American Gothic - Complete Series
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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!
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All well and good! But the package I received contained 2 copies of the first disc (episodes 1-7), and one copy of the third disc (episodes 16-22), but NO copy of the second DVD (episodes 8-15)! Now reading other reviews of this particular set and I see that the episodes are not even featured in the correct order on the DVD's! It's a disgrace! Why offer a product which is faulty and expect fans to enjoy it closed-mouthed, regardless of the quality and erroneous content?
I am returning my set because they do not offer a way to receive a replacement DVD (where I could trade-in one of the extra copies I have of the first DVD) for the second, missing DVD! And it doesn't make any difference whether I go through Amazon.com (which only offers a refund for the return of the whole set), or through Universal's "[...]" online TV store! And this is true even though with the latter, I didn't ask for a replacement; but merely asked if there was a way I could obtain a copy of that second DVD, as in, I would pay separately for it! NOPE! Forget it!
I have had good success buying items through Amazon, and do not hold this problem against them. But somewhere along the line this product is NOT being supported or delivered as advertized! I just want the complete set as advertized! Is that too much to ask???
The main character, Sheriff Lucas Buck, does things that will make your skin crawl. He can be very charming while seducing you into evil. Gary Cole is an incredible actor, making this character all TOO real. I love the scenes between Sheriff Lucas Buck and Ben, his deputy (played very well by Nick Searcy). Overall, the acting is great. Every character comes to life. Even those that come back from death-like the Boston Strangler.
The tone of this show is also well done. Even with the dark turn throughout each episode, the lighting, scenery and sound often gives an air of lightness. An example of this is in the pilot when Sheriff Buck is walking back to the jail cells, whistling the theme of "The Andy Griffith Show".
I loved this show when it first aired and I am pleased to have it in my collection. It can be very addicting and you will not want it to end. Watching this series disturbed me at times but I wouldn't want it any other way. The last two episodes, "The Buck Stops Here" and "Requem" will keep you on the edge of your seats.
Buying this DVD set is worth the price. My only complaint would be the disorder of the episodes-it would have been nice to have the unaired episodes placed in order. Other than that, it is a great series to own.
I was hoping the download would be better than the DVD, but sadly, the first episode was really dark and grainy and I had to "Pop Out" to another screen to see it at all. By the way, my laptop is only a few months old, so I know that isn't the problem. Besides, I haven't had this problem streaming anything else. The quality of the second and third episodes was better, but I also "Popped" them out, too. I'm also disappointed that there isn't a Closed Captioning option. Maybe there is, but I haven't found it yet. I stream on NETFLIX all the time. Their options are easy to find and use and the video and sound quality are great. This is my first streaming experience on Amazon and there are some problems that really should be simple to fix. For example, it should automatically play the next episode of any show. I don't like that I have to go back to the library to choose the next episode. There should be a way to set this feature to auto-play all the episodes back to back.
I don't know if the quality issue is unique to this show, since it predates most of the digital age, or if this is an indication of Amazon's general download video quality. I was thinking of signing up for Prime, but now I'm having second thoughts. Then again, maybe this problem is unique and other people who buy this show won't have the problems I'm having. It's a great show. I've always wished there were more episodes. And I will watch all of the episodes I have now, despite the quality issue. So if you've missed it and wanted to see it again try it out. Maybe you won't notice the tech issues. Or maybe you won't care.
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