Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lost Season 3 Blu-ray Review


Lost season 3 comes to Blu-ray in a great looking six disc set, and as a fan of the show I was very anxious to check it out. After spending a couple of weeks with the release I can easily say this is one of the best Blu-ray releases of the year.
I won’t spend time describing the actual show, as I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that hasn’t seen the previous two seasons on DVD, iTunes, or television. Once you watch the first two seasons you will be trapped into the addiction which is Lost, and will no doubt pick this season up.
The packaging was very nice, it comes in a cardboard case which makes the set look much more eye catching. Once you open up the case, you can slide out the actual surprisingly slim Blu-ray case which includes 6 discs, the first 5 reserved for episodes and specific bonus features, while the 6th disc is reserved for 1080p extras included on the DVD version as well as exclusive bonus features.
The PQ on this release really is very great, and is presented in 1:78:1 aspect and has an AVC encode. The transfer really is one of the best I’ve seen on Blu-ray. The colors were amazing, from the bold lush greens, to the bright blue oceans, it really does impress. The colors are so bold they pop off the screen, I cannot describe how great it looks. I found it to look even better than Disney’s Pirates Blu-ray releases.
The level of detail is simply outstanding, from the nice sandy beaches, to the scruffy faces of many of the characters.. The detail really is incredible, and takes the "you are there" experience to the next level. You can see every single imperfection on the characters faces, this is the high definition celebrities such as Teri Hatcher should be scared of. Wrinkles, freckles, pores, acne, it’s all there. It doesn’t take away from the experience, and it only adds to the realistic experience. Grain is in some dark scenes, but hardly distracting, and nothing to attack the picture quality for. To summarize.. 10 out of 10 PQ, absolutely perfect.
The audio quality is also some of the best to be had on Blu-ray, with an English Uncompressed PCM 5.1 audio track, as well as English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Surround 2.0 tracks. Subtitles are also available in English, French, and Spanish. The PCM track was simply stunning, you could hear everything. You could hear the bugs at night, the beach waves hitting the sand, and really added to the experience. You will not be left disappointed, 10 out of 10 AQ.
Some exclusive bonus features include "Blu-Prints" and "Access: Granted". "Blu-primts" takes you on set to see the locations of some common known places on the hit show. You get to see the operating theater, the Looking Glass, Ben’s house, and a few more locations.
"Access: Granted" is one of the touted interactive features only possible on Blu-ray. The presentation is on a computer screen, with buttons on the dashboard, allowing you to ask the producers of Lost certain questions that fans have been anxious to know. Other features include "Lost In A Day" in which they go and film a day on the set of Lost, "The Next Level: Inside the video game", "Lost Bloopers" and a ton more features. 8 out of 10.

Overall I was VERY impressed with the set, and well worth the upgrade from the DVD. The DVD is pathetic, once you have experienced the Blu-ray version, even the producers of the show include an intro to the Blu-ray release on how amazing it is. As a fan of the show, it literally gave me chills. The picture quality and audio quality were simply stunning, and a bunch of bonus features only improve my love for this set. Highly Recommended! 9 out of 10.