Monday, July 22, 2013

The Twilight Zone - The Complete Third Season (1961-1962) (DVD Review)

You are about to enter a review of a set of DVD's whose origins lie somewhere in a time called yesterday. Far from the reaches of modern man. Beyond the bounds of time or space or even conception of a DVD player, real working lasers or even the computer on which this review is being typed. We're going to talk a bit about The Twilight Zone, Season 3 in a recent release from CBS DVD/RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertaiment.

This is the third in the series of release put out this year, the fourth to come soon after and the fifth after that. You are no doubt familiar with the basic premise of the Zone by now, and you're history with the show should be well established. If you're reading this blog and have not taken a gander at least one Twilight Zone episode from yesteryear, something written by say that late Richard Matheson or from which a score of modern television shows are based, it's time to get your head out that damn book your reading and get pick this release up.  The Twilight Zone is a show that is based around the premise that there is an alternative dimension out there in which strange and unusual things occur. These tales are straight out of short fiction of the 1940's and 50's and evolve around morality. The beautiful thing is not realizing that your receiving a bit of guidance from yesterday until you've already enjoyed 2/3rds of the episode. This is also a show that is founded in the early days of television when Rod Serling created a style and storytelling method that would continue on to favorites of the 70's in Night Gallery, Thriller and later into the series rebirth in the 80's also Tales from the Darkside, Amazing Stories and into the 90's with Tales form the Crypt (though these are of course founded in comic books as well).

Let's get to this review already since I could wax nostalgic series about the history of television, the subsequent SyFy, WPIX Channel 11 July 4th and New Year's Eve marathons etc.

These discs are exactly what you want. Chock full of episodes of the series you love. Now the thing to note here is that these discs are the shows only. They look good. They sound good. They're DVD copies. They aren't Blu-ray discs and they are not full of commentary or extras. That makes them cost effective purchases. The packaging is tight complete with classic Twilight Zone imagery, cover art and that's pretty much what a casual fan will want. This is far superior to the multitude of VHS releases that have stormed the shelves for ages or the four pack releases that leave the completist begging for more. The true fan experience lies in the Blu-ray releases from the same company.

On this release, you'll be getting some true fan favorites. My personal favorites include To Serve Man, The Shelter, A Game of Pool and The Dummy. While each season has it's own special episodes for all of us, these are the ones I grew up with a marathon side July 4th weekend sitting inside while the rest of the kids went swimming or consumed way too much soda or ate hamburgers till their bellies burst.

Sixteen hours of entertainment and you'll love every second. Season 3 is full of episodes you may not have seen on a marathon or revisited on TV in quite some time. We focus on Cliff Robertson with the Dummy or whether the aliens really want us on the menu. It's harder to remember episodes like Kick the Can, an episode remade for Twilight Zone the Movie in the 1980's.

Make sure to pick up the full release through the link below.  The entire season 3 at a very reasonable price point.

Full episode list includes:

The Gift, Two, The Shelter, The Mirror, The Grave, It's a Good Life, Deaths-Head Revisited, The Midnight Sun, Still Valley, The Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Five Characters in Search of an Exit, A Quality of Mercy, One More Pallbearer, Nothing in the Dark, The Hunt, Dead Man's Shoes, Showdown with Rance McGrew, A Piano in the House, The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, To Serve Man, The Fugitive, Little Girl Lost, Person or Persons Unknown, The Little People, Four


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