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The Twilight Zone (S1)
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Oct 22, 2010 By: Aaron the H
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Director:
Rod Serling

Actors:
Rod Serling
Martin Landau
Burgess Meredith

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A revolutionary Sci-Fi series spinning tales of mystery, horror and awe, in a dimension of Earth not too different from our own, and yet, unlike anything we've ever seen.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I was in film school, I took a class based solely and exclusively on The Twilight Zone. It discussed the show's foundings, it's legendary creator/host, and the impact it's had on not just television but some of today's most prominent filmmakers. I came in hoping for an easy, fun class, where I could get away with watching some old, cheesy television for a few hours each week. I left the class rocked by a profound series that truly took science-fiction television to new heights.

I won't spend time getting into technical stuff, but allow me to say that if you've never entered The Twilight Zone, now is the time to start. Yeah, it's in black and white. Yeah, the acting can sometimes feel hokey and the special effects look like they were done, well, in the 60's. But each story (none of which are connected or feature recurring characters) presents a unique, often creepy, tale that usually contains both a clever twist and a well-intentioned lesson. Sound familiar? ::Cough:: Shyamalan! ::Cough:: It's this kind of added value that puts The Twilight Zone a cut above, and it can be largely attributed to the show's creator/writer/producer/host Rod Serling. If you don't know him, you've seen him parodied dozens of times (including one wave of the current Geico commercials).

Serling, our well-dressed, all-powerful deity in The Twilight Zone universe, appears on camera at the top and bottom of most episodes prepping us for and winding us down from the events that transpire on-screen with a calm that is strangely both soothing and unsettling simultaneously- and therein lies the brilliance of the show; it manages to be so many things at once.

Another cool aspect of the show are the large variety of storylines, locations, and often recognizable actors. Season one features the likes of a young Martin Landau and a middle-aged Burgess Meredith, in one of the more famous episodes of the series. Settings range from the Old West to Outer Space, and everywhere in between. From red and blue states to dream states, Rod Serling and crew have got you covered, constantly taking you on a ride you'll feel a little wiser for having gone on. How many sci-fi films or movies can you say that about?
THE EXTRAS
Ladies and Gentlemen. I've watched and reviewed a lot of DVDs in my time, and I've seen many impressive Special Feature packages. If you combined all of them, you might equal, MIGHT mind you, the amount of bonus features this thing is packing. This set, by far, presents the most special features I have EVER seen. I'm talking each and every episode loaded with enough special features to warrant a DVD of its own (thank God for the expanded storage space of Blu-rays). I've spent the past few weeks trying to get through all these and I haven't even made a dent. I don't think Joblo's server could hold a detailed bit-by-bit breakdown of each and every one, so I'm just going to [try] to LIST them all for your reading pleasure. Try not to get overwhelmed.

- Never-before-released unofficial pilot episode "The Time Element"

- 19 audio commentaries featuring film historians, authors, actors, writers, DPs, directors, you name it

- Interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland, and Ron Masak

- Tales of Tomorrow episode "What You Need"

- Vintage Audio interview with Director of Photography George Clemens

- 1977 Syndication Promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours"

- 18 Radio dramas (recreations of the episodes)

- 34 Isolated Music Scores from legendary composers Bernard Hermann, Jerry Goldsmith and others

- Vintage Audio Recollections with actors (including Burgess Meredith!), writers, producers and directors

- Rod Serling Audio Lectures Sherwood Oaks College (these are special)

- Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's Show"

- Original unaired Pilot Version of "Where is Everybody?" (apparently there were a lot of unaired pilots?) with Serling's Network Pitch

- Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the show

- Sweet-ass sponsors commercials for each of the episodes
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This Blu-ray is worth purchasing for the special features alone. Fortunately, you also get 36 unforgettable episodes as a bonus! Never before have I given a disc 5 stars in every category, but then again, never has a Blu-ray like this been created. I'm serious. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna get step back into that other dimension...
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