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The Dead Zone 4K: Collector's Edition (1983)

The Dead Zone 4K: Collector's Edition (1983)

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 Actors: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst
Director: David Cronenberg
Language: ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles: English
Region: Region Free (BD Region A)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of Discs: 2
Rating: R
Orig Release Date: 1983
Studio: Shout Factory
Release Date: 12/19/2023
Run Time: 104 Min.
Special Features: DISC ONE: 4K UHD
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Filmmaker Mike Flanagan and Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler of The Kingcast - this feature-length track from the director of Doctor Sleep and the hosts of The Kingcast. Flanagan, Wampler, and Vespe. The participants discuss The Dead Zone in relation to King's literary and cinematic universe, making comparisons to such diverse novels as The Stand and Dolores Clairborne. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Mark Irwin, Moderated by Michael Felsher - Irwin shares information, with memories of The Dead Zone. He spends the first half of the track talking about the actors and sets. The second half he gets more into camera work and the lenses he used. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian/Author Dr. Steve Haberman and Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr - Both authors read two drafts of Jeffrey Boam's script and compare the changes that Cronenberg made to the film. Nasr's friend and King author, Bev Vincent, is edited into the track to give his impressions. Nasr knows King's oeuvre very well. He worked as a video archivist on The Green Mile (1999) and was on the set for Michael Clarke Duncan's scenes. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Michael Gingold - Gingold traces how the scenes and exposition dovetails or varies in the later adaptation. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Film Music Historian Daniel Schweiger with Isolated Score Selections - Schweiger presents a biography of Michael Kamen and traces his musical influences for The Dead Zone. There's excerpts from Kamen's score played independent from the f/x. In English, not subtitled.


DISC TWO: Blu-ray

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Filmmaker Mike Flanagan and Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler of The Kingcast - this feature-length track from the director of Doctor Sleep and the hosts of The Kingcast. Flanagan, Wampler, and Vespe. The participants discuss The Dead Zone in relation to King's literary and cinematic universe, making comparisons to such diverse novels as The Stand and Dolores Clairborne. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Mark Irwin, Moderated by Michael Felsher - Irwin shares information, with memories of The Dead Zone. He spends the first half of the track talking about the actors and sets. The second half he gets more into camera work and the lenses he used. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian/Author Dr. Steve Haberman and Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr - Both authors read two drafts of Jeffrey Boam's script and compare the changes that Cronenberg made to the film. Nasr's friend and King author, Bev Vincent, is edited into the track to give his impressions. Nasr knows King's oeuvre very well. He worked as a video archivist on The Green Mile (1999) and was on the set for Michael Clarke Duncan's scenes. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Michael Gingold - Gingold traces how the scenes and exposition dovetails or varies in the later adaptation. In English, not subtitled.
  • Audio Commentary with Film Music Historian Daniel Schweiger with Isolated Score Selections - Schweiger presents a biography of Michael Kamen and traces his musical influences for The Dead Zone. There's excerpts from Kamen's score played independent from the f/x. In English, not subtitled.
  • Cold Visions: Producing THE DEAD ZONE (20:32, 1080p) - Shout! filmed these interviews with production manager John M. Eckert and associate producer Jeffrey Chernov. Eckert and Chernov are interviewed in person and in separate locations. Eckert looks back at Cronenberg hooking up with Debra Hill, while Chernov shares his remembrances of Dino De Laurentiis. Eckert and Chernov also give their recollections of Cronenberg and the main acting principals. In English, not subtitled.
  • Sarah's Story – An Interview with Actress Brooke Adams (10:37, 1080p) - Adams reminisces about the musical theater she partook in at the urging of her father, the play (The Philanderer) that she performed in with Christopher Walken, Walken as a stage actor versus a screen actor, Cronenberg's personality, the deep romance at the heart of The Dead Zone, and the unforgettable aspects of the movie. In English, not subtitled.
  • Memories from THE DEAD ZONE (12:19, upconverted to 1080i) - one of four featurettes that Paramount produced in 2006. It presents interviews with director David Cronenberg, co-star Brooke Adams, Douglas E. Winter (author of Stephen King: The Art of Darkness), and editor Ronald Sanders. The piece intersperses talking points with vintage stills and film clips. In English, not subtitled.
  • The Look of THE DEAD ZONE (9:25, upconverted to 1080i) - Winter and Cronenberg return for this program, and are also joined by Mark Irwin. (The participants were interviewed separately.) The interviewees focus on the Ontario locations, including the now well-known gazebo near Niagara, the outdoor scenes for Stillson's rally, and the Dodd home. In English, not subtitled.
  • Visions and Horror from THE DEAD ZONE (9:44, upconverted to 1080i) - Irwin and Cronenberg go into detail about some of the moments in the film. Sanders and Winter are interviewed toward the end. In English, not subtitled.
  • The Politics of THE DEAD ZONE (11:34, upconverted to 1080i) - Winter and Cronenberg profile senatorial candidate Greg Stillson. Martin Sheen is shown in a 1983 interview. More excerpts from Sanders and Adams's interviews from '06 are added here. In English, not subtitled.
  • Trailers from Hell – Mick Garris on THE DEAD ZONE (2:11, 1080p) - Garris introduces and delivers commentary about The Dead Zone while Paramount's theatrical trailer plays. In English, not subtitled.
  • Theatrical Trailer (2:16, 1080p) - Paramount's original cinema trailer for The Dead Zone, which Shout! has restored and presents in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (192 kbps).
  • TV Spots (1:05, upconverted to 1080i) - two TV spots promoting The Dead Zone that were broadcast in the fall of 1983. The first looks like it's taken from a master. Second is inferior with VHS static lines and drained colors.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Still Gallery (13:10, 1080i) - a slide show of on-set production photographs from The Dead Zone's shoot. A total of 157 distinct color images displays over the thirteen minutes. These are comprised entirely of interior scenes. They show Cronenberg at work with his crew and actors. Tim Lucas covered the movie as part of a feature article he wrote for a double issue in Cinefantastique and supplied Shout! Factory with these vintage photos.
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