The Dead Zone

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The Dead Zone, a compelling dramatic series, follows the story of a young man (Anthony Michael Hall) who, after suffering a tragic car accident, awakens from a coma with extraordinary psychic powers. Based on characters from the Stephen King novel, the series explores how a common man must find his way in the most uncommon of lives as he struggles with his paranormal abilities.
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Anthony Michael HallNicole deBoerCara Buono
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  1. 1. Valley of the Shadow
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    January 5, 2003
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    The season premiere finds Johnny still shaken by his Armageddon visions and growing increasingly obsessed with Stillson whom he's secretly investigating.
  2. 2. Descent
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    January 12, 2003
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    Johnny struggles to rescue four teens trapped in a collapsing mine, all the while reliving - and in some way trying to redeem - sins from his family's past.
  3. 3. Ascent
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    January 19, 2003
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    In the continuation of the episode "Descent," an unexpected incident leads Johnny to a new understanding of Walt.
  4. 4. The Outsider
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    February 2, 2003
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    Johnny takes on a major corporation to prevent the mass marketing of a drug he foresees will cause terrible birth defects years down the line.
  5. 5. Precipitate
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    February 9, 2003
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    When Johnny is injured and infused with a blood product stemming from six different people, he begins having visions through the donors eyes.
  6. 6. Scars
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    February 16, 2003
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    Johhny's decision to join the re-election campaign of Stillson's (Sean Patrick Flannery) chief opponent, Harrison Fisher (Gerald McRaney) has unintended consequences.
  7. 7. Misbegotten
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    February 23, 2003
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    Johnny is kidnapped by three young women who demand his help in solving a murder mystery from the past.
  8. 8. Cabin Pressure
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    March 2, 2003
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    On a flight to Washington with Purdy (David Ogden Stiers), Johnny has a vision of their plane crashing and must convince the pilot and onboard Air Marshall to risk the lives of everyone on board.
  9. 9. The Man Who Never Was
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    March 9, 2003
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    A terrifying vision leads to Johnny's involvement with a man (Robert Culp) with a mysterious past who suddenly disappears.
  10. 10. Dead Men Tell Tales
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    March 16, 2003
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    The vision of a hit on crime boss Cathan Donnegal (William McDonald) leads to Johnny's dangerous involvement with the mob.
  11. 11. Playing God
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    March 30, 2003
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    When Johnny is reunited with two close friends from high school, one of whom is awaiting a heart transplant (Lochlyn Munro), he is tormented by a vision of the other (Ally Sheedy) becoming the donor.
  12. 12. Zion
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    April 6, 2003
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    The death of Bruce's (John L. Adams) father, Pastor David Lewis (Louis Gosset Jr.), leads Bruce on an amazing journey down the road not taken.
  13. 13. The Storm
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    July 6, 2003
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    When Johnny is caught in a deadly storm, he is forced to come to terms with his own destiny in order to save those he loves.
  14. 14. Plague
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    July 13, 2003
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    When J.J. (Spencer Achtymichuk) falls prey to a deadly new virus sweeping across the Northeast, Johnny must use his powers to solve the medical mystery in time to save his son's life.
  15. 15. Déjà Voodoo
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    July 20, 2003
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    Johnny meets a beautiful woman (Reiko Aylesworth) in danger and is reminded again of the potentially dire consequences of even the smallest of choices.
  16. 16. The Hunt
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    July 23, 2003
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    A covert branch of U.S. intelligence recruits Johnny to track down the world's most wanted terrorist.
  17. 17. The Mountain
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    August 3, 2003
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    After Johnny is struck by the vision of a plane lost in a crash, thieves in search of a missing treasure take Johnny, Sara, Walt and J.J. hostage.
  18. 18. The Combination
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    August 10, 2003
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    Johnny goes public with his vision of a heavyweight contender dying in an upcoming bout but instead of stopping the fight, his announcement turns it into the pay-per-view event of the year.
  19. 19. Visions
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    August 17, 2003
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    Johnny sets out to discover the secret of a mysterious man (Frank Whaley) who appears to be stalking him but actually has a life-changing message for Johnny.

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Directors
Michael RobinsonJames HeadNick MarckMike Rohl
Supporting actors
Sean Patrick FlaneryDavid Ogden StiersChris Bruno
Season year
2003
Network
Lionsgate
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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JoeWReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dead Zone Fans Beware
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Warning -- If you are looking for the unaired original Dead Zone pilot episode that was offered for a short time as a bonus to those who purchased the First Season Set, do not buy this DVD.
Although this is a great DVD, it is the same first episode that is included in the First Season Set.

