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American Gothic - Complete Series

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Editorial Reviews

Finally, the complete cult hit series American Gothic, produced by Sam Raimi, comes to DVD for the first time ever! Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) won't let anyone - including local doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber) or the determined Gail Emory (Paige Turco) - stand in the way of his evil plans. Marking the tenth anniversary of its broadcast debut and packed with all 22 episodes, including four "lost" ones never broadcast on network television, American Gothic's eerie storylines of intrigue and suspense are sure to hold you captive!

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Gary Cole, Jake Weber, Paige Turco
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
    • Subtitles: Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
    • Number of discs: 3
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
    • Run Time: 2004 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000ATQYXI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    American Gothic is a terrific television series, canceled far too soon, and sadly mishandled by the CBS network during its run (episodes aired out of order, entire episodes unaired, etc). Now Universal has repeated CBS's mistakes with this DVD release. Sure, we should be happy to see American Gothic on DVD at *all*, but this series deserves far better.

    Most offensive: the episodes on these discs are *completely* out of order. (Shouldn't the series finale be the last episode on the set? It's not. It's episode eighteen on the DVDs. Was anyone at Universal thinking when they put this set together?) American Gothic fans (Gothniks) contacted Universal prior to the release of these DVDs. They said: MAKE SURE YOU GET THE ORDER CORRECT. Universal didn't listen. Now, first time viewers of this brilliant series will likely be left *bewildered* instead of impressed.

    Universal also continues to release their television programs on those absurd dual-sided DVD-18 discs, which are quite prone to damage. They easily scratch, then sputter and freeze-up. Compare Universal to Fox's releases of Angel, Millennium, etc. Fox does a far better job with the video/audio transfers, and they put the episodes on single-sided DVD-9 discs with nice artwork. (The American Gothic DVD box cover is UGLY too.) Universal can really take a lesson from companies like Fox and Shout Factory!. Good programs like American Gothic deserve better, *especially* when fans have waited so long to see their favorite programs hit DVD. Sheriff Buck would not tolerate this mess.

    INTENDED EPISODE ORDER: 01. Pilot, 02. A Tree Grows in Trinity, 03. Eye of the Beholder, 04. Damned if You Don't, 05. Potato Boy, 06. Dead to the World, 07. Meet the Beetles, 08. Strong Arm of the Law, 09. To Hell and Back, 10.
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    Shaun Cassidy has a hit series on his hands right now with the alien-thriller Invasion, but ten years ago it was a harder row to hoe with his demonically-inspired weekly show American Gothic. At the time, CBS didn't give the series its due - they not only dropped entire episodes out from the middle of the story-line without ever airing them, they often preempted the show for weeks on end. After slapping the viewers' faces time and time again, CBS found that fans turned their TV attentions elsewhere.

    When it was airing, American Gothic was one of my favorite shows. And I've never quite forgotten it; it's one of those series like Twin Peaks or Carnivale - it's flawed but so compelling it haunts the memory for years. The story takes place in darkly wooded Trinity, South Carolina and centers on the imposing Sheriff Buck (Gary Cole) and his orphaned, (secret) illegitimate son, Caleb Temple (Lucas Black). The story-line is not especially unique but everything just gelled so perfectly with the actors and their characters, American Gothic qualifies as a classic.

    But how does it hold up? Despite some rather dodgy special effects and the occasional heavy-handedness, American Gothic holds up very well. It's much bolder and far more addictive than Cassidy's current Invasion, as a matter of fact. Some of the greatest little signature touches about the show include the catchphrase, "Someone's at the door"; or the way Sheriff Buck always just shows up out of the blue as if dropping from the sky (or maybe coming up from someplace else); and Caleb's ever-furrowed brow and the way he said "Daay-dy".

    One of the best shows early on in the DVD is "Meet the Beetles" - it's a standalone episode and will remind many of an X-Files episode.
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    This DVD set is long overdue. Loooong overdue. In our recent move from DC to Colorado, I threw out all of our recorded VHS tapes--except for the ones with "American Gothic". Now I can get rid of those as well, but for the right reason.

    Like "Firefly", "American Gothic" is a unique, outstanding series never given a chance by its network (CBS, in this case). It was also probably the most chilling and disturbing series ever to air, a stark morality tale with Gary Cole as the Devil incarnate (or a close kin), disguised as Sheriff Lucas Buck of the small town of Trinity, SC. Buck rules over his little kingdom with morbid humor and playfulness, setting up moral pitfalls and dilemmas for the town's inhabitants, and dispensing his own brand of justice or vengance or just plain meanness--which often involves ruin, insanity, dismemberment, or death.

    Opposing Buck is young Caleb Temple (played by Lucas Black), an orphan who talks regularly to his dead sister Merlyn and who has powers of his own--and who may or may not be Buck's son. Buck wants Caleb to follow him; Merlyn wants Caleb to resist; and the rest of Trinity gets caught in the crossfire, so to speak.

    The writing, acting, and directing are all outstanding. You'll never look at Gary Cole the same way again. Or, for that matter, Shaun Cassidy--yes, the "Hardy Boys" teen heart-throb [thanks for the corrections, everyone!]--who conceived and produced the show, along with Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead", "Army of Darkness", "Spider-Man").
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