Lost (2004)

8.4 / 10

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Country United States

Genre Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures - Season 5 | www.7mpictures.com | English

"BOOGIE NIGHTS"
BLU-RAY Review
by Kevin Carr
    MOVIE: ***** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ***** (out of 5 stars)
    Rated R
Available on Blu-ray January 19
www.WarnerBlu.com
Studio: Warner Bros.
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WHAT IT?S ABOUT
The life and times of 70s-era porno superstar Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) are chronicled in this sophomore feature from writer/director P.T. Anderson. In the film, Eddie Adams is just a high school drop-out with a 13-inch penis who finds his calling as the new star ? the newly renamed Dirk Diggler ? for adult film director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). This bittersweet story shows Dirk?s rise to the top of adult films, then his downfall in a mess of drugs and violence, against the backdrop of the video revolution and what it meant to the free swinging industry.
WHAT I LIKED
I love ?Boogie Nights.? I have loved ?Boogie Nights? ever since I first saw it on video in the late 1990s. There?s something passionate behind the film, telling a surprisingly tender story of a hardcore industry. It is one of my favorite films of the 1990s, and it was one of the first DVDs I ever owned. (True story... my grandmother bought it for me from a Christmas list I gave her, not knowing anything about the film.)
?Boogie Nights? is a feat in moviemaking, not just because of its unflinching yet caring look at an industry that is popularly shunned by the mainstream. It is brilliant because of the crisp and powerful cinematic techniques done by P.T. Anderson. Some might say that ?There Will Be Blood? is his best film, but he struck a chord with ?Boogie Nights? that he has yet to duplicate.
So much of the acting was unexpected at the time ? from Mark Wahlberg?s brilliant turn as Dirk Diggler to 70s icon Burt Reynolds reinventing his career as the porn director. Of course, excellent actors like Julianne Moore and Don Cheadle also give fantastic performances. And this was also the first chance many of us had to see John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman in perfect form. The entire cast has gone on to do bigger and better things. Like Spike Lee?s ?Do the Right Thing,? ?Boogie Nights? was a career maker for so many.
What I found so awesome about this movie was the strange sense of community that was built around a seedy group of people. I really grew to love the characters by the end, and it has a bizarre level of family that works.
WHAT I DIDN?T LIKE
Nothing. This is one of the most perfect movies that came out in the 1990s.
BLU-RAY FEATURES
The Blu-ray has all the special features from the previous DVD releases, including a director?s commentary and the cast commentary from the special edition. There are plenty of deleted scenes that fill in some gaps that you?ll hear Anderson talk about in the commentary, and there is also the theatrical trailer and Michael Penn?s music video for ?Try.?
Finally, the feature that is the most fun are ?The John C. Reilly Files,? which include outtakes and extended footage of Reed Rothchild at his best.
Oh, and then there?s the thrill of seeing the last scene of the movie in high definition, which should leave an impression on anyone.
WHO?S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Anyone who likes a strong character drama about a taboo subject.
"MAGNOLIA"
Blu-ray Review
by Kevin Carr
    MOVIE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5 stars)
    Rated R
Available on Blu-ray January 19
www.WarnerBlu.com
Studio: Warner Bros.
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WHAT IT?S ABOUT
Rather than a traditional story, ?Magnolia? sets out to present a dozen lives as they collide in a bizarre way. A man dying of cancer, a misogynistic self-help guru, a male nurse, an LAPD officer, a drag addicted wife, a former quiz kid, a coke-head prostitute and many others find themselves strangely connected against the backdrop of Biblical proportions.
WHAT I LIKED
P.T. Anderson followed up his masterpiece ?Boogie Nights? with this film, and both movies have certain things in common. Like ?Boogie Nights,? ?Magnolia? utilizes some innovative filmmaking techniques, including long, tracking shots and multiple storylines. I have a cinematographer friend who was blown away by this movie, but that?s mainly for its ability to push the audience to experience the film through the camera.
