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Twilight Zone - The Original Series: Season 4 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Rod Serling, George Grizzard, Mike Kellin, Ed Nelson, Natalie Trundy
  • Directors: Perry Lafferty, Stuart Rosenberg, Don Medford, Buzz Kulik, Walter Grauman
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 5
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 946 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS98YQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete fourth season of the classic American television sci-fi series by Rod Serling. In each of the 18 stand-alone episodes, an ordinary person finds himself in an extraordinary situation, where the laws of reality are suspended. Episodes are: 'In His Image', 'The Thirty Fathom Grave', 'Valley of the Shadow', 'He's Alive', 'Mute', 'Death Ship', 'Jess-Belle', 'Miniature', 'Printer's Devil', 'No Time Like the Past', 'The Parallel', 'I Dream of Genie', 'The New Exhibit', 'Of Late I Think of Cliffordville', 'The Incredible World of Horace Ford', 'On Thursday We Leave For Home', 'Passage on the Lady Anne' and 'The Bard'.

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Enter the fifth dimension with The Twilight Zone, explore the depths of the unknown in Season Four of Rod Serling's groundbreaking series. Funny at times, heartbreaking at others, The Twilight Zone entertained audiences for years (and inspired many remakes and spin-offs) with its consistently compelling and thought-provoking plotlines. Serling appears at the start and finish of each episode, acting as the viewer's guide through a world of alternate realities, and unlocking a door to a place where anything can happen.

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When Twilight Zone entered its fourth season, changes took place. Producer Buck Houghton moved on, and Serling's involvement in the show was considerably less. The series also became made up of 18 hour long episodes. Unfortunately, this experiment never really caught on and the next season reverted back to half hour stories.

The fourth season has had something of a bad reputation for many years, but it seems that people are beginning to realise that some of the episodes worked extremely well at the expanded length.

The episodes that work well: 'In His Image,' about a man prone to psychotic tendencies and memory problems, who discovers a terrible truth; 'Death Ship,' featuring the excellent Jack Klugman and Ross Martin, about a space ship crew who discover their own dead bodies; 'Jess-Belle,' Earl Hamner Jr's finest episode, about a young woman who seeks out a potion in order to keep her beloved; 'Miniature,' an originally non-syndicated episode starring Robert Duvall as a shy, sweet man who falls in love with a figure from a dolls' house; 'The Incredible World of Horace Ford,' in which a toy designer returns to his childhood - literally; 'On Thursday We Leave For Home,' a powerful story with a superb central performance from James Whitmore; and 'The Bard,' a lighthearted satire about a writer who summons Shakespeare to help him with his plays.

The rest of the episodes either fall flat or remain average. 'The Thirty-Fathom Grave,' 'He's Alive,' 'No Time Like The Past,' 'The Parallel,' 'I Dream of Genie,' and 'Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville' are episodes that just don't work, and suffer from the expanded length.

The remaining episodes are pretty average - all full of good ideas that don't come off so well in execution.
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Not quite up to the high standard of Seasons 1 to 3 as this year The Twilight Zone was a mid season replacement so they made 18 50 minute episodes instead of 36 25 minute episodes.

This interesting experiment was only partially successful as the longer format led to a large amount of padding in many of the episodes. But there were still some classics - "Death Ship" with Jack Klugman, "On Thursday We Leave For Home", "In His Image", "Jess-Belle" and "The Bard" to name a few.

Definetly still worth buying, and not just for Twilight Zone Completists.
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Twilight Zone Season 3 is certainly well worth getting. It is the only time the original episodes appeared in the one hour format. In some cases the more expansive approach allowed for a deeper exploration of the theme. "Miniature" for instance, is a complex psychological study which benefits from the opportunity to show more elaborate plot sequences than would be possible in a half an hour. Valley of the Shadow" is a marvellous episode as good as any of the classic half-hour episodes. Sure, some of the sci-fi sets look a bit dated, but the theme is anything but! The conflict of conscience within the hero and the mutual attraction between him and the girl is completely believable as is the resolution. It was interesting to see a young Scotty from Star Trek in the early sequence!

Sometimes one can lose as well as gain. "In His Image", has a theme similar to "The Lonely" from Season One in that it treats the idea of an artificial intelligence and the possibility that it has a reflexive intellect and thus can engage in self-reflection and possess a sense of identity. The context, however, is very different. The one hour format allows for a more extended treatment of the theme but "The Lonely" has the greater emotional impact. It still represents a very strong start to the Season.

One episode that makes many viewers uneasy {including myself} is "Mute. There are quite good reasons for this. The story begins with a prologue which creates an absurd scenario for future events involving a "pact" to raise children as pure telepaths {without the power of speech, as events later show}. Despite concerns by some members of the pact about violating the human rights of their children in pursuing such a course, the group charges on with their plan.
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The product i have purchased is everything i expected it to be and compliant with the advertisement relating to the goods being sold.
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Haven't watched it yet, but I expect its just as good as the previous 3 seasons. It's the Twilight Zone! It must be good!
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