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Night Gallery: Season 1 [DVD]

Rod Serling , Vincent Price , John Astin , Steven Spielberg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rod Serling, Vincent Price, Roddy McDowall, Carl Reiner, Diane Keaton
  • Directors: John Astin, Steven Spielberg, Boris Sagal, Barry Shear, Douglas Heyes
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 482 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2IZNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,505 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 17 episodes from the first season of the spine-tingling 1970s series hosted by master of suspense Rod Serling. Episodes are: 'The Cemetery', 'Eyes', 'The Escape Route', 'The Dead Man', 'The Housekeeper', 'Room with a View', 'The Little Black Bag', 'The Nature of the Enemy', 'The House', 'Certain Shadows on the Wall', 'Make Me Laugh', 'Clean Kills and Other Trophies', 'Pamela's Voice', 'Lone Survivor', 'The Doll', 'The Last Laurel' and 'They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar'.

Synopsis

Rod Serling branched out from his Twilight Zone television series in the early 1970s with Night Gallery. The material was darker than most Serling-fans had come to expect, with plenty of horror and creepy chills included in each episode. A constant throughout the show was the eerie beginning, which would involve a painting in an old museum depicting events which were about to unfold. Serling provided a suitably spooky introduction to each tale, and then a variety of special guests actors would play out the action. Includes episodes directed by Steven Spielberg.


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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy classic! 8 Nov 2006
Format:DVD
Night Gallery was creator Rod Serling's follow up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum, Serling would introduce each episode stood in front of a collection of dark, disturbing portraits which related to the stories that followed. Whilst The Twilight Zone dealt mainly with science fiction, Night Gallery saw Serling's unique vision focus upon tales of horror and suspense.

Included in this set is the original pilot featuring three stories starring, amongst others, Roddy McDowall, Joan Crawford and Tom Bosley. There then follows the complete first season (six episodes) and a bonus episode from both season 2 and 3. All in all you get twenty three stories ranging from the wonderful, Serling-scripted, 'They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar', to fillers such as the vampire spoof 'A Matter of Semantics'.

The cast list reads like a who's who of seventies television stars. Larry Hagman, Burgess Meredith, Diane Keaton, Bill Bixby, Al Lewis, John Carradine and the immortal Vincent Price are just a few of the familiar faces that feature. Two of the stories are directed by a young Steven Spielberg.

The picture and sound quality have both been restored to a very high standard. The only criticism I have is, like so many Universal Studio re-issues, the lack of any special features. Would it have been too much trouble to include interviews or commentaries with cast members and/or production staff?

Fans of Rod Serling and classic horror in general should thoroughly enjoy this collection. Whilst not of the same consistent high standard of The Twilight Zone, the majority of episodes are extremely entertaining and definitely worthy of repeated viewings.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ladies & Gentlemen, Welcome to the Night Gallery 19 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
In 1969, 4 years after the final episode of The Twilight Zone was broadcast, the pilot episode of Night Gallery was shown.

Those expecting a show with the same sort of ideas and style as The Twilight Zone will be surprised. Night Gallery has had a bad rap over the years, and it is perhaps something of a shame that it doesn't always get the recognition it deserves.

Let's be honest right from the start: Night Gallery doesn't have the beautiful production and gloss that coated the earlier series. It lack's Twilight Zone's solid production and emotional punch (for the most part), and, in my eyes at least, will always be the inferior of the two. However, there are things that Night Gallery does very well. The scope of imagination is still there, although this time less about social commentary and concentrating more on scares, frights and concepts. At it's best, it utilises the colour medium extremely well and the stamp of early-70's experimental music is all over it. It also has a very different structure from The Twilight Zone. It can tell 2/3/4 stories in an hour episode and this allows the production team to experiment with different narrative styles.

This DVD features the pilot episode and the 6 episodes of season 1. Of all the episodes here, the pilot feels the best rounded. The 1st of the 3 tales here, 'The Cemetery,' is perhaps the least interesting of the 3 but is still riveting and features various horrific twists and turns. The ending, in particular, is brilliantly chilling. The 2nd segment, 'Eyes,' marks Steven Spielberg's directorial debut and is a brilliant piece of television. Dynamic, intriguing and thought provoking, this is Rod Serling at his best. The 3rd and final segment does not disappoint.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bygone terror 14 Feb 2005
By Dames
Format:DVD
There is an episode of Night Gallery about an evil doll which, as a child, not only made me exit the room at a superfast pace but gave me nightmares for weeks later... not to mention the graveyard episode. Even the name is great:
Night. Gallery.
So now?
We live in a media-drenched world. While we are arguably more savvy much charm & mystery has been lost. So this US series, to many, will seem corny and may only be seen as useful for spotting many known actors/actresses 'before they went on to bigger things'.
But who cares? If you loved 'The Twightlight Zone' and perhaps remember that horror films WERE genuinely horrifying once, and not just a vehicle for rock soundtracks and ads... and your world hasn't been completely doused by the internet and 'irony', you never know: you may get a distinctly crypt-cool aftertaste from this excellent series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What might have been... 6 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
THE NIGHT GALLERY is most definitely NOT the Twilight Zone. Instead, find herein up to three stories per episode. The quality is uneven; some shine, some do not. But if you love '70s television, and you enjoy horror, then this colection is for you.
Season One contains several standout episodes. "Eyes", Steven Spielberg's directorial debut, and what a debut. It also contains Joan Crawford in possibly her last screen role.
Stars abound in The Night Gallery. Roddy McDowell at his snivelling best in "The Cemetery", Burgess Meredith as a tramp who discovers a magical doctor's case in "Little Black Bag", Ceasar Romero as a very jovial vampire in "Matter of Semantics", Bill Bixby and Vincent Price in "Return of the Sorceror".
Stories are written by Serling, Richard Matheson and Clarke Ashton Smith among others. Some episodes are compelling ("They're Tearing Down Riley's Bar", "The House"), some whimsical ("Professor Peabody's Last Lecture"), some genuinely chilling ("The Doll" and "Diary"). But all are worth a look - even the extremely short "Big Surprise".
If you want polished pieces of fantasy, go back to the Twilight Zone - but if you want to experiment, surrounded by famous faces of the 1970s, then take a stroll down the Night Gallery. You never know what you'll see...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly classic
Twilight Zone was great but Night Gallery was too, I bought this being a fan of Serling and found it to be both riveting, unnerving and scary without being in your face about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peter J. Hodgson
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute drivel
As one who enjoyed and purchased the complete Twilight Zone series on DVD this later offering of the Night Gallery is a far cry from those thought provoking stories, and apart from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by fallingforstars
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and horror
I watched these short suspense/horror films around thirty years ago. Still enjoyable. So if you enjoy a short film this is for you .
Published 9 months ago by Maisie54
4.0 out of 5 stars worth having
Not as great as twilight zone (which remains an unparalleled masterpiece) but still a very good series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
When I was a little younger I remember watching the TV when these collection of stories came on and it stills gives me the heeby jeebies!
Published 13 months ago by David S
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought this because I saw a recommendation for one of the stories in the pilot. That and a couple of others were pretty good, but most were rather dull and too many were simply... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. M. M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The episode guide is extremely hard to figure out, because if you put a disc in, the wrong episodes come up. Some episodes have suspension, but some are boring and dull.
Published 21 months ago by d,artagnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy !
I was very happy when I found Night Gallery Season 1, at Amazon. This I watched years ago as a child in Jamaica, when TV shows were only shown in Black and White. Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Natilie Winton (Thelwell)
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing!
Anyone who enjoys watching a series of short horror stories should definitely add this title to their collection. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by Steve
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