I'm a big fan of The Twilight Zone and shows in a similar vein like The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, and The Ray Bradbury Theater. My wife loves it as well so I purchased this collection as a birthday gift for her. The digital remastering is excellent and the image and sound quality of (most of) the shows is better than I ever remember it looking/sounding when they aired on TV. Most of the shows are half-hour episodes, but in season four they are one hour long. It's wonderful to have all 156 episodes in one collection, as well as all of the plethora of extra goodies that accompany almost every episode. Having the commercials and next week previews that aired with the original shows adds extra depth to the viewing experience. Discovering episodes I've never seen is quite a thrill too.
I might have thought twice about buying this for the list price, but I was able to get it as a Gold Box deal at Amazon.com for under a hundred bucks, so I'm quite pleased. That works out to about 60¢ and episode! I don't see how the quality of a program recorded so long ago could be any better on Blu-ray, so the DVD set is perfect. The only reason I'd want the Blue-ray edition is that it is supposed to include the rare teleplay pilot episode, the Time Element in the season one extras.
My 6 year old daughter and 10 year old son have come to enjoy it too, so we watch it together as a family activity. The kids have even taking to calling our eclectically decorated home the "Mr. Bevis" house, hah! The plot twists and concepts presented in Mr. Serling's series are as gripping and innovative today as they were in 1959 and the 60s. The scripts are not dumbed down like so many of today's sitcoms, and actually make one think. The plethora of great actors that starred in the various stories is yet another plus.
Are there any negatives? A few, but nothing that detracts from my family's enjoyment of this set. A smattering of episodes have an odd video quality that looks as though they were plays filmed live with a handheld camera. I've seen a similar effect on old BBC shows. They often have dark halos around high contrast portions of the recording. The DVDs are a little difficult to remove from the boxes and I fear that I might break one in the process--though I never have. The set also lacks any closed captioning (season one only) or subtitles, and you have to click through each single episode rather than having a "play all" feature, which would have been a nice option.
When on sale, The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection DVD is a spectacular deal and a must have for fans of the original series. As the great man once said, "Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself." Get this set and lose yourself for a while... in the Twilight Zone.
~ Kort -----------
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Item Name: Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection Format: NTSC Language: English Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 28 Rated: No Rated Studio: Image Entertainment DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006 Run Time: 4524 minutes
Product Description: For the first time ever, find all 156 complete episodes of Rod Serling's groundbreaking series in one box set, packed with exciting extras! Travel to another dimension of sight and sound again and again through these stellar remastered high-definition film transfers. Extras include the fascinating Serling bio-documentary Submitted for Your Approval, compelling interviews with the show's writers, the series' unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much, much more!
Special Features • Excerpts from Rod Serlings’s Audio Lectures at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College. • Audio Commentaries by Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Mariette Hartley and more. • Video Interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Jr. and more. • Vintage Audio Recollections with Buck Houghton, Buzz Kulik, Douglas Heyes, Lamont Johnson, Burgess Meredith and more. • Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner and more. • Rod Serling Promos for “Next Week’s” Show. • Rare Rod Serling Appearances: The Liar’s Club, The Mike Wallace Interview, The Garry Moore Show, Tell It To Groucho, The Jack Benny Show and more. • Highlights from the Museum of Television and Radio Seminar. • And Much More!
EPISODE GUIDE(compiled by Amy Lynn)
Season 1: (1959–1960) 36 episodes
"There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone." ~Rod Serling
Episode 1: 'Where is Everybody?'- Earl Holliman stars as a man on the edge of hysteria in a deserted town. Despite the emptiness, he has the strangest feeling hes being watched. Episode 2: 'One for the Angels'- A Salesman cleverly eludes death. But if he lives a little girl must die in his place. Only the salesman greatest pitch can save her. Episode 3: 'Mr. Denton on Doomsday'- A drunk of a gunslinger finds his fast draw abilities can be restored by drinking a magic potion. Episode 4: 'The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine'- an aging former movie star lives and dreams in the past. She refuses to leave her screening room until she disapears. Episode 5: 'Walking Distance'- Martin Sloan is plays a frazzled executive who learns that you can go home again after he steps back in time and meets his mom his dad and himself. Episode 6: 'Escape Clause'- A hypocondriac exchanges his soul for immortality and indestructibility. Episode 7: 'The Lonely'- A covicted murderer incarcerated on a distant asteroid and is dying of lonliness. Episode 8: 'Time Enough at Last'- A Bookworm yearns for more time to read, then a nuclear holocaust leaves him alone in the world with lots of time, plenty to read and an ironic twist. Episode 9: 'Penchance to Dream'- A man whos terrified of falling asleep in fear he might die. His pursuer? A mysterious vixen he meets in his dreams. Episode 10: 'Judgement Night'- 1942, a german wonders why he is on the deck of a British Steamship with no memory of how he got there and impending doom. Episode 11: 'And When the Sky was Opened'- Col. Clegg Forbes 'Rip Taylor' and 2 astronauts return from their space flight. They soon discover that no one remembers them as if they never even existed. Episode 12: 'What You Need'- Two bit thug thinks hes found the key to a better life. Episode 13: 'The Four of us are Dying'- Gifted with the ability to change his face Arch Hammer devises a plan to elevate himself. Episode 14: 'Third from the Sun'- William Surka and a friend steal an experimental spaceship and go off to an unknown planet. Episode 15: I shot an Arrow into the Air'- The worlds first manned space mission goes awry stranding the crew on an asteroid. Episode 16: 'The Hitchhiker'- Alone on a cross country trip Nan Adams has a blowout. Surviving the incident, she gets back on the road, only to see the same hitch-hiker everywhere she looks. Episode 17: 'The Fever'- Tight fisted Franklin Gibbs is not happy when his wife wins a trip for 2 to Vegas. But things change when he falls under the spell of a slot machine that calls his name! Episode 18: 'The Last Flight'- World War One flying ace flies through a mysterious and lands at a modern U.S. Airbase in the year 1960. Episode 19: 'The Purple Testament'- Lt. Fitzgerald has found his own special wartime hell. Looking into the faces of his men prior to battle he has the ability to see whos about to die. Episode 20: 'Elegy'- 3 astronauts land on a remote asteroid where everyone is frozen in place. Episode 21: 'Mirror Image'- A woman spies her exact double at a bus station and becomes convinced the double is trying to take her place in this world. A fellow passenger thinks shes crazy..at first. Episode 22: 'The monsters are due on Maple St'- Inexplicable events cause the residents of Maple Street to errupt into rioting. Residents suspect alien invasion. Episode 23: 'A World Of Diffrence'- Arthur Curtis thinks hes an average businessman living a normal life. Or is he an actor playing a businessman in an office thats really a set? Episode 24:' Long live Walter Jameson'- A history teacher who talks about the past as if he lives it. Episode 25: 'People are Alike all over'- Space expidition crashes on Mars. Episode 26: 'Execution'- man in 1880 about to be hanged for shooting a man in the back. Episode 27: 'The Big Tall Wish'- Over the hill prizefighter gets a boost from a lil boy whos a big fan in a disillusioned world. Episode 28: 'A Nice Place to Visit'- After being shot to death a theif encounters white haired pip who gives him everything he wishes. Episode 29: 'Nightmare as a Child'- A schoolteacher who has blocked out the details of her Mother's murder and encounters a strange little girl. Episode 30: 'A stop at Willoughby'- Advertising exec cracks under pressure of his job dreaming about a peaceful town called Willoughby. Episode 31: 'The Chaser'- Roger Shackleforth, desperate to win the affection of the beautiful Leila, slips her a love potion. Episode 32: 'A Passage for Trumpet'- After commiting suicide an unsuccessful trumpet player is given a second chance at life. Episode 33: 'Mr. Bevis'- A good natured, accident prone eccentric whos guardian angel gives him a chance at success. Episode 34: 'The After Hours'- A woman discovers that the floor of a department store on which she bought a gold thimble dosent exist. Episode 35: 'The Mighty Casey'- Baseball team with a robot player. Episode 36: 'A world of his own'- Noted playwright who discovers he can make anything appear or disappear by just describing it.
Season 2: (1960–1961) 29 episodes
"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone." ~Rod Serling
Episode 37: 'King Nine Will not Return'- WWII captain/a vast desert. Where is his crew and why are futuristic jets flying overhead? Episode 38: 'The Man in the Bottle'- A curio shop owner thinks hes found happiness when a genie he discovers in an old bottle grants him 4 wishes. Episode 39:' Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room'- Small time hood is ordered to commit a murder he dosent want to perform. Episode 40: 'A Thing about Machines'- A man despises any sort of machine, and he'll experience a new kind of terror when he learns the feeling is mutual. Episode 41: 'The Howling Man'- During a walking trip in Europe Ellington loses his way and meets an insane monk claimed hes captured by the Devil. Episode 42:' Eye of the beholder aka Private World of Darkness'- Janets hideous face has made her an outcast all her life. As she waits for her last chance surgery, she ponders the consequence of failure. Episode 43: 'Nick of Time'- A superstitious newlywed becomes obsessed with a penny fortune telling machine. Episode 44:' The Lateness of the Hour'- Dr. Loren and the faultless Robot services he invented. Episode 45: 'The trouble with Temptation'- An aging actor who longs for the old days when his wife was alive. Hes given a glimpse of the past. Episode 46: 'A most unusual camera'- Two thieves find out a camera they have stolen take pictures of the future. Episode 47: 'Night of the Meek'- Christmas in the Twilight Zone. Art Carney as a forelorn department Santa who takes to drinking. Episode 48:'Dust'- A man about to be hanged for running over a little girl. The girls father uses magic dust and a change comes over village. Episode 49: 'Back There'- A man who travels back in time to Lincolns assassination. Episode 50: 'The Whole Truth'- Automobile compels used car dealer to tell the truth. He cant sell a single vehicle on his lot until he comes up with an unusual idea. Episode 51: 'The Invaders'- A flying saucer lands in the attic of an isolated house. Spaceship begins to stalk old woman. Episode 52: 'A penny for your thoughts'- Flip of a coin gives banker the power to read minds. Episode 53: 'Twenty Two'- Woman is terrified of returning nightmare involving number Twenty Two. Episode 54: 'The Odyssey of Flight 33'- Flight 33 picks up a tail wind and is blown off course. After corrected the flight arrives at its destination- a billion years of course. Episode 55: 'Mr. Dingle, The Strong'- A timid salesman is given super strength by a martian experimentor. Episode 56: 'Static'- an antique radio starts to broadcast programs from an old mans youth that only he can hear. Episode 57: 'The Prime Mover'- Ace Larson discovers his business partner can move things with his mind. They set out for Vegas and win. Episode 58: 'Long Distance Call'- Before Grandma died she gave Billy a toy telephone. When he uses it to talk to her, his parents dismiss it as imagination. Episode 59: 'A hundred yards over the Rim'- 1847, a western settler sets out to find medicine for his son, he returns with much more than medicine. Episode 60: 'The Rip Van Winkle Caper'- Thieves put themselves into suspended animation for 100 years after hiding a million dollars worth of gold bars. Episode 61: 'The Silence'- Archie Taylor offers man half a million dollars if he can keep quiet for a year. Episode 62: 'Shadow Play'- a man trapped in a reaccuring nightmare. Episode 63: 'The Mind and the Matter'- a book on the power of thought enables a worker to recreate the world exactly how he wants it. Episode 64: 'Will the real Martian please stand up'- State troopers follow tracks from an unidentified flying object. Episode 65: 'The Obsolete Man'- In a future state where religion and books have been banned, a librarian is judged obsolete by The Chancelor and sentenced to death.
