Dead Like Me: The Complete Series PLUS Bonus Movies White Lightning & The End Set
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Dead Like Me: The Complete Series (Seasons 1 & 2) PLUS Bonus Movies White Lightning & The End - 11 DVD Set
This 11 disc collector's edition contains all 28 episodes of the hit series, Dead Like Me, PLUS the feature length movie follow-up to the series, Dead Like Me: Life After Death, PLUS a double feature of Burt Reynolds classics: White Lightning and The End.
DEAD LIKE ME: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Seasons 1 & 2)
College dropout, Georgia "George" Lass is suddenly killed by a toilet seat that falls from the MIR space station. After discovering life after death, she is recruited for a team of grim reapers who walk the earth collecting people's souls before they die.
DEAD LIKE ME: LIFE AFTER DEATH
When George and her colleagues get a new boss whose focus is on moving souls quickly and enjoying life without consequences, the team begins to break the strict reaper rules. While her friends fall victim to their desires for money, success, and fame, George breaks another rule by revealing her true identity to her living family. As the reapers struggle with their roles on Earth, they each find that death can be just as complicated as life. Through its strong storyline, Dead Like Me delves into the intricate mythology and dark comedy created by the TV series and appeals to the show's legions of fans as well as those new to the world of the reapers.
Gator McKlusky (Burt Reynolds) has been convicted of running moonshine whiskey and is offered a chance of release if he will serve as an informer to help catch his cohorts. Gator accepts, but with an ulterior motive. With thrills, spills, and some astonishing car chases, this fast paced action-adventure features a star cast including Jennifer Billingsley, Louise Latham, Diane Ladd and a young Laura Dern in her film debut.
Burt Reynolds stars as a man who loses his will to live after he learns that he is terminally ill. After a failed suicide attempt, Reynolds wakes up in an insane asylum.
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One gets the full run of "Dead Like Me," in all of its confused glory, and its "resurrected" follow up film, "Life After Death." This last does not deserve the poor critical reception it received at the time, as it isn't bad, but critics and fans had hoped for the early season 1 magic, the punk attitude, and fewer digressions into family drama. Instead, it got a new villain, a new mythos that's left unresolved, and a series of "lessons" that had already been presented in the regular run of the show.
The strength and weakness of "Dead Like Me" was the writing. It had wonderful writing, and it had mediocre writing, as the show runners and producers seemed to have no "bible" or rules for the scripts. One episode, Georgia is from Washington, and the next, she's from New England, and the next, she has connections to the south. She is a childhood camper, but she's not. One episode has the reapers solely devoted to accidental deaths, and then they follow serial killers. The cast dynamics, attitude, and overall attractiveness of the world are top notch and endlessly intriguing, but the whole world of the show drifts into a mushy "there is no God, there is no meaning, and it's all settled" nihilism that defeats the premise of the on-screen action itself.
Essentially, this is a pre-HBO era cable show. It is before cable learned the lessons of a strong arc, a strong universe, and that's too bad, because few shows were as cool as this one.