The biggest compliment that I can give ?Magnolia? is that it does not feel like it has a running time north of three hours. It runs long, but for a film that has relatively few things happening in it, it has a good pace.
Ultimately, ?Magnolia? is an acting spotlight for the ensemble cast. Everyone gets their due to make an impression as an actor, and there are some interesting twists in the many storylines. I enjoyed ?Magnolia,? particularly as a follow-up to ?Boogie Nights,? and it?s my second favorite P.T. Anderson film. Sadly, he?s grown away from these kinds of movies in recent years.
WHAT I DIDN?T LIKE
The biggest sin that ?Magnolia? commits is a result of Anderson?s ego. There?s a lot of breathing room in this feature, and it falls into a realm of bizarre ? especially near the end. For the most part, this ending works, but it will confuse an audience that looks for a meaning to be spelled out.
BLU-RAY FEATURES
The Blu-ray includes a feature-length slate of video diaries, Aimee Mann?s ?Save Me? music video, the theatrical trailer and TV spots. Of course, the best special features are the Frank T.J. Mackey?s infomercial and his video seminar, starring Mary Lynn Rajskub from ?24? of all people. Of course, don?t try calling the number 1-877-TAME-HER any more. It no longer rings through to Tom Cruise in character. Sadly, it?s just a phone number for a fitness center in L.A.
WHO?S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Fans of P.T. Anderson?s early work.
"LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON"
Blu-ray Review
by Kevin Carr
    MOVIE: ***** (out of 5 stars)
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE: ****1/2 (out of 5 stars)
    Not Rated
Studio: ABC Studios
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WHAT IT?S ABOUT
The insane drama of the mysterious island where the survivors of Oceanic flight 815 landed kicks it up quite a few more notches as the Oceanic 6 find their way back. Forget flashbacks and flash forwards. This season, everyone?s going through time... literally. Some survivors find themselves with the Dharma Initiative in the 70s while others are in present day with a pending showdown between Benjamin Linus and the mysterious Jacob.
WHAT I LIKED
I have been a fan of ?Lost? ever since the show premiered in 2004. It?s odd to think back to its early days when the story was just about a group of people stranded on an island. By this fifth season, the show has become so much more than that.
What?s awesome about this season is that all the easter eggs and extra bits from the previous four seasons seem to be making sense now. There are still plenty of mysteries to uncover, but we?re finally getting some answers as to what secrets the island holds.
?Lost? continues to be one of the most smartly-written shows on television. And with the next season to be the final one, it looks like some storylines are starting to be wrapped up.
I love the characters in this show, for the most part. I could take or leave Jack, but folks like Hurley, Sawyer and Juliet, we?ve got plenty of heroes to continue to root for. Of course, the tenuous relationship between Benjamin and Locke continues to be the most intriguing part of the story.
WHAT I DIDN?T LIKE
Not a whole lot. There are always some episodes that run a tad long, and there are secondary characters that I don?t find as interesting as others. However, this season of ?Lost? offers the same excellent series that we?ve seen in recent years, and I really have no complaints.
But for God?s sake... if you start watching the show, go back to the beginning. Otherwise, you?ll be utterly confused.
BLU-RAY FEATURES
The five-disc Blu-ray set includes basic features, such as the behind-the-scenes look at ?Lost on Location,? a tour of the ?Lost? offices with ?Building 23 Beyond,? a day-in-the-life segment with Nestor Carbonell (who plays the ageless Richard Alpert), a ?Lost 100? celebration commemorating the 100th episode of the series and ?Making Up for Lost Time? in which the showrunners discuss some of their theories behind the show.
A neat Blu-ray exclusive to this set is the ?Lost University,? which allows the viewer to connect to the BD-Live community to enroll, take classes and immerse themselves in the secrets behind the show. This is an extensive Blu-ray feature that has some really great depth and detail.
Finally, the best feature in the set is the faux retro 80s-era TV special ?Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative,? which examines this mysterious organization with a tongue-in-cheek homage to ?In Search Of...? Granted, this isn?t as awesome as the conspiracy video about the Oceanic Six from the Season Four set, but it?s still pretty great.
WHO?S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Fans of the show.

