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The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)

Twililght-ZonePreviously available from Image Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment is bringing back The Twilight Zone to Blu-ray.  Yes, all 156 episodes of the landmark historic television anthology series are once again being collected together.  This is a massive set, including bonus mater, that spans over 5 years of the show airing on television and covering over 24 discs.  The set is coming along just in time for the holidays (Will make a great gift for that loved one) and will be available December 13th.  So, get ready to hum that theme song and embrace those twisted and dark endings we’ve come to love, admire and be inspired by.

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Series 

The Twilight Zone is an American science-fiction, fantasy, psychological-supernatural horror anthology television seriescreated by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The series consists of unrelated dramas depicting characters dealing with paranormal, futuristic, Kafkaesque, or otherwise disturbing or unusual events; characters who find themselves dealing with these strange, sometimes inexplicable happenings are said to have crossed over into “The Twilight Zone”. Each story typically features a moral and a surprise ending.

Rod Serling’s show has always been a staple and heavily discussed, dissected, referenced and in public conscience for the entirety of my life.  And it was canceled 18 years before I was born.  Reruns have been in constant rotation in syndication, cable television and now on streaming.  The show has also been revived a few times (Both for television and radio broadcasts) and had a feature length movie made in the 1980s headed up by folks greatly influenced by the original television show’s run.

The show was an anthology and was a fresh story each week, so it lent itself to having a revolving door of cast members.  What many love to get a kick out of looking back is the up and coming future stars as well as talented veterans that came on to do the show.  For many, no matter how great their career, doing an episode of The Twilight Zone and working with Rod Serling is seen as a peak or highlight of what is (For some) a remarkable career outside of the show.  In addition to the actors, the show is also notable for employing some very talented authors and writers on its staff.

It really says something, the staying power of The Twilight Zone.  It holds up incredibly.  There are a lot of older shows that are still exciting and watchable, but maybe not as effective.  The Twilight Zone will still get you.  Maybe its the strong focus on themes and the human condition as opposed to an adventure, a monster or something of the like.  Or maybe its the diabolical twists the show has.  As a matter of fact we have a terms like “Twilight Zone ending” for a reason.  This is a piece of history, a piece you should definitely own.  With all the TV out there in the world, collecting it in physical media has almost seemed like too much. But this is the one to have, to revisit.  And if you’re “But…but…Netflix!”, just note that Netflix is missing the entirety of Season 4 and you never know if it will always be available there.  The Twilight Zone is a show that you should always have available.

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Episodes

This set contains all 156 episodes from the show’s original run, 1959-1964.

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Video 

Encoding: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Layers: BD-50

Clarity/Detail:  Those curious should know right off the bat, this is the same transfers…hell…the same exact discs as the previous release from Image Entertainment (The start of the disc still contains its logo).  And this is a very good thing.  I don’t know what they could do to better this as the show is in great shape.  It has a sharp and crisp look that carries plenty of detail.  If you’ve not seen this set or the episodes remastered for this, you’re really in for a treat.

Depth:  These episodes all provide a surprising and impressive amount of detail.  No, its not 3-D, but there is a good separation and smoothness of movement by characters and objects in their environments to go along with good detail in background imagery.

Black Levels: Blacks are deep and rich here.  They are a primary color in the mix of course, but they do great with shading, adding depth and sharpness to picture.  No crushing witnessed during the episodic viewings done for the is review.

Color Reproduction: N/A

Flesh Tones: Skin tones have a nice gray/white look to them with a consistent appearance from episode to episode and season to season.  Details like wrinkles, face lines, blemishes and more come through pretty impressively.

Noise/Artifacts: These episodes all are pretty clean in their appearance with a nice little layer of grain to keep true and accent it.

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Audio 

Audio Format(s): English Remastered Audio PCM Mono, Original Audio PCM Mono

Subtitles: English SDH

Dynamics: The Twilight Zone carries the ability to watch both a remastered track and the original audio in lossless.  Both are mono, but yeah, the remastered does sound much cleaner.  Its a bit quieter in terms of extra noise and distortion.  But, the original is there for the purists and faithful.  The remastered is a solid mix that makes the show sound pretty modern in terms of quality and is impressive in its own way of keeping such a crisp sound for such an old show.

