In the mould of the more ghostly episodes of the original "Twilight Zone", some of these stories are nicely creepy. This is a good collection to dip into for the odd hour or so, as long as you bear its age in mind. The storylines, clothing and attitudes have all dated, which gives the series a charm of its own, but many of the stories come across as slow-paced even at twenty-five minutes. The host (John Newland) is also the director for almost all of the episodes. While he is perfectly competent, this means that the viewer sees no variety of styles. The incidental music is also recycled from one episode to another and this becomes slightly tedious after watching several episodes in a session.
I was able to borrow the collection from a library and, frankly, I was glad I hadn't bought it. Firstly, the presentation is very poor. No attempt has been made to restore the episodes. The sound is sometimes indistinct and the picture often resembles a poor copy of a 1920s or 1930s film, with lines, scratches and "breaks" in the action where the film has apparently been joined. The DVD menu (the same on each disc) has a rather irritating soundtrack - much louder than the episodes themselves - with a delay before an episode can be chosen. This comes across as poorly thought out and amateurish.
The second major black mark for me was that the publishers of the set have deliberately REDUCED the watchability of the discs by sticking a logo with the words "The One Step Beyond Collection" on the right hand side - NOT at the edge of the picture. This ham-fisted gesture towards preserving copyright is extremely annoying at times.