Season 3: (1961–1962) 37 episodes
"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination — Next stop, the Twilight Zone." ~Rod Serling
Episode 66: 'Two'- Two lone survivors of a nuclear Holocaust must start the world anew. Episode 67: 'The Arrival'- A plane lands safely but all passengers and crew are missing. Episode 68: 'The Shelter'- When a UFO invasion appears eminent, friends and neighbors are reduced to selfish conniving animals in a fight over one familys bomb shelter. Episode 69: 'The Passersby'- Civil War Confederate Soldier stops at a house, he soons realizes everyone who pass are dead. Episode 70: 'A Game of Pool'- a brilliant pool player in a show down. Episode 71: 'The Mirror' - a poor and ambitious central american farm worker overthrows his countrys tyranical leader. Episode 72: 'The Grave'- Notorious badman puts a curse on hired gun. Episode 73: 'It's a Good Life'- He knows your every thought, every emotion. He can eliminate all you hold dear. Who is he? A six yera old boy. Episode 74: 'Deaths'- Head Revisited- A former Nazi captain returns to a concentration camp to relive the good old days- until his long dead victims appear to deliver overdue justice! Episode 75: 'The Midnight Sun'- Earths orbit has changed drawing closer to the sun and promising imminent destruction. Or has it? Episode 76: 'Still Valley'- A confederate soldier gets a chance to win a Civil War for the South. Episode 77: 'The Jungle'- A businessman and a trip to Africa. A voodoo curse is placed upon him. Episode 78: 'Once upon a Time'- A janitor living in the year 1890 and a time traveling helmet. Episode 79: 'Five Characters in Search of an Exit'- clown, hobo army ranger are trapped in a enormous cyclinder. Episode 80: 'A Quality of Mercy'- A soldier gets a new perspective on war when he is forced to experience it from the enemy's point of view. Episode 81: 'Nothing in the Dark'- an old woman has fought with death a 1000 times and always won but she thinks a wounded policeman at her door is Mr. Death. Is He? Episode 82: 'One More Pallbearer'- Eccentric millionare offers use of his bomb shelter to 3 people who wronged him. Episode 83: 'Dean Mans Shoes'- a vagrant steps into a murdered gangsters expensive shoes and is taken over by the dead mans ghost. Episode 84: 'The Hunt'- An old hillbilly and his hound dog find themselves meet a gatekeeper who tells them theyre at the entrance to Heaven. One problem.. Dogs are not allowed. Episode 85: 'Showdown with Rance Mcgrew'- TV cowboy finds himself in a real old west Saloon where Jesse James challenges him to a showdown. Episode 86: 'Kick the Can'- an old man at sunnydale rest home discovered a secret to regaining youth. Episode 87: 'A piano in the House'- A critic uses a magical piano player to disclose his party guests hidden selves. Episode 88: 'The last rights of Jeff Mrytlebank'- came back to life at his own funeral, Jeff hasnt been the same. Townspeople want him out. Episode 89: 'To Serve Man'- The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens arrive on Earth. To Serve Man. Episode 90: 'The Fugitive'- Old Ben, A fugitive from Outer Space with a heart of gold. Episode 91: 'Little Girl Lost'- a 6 yr old who can be heard but not seen and has vanished into a 4rth dimension. Episode 92: 'Person or Persons Unknown'- David wakes up to find himself in a nightmare, no one, not even his wife or mother know him, all evidence of his identity has disapeared. Episode 93: 'The Little People'- Spaceship commander declares himself a god when he lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants. Episode 94: 'Four O'Clock'- Political fanatic has determined that at 4 p.m. he will eliminate all his enemies by shrinking them. Episode 95: 'Hocus Pocus and Frisby'- Frisby is a loud mouth braggart whos boasts attract the attention of aliens. Episode 96: 'The Trade-Ins'- An elderly couple visits the New Life Corporation hoping to transplant their personalities into youthful bodies. Episode 97: 'The Gift'- An alien crash lands in a village and befriends and gives a present to a little boy. Episode 98: 'The Dummy'- A Ventriloquist is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. Episode 99: 'Young Mans Fancy'- Newlywed couple return to grooms childhood home, the ties of the past prove to strong to resist. Episode 100: 'I Sing the Body Electric'- Anne must learn to understand and accept that her new grandmother can be tender loving and thoughful even thought she is a Robot. Episode 101: 'Cavender is Coming'- Carol Burnett stars as Agnes in this tale of a klutzy usherette rescued from poverty by a guardian angel. Episode 102: 'The Changing of the Guard'- Donald Pleasance is Professor Ellis Fowler, forced to retire after 51 yrs of teaching. Fowler is startled by a ghostly appearance of former students..
