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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Steve Meil

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Posted February 11 2004 - 11:24 AM

On Feb 24 they will be releasing a 12 dvd set, an 8 dvd set and 12 individual sets. The 12 individual sets have the episodes listed. When you add them up there are 49 episodes on the 12 individual sets. However the 12 dvd set only states over 20 hours and the eight dvd sets says over 13 hours.If you add up the prices of the individual sets its a little cheaper. Does anyone have any idea what is on these sets and why should I buy the 12 dvd collection instead of the individual episodes?

#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Rick P

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Posted February 11 2004 - 12:34 PM

MAN, is this a screwy release... I can't find any info on what's in the box sets, but when you map the 12 individual releases to the episode list.. it's a mess....

 1x01 The Bride Possessed
 1x02 v 1 Night of April 14
 1x03 Emergency Only
 1x04 v 1 The Dark Room
 1x05 Twelve Hours to Live
 1x06 v 1 Epilogue
 1x07 v 1 The Dream
 1x08 Premonition
 1x09 v 1 The Dead Part of the House
 1x10 v 2 The Vision
 1x11 v 2 The Devil's Laughter
 1x12 v 2 The Return of Mitchell Campion
 1x13 The Navigator
 1x14 v 2 The Secret
 1x15 v 3 The Aerialist
 1x16 The Burning Girl
 1x17 The Haunted U-Boat
 1x18 Image of Death
 1x19 v 3 The Captain's Guests
 1x20 v 3 Echo
 1x21 v 3 Front Runner
 1x22 v 4 The Riddle
 2x01 v 4 Delusion
 2x02 v 4 Ordeal on Locust Street
 2x03 Brainwave
 2x04 Doomsday
 2x05 Night of the Kill
 2x06 The Inheritance
 2x07 v 4 The Open Window
 2x08 v 5 Message From Clara
 2x09 v 5 Forked Lightning
 2x10 Reunion
 2x11 v 5 Dead Ringer
 2x12 v 5 The Stone Cutter
 2x13 Father Image
 2x14 v 6 Make Me Not a Witch
 2x15 v 6 The Hand
 2x16 The Justice Tree
 2x17 v 6 Earthquake
 2x18 Forests of the Night
 2x19 v 6 Call From Tomorrow
 2x20 Who Are You?
 2x21 The Day the World Wept - the Lincoln Story
 2x22 v 7 The Lovers
 2x23 v 7 Vanishing Point
 2x24 v 7 The Mask
 2x25 v 7 The Haunting
 2x26 The Explorer
 2x27 The Clown
 2x28 v 8 I Saw You Tomorrow
 2x29 Encounter
 2x30 v 8 The Peter Hurkos Story (1)
 2x31 v 8 The Peter Hurkos Story (2)
 2x32 v 8 Delia
 2x33 The Visitor
 2x34 v 9 Gypsy
 2x35 Contact
 2x36 The Lonely Room
 2x37 House of the Dead
 2x38 v 9 Goodbye Grandpa
 2x39 The Storm
 3x01 Tidal Wave
 3x02 v 9 Anniversary of a Murder
 3x03 The Death Waltz
 3x04 The Return
 3x05 If You See Sally
 3x06 v 9 Moment of Hate
 3x07 v10 To Know the End
 3x08 v10 The Trap
 3x09 The Voice
 3x10 The Promise
 3x11 v10 Tonight at 12:17
 3x12 v10 Where Are They?
 3x13 v11 Legacy of Love
 3x14 v11 Rendezvous
 3x15 v11 The Executioner
 3x16 v11 The Last Round
 3x17 v12 Dead Man's Tale
 3x18 The Sacred Mushroom
 3x19 The Gift
 3x20 v12 Person Unknown...
 3x21 v12 Night of Decision
 3x22 The Stranger
 3x23 Justice
 3x24 The Face
 3x25 That Room Upstairs
 3x26 Signal Received
 3x27 The Confession
 3x28 The Avengers
 3x29 The Prisoner
 3x30 Blood Flower
 3x31 The Sorcerer
 3x32 The Villa
 3x33 The Tiger
 3x34 Nightmare
 3x35 Eye Witness 
 v12 Midnight <<< not a recognizable episode title

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Mark Tay

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Posted February 12 2004 - 10:09 AM

"Midnight" is not an episode of One Step Beyond. It is from a series called Stars Over Hollywood.
Stars Over Hollywood (episode 1.7) "Midnight"
Broadcast 8 November 1950
Starring Herbert Patterson and Gloria Saunders

Considering that Delta (who are releasing these 12 new discs) can't even differentiate between what is, and what isn't, an episode of One Step Beyond, I seriously question the quality of their DVDs.

The problem is that all but 12 episodes of One Step Beyond have fallen into public domain. Since rights aren't an issue, many outfits (like Delta) are releasing episodes on DVD simply because they can. Unfortunately none of the DVD releases are able to source the original material. As a result, most (all?) DVD transfers are from 16MM film. Often these 16MM prints have battered sound and image, and are less than complete (sometimes due to edits for syndication, sometimes due to the age of the print causing it to have fallen apart). Any episode running less than 24 minutes is missing footage regardless of how good the image looks. With so many public domain releases popping up on DVD, it doesn't seem likely that the owner of the original footage (Paramount) will ever bother with a DVD release. Too bad considering that this show should look as great as the later DVD releases of Twilight Zone (both series are of the same vintage and production values).

To date, VCI is the only company to release One Step Beyond on DVD with some level of effort and respect. At least the VCI release featured some (but not all) episodes with the original opening and closing credits for the show, and no missing footage (albeit a dark/grainy image none the less).

My advice is to pick up the VCI release first, and wait for a review of the Delta releases before plunging down your money.

The VCI cover:
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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted February 13 2004 - 02:33 AM

VCI is planning to release another volume of episodes late this year.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

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