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'Lost' Should Find Many Extras

5 Jul, 2005 By: Fred Topel

Last season's TV hit “Lost” will get the “Complete First Season” DVD treatment Sept. 6 (prebook July 26; $59.99), just before season two starts. Created by J.J. Abrams (“Alias” and “Felicity”), the set from Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) promises to deliver bonus features that will make its loyal following salivate.

“It's going to be an amazing collection,” Abrams said. “We started shooting behind-the-scenes material on the ‘Lost' pilot from the very, very beginning of development. So we have incredible behind-the-scenes stuff, and there's some great added features that we're putting in, so it's a really amazing boxed set.”

The set is slated to include the pilot, making-of footage, commentaries, bloopers, roundtable discussions with cast and crew, and a photography featurette.

Abrams knew going in that he would have a “Lost” DVD, after three seasons of “Alias” and several “Felicity” DVD sets sold well. However, he said he has planned for DVD collections since the beginning of “Alias.” It is no coincidence that the first-season set of “Alias” featured a behind-the-scenes spot on the pilot episode.

“I always approach these shows as if we were doing a DVD. When I did the ‘Alias' pilot, I had a very good friend of mine shooting behind-the-scenes material that we said, ‘This will be on the DVD when the show goes.' And it was,” he said. “We cut together a half-hour behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the pilot. That was because we were shooting that stuff.”

With each weekly “Lost” episode exploring the backstories of its characters and mysteries of the island on which 47 airplane crash survivors are stranded, fans pay attention to every little detail. That's why new discoveries will await fans who see the deleted scenes on the first-season DVD. However, none of the deleted scenes change the meaning of events, according to Abrams.

“There's stuff that adds to the meaning, but it's not like you'll suddenly see things from a totally different point-of-view from the DVD,” Abrams said. “It truly is added material. It's not junk that we're throwing in. It's good stuff.”

Abrams complimented BVHE for its hard work on packaging his shows on DVD.

“Buena Vista Home Entertainment has done a great job on all the ‘Alias' discs, and I think the stuff they're doing on ‘Lost' is really outdoing what they've done before,” he said.

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