Height: N/A

Low Frequency Extension:  N/A

Surround Sound Presentation:  N/A

Dialogue Reproduction:  Dialogue is crisp and clean in the remastered track, as to be expected.  Diction and vocal inflections all come across with good clarity.  No real analog/dated sort of hissing and whatnot is every really apparent.

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Extras 

The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series is a 24-disc set. Bonus features are accessed by selecting individual episodes.  The Zicree interviews and Rod Serling lecture features are audio only that play over the episodes like a commentary track.

Season 1

Disc 1

“Where Is Everybody?”

  • Commentary by Earl Holliman
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Hermann
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16) – A little plug for coffee from the show’s announcer.
  • Original Pilot Version with Rod Serling Pitch (HD, 34:44) – Episode features a commentary by William Self, Alternate Opening Narration (HD, 1:09), Alternate Closing Narration (HD, 2:08), Rod Serling Lecture at Sherwood Oaks College-1975 (HD, 34:44, plays like a commentary)
  • Radio Drama Starring John Schneider (HD, 44:45)

“One For The Angels”

  • Interview with Dana Dillaway (HD, 5:27) – The actress discusses her work on the two episodes she starred in.
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :17)
  • Radio Drama Starring Ed Begley Jr (HD, 36:47) 

“Mr. Denton on Doomsday”

  • Commentary by Martin Landau
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16) 

“The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine”

  • Isolated Score by Franz Waxman
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :34) 

“Walking Distance”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Steven C. Smith, John Morgan, William T. Stromberg
  • Rod Serling Lecture at Sherwood Oaks College (1975) 
  • Alternate Audio Mix
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrmann
  • Radio Drama starring Chelcie Ross (HD, 35:21)

“Escape Clause”

  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Mike Starr (HD, 42:25)

“The Lonely”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Steven C. Smith, John Morgan, William T. Stromberg
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrmann
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)
  • Radio Drama starring Mike Starr (HD, 41:44) 

Disc 2

“Time Enough at Last”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Burgess Meredith (1978)
  • Radio Drama starring Tim Kazurinsky (HD, 39:10) 

“Perchance To Dream”

  • Interview with Suzanne Lloyd (HD, 9:59) – Lloyd discusses her excitement with getting an opportunity to be on the show and how she told her agent that she didn’t even need a script.
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave
  • Radio Drama starring Fred Willard (HD, 38:11) 

“And When The Sky Was Opened”

  • Commentary by Rod Taylor
  • Zicree Interview: Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • Rod Serling Lecture at Sherwood Oaks College (1975) 
  • Isolated Score by Leonard Rosenman

“What You Need”

  • Tales of Tomorrow Episode: “What You Need” (HD, 29:29) 
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave

“The Four of Us are Dying”

  • Interview with Beverly Garland (HD, 7:11) – The actress talks her episode and how she didn’t have to know to sing or play the piano to do her part.  She adored her character.
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

“Third from the Sun”

  • Commentary by David Simkins and Mar Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Richard L. Bare (1978)
  • Isolated Score

“I Shot an Arrow Into the Air”

  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Chelcie Ross (HD, 36:21) 

Disc 3

“The Hitch-Hiker”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Kate Jackson (HD, 39:46)

“The Fever”

  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Stacy Keach and Kathy Garver (HD, 33:48) 

“The Last Flight”

  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Charles Shaughnessy (HD, 39:42)

“The Purple Testament”

  • Commentary by William Reynolds
  • Interview with Ron Masak (HD, 4:37) – The star of the episode talks his roots in stand up comedy and theater, coming from Chicago and have a direct line to The Twilight Zone to get on the show.
  • Isolated Score by Lucien Moraweck

“Elegy”

  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave

“Mirror Image”

  • Commentary by Martin Milner 
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Morgan Brittany and Frank John Hughes (HD, 38:20) 

