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The Dead Zone - The Complete First Season
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"*** ½ Absolutely Riveting!" -- NY POST
"...premiered as the highest-rated basic-cable original dramatic series of all time, pulling in 6.4 million viewers." -- TV GUIDE
"Looks and feels (like) a theatrical film. Theres life in this Dead Zone." -- NY Newsday
- All 13 episodes each with production commentary
- Featurettes and interview with the cast, crew, guest stars, & creators of the show; including a look at the writer's meetings, and an in-depth tour of the effects
Top Customer Reviews
The pilot episode is still among the best but there's also a handful of the 13 episodes here that rank right up there. "Destiny" and "The Seige" both are among the best episodes of the first season as well. Lion's Gate has done a exceptional job with the DVD transfer. The colors are bright, vivid and there's hardly a trace of digital or analog imperfections that might mar the picture. The sound, likewise, is top flight.Read more ›
The basic plotline is the same as in the movie; Johnny Smith (played superbly by Anthony Michael Hall) is in a terrifying car crash which leaves him in a coma for six years. He awakens to find everything has changed and he now possesses the power of second sight, thus cueing a series of situations where he must use his psychic powers to help people.
Everything about the series has a refreshing feel about it (especially some of the camera work and special effects) and all the lead carachters are perfectly cast (Anthony Michael Hall beats Christopher Walken hands down). Also, unlike most of the crap on nowadays, the stories actually rely upon and develop these carachters with emotion being the driving force rather than, say, kung-fu fighting (as in Dark Angel).
As for the first season itself, it has some great storylines and plot ideas (the pilot and final episode are especially good). The only trouble is that some of these episoides are a little slow, especially the really early ones. Compared to what the series is doing now (season two was phenomenal!), this can be quite aggravating.
Overall, i would say this is certainley a good buy, but leave some cash for the release of season two, as that season is just about perfect.
Created by the father and son team of Michael and Shawn Piller, there are several significant changes and additions to "The Dead Zone" premise: (1) The night of his accident Johnny and his fiancée Sara (Nicole de Boer) conceived a child, so when Johnny comes out of his coma this time, he learns more shocking news than Sara being married. (2) Sara is now married to Sheriff Walt Bannerman (Chris Buno), another character from the original novel, who is now given a more prominent role. (3) Johnny now has a sidekick in Bruce Lewis (John L. Adams), who starts off as his physical therapist and becomes a confidant, true-believer, and good friend. (4) In this version Johnny's father died when he was young and his mother (Anna Hagen), now a wealthy woman, died while he was in the coma. The bulk of her state has gone to the Reverend Gene Purdy (David Ogden Stiers), who has used it to fund his religious organization. This plays off of Vera Smith's fundamentalist beliefs in the novel, but gives the whole idea of the spiritual significance of Johnny's "gift" to the Reverend. (5) The other key supporting character is reporter Dana Bright (Kristen Dalton), who not only becomes a true believer but is interested in Johnny romantically as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an unusual show with a good cast and a very different plot. Each episode is so different from the rest.Published 22 days ago by Tammy
Loved it. Finally something creative and unique on television. Yeah, there's a cop involved, but at least the storylines are interesting and it's not just solving a murder every... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Sharonah
Looking for a Sci-Fi series to exercise with, reviews convinced me this was a good choice.Published 2 months ago by Kim
Still can't believe we missed this show while it was on! Great story line and love the twists.Published 2 months ago by S. Taylor
Could only watch first episode. I loved the movie though. This could had been a good show.Published 2 months ago by Ana
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