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Twilight Zone - Season One [DVD] [1959]


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  • Directors: John Brahm, Douglas Heyes
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 961 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9W9GK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Format: Region 0, PAL

Synopsis

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.

 

Those were the first words that echoed when The Twilight Zone first aired in 1959.  Its episodes featured stories of the bizarre and unexplained, blended with humour and often with an unexpected twist to the tale.  Created by the legendary Rod Serling, its eclectic mix of fantasy and sci-fi has helped to define it as one of television’s most original and celebrated series.

 

Released digitally remastered for the first time in the UK, this 6 disc set contains all 36 episodes from the first season as well as special features:

 

 

Disc 1:

Episodes:        

Where Is Everybody?

One For The Angels

Mr Denton On Doomsday

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

Walking Distance

Escape Clause

The Lonely

 

Extra Features:

Where is Everybody: isolated music score

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine: isolated music score

Walking Distance: isolated music score; Rod Serling audio lecture

The Lonely: isolated music score

 

Disc 2:

Episodes
Time Enough at Last

Perchance to Dream

Judgement Night

And When The Sky Was Opened

What You Need

The Four of Us Are Dying

Third From The Sun

I Shot An Arrow Into The Air

 

Extra Features
Time Enough at Last: audio interview with Burgess Meredith

Perchance to Dream: isolated music score

And When The Sky Was Opened: isolated music score; Rod Serling audio lecture; audio interview with Douglas Heyes

What You Need: isolated music score

The Four of Us Are Dying: isolated music score

Third From The Sun: isolated music score; audio interview with Richard L Bare

 

Disc 3:

Episodes:

The Hitch-Hiker

The Fever

The Last Flight

The Purple Testament

Elegy

Mirror Image

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

 

Extra Features:

The Hitch-Hiker: isolated music score

The Purple Testament: isolated music score

Elegy: isolated music score

Mirror Image: isolated music score

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street: isolated music score

 

Disc 4:

Episodes:

A World Of Difference

Long Live Walter Jameson

People Are Alike All Over

Execution

The Big Tall Wish

A Nice Place To Visit

Nightmare As A Child

 

Extra Features:

A World Of Difference: isolated music score

Long Live Walter Jameson: audio commentary

The Big Tall Wish: isolated music score

A Nice Place To Visit: isolated music score

Nightmare As A Child: isolated music score

 

 

Disc 5:

Episodes:

A Stop At Willoughby

The Chaser

A Passage For Trumpet

Mr Bevis

The After Hours

The Mighty Casey

A World Of His Own

 

Extra features:

A Stop At Willoughby: audio interview with Buck Houghton

The Chaser: isolated music score; audio interview with Buck Houghton

A Passage For Trumpet: isolated music score

The After Hours: audio interview with Anne Francis and Douglas Heyes

The Mighty Casey: Rod Serling audio lecture; gallery of rare photographs

A World Of His Own: audio interview with Richard Matheson

 

Disc 6:

All extra features:

Original plot version of ‘Where Is Everybody?’  This unaired episode is presented in its uncut version and includes the original narration by Westbrook Van Voorhis, which was later replaced by Rod Serling for the 2 October 1959 broadcast.  The episode is introduced by Rod Serling in a filmed sales pitch to network sponsors.

Also includes alternative opening sequence narration and alternative closing sequence narration.

 

Liar’s Club (1970’s game show) in colour. Hosted by Rod Serling

 

Rod Serling Blooper to camera

 

Emmy Awards: clips from the Emmy Awards ceremony featuring wins for The Twilight Zone in the writing and cinematography categories.

 

Original Twilight Zone Billboards: animated advertising.

 

Photo Gallery: Behind the scenes stills from the first season.

 

 

 

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 2 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
It all kicked off in 1959 with Season 1. The first season was a little confused with its title intros, which change a bit over the course of the season. And don't go expecting the infamous title music and the appearance of Rod Serling at the beginning of each episode. Both ideas didn't kick in until the second season.

Season 1 has its highs and averages- for there are no duds in this 36 episode pack. Even when you come across episodes that don't 'bring it' so to speak, the acting and dialogue more than makes up for it. On the production side you will be amazed. Ok so we're talking over 50 years ago- but no stone has been left unturned. The production, unit, locations and sets are absolutely top class. The Twilight Zone never feels like low budget and is of course off set by some of the finest actors of its age, not to mention writers and directors.

