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Rating
Video:   9/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   0/10

They're lost, but it's not Lost
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
4/13/2011

    When a commercial airliner en route to Rio de Janeiro crashes in the Amazon jungle, a small group of survivors, lost and presumed dead, begins the impossible search for a way out. But they are not alone... buried in this continent-wide setting is the Ghost tribe, descendants of European settlers shipwrecked more than 300 years ago, along with indigenous populations - both human and animal - who are fiercely protective of their territory. The reluctant newcomers have one thing in common with each of these groups: the ceaseless struggle to survive in the most dangerous and terrifying environment on Earth.
A plane that crashes in the jungle; a doctor that's among the survivors; hostile inhabitants. No, I'm not talking about Lost. This show was a few years earlier, set in Brazil, and without the time travel; it's Amazon, produced by Alliance Atlantis and Beta Film. It was one of the many Alliance shows sold into syndication in the late 90s, early 2000s.

This 6-disc set includes all 22 episodes from the first, and only, season of the show:

Disc 1 (2:57:08)
Fallen Angels (44:02)
Nightfall (44:22)
Suffer the Little Children (44:22)
Exodus (44:22)

Disc 2 (2:57:28)
The Chosen (44:22)
The End of the World (44:22)
The Lost Words (44:22)
Resurrection (44:22)

Disc 3 (2:57:28)
The Blood Angel (44:22)
War (44:22)
Eyes in the Dark (44:22)
The First Stone (44:22)

Disc 4 (2:57:29)
The Devil's Army (44:23)
The Finding (44:22)
Escape (44:22)
Home (44:22)

Disc 5 (2:57:28)
The Pale Horseman (44:22)
The White Witch (44:22)
Circle of Fire (44:22)
Babel (44:22)

Disc 6 (1:28:43)
Wild Child (44:22)
A Bible and a Gun (44:21)

Video

I was actually impressed by Alliance's transfer of this show. The Full Frame (1.33:1) picture looks better than the stuff they were releasing last year, most of which was shot on 16mm film. There are still some problems with the episodes, like some noise in the picture (most visible during night shots). There's a "play all" feature on each disc, and there's a chapter set after the opening credits.

Audio

It's a basic English stereo track on this release; no problems that I noticed, which is good because there aren't any subtitles or captions.

Extras - How we rate extras

There aren't any extras on the set.

Summary

I was very critical of the horrible packaging that Alliance used for their TV releases in 2010. It had overlapping discs which should have been held secure by little tabs, but the result was often loose discs, or discs jammed in so tightly that they were tough to get out. I'm very pleased that Alliance has ditched those sets, and have moved towards a more standard package for the set. The black case holds a disc in the front, and at the back, plus has two trays that can be flipped, with a disc on either side. It's great, sturdy packaging that will keep the discs safe, and the customers (and reviewers) happy.

Though I found the show entertaining, it can be pretty cheesy at times, and is an example of Canadian TV in the 90s. Low-budget, often with actors that over-deliver, I prefer watching it in short viewing periods, as opposed to lots of episodes at once like I usually do. It was also nice to see Jon Cassar (24, The Kennedys) directed the first episode. He directed a ton of Canadian TV in the 90s.

If you're a fan of low-budget Canadian TV, or want a tropical jungle series that wasn't shot in Hawaii, consider picking up this set. Unfortunately you won't get a resolution at the end of the 22 episodes, but you'll probably find yourself entertained.


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