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Lost Season Five [Blu-ray]


(Creators: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof, 2009)



Review by Gary Tooze



Video: ABC Studios



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Sample Runtime: 0:43:06.584

Disc One Size: 41,539,381,620 bytes

Episode Sample Size: 10,356,031,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.07 Mbps

Chapters: 7 per episode

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: December 8th, 2009



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3470 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3470 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs: DTS Audio French 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / Dolby Surround



English (SDH), English, Arabic , Chinese, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, none



Starter Kit (4:44 in HD!)


Making Up For Lost Time - (13:47 in HD!)
An Epic Day With Richard Alpert (12:14 in HD!)
Building 23 and Beyond (12:01 in HD!)

•  Lost on Location (4 parts - 37:44 in total)

• Bloopers (3:48 in HD!) and  Eight Deleted Scenes (total 13:43 in HD!)
Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative (26:15 in SD)

Lost 100 (19:00 in HD!)


Lost University (BD-LIVE feature) entails:

Introductory Physics of Time Travel

Family Psychology

The Languages Of "LOST"

Jungle Survival Basics

Deciphering Hieroglyphics

Art Of "LOST" seminar

Philosophy 101


Sample Bitrate (disc 1):



Description: The show that revolutionized primetime proves once again why it is television's most addictive and creative series, as the epic story of "LOST" twists, turns and spirals through time in its brilliant fifth season. Destiny sends the Oceanic 6 back to the Island and into the heart of the enigmatic Dharma Initiative. The reason they had to return and the fate of all those who were left behind is revealed as the momentum builds toward the much anticipated series finale in 2010. Some of "LOST's" most pressing questions are finally answered in a spectacular 5-disc collection, packed with deleted scenes, exclusive interviews, as well as Blu-ray exclusive content like LOST University.

"LOST" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.

"LOST" was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. "LOST," which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii and premiered on September 22, 2004, is from ABC Studios.



The Fifth Season:

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is proud to bring fans a groundbreaking new multi-platform Blu-ray experience, "LOST University," featured on the highly anticipated Blu-ray release of "LOST: The Complete Fifth Season." LOST University is a captivating immersive bonus experience powered by BD-Live that will expand the world of "LOST", giving viewers around the world an unprecedented interactive experience unlike any other before it.

Viewers will be able to join LOST executive producers Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, the cast of "LOST," and a panel of esteemed experts for a vast array of courses at LOST University, delving into the themes and storylines regularly explored on the groundbreaking television series. Through this robust, engaging, multi-semester experience, students will gain a better understanding of the story, unique insight to the mysteries of "LOST," and perhaps even valuable clues as the show heads into its final season. "LOST University" will be accessible through several portals, starting now with, where "LOST" fans can enroll beginning September 22, 2009, months before the university goes completely live on December 8, 2009. The main campus of "LOST University" will live on the "LOST: The Complete Fifth Season" Blu-ray disc, and will be powered by BD-Live.

Each visit to LOST University through the "LOST: The Complete Fifth Season" Blu-ray disc will connect viewers to a unique and exclusive experience, powered by BD-LIVE technology. Upon launching the innovative interface, students immediately get access to their personalized lesson plans, compelling HD Audio-Visual presentations and communication from the LOST University faculty and staff. Like any real university, campus life at LOST University is not solely focused on higher learning, pop quizzes and homework. Through an extended web experience, students will be able to pay visits to the campus bookstore to purchase LOST U merchandise, or discuss their school experience and "LOST" theories through study-groups on the LOST University message boards. Potential students will even have the opportunity to prep for the LOST U experience in advance on with story and character refresher courses and advanced reading suggestions...all providing information vital to getting up-to-speed with the world of LOST as it heads into its final season.

LOST University expands the world of "LOST" - viewers won't just visit that world, but begin to understand it. Every semester, LOST University brings students deeper into the mythology, the history, the philosophy, and the mysteries of television's ultimate mystery.

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Lost - Season Five looks very impressive on Blu-ray. Shot in HD it has no reason for any fussing or tinkering and looks to have been thrown directly onto disc. The Hawaiian scenery is often stunning and I can find no discernable flaw with the image appearance. Close-ups show some incredible detail and facial features. Colors are far brighter and truer than SD could possibly relate and there is no undue noise at all. Contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels and this is really how we like to see many modern theatrical films - this clear and tight - extremely realistic with plenty of depth.


















Audio :

Audio isn't going to take a backseat with an incredibly healthy DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at a whopping 3470 kbps. There are plenty of effect noises to take advantage of the tracks strength and separation is abundant in many sequences. The Lost theme - sounds as haunting and mysterious as ever. There are plenty of foreign language subtitle options (as well as English) and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.



Extras :

I look forward to trying out Lost University BD-LIVE function (listed above) once we reach the release date. On disc one we get the 'Starter Kit' which quickly brings a novice up to speed on the show. Unfortunately saying it so rapidly (4:44 in HD) - it makes it sound quite ludicrous at times... but we forgive. While they are a few standard production featurettes with input from cast, producers, writers, commentaries on the 'Because You Left' episode (disc one), 'He's Our You' episode (third disc), bloopers (lots of laughing), eight deleted scenes etc. my favorite thing in the supplements (and I've watched this 3 times now) is on disc 5 - the 26-minute, suitably in SD, Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative - pretending to be an unearthed ABC TV show from the 80's. It's hilarious and some real effort has gone into it - it might even 'have you fooled' for a few minutes. Very amusing - very cool.   



Okay, Okay, Okay - Time travel...  well, what did you expect? Actually this guys are so good at story arcs it simply ends up being highly suitable to the series direction. As they said in one of the supplements featurettes - it gives the audience what they want - a return of many entertaining, often despicable (remember Ethan?), characters. The drawback is that it can be damn confusing with flashbacks, and flash-forwards backed with time travel - but you know what - this is all adventure-esque fun - and nobody seems to do it better than they do in Lost. I was starting to fall away near the end of Season 4 - when writing directions always seemed very 'desperate'. But Kudos to the producers - it is right on track immediately into 1.5 episodes getting back to the essentials of the series. I was getting very confused - no doubt - but maybe I was meant to. Blu-ray is by far the best way to see this - as it is so visuals and the effects deliver so well in HD audio. Fans of the series may have to shake their heads a few times. This is a solid, extremely well developed, package of it's own unique blend of adventurous/sci-fi entertainment. Highly Recommended!


Gary Tooze

November 26th, 2009



About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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