Learn What's On That LOST Season-One Set!! Herc's Super-ExcitingSeason-Box DVD Vault!!
We are not permitted to review Lost: The Complete First Season, so I’m not going to tell you here how much I love this set (especially the Paley Fest excerpts and the deleted scenes, at least two of which are laugh-out-loud funny). But I can’t imagine the good folks at Buena Vista Home Entertainment – who sent along a nice note explaining that this is not necessarily the final version of the set - will mind if we just reveal a few details of its contents. Here’s some of what you apparently get when the DVD streets in about a month:
* “Pilot” commentary by creator-writer-director J.J. Abrams, creator-writer Damon Lindelhof and non-writing executive producer Bryan Burk. The commentary is unusual in that it lasts longer than the actual episode; through the miracle of “branching” DVD technology, Abrams is able to (if you’re watching in “commentary mode”), stop the episode and switch to behind-the-scenes footage, over which he continues to comment at length about certain aspects of the episode.
* “Walkabout” commentary by actor Terry O’Quinn, writer David Fury and director Jack Bender.
* If you have a DVD-ROM drive, you can access the “Lost Scriptscanner,” which allows you read the entire pilot script while following along with the episode. You can click on any line of dialogue in the script and immediately interact with that scene.
* Widescreen versions of “Pilot,” “Tabula Rasa” and “Walkabout.”
* Commercials! An almost-3-minute-long trailer for the bigscreen Dec. 9 release “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” plugs for the DVD releases of “Lost” 1.x, “Desperate Housewives” 1.x, “Alias” 4.x “Scrubs” 2.x “Home Improvement” 3.x, and Golden Girls” 3.x, and that promo we keep seeing for the second season of “Lost” on ABC.
* “The Moth” commentary by actor Dominic Monaghan, executive producer Damon Lindelhof and executive producer Bryan Burk.
* Widescreen versions of “White Rabbit,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “The Moth” and “Confidence Man.”
* Widescreen versions of “Solitary,” “Raised by Another,” “All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” and “Whatever the Case May Be.”
* “Hearts and Minds” commentary by actors Maggie Grace and Ian Sommerhalder and writers Carlton Cuse and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.
* Widescreen versions of “Hearts and Minds,” “Special,” “Homecoming” and “Outlaws.”
* Widescreen versions of “… In Translation,” “Numbers,” “Deus Ex Machina” and “Do No Harm.”
* Widescreen versions of “The Greater Good,” “Born To Run” and “Exodus.”
The seventh disc is all extras, and is divided into three sections: “Departure,” “Tales From the Island” and “Lost Revealed.”
* “The Genesis of Lost” (8:40): A documentary in which ABC exec Lloyd Braun reveals he wanted to make “Castaway: The Series.” J.J. Abramas reveals how he built on that idea.
* “Designing a Disaster” (7:59): A documentary detailing, among other things, how they got the middle part of a widebody jet from a plane graveyard in the Mojave Desert to a beach in Oahu, and how they got the front of the same widebody to a jungle on the same island. All in six weeks.
* “Before They Were Lost” (22:55): A documentary examining the unusual “Lost” casting process, which saw the show’s masterminds creating new regular characters tailored to actors they met and liked. Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Jin were among those unmentioned in the original outline ABC bought. We’re reminded that the original plan was to have Michael Keaton play Jack, and that Kate was originally supposed to emerge as the leader of the survivors.
* “Audition Tapes” (27:34): We see all 13 of the 14 of the regulars (Terry O’Quinn had already worked extensively with Abrams on “Alias”) run through some script pages. We get to see Yunjin Kim read for Kate. We get to see Matthew Fox, Dominic Monaghan and even Jorge Garcia play Sawyer.
* “Welcome To Oahu: The Making of the Pilot” (33:20): This is largely a how-they-did-it doc, dealing with those horrifying mid-flight scenes, and the monster in the trees, and the polar bear, and the guy-gets-sucked-into-a-jet engine gag, and other things. (Some interesting stuff about the series’ strange musical score too.)
* “The Art of Matthew Fox” (6:07): Fox discusses the many photos he took on the set as sad music plays.
* “Lost@Comicon” (1:50): A look at how high anticipation was for the series, even months prior to its premiere, thanks largely to buzz on the Internet.