“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score by Rene Garriguenc
  • Radio Drama starring Frank John Hughes (HD, 35:19) 

Disc 4

“A World of Difference”

  • Commentary by Director Ted Post
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave

“Long Live Walter Jameson”

  • Commentary by Kevin McCarthy
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Lou Diamond Phillips (HD, 47:14) 

“People are Alike All Over”

  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Blair Underwood (HD, 41:07) 

“Execution”

  • Isolated Score

“The Big Tall Wish”

  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Radio Drama starring Blair Underwood (HD, 37:05) 

“A Nice Place to Visit”

  • Isolated Score

“Nightmare as a Child”

  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith

“A Stop At Willoughby”

  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Zicree Interview: Buck Houghton (1978)
  • 1977 Syndication Promo (HD, :32) 
  • Isolated Score by Nathan Scott

Disc 5

“The Chaser”

  • Zicree Interview: Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • Isolated Score

“A Passage for Trumpet”

  • Commentary by Mark Fergus and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score by Lyn Murray

“Mr. Bevis”

  • Isolated Score

“The After Hours”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Anne Francis/Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • 1977 Syndication Promo (HD, :32) 
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Kim Fields (HD, 40:16) 

“The Mighty Casey”

  • Rod Serling Lecture at Sherwood Oaks College (1975)
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Paul Dooley (HD, 42:06) 

“A World of His Own”

  • Zicree Interview: Richard Matheson (1978)
  • Isolated Score

Bonus Features

  • Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse “The Time Element” (HD, 54:52) – The episode features a commentary by Marc Scott Zicree and the Syndication Open and Close (HD, 2:17)
  • Zicree Interview: George Clemens (1978) Part 1
  • Emmy Awards (HD, 3:10) – Footage from the Emmy Awards show with Rod Serling winning and giving his acceptance speech.

Season 2

Disc 1

“King Nine Will Not Return”

  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr.
  • Zicree Interview: Buzz Kulik (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Man in the Bottle”

  • Interview with Joseph Ruskin (HD, 13:42) – The actor discusses his episodes that he starred on. He talks after doing Naked City, visiting relatives he thought “Eh, let’s give Hollywood a try”.
  • Isolated Score 
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32) 
  • Radio Drama starring Ed Begley Jr (HD, 39:43) 

“Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” 

  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Zicree Interview: Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Adam Baldwin (HD, 39:57) 

“A Thing About Machines”

  • Commentary by Len Wein and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Howling Man”

  • Interview with H.M. Wynant (HD, 12:59) – He boasts about his episode always being rated as a top 3 episode.  Wynant discusses knowing Rod Serling prior to starring on the show.
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Zicree Interview: David Heyes (1978)
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Fred Willard (HD, 40:36) 

“Eye of the Beholder”

  • Commentary by Donna Douglas
  • Commentary by Joseph Dougherty and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Steven C. Smith and Jon Burlingame
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Zicree Interview: Maxine Stuart/Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrmann
  • Alternate End Title (HD, :41) 
  • Rare Color Photos
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Nick of Time”

  • Commentary by Matthew Weiner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Marshall Allman and Jamie Anne Allman (HD, 41:21)

Disc 2

“The Lateness of the Hour”

  • Original Production Slate (HD, :09) 
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)
  • Radio Drama starring Jane Seymour and James Keach (HD, 42:10) 

“The Trouble with Templeton”

  • Zicree Interview: Buzz Kulik (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Jeff Alexander
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Michael York (HD, 43:07) 

“A Most Unusual Camera”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Night of the Meek”

  • Commentary by Len Wein and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Original Production Slate (HD, :09) 
  • Radio Drama starring Chris McDonald (HD, 37:35) 

“Dust”

  • Zicree Interview: Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Back There”

  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Jim Caviezel (HD, 35:28) 

“The Whole Truth”

  • Original Production Slate (HD, :16) 
  • Radio Drama starring Henry Rollins (HD, 38:54) 

Disc 3

“The Invaders”

  • Commentary by Michael Nankin and Michael Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Zicree Interview: Douglas Heyes (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“A Penny for Your Thoughts”

