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Lost - The Complete Fourth Season - dramatic television series DVD / Blu-ray DVD review
LOST - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Dominic Monaghan
  Studio: Buena Vista
DVD release: 09 December 2008   Runtime: 604 minutes
(5 discs)
Format: Color, Widescreen, Blu-ray
Features: Audio tracks (Uncompressed PCM 5.1 - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French; Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish, French), Lost Bloopers, Audio commentaries, Deleted scenes, Lost on Location, The Freighter Folk, The Oceanic Six: A Conspiracy of Lies, The Island Backlot: Lost in Hawaii, The Right to Bear Arms, Course of the Future: The Definitive Flash Forwards, Soundtrack of Survival: Composing for Character, Conflict & the Crash

When we left off last season, there was reason for hope and reason for dread - hope because the freighter several miles off the coast would finally be able to rescue them; dread because the survivors had reason to believe that maybe the freighter folk weren't there with altruistic intentions. Locke (Terry O'Quinn) threw a knife into the freighter scout Naomi's (Marsha Thomason) back. They might not take kindly to that.

The survivors divide into two groups: The glass-half-full crowd, led by Jack (Matthew Fox), are willing to give the freighter people the benefit of the doubt. The glass-half-empty crowd, led by Locke, are looking to hole up somewhere because they believe no good can come from the freighter crowd.

A helicopter arrives, bringing Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies), a twitchy physicist; Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader), a clever, red-headed anthropologist; and Miles Straume (Ken Leung), a sarcastic ghost whisperer. Little by little, the new blood gives us intriguing reasons to trust and distrust them. Faraday performs an experiment that shows a major discrepancy between the time on the island and the time on the freighter. Charlotte found a polar bear skeleton at an archeological dig in Tunisia. Miles communes with a dead woman to discover whether some of the survivors are telling the truth. Each of these new cast members has just shown us the tip of their talents, and I'm looking forward to seeing more from them in season five.

Season four sees more conflict between the survivors of 815, the crew members of the freighter, and to a lesser extent the Others, who mostly take a back seat this season. A greater plot begins to reveal itself between Charles Widmore (Alan Dale) and Ben Linus (Michael Emerson). Season four discloses how six of the survivors are rescued and get back to the mainland. The flash-forward (introduced in season three) is utilized wonderfully, leaving you wondering what happened to get the Oceanic six to where we find them.

The Blu-ray version's impressive picture and menus are much in the style of previous seasons. The SeasonPlay feature is pretty cool, allowing the entire season to be played from beginning to end. At the end of the third episode, a screen comes up showing a number of loose ends, tantalizing, teasing the viewer to eject and put in disc 2, at which point it picks up at the next episode. Seamless. Not earth-moving, but it makes for a pleasant viewing experience. Would that more Blu-ray discs would take advantage of this sort of thing.

If you've started with Lost, chances are you'll be unable to stop until it's over. Season four is a must-have, and if you've got the means, get yourself the Blu-ray. The beautiful Hawaiian locations really look great, and the inevitable freeze-frames on significant moments will reveal more clearly what you may have missed.

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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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