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Amazing Stories: The Complete Second Season (1986 - 1987/Universal/Umbrella Import PAL DVD Set)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: B-

PLEASE NOTE: This import DVD set is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can play on Blu-ray players that can handle the PAL format and can be ordered from the link below.

In the mid-1980s, Steven Spielberg produced the fantasy/adventure anthology show Amazing Stories, which now lands on import DVD disc thanks to Umbrella with its full Second Season, spanning four DVDs. Sporting some major talent behind and in front of the lens, this classic show has some hits and misses but is continually entertaining. It's a shame that Spielberg doesn't reboot this show for today's audience, as it would be interesting to see new stories told and could be a way to help some young filmmakers find a voice and for veterans to flex their muscles a bit outside of feature filmmaking. This season's acting list includes the late Patrick Swayze, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd to name just a few.

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and longtime husband/producing partner Frank Marshall (Jurassic Park), the show has some big names in the directing chair including Robert Zemeckis, Joe Dante (Gremlins), Danny DeVito, Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist), and Tom Holland (Fright Night) amongst others. There was more than one time while watching this that my mouth dropped to see some of the names involved here.

Episodes include The Wedding Ring, Miscalculation, Magic Saturday, Welcome to My Nightmare, You Gotta Believe Me, The Greibble, Life on Death Row, Go to the Head of the Class, Thanksgiving, The Pumpkin Connection, What If..?, The Eternal Mind, Lane Change, Blue Man Down, The 21 inch Sun, The Family Dog, Gershwin's Trunk, Such Interesting Neighbors, Without Diana, Moving Day, and Miss Stardust.

Presented in standard definition with a full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track, the show looks and sounds fine for DVD but could be improved by a Blu-ray update. A boxset including both seasons on Blu-ray would be ideal, but is probably unlikely for now.

No extras sadly.

A creative show with some big ideas and some big names is a fun time capsule to revisit on DVD, I would suggest to fans of the classic Spielberg era. For a look at the First Season, go to this link...


To order this Umbrella import DVD set, go to this link:


- James Lockhart



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