  • Commentary by George Clayton Johnson and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: George Clayton Johnson (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Twenty Two”

  • Isolated Score
  • Original Production Slate (HD, :14)
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)

“The Odyssey of Flight 33”

  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Zicree Interview: Robert Serling (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Daniel J. Travanti (HD, 37:08)

“Mr. Dingle, The Strong”

  • Commentary by Don Rickles
  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr.
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Static”

  • Zicree Interview: Buzz Kulik (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Original Production Slate (HD, :13) 
  • Radio Drama starring Stan Freberg (HD, 45:16) 

“The Prime Mover”

  • Commentary by George Clayton Johnson and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr.
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :32)

“Long Distance Call”

  • Commentary with Bill Mumy and William Idelson
  • Original Production Slate (HD, :15) 

Disc 4

“A Hundred Yards Over the Rim”

  • Commentary by Cliff Roberston
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Zicree Interview: Buzz Kulik (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)
  • Radio Drama starring Jim Caviezel (HD, 37:34)

“The Rip Van Winkle Caper”

  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)

“The Silence”

  • Commentary by Marv Wolfman and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)
  • Radio Drama starring Chris McDonald

“Shadow Play”

  • Commentary by Dennis Weaver
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Mind and the Matter”

  • Commentary by Shelley Berman
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Richard Kind (HD, 37:15) 

“The Obsolete Man”

  • Commentary by Matthew Weiner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Jason Alexander (HD, 40:15)

Season 3

Disc 1

“Two”

  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Rod Serling Teaser (HD, :27) 
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Don Johnson (HD, 43:30) 

“The Arrival”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Blair Underwood (HD, 37:01)

“The Shelter”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Ernie Hudson (HD, 39:34) 

“The Passerby”

  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Morgan Brittany (HD, 38:08) 

“A Game Of Pool”

  • Commentary by Jonathan Winters
  • Commentary by George Clayton Johnson and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Buzz Kulik/Buck Houghton (1978)
  • Jonathan Winters Reads the Alternate Ending (HD, 3:15) 
  • 1989 Remake Clip (HD, 2:44)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Mirror”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Tony Plana (HD, 44:20) 

“The Grave”

  • Commentary by Gary Gerani 
  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr.
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Michael Rooker (HD, 37:56) 

Disc 2

“It’s a Good Life”

  • Commentary by Bill Mumy
  • Commentary by Marv Wolfman and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Deaths-head Revisited”

  • Commentary by Neil Gaiman and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Buck Houghton (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring H.M. Wynant (HD, 42:51) 

“The Midnight Sun”

  • Commentary by Lois Nettleton
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Still Valley” 

  • Isolated Score by Wilbur Hatch
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Adam West (HD, 4o:15)

“The Jungle”

  • Commentary by William F. Nolan, John Tomerlin and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Ed Begley, Jr. (HD, 32:56) 

“Once Upon a Time”

  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr.
  • Isolated Score by William Lava
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Five Characters in Search of an Exit”

  • Commentary by William Windom
  • Zicree Interview: Lamont Johnson (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards
  • Radio Drama starring Jason Alexander (HD, 40:27)

Disc 3

“A Quality of Mercy”

  • Commentary by Leonard Nimoy
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Nothing in the Dark”

  • Commentary by George Clayton Johnson and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Lamont Johnson/George Clayton Johnson (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“One More Pallbearer”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Chelcie Ross

“Dead Man’s Shoes”

  • 1985 Remake clip: Dead Woman’s Shoes (HD, 2:48) 
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Bill Smitrovich (HD, 38:55)

“The Hunt”

  • Commentary by Earl Hamner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Earl Hamner (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Robert Drasnin
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :32)

“Showdown with Rance McGrew”

  • Commentary by Robert Cornthwaite
  • Isoalted Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Kick the Can”

  • Commentary by George Clayton Johnson and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Shelley Berman and Stan Freberg (HD, 45:51)

“A Piano in the House”

  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Zicree Interview: Buck Houghton/Earl Hamner (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Michael York (HD, 42:54) 

