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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Brought back memories of the first time I saw it. Only problem was a glitch in the third to last episode.Published 18 days ago by Pat
I enjoyed the heck out of this little series when it first aired. I purchased it when tales of an American Gothic reboot were aswirl. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Charlie Barnes
Careful! I watched the prime-free first episode, but when I ordered it turned out to be a 1990s version! Read morePublished 20 days ago by M. B. Stevens
Great series but why can't you buy season 2 for my streaming video libraryPublished 22 days ago by Barbara S. Trexler
aboslutely horrible. The quality of the film is so bad the picture is dark and it is very hard to watch. don't waste your money.Published 29 days ago by Camlon3502
I purchased this for a friend of mine they were so excited to receive it. Made them happy so it made me happy.Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Flowers
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