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POINT PLEASANT The Complete Series

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 585 minutes, Making Of featurette

STUDIO: FOX

RELEASE DATE: 10-24-2005

DISC 1- PILOT/HUMAN NATURE/WHO'S YOUR DADDY?/THE LONELY HUNTER/LAST DANCE

DISC 2- SECRETS AND LIES/UNRAVELING/SWIMMING WITH BOYD/WAKING THE DEAD

DISC 3- HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN CHOKED/MISSING/MOTHER'S DAY/LET THE WAR COMMENCE

When I heard TRU CALLING was cancelled for a series called POINT PLEASANT, I was very disappointed. I was further saddened when the pilot episode was nothing special. Now it is October and I have started watching the series from episode 2. Now I was pleasantly surprised. It is a series about good and evil and the nature of both within each of us. Except for a few complaints about the final episode, POINT PLEASANT should be given a second chance. A few actors I like or have seen somewhere else are in this series: Richard Burgi, Dina Meyer, and James Morrison.

Christina (Elisabeth Harnois) is saved by a lifeguard, Jesse (Sam Page), off the shore of the coastal town of Point Pleasant. She isn't your normal girl because she is the daughter of the Devil.  Lucas Boyd (Grant Show) shows up in town soon after to try to steer her to her destiny of becoming the Anti-Christ. The two things that stand in his way are the Kramers, a family that took Christina in, and her growing attraction to Jesse. Christina is in Point Pleasant to find her mom, but events are building to a head as a showdown between her and the one who was destined to destroy her might just happen. Judy Kramer finds in Christina the sister she has been missing (since her older sister Isabelle died).  Meg Kramer sees something in Christina and treats her like a daughter. Ben Kramer is a man of science and he is blind to what is going on (and why Isabelle is keep trying to send a tape to him he keeps destroying). Can Christina see the good in her and not become the evil that Boyd want her to become and will Point Pleasant survive her choice?

I liked the way the arc unfolded and the characters developed including a look back at how Boyd started down the path of working for Satan (and then finding out a twist to that story in later episodes). The actress who plays Paula is a definite hottie. Fans of the show will enjoy the five unaired episodes on this set, but many will probably still be mad at FOX (for canceling the show due to low ratings) after watching the final episode. POINT PLEASANT is a series that I couldn't wait to watch the next episode. I hope the show does well on DVD.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The transfer is up there with the best ones for TV on DVD releases from FOX.

AUDIO: English 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

The audio is excellent. The surround mix is pretty impressive. Listen to the storm during UNRAVELING

SPECIAL FEATURES: Sadly all we get is a 14 1/2 minute talky promo fluff featurette about the Making of POINT PLEASANT which is full of talking heads and clips from the show. I would have loved to have a couple of episode audio commentaries and where Marti Noxon would have went with the show if it was around for season 2.

MENUS/COVER AND DISC ART: The cover and disc art are top notch while the menus are just OK looking.

FINAL ANALYSIS: POINT PLEASANT may have tuned out many when it was on TV, but fans will sure enjoy it. If you want to give POINT PLEASANT a second chance on DVD, here is your chance.

this DVD Review is (c)11-2-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com