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 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 edited for time.
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/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 free time, but not enough 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 for time 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 I completed in 2009, before I knew what I was doing. And an even older/horrible quality HDTV rip source to fill in the missing moments. Unfortunately that means that this episode has more noticeable dips of quality. Unfortunately I also did not have access to a proper 5.1 mix from the HDTV broadcast, so there’s a lot of cheating with the audio in the restored scenes.
I’m happy to share my edits for feedback. Just wanted to gauge general interest, as well as see if any members here might have held onto old High Quality HDTV rips of any of these episodes (but particularly Season 3, Episode 23). I used to have a great 2GB MKV of the original HDTV broadcast, but I deleted it when I bought the DVDs.
Season 1 Finale
Season 2 Finale
Season 3 Finale
The blackest eyes… the devils eyes.
LOST Season Finale Restorations: