Handsomely packaged in a seven-disc set, the first season of the hit ABC show "Lost" – which premiered last fall and is, arguably, one of the best shows currently on network television – could not come at a better time. Packed with a plethora of bonus features and showcasing all 24 first-season episodes in widescreen theatrical format, the DVD set, which hit store shelves Sept. 6, offers more than enough to pacify current fans as well as entice a stream of new viewers. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the DVD set is being released a mere month – give or take – before the start of the show’s highly anticipated second season.

Season one of "Lost" – yet another brainchild of television wunderkind J.J. Abrams (the creator of both "Felicity" and "Alias") – begins with an action-packed pilot that fills its first 22 minutes with the hefty, harrowing fallout of a plane crash. We catch glimpses, here and there, of the cast members as their oceanic flight from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles plummets to the ground.

Then comes a cinematically scaled set-piece on a remote island six hours en route to Los Angeles – a heroic doctor and plane passenger (Matthew Fox of "Party of Five" fame) jumps into action, running through the site of the crash, helping people pinned under pieces of the fuselage and providing CPR services as needed. Then, when the viewing audience thinks things can’t possibly get worse, a man is sucked into one of the plane’s remaining engines. Then there’s the impending darkness and, um, what seems to be a powerful – albeit mysterious – monster in the distance. And this is only the first episode.

Also starring Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Josh Holloway, Dominic Monaghan, Terry O’Quinn and newcomer Evangeline Lilly, "Lost" – which explores the lives of its many characters through flashbacks and tailored episodes – is a dramatic powerhouse with hints of sci-fi and humorous elements. The DVD set is just as strong and varied, with over eight hours of extras. There are never-before-seen flashbacks from the show’s season finale (a must for "Lost" devotees), as well as deleted scenes, real-life set bloopers and user-friendly featurettes showcasing the drama’s hurried casting and making of the elaborate pilot episode.

Grade: A

"Lost: The Complete First Season" is currently available.