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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Masterclass of Cinematic Anxiety

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    David Cronenberg’s THE DEAD ZONE is an absolute masterpiece. I was so excited when this Scream Factory blu ray was announced, I ordered it as soon as the preorder popped up. Watching it for the first time in HD, I was blown away all over again. Well made, moving, and thrilling, this gem from 1983 resonates now more than ever. The legendary Christopher Walken plays our lead, Johnny Smith. Johnny is a school teacher engaged to his fellow teacher, Sarah (a radiant Brooke Adams). After a date, where Johnny experienced a spell of lightheadedness, he heads home early. Unfortunately, he’s involved in a freak car accident on the way home which puts him into a five-year long coma. Upon awakening, he discovers his fiancé has moved on and is now married with a child. He also seems to have gained some psychic abilities that allow him to have visions of the past, present, and future. Eventually, this puts him on a collision course with Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen pulling off gregarious, ambitious, and menacing) a demagogic political candidate who will one day trigger a nuclear holocaust. Additionally, Tom Skerrit shows up as a sheriff needing assistance on a serial killer case, Herbert Lom plays Johnny’s loyal and caring physician, and Anthony Zerbe is a wealthy businessman father of Johnny’s favorite pupil. It’s a great cast, but this is Walken’s film and he kills it. His Johnny is a deeply wounded but fundamentally decent man. His anguish when he finds out the love of his life has moved on is palpable. This is absolutely one of his warmest, and best, performances. Jeffrey Boam’s script, based on the Stephen King novel, is tight and precise but allows room for characters to breathe. Maybe the most notable element of the film besides the story and acting is Michael Kamen’s haunting, ominous, and mournful orchestral score. Cronenberg masterfully weaves it into the visuals, providing depth to the cold New England setting. Up to this point in his career, Cronenberg had mostly made body horror pics. This film proved he could also terrify in a completely different way. The paranoia leading up to Johnny’s fateful confrontation with Stillson is expertly composed. You can almost taste the dread. Though it plays on Cold War fears, the Stillson character is also still broad enough to represent sinister intent in any corridor of power. Philosophical, political, authentic, and engaging, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE is a masterclass in filmmaking. While retaining a literary flavor, it’s nevertheless propulsive and starkly cinematic. Christopher Walken is sympathetic as the almost Shakespearean Johnny Smith. While not really epic, it tackles some heady subjects, and it’s still a breathtaking film. I’m of the opinion that it’s flawless and it may be my favorite Cronenberg flick. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Superlative video of a nearly perfect adaptation.

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I saw this in a theater and I bought it in every home video format; the "Collector's Edition" is, without a doubt, the best this movie has ever looked and sounded. IMHO this is one the better adaptations of Stephen Kings books and Scream Factory has finally done it justice.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Dead Zone Blu-Ray

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    An absolutely incredible quality release from Scream Factory. The new blu-ray transfer of the film has never looked better and has plenty of bonus features.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Dead Zone Blu-ray

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Fast Shipping, Great Customer Service, Highly Recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    He Sees Dead People

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Christopher Walken can see through the eyes of dead people and Martin Sheen is the bad guy. Go watch it already.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The dead zone is a classic

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    A movie that’s totally Cronenberg, and one that holds a great Walken performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Love this! Looks great and a fantastic price. Excellent shipping protection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Dead Zone

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Awesome movie really good transfer great buy from Scream Factory!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    The Dead Zone

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Hadn't seen this in a while before ordering. Audio/Video quality was good. Storyline was kind of boring and dragged at times.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Standard 80's fare

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Decent enough for 80's Stephen King adaptations. The lead actors give great performances.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good adaptation

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    One of THE best Stephen King adaptation movies ever made.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The best King film

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    The Dead Zone is the best Stephen King adaption. Cronenberg out-did himself with this movie...

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A great thriller and adaptation of the novel

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    The Dead Zone begins when Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) gets into a horrific car accident that leaves him in a lengthy coma. Upon waking up, he realizes that he has gained the ability to see things about the people and objects that he touches, including the future and their secrets. Unfortunately for Johnny, his world has completely changed, since his former fiancee is now married to another man and has a family. To get over these significant changes, Johnny uses his skill to help others, which leads him to participate in the hunt for a serial killer and even go up against a crooked politician who seeks the presidency. This film is very well-acted, and thanks to David Croenenberg's taut direction, is filled with suspense and vibrant, grim images in all the right places. It is easy to identify with Johnny's plight, just as it becomes unavoidable that the audience fears the things he seeks to stop. This is easily one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel, and it is very faithful to its source novel. If you like King and/or a good thriller, then you should definitely give this one a shot.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good King adaptation.

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    Considering some of the hatchet jobs done to King's stories over the years this is one of the better book to movie adaptations. It keeps most of the story and character details intact. Interesting story with a hint of the classic King macabre.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best Stephen King adaptations

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    Great story mixed with great actors such as the iconic Christopher Walken and great directing by David Cronenberg.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Stephen King

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    Great movie. If you like Stephen King this this is a must have in your movie collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Dead Zone Blu-Ray

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    Upgrading all my good movies to Blu-Ray. Great movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for King fans!

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    See where USA got the idea for The Dead Zone TV Series, a great movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend