I want to start with the audio issue. I know a previous reviewer said they had a problem but the Admins didn't find an issue. I've double checked and made notes of everything and am confident in my findings. (Note I'm running off my HTPC via an encoded output through an optical digital cable to my receiver which decodes the signal.) My receiver states that it's Dolby Digital EX but what it's decoding isn't separated properly. The center channel is coming from the rear surround channels and the other 5 speakers sound like an even mix of all 7 channels (including center).
However please note that when I switch to a non-encoded analog signal output my receiver decodes it as Dolby Pro-Logic II (as selected) and it plays properly with dialogue from the center, effects in the surrounds and music and other effects primarily L+R. I tried this with both VLC and the PLEX media center with the same results.
That's pretty much where my skill set ends and I don't understand how a direct encoded DD signal is all wonky but when it's reduced to a 2ch analogue signal it is then decoded properly. Also note that when I first started watching this (in the digital encode) the first audio effect of the Lost 'thud' (as I call it) was very loud and blew out my front right speaker (and scared the cat). I used one of my rear surrounds to replace it so now I'm down to 6.1. BTW, the 'thud' was only an issue when I originally played it as a digital encode before switching to Dolby ProLogic II.
I'm confident in stating there is something awry with the audio and it could be some corruption in the digital encode that doesn't find its way to the analogue downmix. OR Perhaps it only effects certain setups with different types of audio ins/outs/cables/decoding methods, etc.... BUT this is the only title I've had this problem with and I've had this setup for 4 years now. In any case, on to my review....
I finished watching this last night and I'm mighty impressed. On the whole I felt the flow was nice, both the audio and video edits were relatively seamless and the picture quality was great.
There's quite a bit about Lost I enjoyed when it aired but I had major problems with many of the lead characters (who I found to be extremely annoying) and the long drawn-out flashbacks. All that is gone now and I can enjoy it and I look forward to the other fanedits of this series.
I just have 2 minor issues with the edit. I wish the credits could have been avoided and I know it would have been difficult to achieve. I know cropping would have diminished quality which would have been just as bad I think. Just wondering if they could be blurred? I've seen it done before to good effect. My other issue was that the pacing of the last 45 minutes or so felt rushed and there was no real build-up to an exciting cliffhanger, but it could have just been the fact I knew what was coming.
Those are minor qualms, however, and on the whole I thought this was great and will be watching it again as my DVD's sit all alone on the shelf collecting more dust. Thanks Radzinsky!
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyFebruary 02, 2014
Thanks for the great review. You'll be glad to know I'll be cropping the credits from now on, and will go back and release the first three films in this new format after the completion of the series. I've also done some investigation of the audio issue myself, and have found the same strange problems as you did.
I'm currently in the process of figuring out the best way to fix the problem, and have come up with a solution that will probably work. By exporting each audio track as a single mono file, I should be able to avoid similar issues in the future.
I'll also apply a global sound reduction as well, since a few people's speakers don't seem to be able to handle the heavy bass of the films without distortion.
Again, thanks for the great and informative review.
ADMIN NOTE: The reviewer mentions a serious problem with the audio of the edit. 2 Administrators and a member of the Academy checked the fanedit and the audio error was not present.
Ok where to start. First off my scores may be low but for a firstling the edit is good. but it and all 3 part's that have been released suffer from the same issues.
Visual Editing: Overall I have found the visual editing to be spot on. The on screen credit's really do hinder the flow of the edit. If not for those it would not feel episodic in nature. Every time they pop on the screen even for the few seconds they are there they remind me of an episode start. Other than that the Video is solid. One other thing is, there are no proper end credit's Just the Lost logo at the end. Why not take the 15 min and type up a end credit's or at the very least use the ones from the show
Audio Editing: Transitions and what not are fine and well executed but when watched on a 5.1 setup 95% of all audio comes out of the right channel. This is true for parts 1-3. I personally rebalanced the audio on my own so I could watch. This is a major flaw in the audio and if the edit had not come with such great reviews I would have just turned it off. Even when watched through my 2 channel TV via HDMI cable from the same BD player, I had all the audio out of the right channel there also. (NOTE: 2 Admins and 1 Academy member has checked the audio and have not experienced the same issue that I have.)
Narrative: I found that most of the narrative works and most of what was cut works well. The editor did a great job structuring the edit. I loved the Jacob flashback with Jack. Alot of things that I absolutely loved. That being said if someone had not watched lost before they have zero reason to care about the characters as next to all character development has been cut. In the case of Kate this works well. But in most other cases not so much. There are times we see a character for just long enough for someone to talk to them, then a short time later that character does their plot specific thing. The only other gripe about the narrative is the lack of taking the time to do the minor tweaks. Here is just one example it might be from part 2 not sure as i watched them all back to back. But the issue happens in all 3 versions. Characters will make references to stuff that has been cut. For instance Kate in the source material was always following them. In this edit she only does it once and then they make a comment about how she always does it. They are just minor things but they do stand out.
Enjoyment: Despite the flaws of the edit and after i fixed the audio I thoroughly enjoyed the edit. It was long but it was good. It is clear the editor has a great mind for getting what he want's out of the source material and using it wisely. I would just like to see some more attention to detail. Project's of this scope are always hard to tackle and the editor has done some good work. I would hope to see a Version 2 of parts 1-3 before the next installment.
Would I recommend the edit. Yes if you have watched lost and you just want a speed run. If you are not familer with the show I suggest a full watch of season 1 before watching this edit.
I love any thing Lost,great job Radzinsky looking forward to your future edits wether there lost related or anything else.I cant imagine taking on editing lost,so much going on but Radzinsky is doing a great job with it.
This was an amazing fanedit! I decided to watch this fanedit before I watch the actual season normally. It was a great decision. Radzinsky has done an amazing job with this fanedit and I'm looking forward to watching the next installments in his LOST fanedit series.
If you haven't seen LOST yet and your LOST video discs are sitting on your shelf collecting dust, then I would strongly recommend watching Radzinsky's fanedit.
I have never been able to get through LOST no matter how hard I tried. I found the pace of the episodes extemely slow and the mysteries of the plot not sufficiently mysterious to keep my attention. KUDOS to Radzinsky...you manage to keep my attention at last. Your edit has converted me and I look forward to seeing what you can do with the other seasons.
Credits didn't bother that much but I agree with the other reviewers that croping those scenes would push a perfect product to perfection nirvana.