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5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy classic!
Night Gallery was creator Rod Serling's follow up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum, Serling would introduce each episode stood in front of a collection of dark, disturbing portraits which related to the stories that followed. Whilst The Twilight Zone dealt mainly with science fiction, Night Gallery saw Serling's unique vision focus upon tales of horror and...
Published on 8 Nov 2006 by Shadow Man

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3.0 out of 5 stars Night Gallery series one could be better
This DVD box set of the first series of Night Gallery is interesting. There are some reasonable ideas in the plots.
After the success of the original Twilight Zone series, Rod Serling came up with this series in 1970. It is ok but just not as good as the Twilight Zone.
Serling introduces the tales from a sort of art gallery. He unveils a painting associated...
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Miss M. Potter


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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy classic!, 8 Nov 2006
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Night Gallery was creator Rod Serling's follow up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum, Serling would introduce each episode stood in front of a collection of dark, disturbing portraits which related to the stories that followed. Whilst The Twilight Zone dealt mainly with science fiction, Night Gallery saw Serling's unique vision focus upon tales of horror and suspense.

Included in this set is the original pilot featuring three stories starring, amongst others, Roddy McDowall, Joan Crawford and Tom Bosley. There then follows the complete first season (six episodes) and a bonus episode from both season 2 and 3. All in all you get twenty three stories ranging from the wonderful, Serling-scripted, 'They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar', to fillers such as the vampire spoof 'A Matter of Semantics'.

The cast list reads like a who's who of seventies television stars. Larry Hagman, Burgess Meredith, Diane Keaton, Bill Bixby, Al Lewis, John Carradine and the immortal Vincent Price are just a few of the familiar faces that feature. Two of the stories are directed by a young Steven Spielberg.

The picture and sound quality have both been restored to a very high standard. The only criticism I have is, like so many Universal Studio re-issues, the lack of any special features. Would it have been too much trouble to include interviews or commentaries with cast members and/or production staff?

Fans of Rod Serling and classic horror in general should thoroughly enjoy this collection. Whilst not of the same consistent high standard of The Twilight Zone, the majority of episodes are extremely entertaining and definitely worthy of repeated viewings.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ladies & Gentlemen, Welcome to the Night Gallery, 19 Aug 2008
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B. KIRKHAM "kirkham_ben" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
In 1969, 4 years after the final episode of The Twilight Zone was broadcast, the pilot episode of Night Gallery was shown.

Those expecting a show with the same sort of ideas and style as The Twilight Zone will be surprised. Night Gallery has had a bad rap over the years, and it is perhaps something of a shame that it doesn't always get the recognition it deserves.

Let's be honest right from the start: Night Gallery doesn't have the beautiful production and gloss that coated the earlier series. It lack's Twilight Zone's solid production and emotional punch (for the most part), and, in my eyes at least, will always be the inferior of the two. However, there are things that Night Gallery does very well. The scope of imagination is still there, although this time less about social commentary and concentrating more on scares, frights and concepts. At it's best, it utilises the colour medium extremely well and the stamp of early-70's experimental music is all over it. It also has a very different structure from The Twilight Zone. It can tell 2/3/4 stories in an hour episode and this allows the production team to experiment with different narrative styles.

This DVD features the pilot episode and the 6 episodes of season 1. Of all the episodes here, the pilot feels the best rounded. The 1st of the 3 tales here, 'The Cemetery,' is perhaps the least interesting of the 3 but is still riveting and features various horrific twists and turns. The ending, in particular, is brilliantly chilling. The 2nd segment, 'Eyes,' marks Steven Spielberg's directorial debut and is a brilliant piece of television. Dynamic, intriguing and thought provoking, this is Rod Serling at his best. The 3rd and final segment does not disappoint. 'The Escape Route' stars Richard Kiley as a Nazi War criminal on the run in late-60's Buenos Aries. It is fast-paced and intelligently written, with maturity not usually present in modern television.

After the pilot, things get slightly more hit-and-miss, but even the worst segments are entertaining. Particularly good from the series proper are 'The Dead Man,' about a physician's attempts to hypnotise his patient (with horrific results), 'Room With A View,' a 10 minute piece that is brilliant in its simplicity, 'The Little Black Bag,' which features Burgess Meredith as a down-and-out doctor that discovers a medical bag from the future, 'Certain Shadows on the Wall,' in which an avaricious family become cursed by a recent death, and 'The Doll,' an extremely creepy tale about a strange doll that terrifies a British colonial officer. But the undoubted highlight of the season is Rod Serling's superb 'They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar.' A beautiful, haunting, autumnal story, it represents Serling at his most powerful and masterful and features a truly mesmerising performance from William Windom as Randolph Lane.

Also included here is 1 episode of season 2 and 2 episodes of season 3. I'll go into detail about these more as and when the final 2 seasons are released, but the standout tale here is 'The Diary.'