“Tales From the Island” includes:
* “Lost: On Location” offers short behind-the-scenes documentaries about individual episodes, including “House of the Rising Sun” (7:19), “Confidence Man” (4:24), “All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” (4:56), “Whatever The Case May Be” (2:58), “Hearts and Minds” (6:20), “Special” (3:05) and the finale, “Exodus” (9:21), plus “The Trouble With Boars” (5:09), a look at the difficulties wrangling the animals during several episodes.
* “On Set With Jimmy Kimmel” (7:15) sees the host of ABC’s late-night talk show visit the cast in Hawaii.
* “Backstage With Drive Shaft” (6:40) teaches us, among other things, how a snippet of dialogue from the Phil Donahue show became the lyrics of Charlie’s biggest hit.
“Lost Revealed” includes:
* “The Lost Flashbacks” are two scenes cut from “Exodus.” One deals with Claire and the doomed pilot discussing psychics (3:07); the other deals with Sayid buying a necktie to impress Nadia (1:28).
* “Deleted Scenes” include “Smoking” (1:10) with Charlie and Sawyer having a meeting of the minds, “Chicken or Lasagna” (0:43) with Hurley trying to engage a silent Locke, “Kate and Sayid” (1:09) with one realizing something about the other, “The Climb” (2:02) with Shannon’s hilarious reaction to Charlie’s attempt to impress her, “The Tell” (1:04) with Locke and Walt discussing liars, and “Partners” (0:55) with Boone and Shannon visually contrasting Sun and a handcuffed Jin.
* “Bloopers From The Set” (4:17) is lots of flubbed lines and falling down.
* “Live From The Museum of Television and Radio” (10:56) presents comic highlights from last March’s Paley Festival Q&A with Abrams and nine members of the cast.
Highly, highly recommended sets from the first half of 2005:
* The Andy Griffith Show: Season Two
* Angel: Season Five
* The Bob Newhart Show: Season One
* Cheers: Season Five
* Columbo: Season Two
* Gilmore Girls: Season Three
* Miracles: The Complete Series
* Moonlighting: Seasons One and Two
* Murder One: Season One
* Newsradio: Seasons One and Two
* Northern Exposure: Season Three
* Seinfeld: Season Four
* The Sopranos: Season Five
* South Park: Season Five
* The Twilight Zone: Season Three
* Wonderfalls: The Complete Series
TV on DVD:
All Grown Up: Dude, Where's My Horse?
At Last the 1948 Show
America's Funniest Home Videos, Vol. 1
Benny Hill: Early Years Set 3
The Blue and the Gray
The Brady Bunch 2.x
Cold Feet 3.x
Dark Shadows Vol. 19
Do Not Adjust Your Set
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 6.x
Errol Morris' First Person: The Complete Series
Gilligan's Island 3.x
The Mary Tyler Moore Show 2.x
Mike Hammer: The Complete Series
Remington Steele 1.x
Rumpole of the Bailey: Seasons 5.x/6.x/7.x
Silk Stalkings 3.x
Star Trek: Enterprise 2.x
3rd Rock From the Sun 1.x
The Wind in the Willows 2.x
Xena: 10th Anniversary Collection
Arthur's First Crush
Austin Stevens, Snakemaster: Vol. 1
Berenstein Bears: Vol. 5
Blue's Room: Alphabet Power
Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles
The Cosby Show 1.x
The Dick Cavett Show: Ray Charles
Dragon Tales: Sing and Dance in Dragon
The Dukes of Hazzard 4.x
The First World War: Complete Series
Hearts Afire 1.x
Jeff Corwin: Out on a Limb
Over There: Pilot
Sid & Marty Krofft: Pilots
Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Gink Cat
The X-Files: Black Oil
Cartoon Network: Grossest Halloween 2
Farscape: Starburst Edition Vol. 5
The Greatest American Hero 3.x
McMillan & Wife 1.x
The Muppet Show 1.x
Thundercats 1.x Vol. 1
T.J. Hooker 1.x/2.x
What's New Scooby Doo, Vol. 6
'Allo 'Allo 3.x
The Andy Griffith Show 3.x
The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons
I Love Lucy 5.x
Little Britain 1.x
The Office 1.x (NBC Version)
Phil of the Future - Gadgets & Gizmos
Saved By the Bell: New Class 4.x
The Simpsons 6.x
That's So Raven, Vol. 2
Will & Grace 4.x
ABC Afterschool Specials: 13 Discs
Boy Meets World 3.x
Britney & Kevin: Chaotic
Codename: Kids Next Door, File Two
Cyberchase: Ecohaven Cse
1st & 10 1.x
1st & 10 2.x
Good Times 5.x
Kung Fu 3.x
Life As We Know It: The Complete Series
The OC 2.x
Once and Again 1.x
Once and Again 2.x
Six Feet Under 4.x
That's My Mama 1.x
That's My Mama 2.x
Twice in a Lifetime Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
What's Happening!! 3.x
As Time Goes By 8.x / 9.x
As Time Goes By: Complete Series
Clifford: Doggie Detectives
Combat 5.x Invasion One
Combat 5.x Invasion Two
Curb Your Enthusiasm 4.x
Fairly Oddparents: Scary Godparents
Garfield Vol. 4
Highway to Heaven 2.x
HR Pufnstuf: Four Favorites
Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge
Land of the Lost: 'Stak Attack!
Married With Children 4.x
The Mind of the Married Man 1.x
My Favorite Martian: Time Travelers
My Little Pony: The Movie
Petticoat Junction: Ultimate Collection
Ripping Yarns: The Complete Series
The Saint 1.x
Strawberry Shortcake: Moonlight Mystery
Buffalo Bill: The Complete Series
Degrassi Junior High 3.x
Doctor Who: The Horror of Fang Rock
Doctor Who: The Mind Robber
Doogie Howser M.D. 2.x
Fat Albert Halloween Special
Fraggle Rock 1.x
Fraggle Rock Vol. 4
Kingdom Hospital Vol. 1
Power Rangers SPD Vol. 2
Power Rangers SPD Vol. 3
Rocky & Bullwinkle 3.x
The Saddle Club Vol. 3
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Aug. 1, 2005, 2:33 a.m. CST
I might get the box set, there are some great episodes. But taken as a whole, its frustrating.
Aug. 1, 2005, 2:33 a.m. CST
by Virtual Satyr
Looks good. Now Herc, get me "American Gothic" on DVD.
Aug. 1, 2005, 2:58 a.m. CST
by Thirteen 13
Do they expect anyone to buy it?
Aug. 1, 2005, 3:29 a.m. CST
You just can't pre-order it quite yet.
Aug. 1, 2005, 3:53 a.m. CST
Now there's a box set I'll definitely pick up. In my opinion, season 4 of 24 was so much better than season 1 of Lost. When comparing both season finales, Jack walking towards a rising sun was much more satisfying than the 'shaft' of the hatch.
Aug. 1, 2005, 4:54 a.m. CST
The people of Arkansas do not respect freakin street dates! THEY HAVE NO NEED FOR THEM! Also, does anyone else find those extras on the LOST set a bit, lacking? Werent they GUARANTEEING some sort of extra that dealt more with the backgrounds of the characters? Wow. Good going...thanks alot. Yes, I will own you, but I will not be happy about!
Aug. 1, 2005, 5:51 a.m. CST
by Monkey Butler
Is that because you're stupid or because you're a pathetic geek who is disappointed by everything?
Aug. 1, 2005, 6:54 a.m. CST
The plight of these character's has to be your main interest. If the island stuff is your catch than honestly you're fucked. They are not going to unveil much, especially with the show cruising in the ratings department. The character's are studied in every episode and it's the characters that we're supposed to care about. The peripheral island stuff is there to keep vague interest alive and challenge the characters, nothing more. They are there for a reason, obviously, and that reason is to be tested. That became very clear by the last episode. So if you want a mysterious island story, watch the Twilight Zone... or something. This is far different. A story about strange people on a strange island. The island is the backdrop, not the focus, and frankly I think the show is better for it.
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:10 a.m. CST
You know Herc, you could have saved yourself a lot of typing by just stating that all the episodes were in widescreen at the top of your review. Constantly mentioning it for each disc is just guilding the lily...
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:13 a.m. CST
.. ripped off again.. That look is sooo 2001.
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:15 a.m. CST
by Virtual Satyr
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:15 a.m. CST
by Virtual Satyr
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:16 a.m. CST
by Virtual Satyr
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:17 a.m. CST
by Virtual Satyr
Wow..that's just uh...sorry, don't know what happened there.
Aug. 1, 2005, 9 a.m. CST
Looks like a few companies seasons of TV shows in individual volumes again. For the love of God, haven't they learned that the season box set is the way to go? Please do not purchase these small volume editions, we need to send a message to these companies. Also, Herc, you mention Charmed 2.x twice in the list, once releasing in Oct, then releasing in Nov. I personally have little interest in Charmed, but know some people who do.