Disc 4

“The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank”

  • Isolated Score by Tommy Morgan
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“To Serve Man”

  • Commentary by Jeff Vlaming and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Richard L. Bare (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Blair Underwood (HD, 44:52) 

“The Fugitive”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Little Girl Lost”

  • Commentary by Mark Fergus and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrmann
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Person or Persons Unknown”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)

“The Little People”

  • Zicree Interview: Buck Houghton (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Four O’Clock”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Stan Freberg (HD, 49:06)

“Hocus-Pocus and Frisby”

  • Isolated Score by Tom Morgan
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

Disc 5

“The Trade-Ins”

  • Interview with Edson Stroll (HD, 6:59) – The star of 2 episodes (also in “Eye of the Beholder”) talks about the stark, originality of the show and its completeness being strong factors in its longevity.
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring H.M. Wynant and Peggy Webber (HD, 39:57) 

“The Gift”

  • Isolated Score by Laurindo Almeida
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Dummy”

  • Commentary by Cliff Robertson
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards
  • Radio Drama starring Bruno Kirby (HD, 37:33) 

“Young Man’s Fancy”

  • Isolated Score by Nathan Scott
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“I Sing the Body Electric”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Buck Houghton (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Cavender is Coming”

  • Original Laugh Track
  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr. 
  • Isolated Score
  • The Garry Moore Show clip (HD, 9:00) – A parody sketch “The Twi-Night Zone” starring Rod Serling

“The Changing of the Guard”

  • Commentary by Len Wein and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Orson Bean (HD, 36:11)

Bonus Features

  • Liars Club (HD, 21:34) – Rod Serling hosts this gameshow, that happens to have Betty White on its panel for this episode.
  • Tell It to Groucho clip (HD, 15:11) – Rod Serling stops in on the show to introduce a guest to Grouch Marx.
  • The Famous Writers School promo (HD, 4:37) 
  • Zicree Interview: George T. Clemens (1978) Part 3 audio only (HD, 47:02) 

Season 4

Disc 1

“In His Image”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Herbert Hirschman (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Thirty Fathom Grave”

  • Commentary by Gary Gerani and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score 
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)
  • Radio Drama starring Blair Underwood (HD, 44:14)

“Valley of the Shadow”

  • Interview with Morgan Brittany (HD, 7:24) – The actress discusses Valley of the Shadow as well as the 2 other episodes she appeared in over the course of the series.
  • Commentary by Jaime Paglia and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“He’s Alive”

  • Rod Serling Blooper (HD, :12) 
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :32)

Disc 2

“Mute”

  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Death Ship”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Ross Martin (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Jess-Belle”

  • Interview with Anne Francis (HD, 8:11) – The actress discusses the two episodes she appeared on as well as Rod Serling.
  • Commentary by Earl Hamner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Earl Hamner, Buzz Kulik, Anne Francis (1978)
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave 
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Miniature”

  • Commentary by William Windom
  • Commentary by William F. Nolan and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

Disc 3

“Printer’s Devil” 

  • Commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Burgess Meredith (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“No Time Like the Past”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Jason Alexander (HD, 41:24)

“The Parallel”

  • Interview with Paul Comi (HD, 8:26) – Comi talks what it was like to work with Rod Serling as well giving a bit of personal anecdotes on the mutliple episodes he featured on.
  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree 
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Lou Diamond Phillips (HD, 42:35)

“I Dream of Genie”

  • Interview with John Furia, Jr. (HD, 9:16) An interview with the writer of the episode who talks Serling and the intricacies of the script for “I Dream of Genie”.
  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

Disc 4

“The New Exhibit”

  • Commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Of Late I Think of Cliffordville”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring H.M. Wynant (HD, 42:43) 

“The Incredible World of Horace Ford”

  • Commentary by Jeff Vlaming and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Zicree Interview: Pat Hingle (1978)
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Mike Starr (HD, 36:12) 

“On Thursday We Leave for Home”

