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NIGHT STALKER - THE COMPLETE SERIES
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Reviewed by: Matt Withers

Directed by: Rob Bowman, Tony Wharmby

Starring:
Stuart Townsend
Gabrielle Union
Eric Jungmann

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Intrepid reporter Carl Kolchak chases after any story dealing with mysterious deaths, the supernatural, and/or general weirdness. Why? Well he and his pregnant wife were attacked along a lonely road side one night and the end result was - dead wife, missing fetus. Plus there’s the matter of a birthmark on Kolchak’s wrist that was left for unknown reasons on his deceased honey’s body. Carl’s got questions, and dammit he’s gonna get answers.
Is it good movie?
This series flat out rocked, and the DVD does it ample justice. All of the episodes that aired had a taut storyline and even managed to be pretty scary. Nothing like having a pregnant mother dragged across gravel (not Kolchak’s wife, but a different unlucky lady) by an unknown entity to start off a pilot. When her dead body is found in the desert with the fetus ripped from her womb it becomes immediately clear that nothing is safe in the world of the new NIGHT STALKER.

What follows is the creative mixture of death and mystery that fans have learned to expect from creator Frank Spotnitz (read interview here). Fortunately the stellar cast easily lives up to the task. Stuart Townsend is outstanding as Carl Kolchak, and his support comes in the form of a ridiculously talented group that includes Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann and Cotter Smith.

The one potential downside for this short lived treat is that those who loved the original and can't approach this as a completely different animal (which it is) will probably not be able to get past the fact that Carl Kolchak is no longer played by Darren McGavin. However, the magic of CGI does allow for a pretty cool in-character cameo by McGavin in the pilot episode.
Video / Audio
Video: Aspect Ratio: 1.78: 1

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English subtitles
The Extras
Commentary by: Show creators on "Pilot" Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo; Show creators on "The Sea - Part 2 of 2" Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo [Spotnitz gets heavily into the very cool mythology he created for the show that unfortunately did not have much time to develop; a must listen] 4 episodes never seen on TV [Including one that got dumped for being too “monster heavy”; and thankfully the second part of The Sea which never aired]

A conversation with Frank Spotnitz

Deleted scenes

Script printer (DVD ROM) - final episodes never produced [for those like me who just can’t let it go]
Last Call
In my opinion all genre fans should check this one out. It's creepy, interesting, intense, gory, and the only downside is that it hurts so much to know it's over. F*ckin' network boneheads!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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