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Night Stalker: Complete Series [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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carl kolchak in the 70s series was always arguing with everyone over the truth , but in this he pushes harder ,its more violent & fast paced ,hes still investigating the unknown & when he finds an answer as before the police & newspaper cover it up ,the pilot episode was really good & the story revolved around a wolf-like creature who kolchak believed killed his
wife.this is like night stalker , x-files & csi rolled into one ! when you view this two dvd set of great new episodes try to remember the directors have updated night stalker for the 21st century ,if you look closely in the pilot you will see darren mcgavin in the office in a cameo ! for those who have never seen night stalker, try this,its scary
unexplained stuff ,of things that go bump in the night,i can see this gaining a cult following like the original, enjoy !
There's none of the original's witty banter but plenty of X-Files hangovers - mysterious anonymous sources, an only hinted at conspiracy, keywords appearing on the screen in the titles, and similar music scoring included - which probably isn't too surprising considering executive producer/writer Frank Spotnitz previously produced The X-Files. Whereas the original took its monsters seriously while spoofing all the newspaper movie clichés and conventions and occasionally going off on quirky tangents, this takes itself very seriously with little time for cracking wise, and replacing the original's sense of fun with much brooding and monologuing tends to make it feel more like an impersonator than the genuine Carl Kolchak.Read more ›
Most people know that the 70s Night Stalker TV movies & subsequent Kolckak series were a major influence on the X Files, and when that show finished Frank Spotnitz was offered the chance to recreate Kolckak for a modern audience. Now the original is usually spoken of in hushed terms of awe, but to be honest I always thought it was really a product of it's time and like other shows from the same era it has not really aged well. If you take this as a reimagining of the original (like Battlestar Galactica), rather than a remake, it works really well & I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. In fact, I thought the 4 that were not originally shown were among the best. There are also some helpful commentaries, plus an interview with Frank Spotnitz, which go some way to explaining where the show was likely to be heading had it survived.
In a way, things have come full circle & now it is easy to spot the X Files influences on Night Stalker rather than the reverse... a believer, a skeptic, some spooky stories & questions that are not neatly ticked off & answered at the end of an episode. Add this to a truly epic shootout, a few really scary moments & a really good cast (plus some decent guest stars) then you have a series well worth watching and yet again one which was cancelled far before it's time. OK, you have to suspend your disbelief on a fairly regular basis, but that didn't exactly hold back the X Files did it?
Finally, it is worth noting that episode 8 was originally intended to be episode 2, so from a continuity basis it should be watched after the pilot or the relationship between the 2 leads will not make sense.
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Great if you love stuart Townsend :) and a great price but make sure you have the right DVD player firstPublished on 15 April 2013 by Little red
First saw a few episodes on the television, then it disappeared and it never repeated. So I bought the dvd. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by Scooba Diva
I strongly say this if you are a person of some even reasonable intelligence that finds an American Tv Show you like chances are the American net work making it will cancel it as... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2012 by ANDREW1971
An excellent x-files style series, wherein Kolchak ( played by Mr Townsend of Queen of the Damned fame ) does battle with a variety of supernatural foes. Very watchable.Published on 28 Nov. 2011 by I. P. Terry