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"Lost: The Complete First Season" DVD Review by Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures

Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures | www.7mpictures.com | English

"Lost: The Complete First Season"
DVD Review
by Kevin Carr
    MOVIE: **** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ***** (out of 5 stars)
    STARRING
Naveen Andrews as SAYID
Emilie de Raven as CLAIRE
Matthew Fox as JACK
Jorge Garcia as HURLEY
Maggie Grace as SHANNON
Josh Holloway as SAWYER
Malcolm David Kelly as WALT
Daniel Dae Kim as JIN
Yunjin Kim as SUN
Evangeline Lilly as KATE
Dominic Monaghan as CHARLIE
Terry O?Quinn as LOCKE
Harold Perrineau as MICHAEL
Ian Somerhalder as BOONE    Rated TV-14
Studio: ABC
    Created by: Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams
Damon Lindelof
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A few years ago, I got the DVD ?Stephen King?s Storm of the Century? as a gift. After I watched the miniseries, I listened to Stephen King?s commentary on the film. One of his opening remarks was that this was an attempt to make a novel for television. To a degree, ?Storm of the Century? achieved this, but even then the two-night TV-movie format was a little restrictive.
?Lost? is the first television show that I?ve watched that truly achieves the class as a novel in the visual medium. In fact, I don?t really think of ?Lost? as a television show, but rather as a series of books. Each episode is a chapter in this book.
Unlike earlier shows that are episodic with a continuing storyline (like ?The X-Files? and ?Alias?), ?Lost? doesn?t have the obligatory episode in the middle that really could take place at any time or place. Each episode of the this show propels the overall storyline of the series. Sure, there?s a lot of detractors and side plots, but you get that with a novel. The episodic television show format allows the writers to examine characters in greater depth than a feature film.
?Lost? is an ensemble piece with a slate of great actors working in front of the camera. I purposely didn?t watch the show when it was on ABC, knowing I would get the DVD. I actually prefer to watch a show like this on DVD, unencumbered by commercials and with the choice to have an orgy of television viewing over the course of several days rather than an entire season.
Not having watched much television on the air lately, I can?t compare ?Lost? to much else, but it is television at its best. J.J. Abrams? stock has continued to rise in my book, coming from the sludge-like depths of ?Felicity? to a great show like ?Alias,? and now to a real piece of television art.
?Lost? tells the story of a 48 survivors of a plane that crashed on a small island in the South Pacific. However, instead of being a comedy (like ?Gilligan?s Island?) or a godawfully boring film (like ?Castaway?), this show is a mystery. Not only do we have the mystery of who?s who on the island, but we have the mystery of the island itself.
With the characters? backstories told in flashbacks, these survivors discover the strangeness on the island - from a mysterious monster that haunts the jungle to roaming polar bears in the tropics. Of course, along the way, characters develop alliances, friendships and enemies. They learn to trust each other, but also keep getting reminded that they can?t really trust anyone.
The only complaint I have about this series is that the characters sometimes act purposely mysterious or suspicious for no real solid reason. Also, some of their actions defy logic, like not having any organization among the survivors. However, most of the times this is necessary to keep with the crisp (although somewhat unrealistic) nature of the show.
In the special features, creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof stressed that they didn?t want to make a movie just about people on a desert island. They wanted to make a mystery. This was the pivotal choice for this series - even before a frame of film had been shot. These mysteries are what keeps us watching.
Timed to be released just a few weeks before season two begins airing on September 20, ?Lost: The Complete First Season? is drunk on bonus features. Five episodes contain commentaries from the producers, directors and stars. The commentaries for the two-hour pilot have the additional bonus of having interstitial documentaries inserted into its run that show how the episode was put together.
An entire seventh disc is loaded with hours of behind-the-scenes features. There are unaired flashbacks, deleted scenes, bloopers and a funny little bit from the Jimmy Kimmel show. There?s also hours of documentaries about the production, from the designing of the set to the audition tapes. Too often an additional disc doesn?t contain enough content to justify its existence, but fortunately this is not the case here.
The biggest problem with ?Lost? is now having to avoid the show in its second season so I can have another orgy of television watching when the second season is released on DVD next year.
Specifications: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Widescreen (1.78:1). English language subtitles for the hearing impaired.
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"LOST: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON � THE EXPANDED EXPERIENCE" DVD Review by Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures

Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures - Season Four | www.7mpictures.com | English

