Land of the Lost: First Season

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Rick Marshall (Spencer Milligan) is a park ranger who loves the outdoors, so he often takes his two children on excursions in the woods. He is also a widow, so he spends as much time as he can with his kids, his son Will (Wesley Eure) and daughter Holly (Kathy Coleman). The latest adventure was supposed to be a fun rafting trek, one that would be tough at times, but never dangerous, at least that was the plan. But when the family’s vessel teeters on the edge of a waterfall, then slides down from a tremendous height, it looks like certain doom. A strange turn of events unfolds however, which not only saves their lives, but sends them into another dimension. A sudden earthquake causes a rift in the dimensions of time, which in turn sends the Marshall clan into another world, one that is nothing like the one they knew. This is an almost prehistoric land, where dinosaurs and other dangerous creatures lurk, while man is nowhere to be found. The family tries to adapt as best they can, creating a makeshift shelter and learning as much about this world as possible, as limited as that can be at times. But when a pylon, a kind of monolithic chamber is discovered, there is hope that they can return to their old world. With danger around every turn in an unknown realm, can the Marshall clan ever go back?

This classic television show has amassed quite a following over the years and I have no doubts as to why. The acting is a little over the top at times (ok, all the time) and the special effects are among some of the worst I’ve seen, but there’s just something about this show that I love. The main thing I love about Land Of The Lost is the writing, which offers some really good science fiction storylines for this terrific show. Then again, some of sci/fi’s sharpest writers were brought in, so the great concepts shouldn’t be a surprise. The stop motion animation layered onto live action turns out well given the time and budget of this show, but the campish appeal of the effects is enough to justify it all. So yes, the special effects are that bad, but they’re a blast to watch and that is what counts. I am unsure how modern kids would take to this classic show, but if you loved it as a child I recommend picking up this release from Rhino for nostalgic reasons, if nothing else. After some single disc releases, Rhino has come to its senses and given fans what they want, a complete season collection of Land of the Lost. Not just a selection of those first seventeen episodes either, but some cool supplements to boot. If you’re a fan of old school television, then Land of the Lost is a must own, especially in such a nice collection.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. These episodes look solid, but time has taken somewhat of a toll on the materials. The image looks good, but time has not been kind to the source materials, as the whole visual transfer seems dated. The colors look nice and bright, without much fading and flesh tones look warm and natural also. The contrast is usually solid, but some scenes do seem overly dark. This isn’t a fantastic transfer by any means, but fans of the show should be pleased. If you’ve seen the previous compilation discs, then you know about what to expect from this collection.

Audio: How does it sound?

This release has nice audio, but nothing that will blow you away by any means. This series uses some unusual sound effects and they all sound terrific in this mix. I’ve seen several episodes on television and this release seems to have similar audio to the broadcast versions. The mix is loud to be sure and I don’t think you’ll have any problems hearing anything here. The dialogue is the main focus here and I noticed no errors or inconsistencies. And most important of all, the classic theme song sounds great at all times. I know the roars and crashes sound thin, but given the material, the audio is more than passable.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes interviews with cast members and writers, as well as a total of ten audio commentary tracks on select episodes. You’ll hear from actors, who share their on set memories and experiences, as well as writers, who detail how the series as a whole, and certain episodes came to be produced. A nice selection of supplements, as I didn’t expect too many extras from this release.

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