Season 4: (1963) 18 episodes
"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone." ~Rod Serling
Episode 103: 'In His Image'- Alan Talbot dosent understand why his hometown seems unfamiliar, why he is driven to kill and what are the noises in his head? Hes about to get answers when he comes face to face with his double. Episode 104: 'The Thirty Fathom Grave'- submerged submarine, 20 yrs after it was sunk by Japanese during World War II. Episode 105: 'Valley of the Shadow'- Phillip Redfield finds himself trapped in a small town where people can reverse time. Episode 106: 'Hes Alive'- Peter, 'Dennis Hopper', a smalltime Nazi Leader, yearns for more power. Episode 107: 'Mute'- 12 yr old girl who loses her parents in a fire and dosent speak. Episode 108: 'Death Ship'- 3 astronauts discover a wrecked duplicate of their spaceship and their own dead bodies! Episode 109: 'Jess Belle'- Billy Ben finds himself enchanted by the beautiful Jess Belle who soons learns the danger of buying a love spell from a witch. Episode 110: 'Miniature'- Charley Parkes is a shy bachelor who discovers a miniature doll alive inside a 19th century dollhouse. Episode 111: 'Printers Devil'- Newspaper editor on the brink of suicide, someone presents an unusual deal. Episode 112: 'No Time like the Past'- Paul travels back in time to try to prevent some of historys catastrophes. Episode 113: 'The Parallel'- Astronaut finds himself back on Earth in a world similar to but not quite his own. Episode 114: 'I dream of Genie'- George rubs a magic arabian lamp and a genie emerges to grant him one wish. Episode 115: 'The New Exhibit'- About a Wax Museum Episode 116: 'Of late I think of Cliffordville'- A bored wealthy businessman, gets a chance to go back in time and start over. Episode 117: 'The Incredible World of Horace Ford': Toy Designer spends most of his time reminiscing about his idyllic childhood. But when he gets a chance to go back to those years, he gets a bitter taste of reality. Episode 118: 'On Thursday we leave for Home'- Leader of a strander outpost in space for 30 yrs. Episode 119: 'Passage on the Lady Anne'- young couple books passage on old ship. Episode 120: 'The Bard'- Jack Weston is an untalented would be writer wohse career takes off when the ghost of William Shakespere writes his script.
