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Initial post: 3 Mar 2012 16:52:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2012 17:07:37 GMT
Molly Brown says:
Can anyone tell me if I should get this video, or where I can get it in the UK. It was called Night Gallery I think.

I remember it from the seventies on TV, three stories, a portmanteau, including Steven Spielberg's direction of Joan Crawford. I only have a vague memory of this pilot to the series, but it has stayed with me. I think it is all about wishes?

The scariest of the stories was, Roddy McDowell in a chilling story from the grave with a staircase and pictures changing as he walked up the stairs. The pictures changed to show his uncle leaving his grave and walking towards the house. He had wished his uncle dead in order to inherit his fortune?

The second story, haunted me, an ex Commandant of a Nazi Concentration Camp, who had spent his life being hunted, longed to find peace somewhere, he visited an art gallery everyday where there was a picture of a place he dreamed of being able to live. Next to that picture however, was a vision of the horrors of the Camps. He was given a wish? He chose to enter the picture of peace, but overnight the pictures were swapped. He was transported back to the camps, this time as a prisoner.

The Spielberg story, I think, was about a blind woman who for one night was given the wish of having her sight back, just for a short time. However, her dream of seeing was shattered, due to a major power cut all over the city. Can't remember, sounds naff I know, but Joan Crawford's acting was so great, and emotional I still remember it.

Does anyone else remember seeing it on TV?

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 09:26:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2012 13:26:35 GMT
Modzilla says:
You can purchase season one (which includes the episode that you describe) on this very site for a very reasonable seven pounds. Season two is rather more expensive but season three seems to be only available from Amazon U.S.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 06:19:10 GMT
Molly Brown says:
Thank you Modzilla, I thought I'd checked the UK Az site, but I only got directed to US site. Very expensive there and region 1. Brilliant, at that price, it's worth checking it out again, maybe it won't be as good as I remember, but the reviews are pretty good. Cheers.

Posted on 7 Mar 2012 11:18:20 GMT
Modzilla says:
Your'e welcome. I own it myself and whilst it's not as good as The Twilight Zone (Night Gallery was Rod Serling's follow-up series), it's still pretty good.

Posted on 11 May 2012 15:24:52 BDT
Vaughan says:
I have Season 1, and personally I think the memory of it is far better than the actual thing. It hasn't aged well at all. But maybe that's just me.

Posted on 23 May 2012 19:31:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2012 19:33:17 BDT
Wasn't even aware that season 3 was released and available until yesterday. Love anthology shows and Night Gallery is up alongside my favourites, just ordered the final season to complete the collection. Delighted as I was beginning to think it wouldn't get a release as it's been a few years since season 2 was released.

Night Gallery: Season Three [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Posted on 24 May 2012 21:26:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2012 21:29:54 BDT
Phelings says:
This series was not screened by all regions in the 70's so whether you saw it depended on which ITV region you were in. Repeated in the 80's it was more often than not chopped into its individual stories and used as filler by ITV with the uncut full episodes not always shown. There were a handful of episodes shown in the US during its first run that went missing when it went into syndication and were never repeated but the recent season 3 release should correct this with a brand new episode combining the stories that went AWOL. There is a superb book on the series also available from Amazon.
A few years back the series re-appeared on US tv in its original uncut format for the first time in decades and the channel that showed them commissioned a half hour documentary on the series but this does not seem to have been included on the official dvd's

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 15:48:52 BDT
John Gammon says:
I think the scariest and most amusing story in Night Gallery was The Caterpillar (1972) - an excellent turn from Laurence Harvey as a man paying someone to murder his boss's wife using an earwig. Of course it all goes horribly wrong...

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 17:34:16 BDT
A. Moncrieff says:
To the OP yes you are describing the pilot movie of Night Gallery.

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 11:27:30 BDT
Simon F. says:
Recently finished watching Season 1. Very disappointing. The only story that really stood out was the Rod Serling penned Lone Survivor.

Posted on 20 Dec 2012 16:48:38 GMT
region one has the whole series on dvd. it was a good series done by rod serling of the twilight zone fame, he died a few years later from cancer.

Posted on 26 Dec 2012 09:20:41 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
I still have some of it on video from recording ITV late night screenings in the 1980's. It did do a very good adaptation of a famous science fiction story by CM Kornbluth called 'the little black bag' wherein two tramps find a bag full of medical equipment from the future.

Others that stick in the mind where 'they're tearing down tim reily's bar' about a businessman obsessed with a former hang out of his that's about to be closed down. Its not scary or psychological but it's excellent drama.

And there was an excellent christmas story called 'the messiah on mott street.'

Posted on 27 Dec 2012 00:25:40 GMT
Yup, i remember waiting up for it ,many an evening, however as we had no tv guide bakc then it was sometimes a short [10mins]
episode and sometimes a daft one at that!
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