The Dead Zone: The Final Season (2007)

Genre(s): Drama / Fantasy / Science Fiction
Paramount, Lions Gate || NR - 546 minutes - $34.98 || June 3, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Stephen King (novel); Michael Piller & Shawn Piller (created by)
Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Bruno, Nicole de Boer, John L. Adams, David Ogden Stiers, Cara Buono, Connor Price


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentaries
  • A Home for The Dead Zone
  • All Aboard


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“The Dead Zone” comes to its conclusion in the Sixth, and Final Season.

In case you don't know the story behind “The Dead Zone”, Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) was an average person until one day he was in a car accident that put him in a six year coma. When he finally wakes up, he realizes not only did his fiancée marry another man, but that they are raising his son. Johnny also discovers he has a new ability that when he touches someone or something he can get a vision of things to come.

Season Six is a huge improvement from the drab that was Season Four and Five... but even that is not saying much. If you liked any of the characters from the past five seasons prepare to say good-bye to nearly all of them save for a few guest appearances.

Gone is Sheriff Walt Bannerman (Chris Bruno), Johnny's sidekick Bruce (John L Adams), and the actor who portrayed Johnny's son J.J. (Connor Price) has been replaced with a slightly older version. While the change of J.J. was bearable, the loss of both Walt and Bruce just plain sucks. While both characters do make a few random appearances, they are greatly missed throughout the other episodes.

New characters are introduced like the new Sheriff Anna Turner (Cara Buono), and some minor characters from previous season do make a few appearances, but overall it was a drag to see some of my favorite characters literally disappear.

The worst part of this season is that there is no conclusion to the Armageddon storyline which has been building for several seasons. The cast and crew were pretty shocked to hear that USA had canceled the show (along with “The 4400”), and were fully expecting to come pack for a Seventh season. Instead, the show ends on a somber note and hopefully we will get some sort of TV Movie to bring the series to a proper conclusion. This season did have a few great episodes all of which oddly enough sport commentaries as special features.

I’ve been a big fan of “The Dead Zone” since it first started airing on USA back in 2002. I managed to watch nearly every episode as it aired on cable, but lost interesting during Seasons Four and Five. When Season Six premiered my interests peaked a bit, but it can't compare to the first three seasons.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentaries for the episodes Heritage, Re-Entry, Numb, and Denouement - Considering these were recorded after the cast and crew knew the show was canceled I was hoping for a bit more background information on what would have happened had there been a Seventh Season. Instead we get the typical "in this episode we tried..." information.

A Home for The Dead Zone (~9 Minutes) - Seasons 4 and 5 of “The Dead Zone” was pretty interesting for the fact that they were shot back-to-back, much like another cable hit “Kyle ZY”. Because of this there was a 2 year gap between production, and the cast and crew was moved from Vancouver to Montreal.

All Aboard (~6 Minutes) - A very short look at the making of certain scenes from the 8th episode, 'Switch'.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Paramount presents all 13 episodes of The Final Season in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen. Quality is a big step-up from the broadcast versions, but still not as clean as I had hoped. Some excessive grain here and there but still acceptable.

For audio you get the option of Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 tracks. Dialog sounds pretty good, but the action is kept to a minimum this season (budget cuts?) so don't expect much from your rear speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

The Final Season of “The Dead Zone” is a huge improvement from the past two, but it still does not top the quality of Season 1-3. If you're a “Dead Zone” fan and already own the past five seasons this set is a must purchase.