Aug. 1, 2005, 9:02 a.m. CST
First sentence in my post should read "Looks like a few companies ARE RELEASING seasons of TV shows in individual volumes again."
Aug. 1, 2005, 9:24 a.m. CST
Actually, it's on the list for September 6th and November 15th, my mistake. Would be nice if we could edit our own posts here.
Aug. 1, 2005, 10:45 a.m. CST
by Richard Cranium
The Island is what Hitchcock called the 'MacGuffin'. It's purpose is to get the plot moving, and put the characters in difficult positions so that we can explore the characters, and see how they react. The origin of the 'monster is beside the point. However that being said, the problems shows like this sometimes have is that they start to get too succesful, and become afraid to evolve and take chances. We'll see what happens this year.
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:29 a.m. CST
I thought all the episodes were letterboxed . . . why are only some of them that way on the DVD?
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:32 a.m. CST
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST
That's gonna be one tough day on the wallet... The LOST DVD sounds fantastic.
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:41 a.m. CST
Sooo, they shot the show in widescreen and are airing it 1.33:1 a la Firefly and West Wing Season 2 (I thought there were a few 2-shots where somone's head was a little too "cut off" by the frame)? Who made that AWFUL decision? Only thing I can hope is that they'll change it for season 2 so that we'll get the widescreen on TV as well. Regardless, it'll be cool to finally see the "real" framing. I'm pumped for this set.
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:45 a.m. CST
I'm so there.
Aug. 1, 2005, 12:27 p.m. CST
by Capt. Murphy
It's $29.99 after $10 MiR now, may be a better deal out there than that now, can't wait to get it tho! Almost as excited as I am about the 2nd season cranking up! Best ABC Show Ever (with Alias coming in a close 2nd).
Aug. 1, 2005, 12:58 p.m. CST
It's out just in time for my birthday!
Aug. 1, 2005, 1:01 p.m. CST
Where the "F" is my Alien Nation boxed set??
Aug. 1, 2005, 1:05 p.m. CST
i'm so glad they are releasing these treasures on DVD...i love the complete allo allo series, its hilarious!
Aug. 1, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST
When the heck is the first season coming out on DVD? Anyone?
Aug. 1, 2005, 3:11 p.m. CST
by Ban This User
Can't speak to why they air it in SD at "fullscreen" instead of letterboxed, but every show that airs in HD (as virtually all network darams now do) is shot in widescreen. Get yourself a new TV, man. HD ready sets are now pretty cheap. The only downside: the Lost DVD will actually present the show in a lower quality than I'm used to, as DVDs ain't HD yet.
Aug. 1, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST
Here is an exclusive glance at the titles and writers of the first three episodes of the second season of lost: Episode One: "Man of Science, Man of Faith" written by Damon Lindelof Episode Two: "Adrift" written by Steven Maeda & Leonard Dick Episode Three: "Orientation" written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach & Craig Wright
Aug. 1, 2005, 7:02 p.m. CST
The best show being Battlefuckingstar Galactica.
Aug. 1, 2005, 9:49 p.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:56 p.m. CST
by Darth Philbin
the best show on ABC was AUTOMAN now any of you bitches got some weed please, please fucking IM me!
Aug. 1, 2005, 11:58 p.m. CST
by Darth Philbin
Aug. 2, 2005, 7:54 a.m. CST
Can somebody explain to me how a show like Mind of the Married Man gets a DVD release when good shows like Brimstone and Vengeance Unlimited don't?
Aug. 2, 2005, 8:05 a.m. CST
Where is my Miami Vice seasons 2 & 3? I wants my precious now!!
Aug. 2, 2005, 9:48 a.m. CST
So you know it was the bee's knees and the cat's pyjamas, daddio. As for Lost, I did not plan on getting the DVD but seeing the extras, I just might. I would be interested in seeing Wild Palms again. I missed a chunk of it when it aired. What was the name of that movie where Dennis Hopper played a P.I. in the 1950s and everyone used magic? Is it available on DVD? And will we ever get to see Fresno on DVD?
Aug. 2, 2005, 10:30 a.m. CST
... was "Witch Hunt", where he played detective H. Phillip Lovecraft. This was a sequel to "Cast a Deadly Spell", which starred Fred Ward as Phil Lovecraft and is much superior to the second film (sorry, Dennis!). IMDB says they're both available on VHS. Catch the first one and *thrill* as David - *Fucking* - Warner invokes Cthulu. (What a voice!)
Aug. 2, 2005, 10:44 a.m. CST
I am SOO psyched for the Lost dvd set, this is MAJOR! What a deal! Thank god it wasn't released by the idiots at WARNER and PARAMOUNT, the maker of the worst dvds in AMERICA! Warner releases season sets of Sex in the City with NO EXTRAS then rapes the consumer by making a Series Set for 300.00, to hell with everyone who bought them season by season. They released TV sets a season a year -- OZ, 8 episodes, 45.00 bucks, once a year. Show is off the air for years now and, does anyone care? Dallas, a 13 season series, they release once a year... duh, think we'll get the whole series before DVDs become obsolete or maybe THIS LIFETIME? Maybe Warner should call themselves LIFETIME dvds because it takes a whole LIFETIME to get the series and hey, where's KNOTS LANDING DUDES? But no one is worse than crappy, cheap Paramount who releases dvds without a stitch of extras and because of that, gets none of my money! Thanks to Buena Vista for Lost, companies like that will get my bucks everytime!
Aug. 2, 2005, 11:22 a.m. CST
Was it ever known by another title? As for Paramount DVDs, the price does not reflect the product. Check out the Star Trek (OS & Enterprise) dvds - the extras are minimal and the sets are grossly overpriced. I think a lot of that cost is for the packaging (like Northern Exposure). Hopefully, once Paramount is satisfied they have soaked the trekkers for all they can, they will release these in more cost-efficient packaging. Of course they will probably still charge 3 times what they are worth.
Aug. 2, 2005, 11:23 a.m. CST
and where the fuck is deadwood season 2, hbo cocksuckers?!
Aug. 2, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST
... is the only title used in IMDB, but now that you mention it I'm not sure that's the title they used when it played on TV. But do catch "Cast a Deadly Spell" whenever you can.
Aug. 2, 2005, 1:58 p.m. CST
Glad you added He-Man....guilty/embarassing pleasure that it is for some of us '80s kids. Now I just need Captain Power, Defenders of the Earth, and Mysterious Cities of Gold.
Aug. 2, 2005, 2:07 p.m. CST
Aug. 2, 2005, 2:47 p.m. CST
I was hoping to watch Lost Season 1 over the summer, now I'm going to have to watch it while watching Season 2, which will probably get a little confusing. Get those DVDs out sooner!
Aug. 2, 2005, 10:08 p.m. CST
as a jpeg.We get Automan on TV everyday here at the moment.Forget Pimp my ride,when your car can turn corners at right angles then talk to me,till then Automan wins.I remember a radio interview with Chuck Wagner back then and he expressed an intrest in appearing in Star Trek.With all the time they wasted they should of brought him in as a captain.That wouldv'e saved the franchise.Last Enterprise here today,Although I enjoyed aspects of it I won't eveeeer be buying that on DVD.On a side note.I wonder if HBK and Vince are going to try a pseudo(or real) survivor series 97 stunt with Hogan at SS.As Hogan has a reality TV series and Vince needs a boost why not?.Or will it be normal sports entertainment.Go on Vince I dare you skank Hogan.It might be good for business ;).I hoped HBK 97 would show.I'll stop.
Aug. 3, 2005, 12:08 a.m. CST
Those guys scared the crap outta me when I was little. I would love to see "Space Academy" again. And "Space 1999" The eagles were the most realistic ship ever in a scifishow.
Aug. 3, 2005, 6:25 a.m. CST
Sorry to shout but I was growing tired of the useless crap around here. Nice to see someone on AICN doing their job. Fantastic look at the LOST set Herc. Keep up the great work.
Aug. 3, 2005, 10:27 a.m. CST
by Lou C.
... stop horning "wonderfalls" into every mention of a tv show or dvd release? the show sucked ass, no one watched it and now it's fucking gone. no more. kaput. out of here. let it go.
Aug. 3, 2005, 10:16 p.m. CST
The LOST dvd set looks loaded, can't wait to get my paws on it. But where the hell are my DEADWOOD season 2 and CARNIVALE season 2 box sets?!?! Come on people!!
Aug. 6, 2005, 7:17 p.m. CST
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