The series kicks off with Where Is Everybody? a bold attempt that doesn't quite work, though the DVD does include an alternative version. One For the Angels, is a great first example of the 'magic' of the show and is a treat. Mr Denton on Doomsday mixes a drunk with the wild west, topics that would be repeated on the show throughout its five seasons on air. The Sixteen Milimeter Shrine calls to most of us, with a message of nostaligia and a clear danger of not living in the present. Walking Distance is a much loved episode. Although Rod Serling refers to one scene as the scene that killed the episode- I agree with him, still a heartfelt story though.

Escape Clause is fair enough but has too many plot holes to be taken seriously. The first real classic of the show is The Lonely- about a man left millions of miles from Earth (known as jail) and with a female robot as company.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By B. KIRKHAM on 13 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
This is surely one of the greatest television shows ever created. In 1959, Rod Serling began The Twilight Zone and took millions of viewers on a journey into the land of imagination, and never has a television show excited the imagination like this.

The first series is the show's finest and sees some superb and powerful episodes, such as the touching and emotional 'Walking Distance' in which a man returns to the days of his childhood, the humourous 'Escape Clause', in which a hypochondriac makes a deal with the devil, the gloomy and unnerving 'Judgment Night', and the masterpiece of encroaching fear that is 'And When The Sky Was Opened.'

The amazing thing about the Twilight Zone was its ability to play with mood and instill different emotions, such as the truly creepy 'The Hitch-Hiker', in which a woman travelling cross-country is confronted time and again by the same ominous figure on the roadside. 'Time Enough at Last' is a classically ironic episode showing Serling's writing at its best. Charles Beaumont's 'Perchance To Dream' is fabulous, as is Richard Matheson's intriguing 'The Last Flight'. The clever trickery of the stylish 'The Four of us Are Dying' shows just how far ahead of the times the show was.

Powerful episodes such as 'The Purple Testament' and 'The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street' are balanced with the fun 'A World of Difference' and 'The Fever', the truly terrifying 'Mirror Image' and 'The After Hours' are together with such sentimental episodes as 'A Stop At Willoughby' and 'A Passage For Trumpet'. Superb stuff.

At last The Twilight Zone comes to DVD properly - remastered and with Special Features, this sublime series finally gets the release it deserves. The Twilight Zone is timeless, clever, fun, evocative, thought-provoking, terrifying, funny, gloomy and touching. A true tribute to the genius of Rod Serling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adolf Navarro on 3 April 2013
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Looking these old shows you realize how our world has changed. In a time with limited technical resources, talent and imagination were the most important.

Those short stories hook you from the beginning without CGI or any kind of visual effects. Just good tales well explained. Even the need to work in Black & White is well exploited adding a kind of surreal ambient that becomes more an advantage than a limitation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I remember being a very young girl and staying up late (past two am) to catch re-runs of this when television only had four (count it, people, FOUR!) channels. Regardless of how young I was, the mystery and the edge of this series has remained with me.

It was shows like this that really paved the way for programmes such as X-Files and Fringe to come out and unlike any of the shows of today, The Twilight Zone boasted a numerous collection of short stories that did NOT connect with each other, nor involve a set main cast to follow from episode to episode. There is no 'will they won't they' romance to try to keep up with, no killing off favourite characters then replacing with unlikeable ones throwing you completely off and no ever evolving going nowhere making no sense story arc (that we know the writers are definitely writing on the sly from episode to episode with no idea of where they're going either).

For those of you who have never seen The Twilight Zone before, the premise is very simple. Each episode is a one-off short story, generally about the unknown which can cover as many topics as heaven and hell, ghosts, aliens, time travel, war, madness, etc. Each story is unique; sometimes there will be a twist at the end and sometimes the story is as straight as a road and lead you to where you expected it to lead.

It wasn't until more recently (after the re-release of these) that I learned some of these episodes were written or based on ideas by such noteable names as HP Lovecraft and Richard Matheson...and now knowing this, it should have been obvious why these stories are still so timeless and so extraordinary.

This box set is timeless, and it is definitely some very atmospheric and moody entertainment that you will be hard put to find anywhere else in this day and age.
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