Don't watch this series expecting the Twilight Zone. Although you will get faint glimmers, this is pretty much a full-blooded horror anthology show done well, and that's a rarity. For any fans of Rod Serling and anyone that appreciates good, intelligent horror, I highly recommend this. Roll on seasons 2 and 3.

Watch it late at night, turn the lights off, light a candle... and shiver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bygone terror, 14 Feb 2005
There is an episode of Night Gallery about an evil doll which, as a child, not only made me exit the room at a superfast pace but gave me nightmares for weeks later... not to mention the graveyard episode. Even the name is great:
Night. Gallery.
So now?
We live in a media-drenched world. While we are arguably more savvy much charm & mystery has been lost. So this US series, to many, will seem corny and may only be seen as useful for spotting many known actors/actresses 'before they went on to bigger things'.
But who cares? If you loved 'The Twightlight Zone' and perhaps remember that horror films WERE genuinely horrifying once, and not just a vehicle for rock soundtracks and ads... and your world hasn't been completely doused by the internet and 'irony', you never know: you may get a distinctly crypt-cool aftertaste from this excellent series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What might have been..., 6 Feb 2010
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Eric Ian Steele (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
THE NIGHT GALLERY is most definitely NOT the Twilight Zone. Instead, find herein up to three stories per episode. The quality is uneven; some shine, some do not. But if you love '70s television, and you enjoy horror, then this colection is for you.
Season One contains several standout episodes. "Eyes", Steven Spielberg's directorial debut, and what a debut. It also contains Joan Crawford in possibly her last screen role.
Stars abound in The Night Gallery. Roddy McDowell at his snivelling best in "The Cemetery", Burgess Meredith as a tramp who discovers a magical doctor's case in "Little Black Bag", Ceasar Romero as a very jovial vampire in "Matter of Semantics", Bill Bixby and Vincent Price in "Return of the Sorceror".
Stories are written by Serling, Richard Matheson and Clarke Ashton Smith among others. Some episodes are compelling ("They're Tearing Down Riley's Bar", "The House"), some whimsical ("Professor Peabody's Last Lecture"), some genuinely chilling ("The Doll" and "Diary"). But all are worth a look - even the extremely short "Big Surprise".
If you want polished pieces of fantasy, go back to the Twilight Zone - but if you want to experiment, surrounded by famous faces of the 1970s, then take a stroll down the Night Gallery. You never know what you'll see...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Night Gallery series one could be better, 7 Nov 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD box set of the first series of Night Gallery is interesting. There are some reasonable ideas in the plots.
After the success of the original Twilight Zone series, Rod Serling came up with this series in 1970. It is ok but just not as good as the Twilight Zone.
Serling introduces the tales from a sort of art gallery. He unveils a painting associated with each story. Some stories are by Serling himself and others are adaptations of ideas from established works. The pilot episode is produced by Steven Spielberg. And the series stars people like Joan Crawford and Roddy Mcdowall
Generally the series is worth looking at but not great. I felt that it was lacking something and it could have been so much better. I also found the DVD menu a bit messy.
If you like stories with a bit of a twist, or stories that are a novelty and easy to follow then this series can offer some entertainment..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing!, 26 Jan 2012
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone who enjoys watching a series of short horror stories should definitely add this title to their collection. There are some classic spooky episodes in here, including The Cemetery (a particular fave of mine), where a painting keeps changing to show a buried character rising from the grave. I guess this series may look rather dated now to younger viewers, but the show definitely has atmosphere and is worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy !, 22 April 2012
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I was very happy when I found Night Gallery Season 1, at Amazon. This I watched years ago as a child in Jamaica, when TV shows were only shown in Black and White. My husband, kids and I just can't get enough of this, as the episodes are just the perfect length for viewing. Only downfall is...We hungered for more !!!
Season 2, here we come !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly classic, 10 Jun 2014
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Twilight Zone was great but Night Gallery was too, I bought this being a fan of Serling and found it to be both riveting, unnerving and scary without being in your face about it. The tones and score provide the chills and such moving performances bring the stories out. I loved Roddy Macdowell and was surprised to find him in an episode where he wasnt cast as comedy relief.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute drivel, 3 Jun 2014
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As one who enjoyed and purchased the complete Twilight Zone series on DVD this later offering of the Night Gallery is a far cry from those thought provoking stories, and apart from Rod Serling's contribution there is nothing remotely similar in the calibre of material. Heavily dialogue laden rubbish with poorly conceived stories that almost fall into pantomime. A thoroughly disappointing series with zero chills (ok... The Doll had some), annoyingly overacted with ideas of little or no depth. It is dire in the extreme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and horror, 9 Oct 2013
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I watched these short suspense/horror films around thirty years ago. Still enjoyable. So if you enjoy a short film this is for you .
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