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Getting ‘Lost’ on Disc

3 Dec, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

In advance of the Blu-ray Disc ($96.99) and DVD ($59.99) releases of Lost: The Complete Fourth Season Dec. 9, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, co-executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof discussed plot points, bonus features and marketing the series.

Q: How do you view the "Lost" DVD sets? Are they part and parcel of the show? Are they extensions of it? And what are your thoughts on the people experiencing "Lost" week-to-week on TV versus in one or two or three commercial-free sittings on DVD?

Lindelof: The DVDs are definitely part and parcel of the show. We’ve always thought of an episode of "Lost" playing on several different levels. They’re almost designed for repeat viewings. In fact, our habitual use of planting hidden Easter eggs is tailor-made for the DVD experience. Personally, I love watching my favorite shows (particularly serialized ones like "Dexter") one after the other. I sometimes think about how frustrating it would’ve been to read the Harry Potter books one chapter at a time once a week. I’d pretty much kill myself.

Q: When will seasons one and two be getting Blu-ray treatment?

Cuse: We have heard of no plans to go back and re-release seasons one and two on Blu-ray. But if I were a betting man, I’d lay down a lot of money that you’ll be able to buy a complete-series Blu-ray boxed set when all is said and done.

Q: Watching season four in one or two sittings on DVD, do you think there’s a break in style between the pre-strike and post-strike episodes?

Lindelof: Hopefully not. The fact of the matter is that we designed out — at least roughly — the entire 16-episode season, planting flags as to what would happen where in the grand scheme of things.

Q: Do you feel that following the various viral campaigns that have been tied to the show is essential for understanding the mythology?

Cuse: We consider the viral campaigns to just be additive and nonessential. Our rule of thumb is you should not need to watch anything but the mothership — the network show — to have a complete understanding (or at least as much as that is possible) of the show.

Q: By having shorter seasons now, do you feel the storytelling has become much easier?

Lindelof: The storytelling has never been easy. But we’ve always felt that less is more. The complaint that we got most often in the first couple seasons of the show is that we were not moving the story forward fast enough — “stalling” — which, unfortunately, is a necessary tactic when you’re doing 25 episodes a year.

Q: With the end of the series looming in 2010, is a feature film being considered at all?

Lindelof: The answer is no. At least not by us. We’ve always felt that the show should definitively end the same place it started: on television. To bring our characters to some sort of cliffhanger where the audience gets none of the answers that they really care about and then say, “Now give us $10, buy some popcorn and we’ll give you the rest!” would pretty much be the worst thing ever.


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