Season 5: (1963–1964) 36 episodes (same intro as Season 4)
Episode 121: 'In Praise of Pip'- An alcoholic bookie regrets that he wasnt a better father to his son, 'Pip', critically wounded in South Vietnam. A visit to an amusement park gives them both a second chance. Episode 122: 'Steel'- The future, robots and asteroids. Episode 123: 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet'- A salesman recovering from a nervous breakdown spots a gremlin on the wing of his plane. Episode 124: 'A kind of stopwatch'- magical stopwatch that can stop everything except him. Episode 125: 'The last night of a Jockey'- Mickey Rooney is Grady, a former jockey banned from horseracing. Episode 126: 'Living Doll'- Erich is displeased when his wife buys an expensive doll for his stepdaughter. He becomes even more displeased when the doll tells him it dosent like him. Episode 127: 'The old man in the cave'- a mysterious guardian helps a tiny community. Episode 128: 'Uncle Simon'- Barbara Polk has taken care of her detested Uncle for 25 yrs waiting impatiently to inherit his wealth. But his will states she must take care of his robot. Episode 129: 'Probe 7, over and out'- Lone survivors of 2 annihilated planets. Episode 130: 'The 7th is made up of Phantoms'- a trio of national guardsmen conducting war exercises. Episode 131: 'A short drink from a certain fountain'- an aging man desperate to keep up with his younger wife tries a youth serum. Episode 132: 'Ninety years without slumbering'- man believes he will die if his grandfather clock stops. Episode 133: 'Ring a Ding Girl'- Hollywood Star Bunny Blake gets an unusual gift from her town fan club. Episode 134: 'You Drive'- Oliver Pope hits a boy on a bike killing him. Episode 135: 'The Long Morrow'- 40 years in suspended animation. Episode 136: 'The Self improvement of Salvador Ross'- Salvador will stop at nothing to win Leahs love. He even trades his youth for money. Episode 137: 'Number 12 looks just like you'- at age 19, everyone must undergo an operation which makes them beautiful and identical to everyone else. But Marilyn refuses. Episode 138: 'Black Leather Jackets'- 3 tough looking guys on motorcycles move into a suburb. Dont drink the water. Episode 139: 'Night Call'- Lonely and confined to a wheelchair Elva Keene starts to get numerous mysterious phone calls. Terrified, she screams the words that will doom her. Episode 140: 'From Agnes, With Love'- A computer technician must dela with the queen of all femme fatales, a computer names Agnes who wreaks havoc on his love life. Episode 141: 'Spur of the Moment'- Woman chased by mysterious figure in black. Episode 142: 'An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge'- Confederate spy spared death when the rope meant to hang him breaks. Or does it? Episode 143: 'Queen of the Nile'- a columnist,a movie star and a secret. Episode 144: 'Whats in the box'- Joe sees a secret revealed and its horrible consequences on his tv set. Episode 145: 'The Masks'- Knowing he is about to die, Foster summons his heirs to his mansion for a bizarre Mardi Gras ritual and gives them the inheritance they so richly deserve! Episode 146: 'I am the Night, Color me Black'- an execution day and pitch black skies. Episode 147: 'Sounds and Silences'- Roswell, a boisterous man who loves noise. But when his wife leaves the volume in his life goes haywire. Episode 148: 'Ceasar and me'- Ventriloquist Jonathan West is no match for his evil dummy- Little Ceasar, woh grabs the chance to set him up for a fall. Episode 149: 'The Jeopardy Room'- man has 3 hours to escape from a room with a ticking bomb and a gun pointing at his head. Episode 150: 'Stopover in a quiet town'- 2 people wake up in a strange town where everything appears to be fake. Episode 151: 'The Encounter' - ' A rare non syndicated episode'- Fenton, a WWII Vet, proudly shows his captured sumurai sword to Arthur Takamuri, a young Japanese American gardener- who picks it up and instantly knows he must kill his host! Episode 152: 'Mr. Garrity and the Graves'- Jared Garrity makes a living reserecting the dead in the old west. Episode 153: 'The Brain center at Whipple's'- Callous factory owner Wallace Whipple automates his plant, putting thousands of men out of work, Smugly self satisfied, he has no regrets.. At first. Episode 154: 'Come Wander with Me'- a singer journeys to the backwoods to find authentic folk songs. Episode 155: 'The Fear'- An unknown creature hidden in the shadows terrorizes a hysterical young woman a state trooper whos there to help her. Episode 156: 'The Bewitchin' Pool'- For children distraught by feuding parents, a special swimming pool offers admittance to a happier, simpler place.