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LOST - Season 1, 2 and 3 Finale Fan-Edits (Released)

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I’m not sure if this qualifies as a fan edit or a preservation. But I’ll take my chances in here because I consider it my fan edit lol.

This is my first post on this site, I’ve been lurking for years following the great work that everyone has done here on various different projects. During the pandemic, I’ve been working remotely and that has given me some free time to pursue a fan edit that I’ve been working on since probably late 2007 (Whenever the Season 3 DVD of LOST came out.) Anyways, I was disappointed to find that my favorite episode of the series had been split in half for the DVD and Blu Ray presentations. Fast forward 4ish years and I received the Complete Collection on Blu Ray and found that now the finales of Season’s 1, 2 and 3 were all split in half. And not only split in half, but scenes were removed for time. WTF? This is not a complete collection with 3/6 finales being lame edited for rebroadcast cuts of some of the best episodes of the show.

For Season 1 and 2:
Using the complete collection Blu Ray discs as my primary source, I’ve restructured both episodes to match their exact presentation from the DVD’s/their original broadcast. To fill in the missing scenes, I used AI Topaz Labs Video Enhance software to upscale the DVD footage to 4K and then mix it in with the blu ray footage. Ultimately the project is 1080p. I had some free time, but not tons to do a 4K remaster of LOST. I’ll leave that to ABC if they ever decide to do so.

For Season 3:
This was trickier. The Season 3 finale has never been officially available in it’s original broadcast version. It’s only been available as the 2-part split. Which means somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-3 minutes has been trimmed and several scenes have been rearranged for broadcast. So for this episode I again used the blu ray as my primary source but had to use an old edit from 2007, before I knew what I was doing, and an even older (and dare I say shit?) quality hdtv rip source to fill in the missing moments. Unfortunately that means that this episode has more noticeable dips of quality for trained eyes and ears. I’m also missing the 5.1 mix for the missing moments, so trained ears will notice some of the cheating I did to get around that.

I’ve never had much success in mastering for blu rays, but I do have links to my edits on Google Drive. I’m happy to share them for feedback and write up a complete edit list at some point. Just wanted to gauge general interest, as well as see if any members might have held onto old High Quality HDTV rips of Season 3. I used to have what I need but I deleted it when the DVDs came out because I wasn’t expecting to be blind sided by a split in half episode lol. I’m also happy to hear suggestions on the best way to share these if Google Drive is no good.

I’m 100% finished with the Season 1 and 2 finales. Season 3 is finished, but I know it could be better if I had higher quality material to fill in the few gaps.

Anyway, thanks for having me on here. Hope to hear from some fellow losties soon.

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Update:

All of the edit lists are finished. Again, if anyone has 720p HDTV rips, please don’t hesitate to reach out in a PM. They would be invaluable for this preservation.

SpacemanDoug has agreed to add the edits to MySpleen on my behalf for now. I also have Google Drive links if anyone wants to PM me.

Exodus, Part 2 - Complete Edit List:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Huuh_fq7CYvvPi9awOvXRCHqbwc-G9eUwQVN6p0YjUA/edit?usp=sharing

Live Together, Die Alone - Complete Edit List:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NLOVWs5Aw0pU_HF-wbRH2SGPuYVxJ5skdNPErcG5fDk/edit

Through The Looking Glass - Complete Edit List:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/11cY0kkrmUPprBe5DD8aC0MOSMtgN0T_A5Nqu5jq8sIY/edit

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Nice work. Wish this was around when I was doing my Chronologically LOST remaster. The OG version used the DVD release that had the extra content while I was sticking with BD. I was considering doing a v2 for those episodes then by importing the DVD sets and upscaling the extra bits to add with BD, but never did that.

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DragoonClawNZ said:

Nice work. Wish this was around when I was doing my Chronologically LOST remaster. The OG version used the DVD release that had the extra content while I was sticking with BD. I was considering doing a v2 for those episodes then by importing the DVD sets and upscaling the extra bits to add with BD, but never did that.

Thank you! I was fortunate that when I started working on this project again, AI Topaz Labs offered a free trial of their new Video Enhancer tool. It really brought the quality up close enough that I could cover a lot of the transitions between footage with simple cross fades. And overall the results I got with the DVDs are pretty great. Still, part of me hopes that someone out there sees this some day and they are sitting on a gold mine of high quality 720P HDTV rips of all 3 episodes lol

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I’ve been racking my brain at the comment that the S4 and S5 finales are preserved in their original double-length forms on Blu because…they aren’t. At least, not on my sets, and I’ve been scouring the Internet for any BDrip uploads that have the movie length S4 and S5 finales, and have found nothing - they’re all split.

I was talking to SpacemanDoug about it, and after a while he finally dug up some info - they’re only preserved on the US Region A releases. I imported the UK sets because they were cheaper at the time, and apparently all the scene uploaders also used an international set for their rips and uploads.

Man. That really sucks, I didn’t want to have to re-buy them…

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ChainsawAsh said:

I’ve been racking my brain at the comment that the S4 and S5 finales are preserved in their original double-length forms on Blu because…they aren’t. At least, not on my sets, and I’ve been scouring the Internet for any BDrip uploads that have the movie length S4 and S5 finales, and have found nothing - they’re all split.

I was talking to SpacemanDoug about it, and after a while he finally dug up some info - they’re only preserved on the US Region A releases. I imported the UK sets because they were cheaper at the time, and apparently all the scene uploaders also used an international set for their rips and uploads.

Man. That really sucks, I didn’t want to have to re-buy them…

Don’t remember for S5 but there was a difference for S4 I noticed in the Chrono remaster when there was changes between the release (US DVD/BD) on the original and mine (AU BD), mostly with starting credits and order of scenes. I was bummed out by that, how even S4 releases were different.

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Yeah I’m not sure what the thinking was behind releasing any blu rays with the finales split. I understand doing that for streaming and potential syndicated runs, but the official blu rays should be a time capsule of what aired.

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ChainsawAsh said:

I’ve been racking my brain at the comment that the S4 and S5 finales are preserved in their original double-length forms on Blu because…they aren’t. At least, not on my sets, and I’ve been scouring the Internet for any BDrip uploads that have the movie length S4 and S5 finales, and have found nothing - they’re all split.

I was talking to SpacemanDoug about it, and after a while he finally dug up some info - they’re only preserved on the US Region A releases. I imported the UK sets because they were cheaper at the time, and apparently all the scene uploaders also used an international set for their rips and uploads.

Man. That really sucks, I didn’t want to have to re-buy them…

I think I may have found the original double versions of the S4 and S5 finales.
I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to give download link, but I’m assuming I can provide you vague directions if you PM me about it.

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never mind, they turned out to be low quality tv rips

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I managed to find a copy of the S5 finale that was ripped from the US Blu. It’s the S4 finale that I still can’t track down anywhere in its original form. Might have to double-buy that season, then…ugh.

a trolling bantha