as it should be -- and in an effort to set things right once and for all, they must take the ultimate risk and set off a terrifying series of events...
Yes, it's a weird show -- "Lost" might make more sense if you're drunk or stoned, because it can swing wildly from the downright surreal to the mundane. But in the midst of shallow sitcoms and endless reality TV, it's refreshing to see a twisty-turny show like this one. J.J. Adams, best known for "Alias," outdoes his first hit TV show with something totally different -- not just from his past work, but from everything else on TV.
The gorgeous Hawaiian landscape is a contrast for such a dark storyline, although the writers do stumble occasionally (the first half of the second season is a total misfire). Adams never reveals everything, which keeps up the suspense, and he twines together dozens of mysteries -- the island's nature, its prior inhabitants, and its countless mysteries. Some mysteries have been answered, and some are left dangling for the sixth and final season -- and every time Adams unravels one puzzle, it just reveals a new one.
And "Lost" is truly an ensemble show -- every character gets to shine (including some we don't care about), and flashbacks (and flash-forwards) reveal what makes them tick. And some, like Jin, Sun and the haunted, smart-alecky Sawyer are evolved far beyond their original characterization.
Matthew Fox is given a lot of attention, and he is a good actor... even though the self-righteous Jack eventually gets kind of annoying. Fotunately, there's a brilliant supporting cast -- Dominic Monaghan, Jorge Garcia ("Dude, that was a Jedi moment!"), Terry O'Quinn, Evangeline Lilly, the brilliant Naveen Andrews and Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniel Dae Kim. Two brilliant supporting roles are Michael Emerson as the creepy-eyed Other leader, and Henry Ian Cusick as the tormented ex-soldier/monk Desmond -- and there are a LOT of memorable supporting characters.
"Lost" is a well-written, well-acted show that brings a bit of mystery back into prime-time television. Creepy, funny, romantic, tragic and sometimes just weird -- and be prepared for the mother of all cliffhangers.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
It's easy to get lost in Lost. It's as complicated as it is compulsive. The extensive cast dies and gets replenished with new characters in the blink of an island.
So it's best viewed with complete indulgence - take a week off work, send the kids to their grandparents', forget the housework and don't try playing solitaire on the computer while watching. If you give it your full attention it'll reward you with a wonder of which character you'd be if your own dreams or nightmares about getting stranded on a desert island were ever played out.
If all you know about Lost is the polar bear in the jungle then give the rest of the cast a chance too. I ended up loving the castaways I couldn't stand in the first series. They're all given greater depth and likability as the story progresses as they get their chances to reveal their flaws and redeem themselves.
It is pretty weird but wonderful too and it's a shame it couldn't run into many more series but it's a plot that could only have ever been finite. I'm sad to be nearing the end of series five but looking forward to the finale later this year.
The plan now is to go back and watch the bonus material. Unless it's as addictive as the episodes I won't be able to comment on it for some time as there's hours and hours of it on the box set. But the odd bits of it I have seen look like it'd complement and enhance the story if watched in synchronised order with the features - if only you have the willpower to suspend the drama before sticking in the next DVD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2010
After buying this box set I became completely hooked! Lost is a fantastic series with so many facets to it. You can watch it in a simple way, seeing how people cope lost on an island, or you can get into the deeper meaning of the series, the intrigue, the philosphy, the mythology and the conspiracy. It is one of those series you can watch the first time and see a whole bunch of new things you didn't see before when you watch it a second time around. Well worth the money, can't wait for season 6. Shame it will be the final one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2010
Yeah, I found one of the best TV shows ever. Though the DVD's usually lack of more extra material, sometimes we can enjoy a chapter with script or director commentaries, watch some extra footage, etc.