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American Gothic (6 Discs)

Released on 20 March 2006

Featuring: Brenda Bakke, Gary Cole & Jake Weber

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

4.0 out of 5 (10 customer reviews) | Write a review

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In some ways reminiscent of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, this eerie drama series concentrated on the dark and often disturbing truths hidden beneath the surface of a small American town. Set in Trinity, South Carolina, American Gothic succeeded in its one-season run to intrigue viewers with its mysterious storylines and macabre undertones.

Gary Cole heads up the cast as Sheriff Lucas Buck, Trinity's knight in shining armor. Much of the plot revolves around Buck's attempts to get closer to his illegitimate young son, Caleb Temple (Lucas Black), who has always been told that his father was a man named Gage. Inspiring the curiosity of the local doctor and other neighbours, Caleb and the sheriff become the talk of the town. The sleepy community get even more stirred up when Caleb's cousin Gail comes to town with the goal of protecting the boy. And, to complicate things, someone else also has Caleb's best interests in mind: his dead sister Merlyn, now an angel.

Episodes Comprise:

1. Pilot
2. A Tree Grows in Trinity
3. Eye of the Beholder
4. Damned If You Don't
5. Dead to the World
6. Meet the Beetles
7. Strong Arm of the Law
8. Rebirth
9. Resurrector
10. Inhumanitas
11. The Plague Sower
12. Doctor Death Takes a Holiday
13. The Beast Within
14. To Hell and Back
15. Learning to Crawl
16. Triangle
17. The Buck Stops Here (1)
18. Requiem (2)
19. Potato Boy
20. Ring of Fire
21. Echo of Your Last Goodbye
22. Strangler
  • Deleted scenes
  • Regions 2/4/5

customer Reviews

 Average rating (10 reviews)

 Great Show, Terrible Box Set

| | See all Wanderer73's reviews (1)

The show is fantastic, unfortunately the episodes are on the discs in the order they were shown on US TV orginally, and the network messed around with the show a lot. If you try to watch the DVDs from start to finish you'll end up confused by continuity problems.

Viewing in order is much better but requires a bit of disc swapping. The chronological order is available on wikipedia.

 Great viewing.

| | See all ally72's reviews (6)

However you definitely need to get the playlist fom somewhere like wickepedia to enjoy it at it's best.If you don't the entire series doesn't make much sense as the episodes are all jumbled up.If you watch them the correct way round though a really good series.

 Not to be missed

| | See all Leyla11's reviews (6)

This is one of the little lost gems of the '90s. When it was first aired it was butchered by CBS, which showed a lot of episodes in the wrong order (make sure you get the correct viewing order from Wikipedia, as the DVDs are wrong too).

It was also a show way way ahead of its time. I'm pretty sure that it would have been a sheer success if it had been created in 2010.
It's creepy and incredibly sexy...think about True Blood (but with a much better script & acting) crossed with Supernatural.

Lucas Buck, the enigmatic sheriff of a small town called Trinity is introduced as the villain, but quickly becomes the main force and drive of the show, the very heart of Trinity. I'm not sure the '90s were a ripe time to have such a antihero as the protagonist of a show. He seduces the other characters and the viewers alike and I challenge anyone not to fall prey of his charm and not to cheer for him and hope he gets away with it.

 Underseen, undervalued

| | See all honourablewren's reviews (1)

American Gothic is a tremendous tv show, much in the same vein as Twin Peaks and Carnivale. Set in South Carolina, Lucas Buch is the local Sheriff whose otherworldy powers are put to use throughout the series. The show centres upon Buck (the brilliant Gary Cole) trying to coax his son Caleb (the budding Lucas Black) to his cause with varying degrees of success.

This series was brilliantly written, acted and directed by all members of the crew. However, you wouldn't think it was that good from the shambolic treatment the dvd collection has been given.

Aired in the US order, many of the episodes are out of synch, meaning some characters who leave the show inexplicaply reappear. To add insult to injury, as the shows are not in any paticular order key plot points are revealed too early leaving the viewer vexed.

This show is definitely worth owning and not just for the cultists. However, after episode 12 the treatment of the dvd's leaves the viewer at a loss.

 Glad it's out

| | See all poodle74uk's reviews (2)

This was amazing the first time I watched when it was on terestrial TV, I kept it on Video never thinking it would ever see the light of day.

Lucas Black is fantastic as Caleb and plays the part well, trying to figure out who he can and can't trust, the sheriff or his sister (now a ghost) who went mad.
Can't wait to see it again!!!!

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ActorsBrenda Bakke, Gary Cole, Jake Weber, John Mese, Lucas Black, Nick Searcy, Paige Turco, Sarah Paulson, Arnold Vosloo, Christopher Fennell, Bruce Campbell, Matt Craven, Lynda Clark, Pat Hingle, Veronica Cartwright, Ted Raimi & Alex Van
DirectorLou Antonio, Mike Binder, Peter O'Fallon, Michael Katleman, Jim Charleston, James A. Contner, Michael Nankin, James Frawley, Elodie Keene, Bruce Seth Green, Mel Damski, Doug Lefler, Michael Lange, Oz Scott & Nick Marck
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
SubtitlesNone listed
Duration16 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.