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The Dead Zone

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Stephen King
  • Producers: Debra Hill, Dino De Laurentiis, Jeffrey Chernov
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Sept. 26 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000GBEWH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,676 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Adams/Lorn/Sheen ~ Dead Zone

The Dead Zone is based on a novel by Stephen King, directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, The Fly) and produced by Debra Hill (Halloween, The Fog). Such a trio of horror vets would be expected to come up with an evening of shocks and gore, but The Dead Zone is a surprise. While it has great atmospheric eeriness and undeniably scary moments, The Dead Zone is at heart a sensitive and thoughtful portrayal of main character Johnny Smith's dilemma. Christopher Walken, king of the vaguely creepy, plays Smith, a man who awakens from a five-year coma with the very mixed blessing of second sight. At the mere touch of a hand, Smith is unwillingly launched into scenes of past and future terror. (Director Cronenberg is said to have fired blanks from a .357 Magnum just out of camera range to keep Walken's flinching spontaneous.) The Dead Zone wisely takes its time telling the story, and thus allows for some great performances. Walken gives a rich portrayal of the conflicted Smith, and Colleen Dewhurst and Tom Skerritt both do welcome turns in smaller roles. The most fun of all, though, is clearly being had by Martin Sheen, who gives a spirited performance as a complete sleazebag. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Cronenberg took a definite twist from his usual shock-laden films when he helmed THE DEAD ZONE. One of King's best books, this is also one of the best adaptations of his books. Beautifully filmed with an expert talented cast, THE DEAD ZONE is a heartbreaking look at Johnny Smith, a young man who loses five years of his life lying in a coma. When he awakens, the girl he planned to marry has already wed, and has a young son. He is physically handicapped and sentenced to a world he doesn't know or understand. Christopher Walken gives one of his finest performances as Johnny. Beautifully understated and poignantly touching, Walken creates a Johnny you will never forget. And what a fine cast he has to support him: Brooke Adams as his love Sarah who still loves Johnny but knows there is no hope for a future together with him; Martin Sheen as the preening, dangerous Senatorial candidate with a predicted itchy finger; Tom Skerritt as the frustrated sheriff who seeks Johnny's help; Colleen Dewhurst as the mother of a serial killer who knew his crimes; Herbert Lom as Walken's doctor and mentor, who tries to help Johnny adjust; Anthony Zerbe as the father who wants so much for his son to function normally in his world; and Nicholas Campbell as a deputy hiding a horrifying secret.
The stark winter landscapes add to the chill and there are horrors here, but they are the horrors of not belonging, of loving someone you can never have.
A brilliant film and a must for King affecionados and lovers of compelling psychological thrillers.
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One of my wierd little pet peeves is people who instantly associate Stephen King's name with gory schlock. And I just know that these people have probably never read any of his books. King is way more than just a horror writer (and when he writes horror, it is far from schlock), but can also write touching dramas, and his Dead Zone novel is a testament to this. Cronenberg's movie also stands (alongside Carrie) as perhaps the best King adaption ever. This is due in big part to the ingenious casting of Christopher Walken as the sympathetic hero. We watch what he goes through, losing his girl and his mother and now having this new psychic talent, and we sympathize for him. You'd be surprised to discover how sweet the movie is, and we get to see Johnny Smith help a lot of people out. The movie also has a slam-bang ending which manages to tie everything together in about two minutes without seeming rushed.
Overall, you gotta love Walken and Cronenberg equals brilliance, and when they're hard at work to adapt something from master Stephen King, you get: MASTERPIECE.
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Thsi is w=one of my favorite movies and Christopher Walken struck me as both eerie and sad in this film long before I knew who he even was. Whats handled nicely here is the responsibility of precognitive dreams. It could've simply been about him seeing things and doing something but this makes them more complex than that as it works to deal with the ramifications of all of this ability. In someways this is about the web that permeates from our lives to that of others and how we're only a few people away from destruction, how we're linked to darkness in ways we don't even suspect. I think that this and the Shining take the best look into someone having an odd ability an dthe personal price that wroughts. Whats nice about Stephen King's concept is that it pretty much came off here. Perhaps what works best in his films is the lack of special effects. To try and produce them with tends to disrupt the flow of the movie. Here Walken's acting and Brooke Adams make a tragic couple who's lives were interrupted for a number of years by his coma but ultimately their love is the sacrifice to save the world from Martin Sheen. Perhaps the message, intended or not is to look at our lives as part of a bigger landscape than just what we want.
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Stephen King is a really good writer, even though he has become known as the king of horror. However, the best Stephen King stories are the one's that really aren't horror stories, such as "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and THE GREEN MILE. Not surprisingly, these are the same stories that when adapted have been turned into the best movies. THE DEAD ZONE is another one of these films.
THE DEAD ZONE is about a teacher named Johnny Smith (brilliantly played by Christopher Walken). After a mysterious night at a carnival, Johnny gets in a car accident after dropping off his girlfriend. He survives the accident but enters a coma and awakens to find himself several years in the future. His entire life has changed seemingly overnight. However, not only that, but Johnny now posesses a psychic gift that allows him to see possible events in the future and events that have occurred in the past. The "gift" seems like a curse and separates Johnny from the rest of the world. The movie builds up to the point when Johnny meets a man running for the US Senate. He sees the evil in the man and the destruction of the world if he is elected. So the question is raised, if you could go back in time and kill Hitler, would you?
THE DEAD ZONE stays fairly close to the King novel it is based upon. There really isn't any horror here, just a tasty morsel of the supernatural. Walken, who so often finds trouble finding good work because of his peculiar physical appearance and voice, fits the part of Johnny Smith perfectly. Also memorable is Tom Skerrit in the role of a local sheriff and Martin Sheen as the shady politician. The movie is worth watching and serves as a good introduction to some of the non-horror writings of Stephen King.
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