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The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder/ Living

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Pure fun and escapism

  • Sep 23, 2000
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I love THE TWILIGHT ZONE for a pure escapism quality and the trademark twist at the end, and these are two of my favourites.

'LIVING DOLL' sees the original Chuckie, Talky Tina (voiced by maestro June Foray),terrorizing a mean-spirited stepfather (Telly Savalas) into thinking he is going mad (more power to ya, Tina!).

'THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER' is writer Rod Serling's most offbeat episode, and most startling. It is almost a story that evokes haunting undercurrents of Nazi Germany and the plight to make people look a certain way. Donna Douglas (in a great and meaty role, a far cry from her then-current gig as Elly May in Paul Henning's THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES) as a woman being operated on by the State to make her look 'normal'.

Very thought-provoking indeed.

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Living Doll, one ofThe Twilight Zone's scariest episodes, written by Charles Beaumont, stars Telly Savalas as a mean-spirited man who makes a pint-sized enemy in his stepdaughter's new and very protective doll, Talky Tina (June Foray, the venerable Queen of Cartoons, who is best known as the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel). He thinks after tossing her in the garbage can that he's seen the last of Tina. But then the telephone rings: "My name is Talky Tina ... and I'm going to kill you." This video also includes one of Rod Serling's best episodes, the thoughtfulThe Eye of the Beholder, in which unseen plastic surgeons labor intensively to make their desperate female patient look "normal." This is one of three must-own volumes of vintageTwilight Zoneepisodes released to commemorate this timeless series' 40th anniversary. Tape 1 features the video premiere ofThe After Hours(the one with the mannequins) andTime Enough at Laststarring Burgess Meredith as the post-apocalyptic bookworm. Tape 3 features the alien-in-a-diner puzzlerWill the Real Martian Please Stand Up, as well as the signature episodeTo Serve Man, whichTV Guiderightfully ranked as one of TV's top 100 episodes of all time.--Donald Liebenson
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Genre: Classics, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: 20th Century Fox

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