"LOST: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON ? THE EXPANDED EXPERIENCE"
DVD Review
by Kevin Carr
    MOVIE: ***** (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ***** (out of 5 stars)
    STARRING
Naveen Andrews as SAYID
Emilie de Raven as CLAIRE
Matthew Fox as JACK
Jorge Garcia as HURLEY
Josh Holloway as SAWYER
Daniel Dae Kim as JIN
Yunjin Kim as SUN
Evangeline Lilly as KATE
Terry O?Quinn as LOCKE
Elizabeth Mitchell as JULIET
Michael Emerson as BEN
Henry Ian Cusick as DESMOND    Rated TV-14
Studio: ABC
    Created by: Jeffrey Lieber
and J.J. Abrams Damon Lindelof
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Along with the series ?24? and ?Battlestar Galactica,? I consider ?Lost? to be one of the best dramatic shows on television. It?s complex, thoughtful and thrilling. It has kept the fans guessing for four years, and the fifth season (which happens to be the next to the last one) is one of the most anticipated premieres in January.
With that said, if you?re one of those unfortunate few who hasn?t watched this show before today, for God?s sake, don?t start with ?Lost: The complete Fourth Season.? If you do, pardon the pun, you?ll be lost.
Ever since it?s debut in 2004, I recognized ?Lost? to be a unique thing in television ? something we would have never seen a decade or two ago. Rather than being a series that people can watch on any given week, and without falling into the trite trap of a prime time soap opera, ?Lost? is really a novel made for television.
For those folks who were frustrated in the first season with the slow pacing and long episodes devoted to the backstory of different characters, go back and watch the DVDs to discover this chapter-book format of the television show.
Likewise, the novel-on-TV format got the show in trouble in its second season when viewers got confused with reruns and breaks in the programming schedule. Thanks to other long-form storytelling like ?24,? the networks understood that they could air the season without breaks and reruns.
And then came the WGA strike that crippled the show in its fourth season. Fortunately, the rest of the show is planned out over two shorter seasons coming up in 2009 and 2010. It is in this fourth season that the ongoing storyline is tightened and prepares to wrap up. No worries about ?Lost? jumping the shark, whether it?s got a Dharma Initiative tattoo under its dorsal fin or not.
Season Four begins with hints of a rescue. We see what is known as the ?Oceanic Six? back in their regular lives. We don?t know who all has survived and what befell everyone else. That?s part of the mystery of the show, unraveled with flash-forwards this time as the characters fight to escape the island.
Even though more bizarre elements are thrown at us in Season Four ? like a ?Slaughterhouse Five? style of time travel courtesy of Desmond and some unsettling visions by Hurley ? but they all point to a conclusion down the road.
But even more impressive than the ongoing drama on those so-called deserted islands in the Pacific is the DVD box set for this fourth season. Normally television shows have excellent special features on their first and second seasons. By the time they reach the fourth season, the features dry up.
Not so with the ?Lost: The Complete Fourth Season ? The Expanded Experience? DVD box set. This item is loaded with as many ? if not more ? excellent content as the first and second season were. Two entire bonus discs are included in the set.
Multiple audio commentaries are offered throughout the season, as well as an episode?s worth of deleted scenes. There?s the season summed up in 8:15, as well as multiple featurettes covering the firearms of the show, the Freighter Folk, a spotlight on shooting in Hawaii, a look at shooting on the freighter, a night of ?Lost? music and how the international locations are achieved.
However, there are two features in this box set that make it worth it?s price. First is ?The Definitive Flash-Forwards,? an hour-long review of the most important clips of the Oceanic Six, shown in chronological order. This is essential to watch before the Season Five premier.
Also included in ?The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies,? a mockumentary conspiracy video made as if it were meant to debunk the story of the Oceanic 815 survivors. This is one of the most clever and hysterical special features I?ve seen in a long time.
If you like this series, consider yourself lucky. The show is in full swing. It?s a great time to be a ?Lost? fan.
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7M Pictures | ‘Lost: The Complete Sixth Season’ Blu-ray Review

Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures - Season 6 | www.7mpictures.com | English

LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
(not rated)
MOVIE: ***** (out of 5)
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE: ***** (out of 5)
STARRING
Naveen Andrews as SAYID
Emilie de Raven as CLAIRE
Matthew Fox as JACK
Jorge Garcia as HURLEY
Josh Holloway as SAWYER
Daniel Dae Kim as JIN
Yunjin Kim as SUN
Evangeline Lilly as KATE
Terry O’Quinn as LOCKE
Michael Emerson as BEN
Henry Ian Cusick as DESMOND
BY KEVIN CARR
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
One of the greatest television shows of the 21st century comes to an epic end in the sixth season of “Lost.” After the castaways traveled back in time to become part of the Dharma Initiative and detonated a nuclear bomb on the island, the universe seems to have split. In one storyline, we discover more about the mysterious Jacob, as well as his nemesis on the island. We also follow the castaways as they discover their destiny with Jacob, the Locke-Thing and the Others. Finally, we find ourselves simultaneously in a parallel reality in which Oceanic 815 never crashed, yet the characters we know continue to run into each other. WHAT I LIKED
I cannot talk about “Lost” without gushing. What started as a somewhat routine real-life adventure of people stranded on an island has turned into one of the most complex and compelling dramas on television. At the end of the broadcast season, I found myself as a guest on several podcasts, extolling the brilliance of this television series, and I stand by those words.
This sixth season box set represents more than a collection of 16 episodes. It represents the culmination of one of the most exciting novels-for-television I have seen. Finding yourself at the end of this journey makes me cherish the previous seasons – even seasons three and four, which get criticized too much in my opinion.
To a certain degree, the showrunners had painted themselves in a bit of a corner and couldn’t end the series and keep everyone happy. But as a loyal fan over the years, I found the finale of “Lost” to be satisfying and true to the spirit of the show. Don’t worry… I’m not going to lay down any spoilers. I’ll just say that I’m happy the story didn’t wuss out with a cliche (which can be seen in other respected stories, like this summer’s blockbuster “Inception”), nor did it cheat on itself.
If you have not watched the previous seasons, do not start here. If you do, you’ll be wildly confused. The journey of “Lost” is well worth the investment of the dozens of hours it will take to watch all six seasons. But with this final season available on Blu-ray, increasing the show’s cinematic value far beyond the reaches of HD television, it’s a gem of a collection.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The only drawback to this final season is the changes we see in the character of John Locke and the subsequent Locke-Thing. But this comes more from the fact that he is my favorite character, and I didn’t want him to change. But at least Terry O’Quinn got to showcase his awesome acting abilities.
BLU-RAY FEATURES
One of the most wonderful things about the “Lost” collection on DVD and Blu-ray is that the box sets have continued to be packed with bonus content, which is usually tapped out by the second or third season. However, this Blu-ray set comes with plenty of bonus material hidden in the hatch.
Featurettes on the discs include “The New Man in Charge,” which looks at what can happen after the finale, “The End: Crafting a Final Season” about the focusing of the showrunner’s efforts for a finale, “A Hero’s Journey” which examines the heroic nature of the survivors, “See You in Another Life, Brotha” which delves into the flash-sidewaysverse, “LOST on Location” looking back at the Hawaiian locations and “LOST in 8:15” which covers the series in a very efficient manner.
There are also bloopers, deleted scenes, commentaries and access to the BD-Live “Lost University” which allows for and interactive way to learn more about the show.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Fans of the show… which should be everyone.

