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The Dead Zone – The Complete Fifth Season (DVD-Video)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



Though not an all-time smash hit, it is hard to believe that the TV series version of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone has gone on for five seasons.  Anthony Michael Hall has extended his career, but the material and original edge it had in the great David Cronenberg film based on the book are necessarily watered down for the show to go on like this.


Hall is Johnny, who in an accident that almost killed him gained the power to see the future and is now involved with a friendly team of investigators at times to solve problems.  It becomes a trashing of the great book and film, as well as Millennium (reviewed elsewhere on this site) for people who cannot handle any darkness, which is one of the reasons (besides Glen Morgan hurting Millennium) that this show has gone on longer.  As a result, the 11 hour-long shows here are competent corporate product and get boring quickly.  The only saving grace is that we have seen much worse on TV, especially lately.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and likely produced in digital High Definition.  The result is viewing on the dull side throughout visually in a continuing trend (in genres like fantasy here) for forgettable, bad and flat visuals that are miserable.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is the highlight of the set sporting healthy surrounds.  Extras include deleted scenes, two featurettes and four of the episodes have audio commentary tracks.


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