I purchased the first season set after the deadline for taking advantage of the offer for the bonus DVD. I really wanted to see the original unaired pilot episode and I mistakenly thought that this was it. To my dismay found that it was the 2 hour series premier that I already had on the First Season Set.
I guess this one will find its way to a friend or end up in the used bin at the video store.
If you are unfamiliar with The Dead Zone and don't want to lay out the bucks for the complete First Season Set, this DVD is an outstanding intro to the series. However, if you love the series, go for the gusto and get the set. I'm on my second viewing of the set and can't wait for the release of the Second Season Set.
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A. TrotterReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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Because it's a remake, I must compare it to the original. Here goes: This version has better acting, better special effects, more humor, and is up-to-date. It isn't exactly like the book, but in this case I actually think that's to it's benefit. (I love the book. It's perfect and complete in itself. This is the begining of a series, so they've altered that.... but I still like it.) I'm looking foreward with great anticipation to the rest of the series.
It's not exactly like the book.... the book has an ending which, in ordered to make this story into a series, they had to change. I love the book, it is a perfect little Stephen King jewel. But I love this altered version as well.
I live overseas at the moment, and don't get to see much American TV; so I was sort of going out on a limb when I ordered this completely unseen and only slightly reviewed.
I was not disapointed.
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Sean R. StricklandReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling, Riveting...Yes!
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I had, recently, seen brief bits of the DEAD ZONE television show and I had garnered an observation that the production, acting, special effects, and script were of a superior kind...and my main purpose/motivation for renting the DVD television premiere.
What I viewed was everything I expected and much more. The storyline/script is smartly written, with each scene vital and drawing the viewer in (i.e. you or me). The exploration of this man's coma/accident-induced powers...the untapped realm of the brain known as the "dead zone"...is explored with great imagination and emotional impact.
There was one scene that placed me in awe of the production values of this film. It involves the dead zone guy's Vietnamese doctor who, through his patient's powers, discovers that his mother is alive, not dead as the doctor had thought. In the reunion scene...a scene that will make you reach for the tissues, I have not seen in a long time a film that displayed such raw and genuine emotion (with special mention going to the actors in this scene). Just thinking about that scene makes me savor film and the power/art of film-making at its best. The exhileration of the reunion, with no dialogue whatsoever, was truly astounding. Once you see that scene, you'll know what I'm talking about (get the tissues in advance)...
I, too, cannot wait for the rest of the season to come out on DVD. And though I rented this movie, I plan to also buy it shortly.
I believe the reason this film was so effective as a pilot for the rest of the show is the directoral prowess of Michael Pillar whose ability in film production is most evident in the latter years of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Whether or not you like that latter television series, those shows, especially the 5th-7th seasons, were critically praised. Pillar's influence in the DEAD ZONE is visibly apparent. I do not know whether the rest of the series has held to the same production values, however, I have viewed several episodes that were quality-made.
This film deserves a 4.5 rating...
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Lawrance BernaboReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stephen King's novel is turned into a pretty good TV series
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"The Dead Zone" is one of my favorite Stephen King novels and I have taught it a couple of times in class because of the way in which the series of events persuade Johnny Smith to do what he does at the end. It is also one of the best Stephen King books to recommend to people who do not like Stephen King books (i.e., monsters and scary things). The 1983 movie version of "The Dead Zone" was one of my least favorite Stephen King movies, mainly because I thought the casting of Christopher Walken as Johnny was a mistake; Johnny has to be more of an ordinary guy in extraordinary circumstances, and nobody can ever mistake Walken for ordinary. Anyhow, the idea of turning "The Dead Zone" into a television series instantly appealed to me, because the premise of the character and the episodic nature of the novel, both lent themselves to such an adaptation.
The premise is fairly simple. Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall) is a high school teacher who has some minor psychic abilities as a result of a childhood accident. One night, after a fun date with his fiancé, Sarah (Nicole de Boer), Johnny is in a car accident. He wakes up six years later to find his perfect life is gone and that now, when he touches someone, he gets intense psychic images that serve as warnings of back things happening. With great power comes great responsibility and Johnny tries to use his gift to help.
There are some problems with this movie that serves as the pilot for "The Dead Zone" television series, but creators Michael and Shawn Piller come up with several significant changes from the novel that serve as a solid foundation for the first season and beyond. This television pilot is actually the first two episodes thrown together (for distribution as a movie if the series was not sold), with the first hour devoted to establishing Johnny's new situation and the second to the serial killer story from the novel. The main problem is that there are several instances where things get a bit rushed: Johnny wakes up in the hospital and Dr. Tran (Rick Tae) IMMEDIATELY tells him that he has been in a coma for six years. Dr. Tran wants to wait to tell Johnny that his mother died and his fiancé got married during those six years, but the whole six years of your life gone in an instance he hits this guy with right away. Similarly, in terms of everything that Sarah has to tell him he picks up on in flash when he touches her and even the wall that exists between Johnny and Sarah's husband Walt Bannerman (Chris Bruno) does not last long in the second hour of the show. Also, if you want to have fun nitpicking, Johnny would have known about O.J. Fortunately, while the serial killer plot gets resolved in the second hour, as dictated by the USA network, the series did go on to take its time with Greg Stillson.
