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Amazing Stories: Season 1

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As one experience ends, another adventure begins… in the extraordinary worlds of Amazing Stories! From acclaimed director-producer Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment comes the Emmy Award-winning TV series available on DVD for the first time ever. Join a roster of cinema's most illustrious stars, including Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, John Lithgow, Kevin Costner and more, as well as some of Hollywood's greatest directorial talents, in this epic collection of all 24 groundbreaking Season One episodes. Relive all the mesmerizing magic, mystery and suspense in these unique episodes from some of filmmaking's finest storytellers!


Steven Spielberg's mid-'80s foray into television, Steven Spielberg Presents Amazing Stories, was based loosely on a pulpy sci-fi magazine from the '40s and '50s--much as his rollicking hit Raiders of the Lost Ark had been based on movie action serials of the same era. Yet despite the retro concept, Amazing Stories brought high gloss and state-of-the-art production values to their yarns of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The boxed set of the first season (which debuted in 1985), contains all 24 episodes, as well as more than 20 minutes of deleted footage. Spielberg himself was very hands-on in the series, and directed many episodes and wrote most, and some themes from his later films show up here. In The Mission, a special hourlong episode (most are half an hour), stars Kevin Costner and Kiefer Sutherland play World War II bombers whose plane is hit during a routine mission, and who face a dire choice, with one young colleague's life hanging in the balance. Spielberg's visceral direction of the wartime violence, camaraderie, and anxiety is pitch-perfect, and presages some of the most moving moments in Saving Private Ryan. Part of the fun of this collection is seeing the stars and guest directors Spielberg cajoled into service, including Martin Scorsese, Sam Waterston (with a head of bushy '80s hair), Tim Robbins, Clint Eastwood, Harvey Keitel, and John Lithgow. The storytelling is crackerjack, and the trip down TV memory lane priceless. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

Disc 1:
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  • Disc 3:
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  • Disc 4:
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  • Product Details

    • Directors: Steven Spielberg
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated:
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    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
    • Run Time: 614 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00005JN8Q
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Amazing Stories: Season 1" on IMDb

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    Format: DVD
    For those wondering, the hilarious "Family Dog" episode aired as part of this show's SECOND season, and therefore is not part of this particular collection. Presumably it will be on the Season 2 DVD box set when the time comes.

    Here are the first season episode titles in air date order, all of which will be on this box set:

    1 Ghost Train

    2 The Main Attraction

    3 Alamo Jobe

    4 Mummy, Daddy

    5 The Mission

    6 The Amazing Falsworth

    7 Fine Tuning

    8 Mr. Magic

    9 Guilt Trip

    10 Remote Control Man

    11 Santa '85

    12 Vanessa in the Garden

    13 The Sitter

    14 No Day at the Beach

    15 One For the Road

    16 Gather Ye Acorns

    17 Boo!

    18 Dorothy and Ben

    19 Mirror, Mirror

    20 Secret Cinema

    21 Hell Toupee

    22 The Doll

    23 One For the Books

    24 Grandpa's Ghost
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    There are some things that are just special. Special things or moments that are benchmarks for a certain period in your life. Well, this show was one of them for me. Along with the likes of "The Goonies", "Stand By Me", and any John Hughes film of the 80's, this show was one of those treasures from my childhood that makes me look back fondly on it with such great nostalgia. I loved this show. I watched it regularly, and was always looking forward to seeing what strange trip Spielberg and crew were going to take us on this week. Of course, at this time Spielberg could do no wrong, so it was obvious to me that I was going to be right there for this show. I had already seen "E.T." and I had gone to the theaters with my dad to see "Temple Of Doom" 11 times. Spielberg wanted a show every week that he had described to the network would be like campfire tales. It's too bad that in it's time, the show was never really appreciated for what it was. It was not a big hit, but Spielberg was already promised a two season pick up. I have no idea why the show was not regarded very highly by people back then, and it still seems to fight for respect and recognition today. It doesn't make sense to me. Anyways, this was a wonderful and fantastic show that delivered the goods every week. Sure, not all of the episdoes were huge winners, but they never disappointed in creativity and were always fun to watch. So, what does season one have to deliver?. The premiere episode, "Ghost Train", is a pretty good one, but the first real classic of season one is the episode, "Mummy, Daddy". This is one of many that I always remember. It's about an actor named Harold who is playing a mummy in a movie. He goes to his wife who is going into labor, and doesn't know that a real mummy has come to life. Classic episode.Read more ›
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    Format: DVD
    I remember watching Amazing Stories every week when I was a kid. Rewatching the episodes again on DVD brought back many fond memories for me.

    Season 1 is overall a clear winner. There were a few episodes I found quite boring but there were many more I absolutely loved. My personal ratings on the episodes of season 1 are:

    1 Ghost Train 9/10~ Great series opener. It had Steven Spiellberg's magical touch throughout it.

    2 The Main Attraction~ 8/10 Pretty clever episode.

    3 Alamo Jobe 6/10 ~ ok episode. A bit boring

    4 Mummy, Daddy 10/10 ~ This was the first masterpiece, IMHO. Great, hilarious episode!

    5 The Mission 10/10 ~ if Mummy Daddy was the first comic masterpiece, The Mission was the frist dramatic masterpiece.

    6 The Amazing Falsworth 8/10 ~ very good, suspenseful episode

    7 Fine Tuning 7/10 ~ kinda cute and kooky, but not top notch

    8 Mr. Magic 7/10 ~another pretty good episode but not top notch

    9 Guilt Trip 5/10 ~not one of my favorites, I was quite bored with it.

    10 Remote Control Man 5/10 ~another below average episode for me

    11 Santa '85 8/10 ~considering there are too many Santa themed episodes on tv to count, this one was very enjoyable

    12 Vanessa in the Garden 10/10 ~beautiful episode. Exquisite.

    13 The Sitter 8/10 ~I found this episode quite funny.

    14 No Day at the Beach 8/10 ~this is the second "War" themed episode (The Mission was the first), and although not as excellent as The Mission, it was still very good

    15 One For the Road 5/10 another below average.

    16 Gather Ye Acorns 3/10 I really didn't like this one at all. I suppose I'm being generous by giving it a 3.

    17 Boo! 8/10 ~ Cute episode.
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    Format: DVD
    "Amazing Stories" was the result of a two-season, 45-episode commitment and full creative control deal NBC offered Steven Spielberg to entice the filmmaker into television series production, and Spielberg's own desire to revive the anthology format. Unfortunately, Amazing Stories neither measured up to expectations nor found a large audience.

    Critics and historians argued the anthology format itself had fallen out of favor years earlier, and efforts to revive it (including two other 1985 offerings, the remakes of "The Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" which immediately followed Amazing Stories on Sunday nights at 8:30p) ultimately failed. It probably didn't help that Amazing Stories was up against CBS's "Murder She Wrote" and ABC's then-hot new series "MacGyver" at the time.

    While the segments from Amazing Stories were rarely "amazing" (though some, of course, were standout episodes), the series itself was an admirable mix of interesting storytelling. And though most of the stories were conceived (and a few directed) by Spielberg himself, the A-list of talent Spielberg amassed for the series (Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, etc.) were used accordingly. That includes legendary composer John Williams who provided the magnificent opening theme that perfectly emcompassed that sense of wonder and imagination associated with Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment.

    Amazing Stories - The Complete 1st Season is a 4-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 24 episodes from the 1985-1986 season, Full-Frame (1.33:1) Video, English Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, English and Spanish subtitles, plus extras. The set has a running time of 683 min.
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