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Product Description

Christopher Walken wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems…

Additional Features

A ho-hum 45 minutes of features are added to this new edition. Created by the popular DVD-extras producer Laurent Bouzereau, the four-part feature gives a good history of how the popular novel became a film. It holds interest just because director David Cronenberg is generous in his praise and insight. The only other new interviews are from a critic, the editor, the director of photography, and actress Brooke Adams. Best tidbit: Christopher Walken asked Cronenberg to fire a handgun off-camera to get his jerk reaction to the visions. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • "Memories From The Dead Zone" featurette
  • "The Look of The Dead Zone" featurette
  • "Visions and Horror From The Dead Zone" featurette
  • "The Politics of The Dead Zone" featurette
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Stephen King
  • Producers: Debra Hill, Dino De Laurentiis, Jeffrey Chernov
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (637 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GBEWH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2003
Format: DVD
For some reason, The Dead Zone has always been one of my least favorite Stephen King novels, but I have to say this movie adaptation of the novel is first-rate indeed, one of the most underappreciated of all the movies based on the work of the king of horror. The film's success is due in large part to Christopher Walken; with a less capable actor filling the role of Johnny Smith, this movie could have turned out as flat as a pancake. Walken, the consummate actor, is mesmerizing here. It's a complex role to play, as Johnny Smith has not exactly been blessed by the kind hands of fate. When we first meet him, he is a happy English teacher preparing to marry the woman he loves; a stormy night and a runaway milk tanker later, he wakes up to find that five years have passed, his girl has married someone else, and he is all but incapable of even walking. If you think this is a film about eliminating a politician of great and destructive evil, you're not even half-right. While that is of course the focus of the concluding minutes, the movie itself is all about Johnny's struggles to come to terms with his new life, a new life which includes a frightening power to see into the past and future of those whom he physically touches. The first manifestation comes in handy, as he helps save a nurse's little girl from dying in a fire, but traumatic, soul-draining visions of horror take a lot out of a guy as time moves on.
Johnny first comes to terms with his power when he agrees to help the police discover the identity of an elusive serial killer walking the streets of Castle Rock (which, for some strange reason, is supposedly located in New Hampshire rather than Maine).
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The Dead Zone is the finest movie adaptation of a Stephen King novel because it captures perfectly the essence of true terror: the haunts of the past mixed with the unpredictability of the future. Christopher Walken captures this concoction and presents a dead-on performance as a man who awakens from a lengthy coma to discover he has the gift(or curse)of not only being able to predict the future but to change it. The Dead Zone works so well because most of it takes place in a small town atmosphere, which gives the characters the opportunity to fully develop. It also helps to have a first-rate supporting cast with the likes of accomplished actors such as Anthony Zerbe, Tom Skeritt, and Martin Sheen among many others. And since the tone of the film is largely grim, most of the scenes are shot appropriately in winter(with minimalist surroundings and less emphasis on special effects). But all told, it's just great to see a King adaptation that doesn't center around one gory fright after another, but instead presents the frightening unpredictability of the human soul in stark (almost Orwellian) terms.
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By A Customer on March 12, 2001
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In my opinion, this is the best film made from a Stephen King work, but it may be too understated for its own good. I've visited many Stephen King discussion websites, and "The Dead Zone" appears surprisingly rarely in the threads about movies made from King works.
One would expect that in a film featuring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen, Walken would play the villain and Sheen the hero. This film turns that assumption neatly on its head, and it's a wise choice, too; for all his talent and oddball appeal, Walken does not have the type of oily charisma needed for Greg Stillson, the character Sheen plays. Sheen, however, does a terrific (though at times over-the-top) job of playing a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing politician, a far cry from the saintly President Bartlett he currently plays on TV's "The West Wing."
Walken's performance as Johnny Smith (great name) is more muted--although that scene where he smashes the vase and yells "THE ICE IS GONNA BREAK!" never fails to startle me--and he hits all of the right notes playing a protagonist who is atypically complex for movies, and certainly for "horror" movies (the genre this movie is generally relegated to). Smith starts out righteously wounded, then becomes withdrawn and self-pitying, and finally is faced with a Cassandra-like dilemma (he knows the dreadful future, and also that no one will believe him), but unlike Cassandra, he can do something to prevent it, even though it will mean sacrificing himself. With this knowledge, he realizes that what he'd thought was a curse was really a gift, as he himself says.
This film is also atypical for the "horror" genre in that it has more than its share of heartbreaking scenes.
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I do not like most Stephen King movies--but I will have to say this movie is in every way superior to the book. I first viewed this film about fifteen years ago--I have watched it endless times and always have tears left for the ending. It is one of my favorite movies and I'm a littlle surprised at that because I tend to like "larger than life" films like Schindler's List, The Godfather, Ben Hur, etc. It is a subtle masterpiece--about an extraordinary man with an ordinary name (John Smith). I have loved Christopher Walken since I first saw this film--he IS John Smith and he makes you feel every emotion of his character. Please, give this gem a chance. It WILL haunt you all your days......................
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