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Wild Palms - Series 1 - Complete [1993] [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Belushi, Dana Delany, Kim Cattrall
  • Producers: Oliver Stone
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 274 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00139B74A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,615 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oliver Stone's tech-noir mini-series set in a future where big business plans to hijack new technology in order to control the minds of the population. Set in Los Angeles at the start of the 21st century, Harry Wycoff (James Belushi) has just been promoted to president of a television company that has developed a revolutionary technology which projects 3-D holographic images into people's homes. The technology however, is being targetted by a shadowy group known as 'The Fathers', who seek to use it as a form of mind-control.

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A stylish and enigmatic TV drama that draws you in as the intrigue unfolds. From the first episode the acting is brilliant as James Belushi stars in a well typcast role and is totally unpredictable at every turn. The story twists and turns in such a way as to lead you down paths, only to emerge in a totally unexpected place. The futuristic appearance of the cast combined with an excellent plot make this a joy to watch. It is lavishly produced and won't fail to disappoint those who enjoy something a little quirky and off the wall. It is remeniscent of a Quentin Tarantino film. The storyline revolves around a TV giant of the future and it's director who has a vision of what future TV should look like. Not wanting to spoil the plot, watch it and enjoy the experience of mimicom.
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Wild Palms - Series 1 - Complete [1993] [DVD]It's 2007. Harry Wyckoff is a lawyer who gets sucked into the secret society of Wild Palms - a cabal of fascist thugs and virtual reality visionaries led by the charismatic Senator Anton 'Tony' Kreutzer. Kreutzer wishes to control the minds of his followers ("New Realists") and the destiny of the world through drugs(Mimezine), religion(Synthiotics)-and telivision. Harry Wyckoff must fight for the life of his mind as he's flung into a nightmare of smoke and funhouse mirrors; his struggle can only lead to tragedy...or transcendence. In this brave new world, interactive sitcoms commune with death squads, Japanese mythology and Brian Wilson; nothing is real. The film is a wake-up call of aggressive and unbridled creativity that takes TV's yarn-spinning capabilities to a higher, stranger place. The film is a Malleus Maleficarum of a gaudy paranoias. In its length, scope sweeping visual tableaux, and over-the-top passion, Wild Palms is more like an Opera than a TV show.
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Not exactly as I remember it from watching in the 90s, but worth a watch nonetheless. It dragged in places, but the story is OK and the idea of future styles seen from the early 90s is great. Nice shots of LA buildings, too.

A few nice cameos, most notably for me William Gibson.
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Maybe it is the quickened expectations of a future completing its pregnancy. The years of Rapture; when all our dreams will come true - and so will all our fears.
The gadgets and the drugs and the conspiring social undercurrents, all interwoven with prophetic dreams of a rhinoceros in your own drained pool.

It is coming; Modern dystopia is coming; and it will be televised!

David Lynch and William Gibson fans will love it!
If you did not catch it when shown, rent it. You will love it so much you will want to own it!
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How to describe this series? In the words of Colonel Melchett in Blackadder, it has more twists and turns than a twisty, turny thing! Even when Angie Dickinson was asked what it was all about, she replied "I don't know"! But all said, this series does one thing other series rarely do these days, it makes you think. It's a very clever series that when answering one question, asks another two. I think that can be put down to having Oliver Stone at the helm. Like his films, he dares to ask questions that nobody else does. A mixture of drama and science fiction (special effects are superb) and a stellar cast including Jim Belushi, Dana Delaney, Angie Dickinson (A brilliant Cruella De Ville role), Robert Loggia, Kim Cattrall, David Warner, Ernie Hudson plus a superb cameoe from Brad Douriff make this a must see DVD for all conspiracy theorists.
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Maybe it is the quickened expectations of a future completing its pregnancy. The years of Rapture; when all our dreams will come true - and so will all our fears.
The gadgets and the drugs and the conspiring social undercurrents, all interwoven with prophetic dreams of a rhinoceros in your own drained pool.
It is coming; Modern dystopia is coming; and it will be televised!

David Lynch and William Gibson fans will love it!
If you did not catch it when shown, rent it. You will love it so much you will want to own it!
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There are no subtitles and the sound quality was very poor. We had to turn the volume to maximum and even then you could not always hear what was being said
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By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2011
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I remember this getting a pretty poor reception when it came out, but on a whim decided to give it a go and I'm glad I did. It's kind of cyberpunk meets Greek tragedy and despite being set in the then futuristic 2008 it has aged remarkably well. The issues it tackles around the power of the media and the nature of reality are as relevant today as they were in 1993 - perhaps more so.

It looks fantastic and has some strong performances, a rich allusive script, the plot at times seems all over the place - but stick with it. Quibbles would be that the pace and tone are a bit uneven, probably down to the mix of directors used, strongest episode for me was the Kathryn Bigelow directed Rising Sons.

Overall though it's a joy to watch and a reminder of how pedestrian TV drama has become.
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