BluRay/DVD Reviews

THE DEAD ZONE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

By • Jun 17th, 2003 •

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Lion’s Gate Home Entertainment
2001 / 507 mins / 13 episodes, all with Commentary

Spun off from the book by Stephen King, out of which another adaptation was woven by David Cronenberg, this is one of the most satisfying TV series of the new millennium. John Hughes alumni Anthony Michael Hall finds a strong moral characterization after having floundered through the 90s. The screenwriting is filled with imaginative twists, sardonic humor, and humanity. And the shrewd utilization of psychic-oriented special effects is imaginatively conceived and brilliantly edited.

I was thrilled for everyone involved in this series, and at its enormous viewer success…until it was oversaturated on a second tv station (the Sci Fi Channel) so that all one was switching past were coming attractions for it, and not surprisingly, ratings dropped. The vicissitudes of the tube organism aside, this is a 4-disc set worth owning. And inside the arcanum of overlapping disc-sleeves, you will discover one nesting place for a disc not as yet in the collection – the condensed first season feature, which you can send away for. That version is also available in stores under separate cover.

Eager to promote their creation to the hilt, the talent on both sides of the camera have spread themselves out over the thirteen episodes – Episodes 1, 2, and 3 on the first disc covers the Genesis of the series; Disc # 2, featuring episodes 4, 5, and 6, focuses on the writing; the third disc concerns itself with Music and Special Effects; and the 4th disc, episodes 10, 11, 12, and 13, turns itself over to the guest stars.


Credits:
Writer/Executive Producer – Michael Piller.
Director/Executive Producer – Rob Lieberman.
Writer/Producer – Shawn Piller.
Director of Photography – Stephen McNutt.
Visual Effects Supervisor – Jaison Stritch.
Visual Effects Producer – Sam Nicholson. Production Designer – Lance King

Cast:
Anthony Michael Hall,
Nicole deBoer,
Kristen Dalton,
David Odgen Stiers.

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