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Out of the Unknown (7-Disc DVD Set)


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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
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2014
  • Run Time: 1323 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KF9LPBO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,501 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 | 1325 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 7 x DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital 1.0 mono audio

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. MacDonald on 4 Dec 2014
I can remember in the days before video recorders, rushing to get to the TV to watch this series. It was compulsive viewing and the quality of the drama was excellent. Sadly, only 20 episodes of the original 49 remain in existence but what's left plus a lot of extra material has been placed on discs by the BFI. I was able to relive my teenager years.
Really great stuff! Authors from the golden age of science fiction!
The drama is very professional and what a delight it is to see episodes not constrained to the format of TV advertising. There's only one problem if you purchase this set… You will watch one after the other until the late hours. It's addictive.
Well done the BFI for bringing this out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2014
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Once again the BFI have done a superb job of releasing a much anticipated classic TV series. The pinnacle of 60s/70s BBC scifi, this series boasted amazing stories, fantastic acting and high production values. The sets are impressive and imaginative, and of course there's a little bit of reassuring Crossroads-style wobble here and there.

The stories are by a range of respected authors, and are intelligent and thought provoking. They stand on their own merits, and even viewers who are totally unmoved by scifi material will find much to enjoy.

Like so many TV programmes from this era, many episodes were wiped. Less than half remain, but that still adds up to some 20 to enjoy. Picture quality is generally good, and some restoration work has been undertaken.

The documentary 'Return of the Unknown' includes some tantalising clips from otherwise lost episodes. The third series, an early colour production, exists in just one and a half episodes. The half episode (The Little Black Bag) can still be enjoyed, and the producers have done a good job at creating the last few seconds which are frustratingly missing. This package feels like a real labour of love.

The fourth series features contemporary ghost and psychological tales, the former wouldn't have been out of place on that other great anthology series, Dead of Night.

Thus package contains television of the very highest quality. Enjoyable, thrilling, fascinating and amusing, this is simply superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Den Parry on 3 Dec 2014
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At 50 quid this is expensive, and the sets and special effects are laughable at times, yet this is thought provoking and intelligent drama unlikely to be seen again. There isn't the emphasis on violence that's inherent in modern sci fi, with the pace being languid at times.That's all part of the charm. As a younger man I was very into science fiction but gradually lost interest. This DVD brought back to me why I found it so enjoyable. Some of the episodes stand up very well and could be remade to incorporate modern technology and design because the stories are timeless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Oliver on 28 Nov 2014
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A Fantastic DVD
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sw Bryant on 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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