  • Commentary by Joseph Dougherty and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Barry Bostwick (HD, 50:51) 

Disc 5

“Passage on the Lady Anne”

  • Isolated Score by Rene Garriguenc
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)

“The Bard”

  • Commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score by Fred Steiner
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring John Ratzenberger (HD, 38:34) 

Bonus Features

  • Saturday Night Live clip (HD, 4:34) – A sketch that features a mustached Dan Akroyd as Rod Serling.
  • Genesee Beer commercial (HD, :33) – Has Rod Serling in it.
  • The Famous Writers School promo (HD, 5:54) 
  • Zicree Interview: George T. Clemens (1978) Part 4 audio only (HD, 29:57)

Season 5

Disc 1

“In Praise of Pip”

  • Interview with Bill Mumy (HD, 7:18) – The actor reflects on the three episodes he starred on as a young boy.
  • Commentary by Bill Mumy
  • Commentary by Neil Gaiman and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score by Rene Garriguenc
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Steel”

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (HD, 3:22) –  The writer talks about enjoying hearing actors like Lee Marvin read his words and the sort of gratification of knowing you have good material
  • Commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Louis Gossett, Jr.

“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (HD, 9:23) – The rest of the interview featured on “Steel”, going a bit more in depth and detailed though regarding this one.
  • Commentary by Richard Donner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Rod Serling Lecture at Sherwood Oaks College (1978)
  • Isolated Score 
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“A Kind of Stopwatch”

  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr. 
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Lou Diamond Phillips (HD, 46:29) 

“The Last Night of a Jockey”

  • Commentary by Mickey Rooney
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Living Doll”

  • Interview with June Foray (HD, 11:57) – The actress talks being the voice of doll called Chatty Cathy which led to her casting.  She also appeared in another episode of the show as well.  She’s also the voice of Rocky (The cartoon squirrel, villain Natasha, too) as well as many animated characters.
  • Commentary by June Foray
  • Commentary by George Noory and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Commentary by Gary Gerani
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrmann
  • Radio Drama starring Tim Kazurinsky (HD, 33:59) 

“The Old Man in the Cave”

  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Isolated Score 
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)
  • Radio Drama starring Adam Baldwin (HD, 35:39) 

Disc 2

“Uncle Simon”

  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr.
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Peter Mark Richman and Beverly Garland (HD, 44:02)

“Probe 7, Over and Out”

  • Commentary by Ted Post and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Louis Gossett, Jr. (HD, 56:52)

“The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms”

  •  Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Richard Grieco (HD, 32:26)

“A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Adam West (HD, 39:58) 

“Ninety Years Without Slumbering”

  • Interview with Carolyn Kearney and George Clayton Johnson (HD, 10:22) – It starts with Kearny talking about her work on the pilot for The Twilight Zone then flips to back and forth interview with her and Johnson about the Slumbering episode.
  • Interview with George Clayton Johnson (HD, 19:23) – From the same interview session, some more meaty topics that the writer talks about with submitting and writing stories for the show as well as his thoughts on some of the other writers.
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrmann
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Bill Erwin (HD, 40:02) 

“Ring-a-Ding Girl”

  • Interview with Earl Hamner (HD, 19:01) – The writer gives his own personal history and talks about the 8 episodes he wrote for the show.
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“You Drive”

  • Interview with Earl Hamner (HD, 2:23) – A different interview with Hamner that has him unveiling his motivation for the script of the film.
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, :16)

Disc 3

“The Long Morrow”

  • Commentary by Mariette Hartley
  • Commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Kathy Garver (HD, 43:36) 

“The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross”

  • Commentary by Martin Grams, Jr. 
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards
  • Radio Drama starring Luke Perry (HD, 38:28) 

“Number 12 Looks Just Like You”

  • Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Black Leather Jackets”

  • Interview with Michael Forest and Earl Hamner (HD, 8:04) – The actor and writer discuss the motorcycle-based episode they worked on.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Night Call”

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (HD, 3:28) – The writer talks how he brought his published short story to the show.
  • Commentary by Michael Nankin and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Mariette Hartley (HD, 41:23)

