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Out of the Unknown (7-Disc DVD Set)

Terence Morgan , Milo O'Shea , Philip Saville , Rudolph Cartier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Terence Morgan, Milo O'Shea, George Cole, Yvonne Mitchell, Wendy Craig
  • Directors: Philip Saville, Rudolph Cartier, Peter Sasdy, and others
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2014
  • Run Time: 1323 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KF9LPBO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,148 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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OUT OF THE UNKNOWN (7 DVD SET)

This classic anthology science fiction series, created by Irene Shubik (The Wednesday Play, Rumpole of the Bailey, was one of the most daring, ambitious and inventive series ever created. Intended to display the genre at its best, as parable or metaphor, whether seriously or satirically, the series drew from writers of the calibre of Frederick Pohl, E.M. Forster, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham.

The cream of British television talent was applied to bring these tales to the small screen. Dramatists such as J.B. Priestly, Leon Griffiths and Jeremy Paul, directors such as Philip Saville and Rudolph Cartier, visionary designers including Ridley Scott, and powerful actors of the calibre of Yvonne Mitchell, George Cole, Rachel Roberts, David Hemmings and Warren Mitchell. The results were spectacular sometimes disturbing, sometimes funny, yet always of the highest intelligence an extraordinary, consistently demanding exploration of the genre with some of the most memorable television productions ever staged.

This extensive seven-disc DVD box set collects all 20 surviving episodes from the four original series, along with an extensive and comprehensive collection of extra features including one incomplete episode, four episode reconstructions, 11 audio commentaries, extensive stills galleries, an archival interview with director James Cellan Jones, and a newly-created 42-minute documentary with original cast and crew members and rarely seen fragments from lost episodes

Special features

  • All 20 surviving episodes from series one to four
  • Return of the Unknown (2014, 42 mins): all-new documentary with cast and crew interviews, and clips from lost episodes
  • 11 audio commentaries with cast and crew, and experts, moderated by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke
  • Archival interview with director James Cellan Jones
  • Episode reconstructions for Beach Head, The Naked Sun, The Yellow Pill, and The Uninvited
  • Film insert from Deathday episode
  • Seven extensive stills galleries
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Out of the Unknown expert Mark Ward

Starring Terence Morgan, Milo O'Shea, Yvonne Mitchell, George Cole, Wendy Craig, Graham Stark, Rachel Roberts, David Hemmings, Warren Mitchell, Hannah Gordon, Burt Kwouk and other British notable actors

Directed by Philip Saville, Rudolph Cartier, Peter Sasdy and others

UK | 1965 - 1971 | black & white, and colour | English language, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 1323 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 7 x DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital audio (192kbps)


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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Series That I Will Never Forget. 10 Jun 2014
It's good to see this Series finally released on DVD, I remember watching such a high standard of science fiction in atmospheric black and white in the late sixties and early seventies, under the production directive of Irene Shubik. 'I had to read hundreds of stories to pick just twelve for Series One. You have no idea how difficult some of these authors are to deal with, and it seems a special thing among Science Fiction writers to hedge themselves behind almost impossible copyright barriers.'
But thanks to Irene's diligence the series was supported by John Wyndham's 'Time To Rest' & 'No Place Like Earth', Alan Nourse's 'The Counterfeit Man', Isaac Asimov's 'The Dead Past ' & ' Sucker Bait ', William Tenn's ' Time In Advance ', & Ray Bradbury's ' The Fox & The Forest'. As a young lad I was glued to the screen, alas some episodes are either wiped or missing, but Mordecai Roshwald's ' Level Seven ', was returned to the BBC in January 2006, I just hope that Kate Wilhelm's ' Andover & The Android ', John Brunner's ' Some Lapse Of Time ', J.G.Ballard's ' 13 To Centaurus ', & Frederick Pohl's fantastic ' Midas Plague ', still exist. Thank you Irene.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and long overdue - but worth the wait! 30 Sep 2014
I know this hasn't been released yet but have seen several episodes of this landmark early British SF Series and it is truly stunning and outstanding.

Looking at the list of added extras, video and audio clips and reconstructions of missing episodes plus the new Documentary about the series, I know the BFI are going to do a Sterling job on it.

I've waited for this to be released for nearly 20 years, we're only needing the surviving episodes of Doomwatch released and the history of extant British TV SF will be (almost) complete.

Recommended to anybody interested in outstanding TV Drama and TV History, not just Sci-Fi fans, this along with Rudolph Cartier's production of Nigel Kneale's 1984 with Peter Cushing is the DVD release of the year and quite possibly the decade.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I see the issue date has been put back by ... 22 Oct 2014
I see the issue date has been put back by a month. I hope this isn't one of these cases where an item keeps being delayed and finally doesn't appear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At Last! 26 Aug 2014
I have some old Video Tapes with a few episodes so know how great it is but £50??
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 5 Jun 2014
By Hilts
This is good news.
Now can someone , somewhere , please make available to thrill seekers everywhere,Journey to the Unknown
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