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Television
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Suitable for 15 years and over
And so it begins. It’s hard to pinpoint just when you realise how good "Lost" actually is. Granted, the opening episode is an astonishingly assured way to start, replete with an almighty plane crash on a seemingly deserted desert island. Yet as those who have followed the hype are well aware, there’s far more on offer here, with carefully woven plotlines introducing a series of characters who are slowly and intriguingly fleshed out throughout the 25 episodes in this set.
At its best, "Lost" is a delicately layered adventure, laced with some stand-out moments. You’ll find ample instances of them here, as well as umpteen examples of the quality of writing that underpins the show. Far fetched? Yes, occasionally, and you could also argue that it takes a while to recapture the energy of those dramatic opening episodes. But this is still a lavish, compulsive show that benefits heavily from its clearly substantial production budget.
Naturally as there are more episodes made and planned, there are plenty of building blocks being put in place for later on, both through the evolving life on the island and the plethora of flashbacks that back it up. Yet it’s at this point that the quality of "Lost" really hits home, thanks to lots of short term excitement with plenty still to enjoy as the show progresses. That makes "Lost Series One" a rewarding purchase, and one that promises even greater things ahead.--"Simon Brew"

Television
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Suitable for 15 years and over
Season two of the television phenomenon that is "Lost" is where the questions, in many senses, started to be asked. Picking up directly after that first season cliffhanger, it sets off at a belting pace, continuing the adventures of a group of people stranded on a desert island following a place crash. Only, as becomes increasingly clear, the island is a mysterious place, and the survivors appear not to be alone.
In true "Lost" fashion, the second season of the show is far better at firing out fresh questions than resolving previous ones, although again, it delights in throwing out clues that the web-inclines can research across the legion of unofficial fan websites. For the viewer of the second series of "Lost" though, there’s plenty to like, and plenty to tear their hair out over.
On the downside, after an intriguing beginning, too much of the second series settles into a comfortable rhythm, conforming too rigidly to a recipe of plenty of backstory, and not too much advancement of the main narrative. It’s a device that worked first time round, but becomes tiring during the saggy middle episodes. It’s a fair argument too that things move far too slowly and for little good reason.
The upsides? Again, quite a few. There’s little doubt that the premise still holds intrigue, and the top and tail of season two are excellent. The last quarter, for instance, is both meaty and very entertaining, even offering clues to how the whole show may eventually end. So while even the "Lost" purest will surely conclude that season two is an uneven dish, there’s still much to feast on, albeit with the hope that season three gets round to answering a few more question. Please. --"Simon Brew"

Television
Buena Vista
Suitable for 15 years and over
There’s a steady pattern forming to seasons of "Lost", where the narrative by turns manages to enthral and frustrate with equal measure. And the show’s makers are clearly wise to this, as while elements of the third season revert to type, there’s a clear and genuine effort to energise a programme that continues to stretch its simple premise as far as it can.
So while "Lost" still compromises of a group of plane crash survivors marooned on a mysterious island, there’s plenty else being thrown into the pot. Season three finds new characters, greater exposition of the mysterious ‘others’, the obligatory background character work, and a pronounced fracturing of relations between many of the survivors.
It too also manages to hint at some answers to the many conundrums that it continues to pose, not least a concluding episode that itself should keep fan debates fuelled until well into the next series. And, chief among its accomplishments, "Lost" still manages to keep us interested, and leaves plenty in the tank for the future as well.
In short, there’s little danger you’ll be short-changed by "Lost" season three thanks to its ideas, its nerve, and the continued clues it teasingly leaves along the way. As fascinating as it always was. --"Jon Foster"
Andy Lau
Action & Adventure
Mia Video Entertainment Ltd
Suitable for 18 years and over
Based on the comicbook series, the movie is set against the trial and tribulations of young triads.
The film has a hi-octane and energetic first half,however, by the second half of the movie, the energy level seems to have dropped off. The characters are typical stereotypes. Despite its energetic style, the film doesn't transcend any of the cliches of the 'problem youth movie' genre. The few interesting charcters such as the pastor aren't developed.
However, the movie succeeds in conveying the feeling of a young city brimming with energy that is not necessarily violent. The outstanding climactic scene is exceptionally inspired. I wont spoil it for you. You'll have to watch it for yourself.
Ultimatley the plot is formulaic and cliched, dealing as it does with honour and schisms within a group of underworld characters. But if you can overlook that and want to switch off with a sylised and hi-ocatne HK flick, then let this be the one. You wont regret it. However, i must say that "a Better Tommorow" is better.
Wai Keung Lau
Action & Adventure
Tai Seng


Andrew Lau
Action & Adventure
Tai Seng


Wai-keung Lau
Action & Adventure
Tai Seng

Based on the comicbook series, the movie is set against the trial and tribulations of young triads.
The film has a hi-octane and energetic first half,however, by the second half of the movie, the energy level seems to have dropped off. The characters are typical stereotypes. Despite its energetic style, the film doesn't transcend any of the cliches of the 'problem youth movie' genre. The few interesting charcters such as the pastor aren't developed.
However, the movie succeeds in conveying the feeling of a young city brimming with energy that is not necessarily violent. The outstanding climactic scene is exceptionally inspired. I wont spoil it for you. You'll have to watch it for yourself.
Ultimatley the plot is formulaic and cliched, dealing as it does with honour and schisms within a group of underworld characters. But if you can overlook that and want to switch off with a sylised and hi-ocatne HK flick, then let this be the one. You wont regret it. However, i must say that "a Better Tommorow" is better.