“From Agnes – with Love”

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Ed Begley, Jr. (HD, 36:06)

“Spur of the Moment”

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (HD, 13:22) – Same interview session as all the rest, but this one gets a bit more personal on the writer as well as discussing the episode.
  • Isolated Score by Rene Garriguenc
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

Disc 4

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

  • Conversations with Rod Serling Part 1 (HD, 8:06) – Serling sits in a chair talking to a few people on a couch while going over what it means to be a writer and how to learn and harness experiences.
  • Isolated Score by Henri Lanoe
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Queen of the Nile”

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Kate Jackson (HD, 40:10)

“What’s in the Box”

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Mike Starr (HD, 35:10) 

“The Masks”

  • Commentary by Alan Sues
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Stan Freberg (HD, 44:42) 

“I Am the Night – Color Me Black”

  • Interview with Terry Becker (HD, 5:42) – The actor happily goes over the tale of himself being on this episode.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Sounds and Silences”

  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Richard Kind (HD, 37:55)

“Caesar and Me”

  • Commentary by Robert Butler and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Jason Alexander (HD, 38:09) 

“The Jeopardy Room”

  • Commentary Martin Landau
  • Commentary by Richard Donner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

Disc 5

“Stopover in a Quiet Town”

  • Interview with Nancy Malone and Earl Hamner (HD, (9:15) – Both the star and writer of the episode discuss the episode. Malone discusses her magical meeting traveling from New York to LA to meet Rod Serling.
  • Isolated Score

“The Encounter”

  • Commentary by George Takei, Robert Butler and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“Mr. Garrity and the Graves”

  • Commentary by Ted Post and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Chris McDonald (HD, 37:21) 

“The Brain Center at Whipple’s”

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Stan Freberg (HD, 41:45) 

“Come Wander with Me”

  • Isolated Score by Jeff Alexander
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)

“The Fear”

  • Commentary by Ted Post, Peter Mark Richman and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, :32)
  • Radio Drama starring Jane Seymour and James Keach (HD, 34:06)

“The Bewitchin’ Pool”

  • Interview with Earl Hamner (HD, 5:59) – The writer discusses penning the final episode of the series and goes into his thoughts and inspirations on the story.
  • Commentary by Earl Hamner and Marc Scott Zicree
  • Isolated Score
  • Radio Drama starring Karen Black (HD, 39:45) 

Bonus Features

  • Conversations with Rod Serling Part 2 (HD, 13:25) 
  • Conversations with Rod Serling Part 3 (HD, 10:08) 
  • The Mike Wallace Interview (HD, 21:01) – Full episode of the show that features Rod Serling as the guest.
  • Netherland Sales Pitch (HD, 4:33) 
  • Excerpt from Rod Serling’s Sherwood Oaks Experimental College Lecture (HD, 12:34)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Promo (HD, 2:15) 
  • George Clayton Johnson Home Movies (HD, 2:13) – Narrated by Johnson, most of it is him sitting and smoking a cigarette in a stairwell.
  • Zicree Interview: George T. Clemens (1978) Part 5 audio only (HD, 32:02) 
  • Additional Sponsor Billboards (HD, :47)

Twilight Zone 6

Summary 

The Twilight Zone is one of the most monumental and influential television shows of all time.  And you can own every second of it here in this set.  Now, if you already own the previous series set from Image Entertainment, just go ahead and hold onto it.  This is the same exact set with some different, cheaper packaging.  Same transfer, same audio, same extras…hell, the disc authoring is the same and still has the Image logo on it.  That set is out of print though, so this is your second chance to grab it, which…should belong on the shelf of every film/tv buff and serious collector.

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Writer/Reviewer, lifelong obsessive film nerd. As eager to educate in the world of film as I am to learn. An avid lover of horror, schlock and trash, Brandon hosts the Cult Cinema Cavalcade podcast on the Creative Zombie Studios Network (www.cultcinemacavalcade.com) You can also find more essays on his blog Naptown Nerd (naptownnerd.blogspot.com).

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