What outweighs these problems are some of the changes the brothers Piller made in the elements of the novel. First, on their fun date Johnny and Sarah produced a child, which gives the characters an unavoidable link and another aspect to the new love triangle. Second, related to that, is the idea to back Sarah's husband Sheriff Bannerman (this raises a question: will Johnny warn Walt about Cujo?), which adds another layer of complexity to the love triangle because Walt the husband and Bannerman the sheriff have different relationships with Johnny under different circumstances. Third, Johnny's parents are now out of the picture and in their place is the Reverend Gene Purdy (David Ogden Stiers), the beneficiary of Vera Smith's money and a powerful figure with a continuing interest in Johnny, an interest that exists on multiple levels and cannot really be pinned down. Fourth, Johnny Smith now has a sidekick, Bruce Lewis (John L. Adams), his physical therapist, and the first true believer. This allows the writers to give Johnny someone to talk to instead of finding ways to get Johnny to think out loud all of the time.
Fifth, picking up from the theatrical version, when Johnny has his visions we see him there, in the setting. An extension of this, taken from the novel, is that Johnny unconsciously mimics the person he is seeing, talking their language. This works very well with the subplot involving Dr. Tran, who is the updated version of Dr. Weizak (a nice move, both in terms of the updating and in terms of the new resolution to the question of Tran's mother). This also provides the director to come up with some stunning set pieces as everyone freezes and Johnny walks through the moment paying attention to the details (it looks like he is walking through a Matrix-like CGI shot, but it is simply done for the most part). But there are some equally impressive effects created during Johnny's visions by cutting back and forth between now and then, or by doing reverse shots from two different locations. Consequently, "The Dead Zone" has a visual style that makes for some nice examples of creativity in filming a television show.
The second hour does a nice job of establishing the rules of the game here in terms of how Johnny gets flashes of the future, but that it is a future that can be changed: you taken one moment out of the string of life and everything changes. This becomes a very workable premise for a television series, with the story of a real life superhero, on to which we throw all the interpersonal angst of Johnny's relationships. It would have been nice to have seen what this show would have done if they had been allowed to take their time with these initial story threads, but being rushed by the network seems a small price to pay if it means getting the series on the air. As a TV pilot this 2002 version of "The Dead Zone" is not perfect, but it does a very good job of establishing a solid foundation for a pretty good television series.
Final Note: If you pick up the first season of "The Dead Zone" on DVD you get the TV pilot as the first two episodes, but you do not get the commentary (which is split in half) that appears on this particular DVD.
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"fireavalanche"Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Totally outstanding!!
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As an Aussie viewer of this series, I was so completely blown away by this fantastic series that I HAD to order the pilot episode AND the complete first season. At this point in time, I've only been able to find the time to watch this particular DVD, so I thought I'd write a few words about it.
In one word, outstanding!! Watching this today brought back all of the great memories about the opening act of what will continue to be a great series. I'm absolutely itching to watch the complete first season again (this time on the DVD's I recently purchased), and am sure that I will love every bit of it, just like I did when I watched the show on TV in 2002.
This DVD has been superbly created, and is a "must have" for any Dead Zone fan. I particularly liked hearing what the actors and producers had to say about the making of the episode, as well as viewing the alternate ending and the interview concerning Series Two, which is yet to be seen here in Australia at all. In fact, I believe it may never be shown, so I've advanced ordered Series Two on DVD for delivery in April.
One thing that amazed me about this DVD was the fact that it plays in Australian DVD players (technically Region 4), although this is apparently a Region 1 DVD. I also tested it on an X-Box machine, and it worked perfectly too. So, fellow Aussies, don't be put off and feel free to add this DVD to your collection. You won't regret it, especially if you love the series.
Cheers,
S.
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B. NorthamReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2008
2.0 out of 5 stars
Be Careful
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This is the pilot show and is actually included in the 1st Season set. I wasn't sure so I ordered it. It is OK. It is nothing like the book OR movie, but is fair entertainment. I highly recommend the later seasons, but I guess you need to see Season One to understand the characters; especially Stilson. Don't order it if you have also ordered Season One.
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ED DulliReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow!!! Great walk down memory lane... AM Hall is amazing..
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Perfect condition.... Thanks
tonyReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
great movie
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love the movie also a great sereis
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