7M Pictures | ‘Lost: The Complete Third Season’ DVD Review

Kevin Carr | 7M Pictures - Season 3 | www.7mpictures.com | English

LOST: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
(TV-14)
MOVIE: ***** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
STARRING
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as MR. EKO
Naveen Andrews as SAYID
Emilie de Raven as CLAIRE
Matthew Fox as JACK
Jorge Garcia as HURLEY
Josh Holloway as SAWYER
Daniel Dae Kim as JIN
Yunjin Kim as SUN
Evangeline Lilly as KATE
Dominic Monaghan as CHARLIE
Terry O’Quinn as LOCKE
Michael Emmerson as BEN
Elizabeth Mitchell as JULIET
Created by: Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams Damon Lindelof
Studio: ABC
BY KEVIN CARR
Let’s just get this out there… I love “Lost.” I have loved the series ever since I watched the first season on DVD and got swept into watching it on the broadcast channel. While there are parts that bog down, and some things don’t happen with the logic they should, I absolutely love the show and hope it never goes away.Sadly, that won’t happen. After the third season took a break in the middle and lost viewership, they planned on running season four straight through… until the writers strike killed that. Now, the future of the show is up in the air, and I hope things are resolved so that we can continue to see what happens to the modern-day television castaways.
In the mean time, I can lose myself in “Lost: The Compete Third Season.” While it is one of the best shows on television today, the “Lost” DVDs are also some of the best DVDs released. This release comes in a seven-disc set that gives all the episodes from the year and includes an entire extra disc of bonus features.
I know that some of the audience complained about this season, claiming that things got too complicated and nothing was resolved. However, I wasn’t one of those people. Each year of “Lost” is another step through a maze. Some things are explained, but more questions are discovered around every corner.
The third season focused on the “Others,” especially Ben (Michael Emmerson) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell). We realize that this is more than just a tropical island, but a station for experimentation that has connections to the mainland. We see the castaways split again, with Jack, Kate and Sawyer in custody of the Others. We also get flashbacks into Juliet’s life – and Ben’s life at times – that shows us more secrets in the “Lost” universe.
The DVD set comes with oodles of special features, including cast and crew speculations of the Others, missing flashbacks, a featurette the locations, background on the toy development, deleted scenes and bloopers. Select episodes throughout the other discs include audio commentaries as well.
My personal favorite features include the “Lost Book Club” which analyzes the choice of reading material in the series and how it relates to the show. There’s also a feature called “Lost in a Day,” which follows a documentary crew as it examines how multiple episodes are produced simultaneously.
I will be keeping my fingers crossed into the new year that the ongoing writers strike doesn’t kill the series. Because aside from dropping everything and saying, “It was all a dream,” it’s going to be hard to lose me on this show.

Tech Specs

Languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian

Release Date: 22 Sep 2004 (United States) See more

Also Known As: AR See more

Filming Locations: Hawaii Film Studio - 18th Avenue & Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more