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Point Pleasant - The Complete Series

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There are two sides to every soul... Delve into the sexy, supernatural world of Point Pleasant on DVD. The complete series, includes 5 unaired episodes that fans are dying to see!

Combine elements of The O.C., Dawson's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Desperate Housewives, to name just a few, and you have the slight but diverting Point Pleasant. And for those frustrated by Fox TV's decision to cancel this 2005 series after just eight episodes, the good news is that this three-disc set includes the five episodes that never made it to the airwaves. The show centers on blonde teenager Christina Nickson (Elisabeth Harnois), who's pulled from the surf off the beach at Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and is soon taken in by one of the town's troubled families. It's not for nothing that Christina is, well, a bit mysterious; we learn that she is "the child of darkness," daughter of Satan himself, endowed with malevolent powers that she neither understands nor can control. Sleepy little Point Pleasant, meanwhile, will soon be "home to the greatest coming of evil since the angels fell from heaven," and Christina has arrived to usher in the End of Days, with a little help from the smarmy Lucas Boyd (Grant Show), ol' Mr. 666's errand boy. To that end, all sorts of bad stuff starts to happen: Insects attack! The church's stained glass window breaks! A dance marathon brings out the worst in the townsfolk! Teenagers get jealous! Horny adults flirt… and maybe more!

If all of that sounds pretty tame, that's Point Pleasant's principal problem: good premise, less than stellar execution. The show looks great, including the actors; the teens all appear to have stepped out of a Gap commercial, and the grownups are model-beautiful too. But their acting isn't nearly as hot as they are. Same goes for the dialogue (ten episodes in, people are still saying things like "This may sound crazy, but…"). And the special effects. And the excruciatingly slow pace of the story development. Most of all, even though the body count and the fear factor rise in the last few episodes, Point Pleasant (which was co-created by former Buffy writer-producer Marti Noxon) just isn’t scary enough. In trying to be titillating and concentrating so much on the characters' various personal problems, even those brought to light by Christina's appearance, the producers seem to have forgotten that when the Devil comes to town and the apocalypse is at hand, mere melodrama just won't cut it. In the end, those looking for genuine thrills have any number of other series and films to turn to. On the other hand, if a supernatural soap opera sounds like your cup of karma, then Point Pleasant is for you. The box set includes a "making of" featurette as well as the 13 episodes. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Elisabeth Harnois, Grant Show, Sam Page, Aubrey Dollar, Dina Meyer
  • Writers: John J. McLaughlin, Marti Noxon
  • Producers: Rick Rosenthal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A9QKT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By prydain16 on October 14, 2005
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"Point Pleasant" is a gothic soap opera created by Marti Noxon, best known as the woman who writes great depressing stories on The WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". I am a huge fan of "Buffy" and "Angel", but I personally enjoy "Point Pleasant" better.

Now don't get me wrong. This show has serious problems, it's biggest one being that the pilot was specially designed to best ensure a pickup by FOX. It has many elements of "The OC" and FOX was right in thinking it would work best with "The OC" compared to the other shows on their schedule.

"Point Pleasant" has loads of potential. Everything is there. A great premise, capable actors, beautiful locations, character backstories, everything that was there could have become a huge ongoing battle between good and evil, with the forces of heaven and hell battling on Earth. And I do believe that's what it would have become if the writers were able to run with it.

What 13 episodes there are, however, are still good even with their faults. The actors aren't exactly award-winners, but they get the job done quite nicely. Elisabeth Harnois, our protaganist, is the perfect choice for the daughter of Satan and a God-fearing woman. She's beautiful, and usually angelic but can become overcome with her hellborn powers in an instant. Harnois is good at instant transitions and I love the scenes where her character knows that she's too weak to drown her evil nature but doesn't know what to do. Anyway, the series opens up on Point Pleasant, New Jersey, although we're not sure if this is Point Pleasant or the town of Point Pleasant Beach. There's a difference. But it's a nice day with hot girls sunbathing on the beach, but an otherwordly storm quickly gathers and runs everyone off the beach.
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99 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on July 24, 2005
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"Point Pleasant" was just another one of the wonderful, original shows FOX is known for--known for introducing and then barely giving a chance before cancellation, i.e. "Wonderfalls", "Firefly", "John Doe", "Tru Calling". This show got better and better with each episode and had me hooked, even though there weren't nearly enough episodes. Unfortunately, FOX decided to cancel it before we could see the 'scariest episode yet' that was advertised. What a shame. I was hoping that it would be released on DVD so that I could watch the episodes over again and see the ones that were never aired for the first time. This show was clever and inventive. It had mystery, horror, interesting relationships and great chemistry between the main teenage characters. Grant Show also did a wonderful job of playing the show's villian. I hope this show does well on DVD. I'm definitely looking forward to the release of this DVD set.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harold Harefoot VINE VOICE on November 23, 2005
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I can see why Fox cancelled this show. The first four or five episodes were frankly pretty slow and boring. HOWEVER, they still made a mistake in cancelling it. Even Marti Noxon, the main producer, admitted on the "making of" featurette that they really didn't know what they were doing when the show first started. But after those first few episodes that aired, the show did come together and become something really good. Unfortunately, Fox (in its usual haste to cancel anything with any real promise) had already cancelled the show by the time the really good episodes were filmed and they never made it on tv. If you saw this show on tv and weren't thrilled by it, buy the dvd anyway. The later episodes that never made it to air show how good this program could have been if it had been allowed to continue and definitely make Point Pleasant a worthwhile purchase.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 17, 2005
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In this compelling gothic, modern-day comedy/thriller television show, Christina (the child of the devil and a mortal woman) comes to Point Pleasant, New Jersey to search for her mother (whom she thinks abandoned her). Christina soon discovers her true identity as the devil's own child. With this discovery also comes Christina's new ability to make people and events act on her behalf. It is through the love of the Kramers, however, that Christina's good side is strenghtened as her evil side awakens. Now it's an all-out battle between good and evil. As Boyd, a once mortal man-turned devil's advocate, says of Christina and the world, "...she will bring it to it's knees."

CHARACTERS (contains a few spoilers!):

CHRISTINA NICKSON (played by Elisabeth Harnois)- Devil's daughter

BEN KRAMER (Richard Burgi)- Meg's husband; local doctor; takes Christina in

MEG KRAMER (Susan Walters)- Ben's wife; has delusions due to Isabelle's death; can see the future becasue of her detachment to reality

JUDY KRAMER (Aubrey Dollar)- Ben and Meg's daughter; becomes like a sister to Christina

ISABELLE KRAMER (unknown)- The late eldest daughter of Ben and Meg; died in a surfing accident

JESSE PARKER (Samuel Page, a.k.a. Sam Page)- Christina's love intrest; rescued Christina when she washes ashore on Point Pleasant

PAULA HARGROVE (Cameron Richardson)- Popular girl; Jesse's ex; Terry's new love intrest

AMBER HARGROVE (Dina Meyer)- Paula's mother; works with Boyd

LUCAS BOYD (Grant Show)- Works as devil's advocate; tries to seduce Christina to the evil side

TERRY BURKE (Brent Weber)- Obsessed with Paula; falls in love with her; has a critically-ill father; works with Boyd.
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