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?
- 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