The premise of LOST REALITY is that each one of the segments on the DVD is from the pilot episodes of proposed reality tv shows pitched to various tv and cable stations that were never greenlighted. In short, it's an attempt to spoof the reality tv genre. The segments on the DVD include:
"He Said, She Said"—this show is a dating show, ala THE BACHELORETTE. However, the joke is that the woman whom the men are vying for her affection, is actually a transvestite.
"Old Age Home"—hidden video cameras at a nursing home show the fun, hijinks, and violent episodes that happen to and among the elderly who live there.
"Amazing Racist"—broken up into two separate segments, the first has the "Amazing Racist" driving around a black neighborhood in his KKK robes. He drags his cross into a mini-mart and tries to get some people at a gas station to give him gas. Later he tries to get his robes cleaned. The second segment has the Amazing Racist selling offensive items outside of a mosque, interrupting prayer meetings, and touring the mosque for a possible location for a Jewish festival.
"Casting Couch"—a casting director gets women to pull off their tops, strip naked, and bounce around in their clothes.
"Caught Stealing"—a contest between two individuals. They are given various acts of theft they much complete without getting caught, from stealing everything at their table at a restaurant to stealing a car while it's coming out of the car wash.
"The Whore"—a dating show where contestants are set up on a blind date with a woman who is actually a prostitute that has been paid to have sex with them. At the end of the act, the host and camera men appear to find out the "contestants" response and see how the prostitute will lampoon the contestant.
"Psych Ward"—a group of patients in a psych ward are placed in real life situations. If they react as a normal person, they move on. Most do not and are forcibly removed from the room.
"Take That Drug"—a group of people drinking and smoking and challenging each other to "take that drug."
"Dying Dave"—a man who has just been told he has a terminal disease begins living life like a jerk. It doesn't matter who he hurts because he's dying.
"Money"—a host pays people money to perform a variety of disgusting acts from licking the bottom of a person's foot, eating dog food, and eating vomit off a sidewalk.
The only episodes on the DVD worth watching are the "Amazing Racists" episodes. The segments were clearly inspired by Sacha Baron Cohen (his ALI G SHOW had a fairly large following on cable at the time), but I found them funnier than just about everything in BORAT. Beyond that, there isn't anything on this DVD to recommend.
There has been some confusion among people whether or not these shows were real shows that actually were pitched to networks or if it's all a performance. I believe that the confusion has risen for two reasons. The first is that each of the segments opens with a short written statement explaining where the show came from and in many cases that it actually did air "in Europe". The other reason for the confusion is that the entire film is shot in a handheld, amateur style; I don't think a steadycam was used in any of the segments. Therefore, to set the record straight, LOST REALITY is NOT real. Though some performed under their real names, the people in this movie are actors. Some are really bad actors, but they are actors nevertheless.