Among the first episodes on the season is the iconic ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ starring a young William Shatner. This episode is supposedly one of the best and while it was definitely a bit dated, it still delivers as far as spookiness and it still makes you wonder what the hell is actually going on. Aside from maybe a rerun of Star Trek, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shatner in anything when he was in his hey day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it definitely set the bar pretty high for the rest of the season. There’s an updated version of the episode where John Lithgow plays Shatner’s character in Twilight Zone: The Movie, which I definitely want to see.
Some of the episodes are a bit mundane and you wonder where they’re going with it. Episodes from this season, understandably, were back to being only a half hour long, instead of the hour long episodes that aired during the show's fourth season (and only the fourth season). One such episode was the second episode in the season titled ‘Steel’, which is set in a future where only androids are allowed to box. It was a little slow and just generally lacking in the interesting department compared to some of the other episodes.
However, all in all, it was actually really amazing to watch how well the black and white show converted to Blu-ray. The picture was beautiful and the show was a joy to watch. I can see why THE TWILIGHT ZONE made the impact it did and why it remains iconic even now. I actually want to go back and watch some of the early episodes from the series to see what it was like when it first started out.
20 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani, Twilight Zone directors Ted Post, Richard Donner and Robert Butler, writer Earl Hamner, actors George Takei and Peter Mark Richman, author/historian Martin Grams, Jr., authors/historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton, author Bill Warren, writer Neil Gaiman, writer/director Michael Nankin and radio host George Noory: A great set of people that speak about THE TWILIGHT ZONE. As I mentioned at the top, they pretty well had me right at Neil Gaiman. A lot of the times I find that audio commentaries are pretty pointless and can be really dry. However, I love the people that they got to speak about the show for this set. As I mentioned earlier, they pretty well had me right at Neil Gaiman, as I consider him a modern day expert in writing and sci-fi and fantasy.
Vintage Audio Interview with director of photography George T. Clemens
22 Radio Dramas featuring Louis Gossett, Jr., Adam Baldwin, Peter Mark Richman, Beverly Garland, Adam West, Bill Erwin, Luke Perry, Mariette Hartley, Ed Begley, Jr., Kate Jackson, Mike Starr, Stan Freberg, Jason Alexander, Jane Seymour, James Keach and Karen Black: A great addition to the Blu-ray as well. The radio dramas started in 2002 and many were adaptations of original episodes. I was really impressed with some of the names that were attached to these dramas, especially Adam Baldwin. It’s nice to see actors step out of their traditional roles on camera to do something like this.
Audio Commentaries by Bill Mumy (In Praise of Pip), Mickey Rooney (The Last Night of a Jockey), June Foray (Living Doll), Mariette Hartley (The Long Morrow), Marc Scott Zicree (Number 12 Looks Just Like You), Alan Sues (The Masks) and Martin Landau (The Jeopardy Room)
Video Interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Bill Mumy, June Foray, Carolyn Kearney, Michael Forest, Nancy Malone and Terry Becker: These interviews are with writers, actors and other people who worked with THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
• Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave and Rene Garriguenc
• The Mike Wallace Interview (September 1959)
• Netherlands Sales Pitch
• Excerpt from Rod Serling's Sherwood Oaks Experimental College Lecture
• Alfred Hitchcock Promo
• Rare George Clayton Johnson Home Movies
• Rod Serling Promos for "Next Week's" Show
• Twilight Zone Season 5 Billboards