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Image Press Release: The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 25 2010 - 12:51 PM

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“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.”

- Rod Serling





All 36 episodes of the first season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high definition for the first time ever!

Loaded with new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else including rare, never-before-released unofficial pilot “The Time Element” written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz!

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Chatsworth, CA – In 1959, a ground-breaking television series premiered – investigating the futuristic, the telepathic, the cryptic, and the metaphysical:  The Twilight Zone.   Every week, Rod Serling’s masterwork of “fear noir” took viewers from the safety of their living rooms on amazing journeys of fantasy and imagination. On September 14th, Image Entertainment will release the complete first season of The Twilight Zone, fully remastered for Blu-ray™. 

All new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created from the original camera negatives, as well as uncompressed PCM audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks. In addition, the set includes new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else, including the rarely seen, never-before-released unofficial pilot “The Time Element,” written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz – the episode that started a cultural phenomenon – presented in glorious high definition!

Also included are  19 new audio commentaries, 34 isolated music scores, 18 radio dramas, new and archival cast/crew and scholar interviews, a “Tales of Tomorrow” episode of “What You Need,” the original unaired pilot version of “Where Is Everybody?” along with Rod Serling’s network pitch, Rod Serling’s audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College, syndication promos, sponsor billboards, alternate opening and closing narrations, clips from the Emmy® Awards ceremony featuring wins for the series in Writing and Cinematography categories, and more! The 5-disc Blu-ray set has an SRP of $99.98, with pre-book on August 17th.

In The Twilight Zone:  Season 1 you’ll see the debut of this seminal anthology which introduced the strange, the terrifying and the inexplicable to 1950’s mainstream America.  Esteemed writers such as Emmy®-winner Rod Serling and fantasy/science fiction legends Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and George Clayton Johnson contributed teleplays that explored that murky nether region between fantasy and reality, between ironic destiny and poetic justice, between “the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.”

The Twilight Zone:  Season 1 included such stars as Anne Francis, Burgess Meredith (eventual veteran of numerous TZ episodes), Ida Lupino, Jack Klugman, Richard Conte, Gig Young, Nehemiah Persoff, Sebastian Cabot, Claude Akins, Earl Holliman, Roddy McDowall, Kevin McCarthy, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, Vera Miles and Ron Howard, all featured in classic episodes.  Before the season had even finished, it was hailed by the critics, named by Daily Variety as "the best that has ever been accomplished in half-hour filmed television,” a new phrase had entered the pop-culture lexicon and its success and impact is still felt today – fifty-one years after its debut.

Season One Episodes

Where Is Everybody?, One for the Angels, Mr. Denton on Doomsday, The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine, Walking Distance, Escape Clause, The Lonely, Time Enough at Last, Perchance to Dream, Judgment Night, And When the Sky Was Opened, What You Need, The Four of Us Are Dying, Third from the Sun, I Shot an Arrow into the Air, The Hitch-Hiker, The Fever, The Last Flight, The Purple Testament, Elegy, Mirror Image, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, A World of Difference, Long Live Walter Jameson, People Are Alike All Over, Execution, The Big Tall Wish, A Nice Place to Visit, Nightmare as a Child, A Stop at Willoughby, The Chaser, A Passage for Trumpet, Mr. Bevis, The After Hours, The Mighty Casey, A World of His Own.

Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:

  • Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz – presented in glorious high definition!
  • 19 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark, Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post.
  • 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 T. Clemens.
  • 1977 syndication promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours."
  • 18 Radio Dramas
  • 34 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others!
Also includes:

  • Audio Commentaries by actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self.
  • Vintage Audio Recollections with actors Burgess Meredith and Anne Francis, directors Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare, producer Buck  Houghton and writer Richard Matheson.
  • Rod Serling Audio Lectures from Sherwood Oaks College.
  • Rod Serling Promos for "Next Week's" Show.
  • Original Unaired Pilot Version of "Where is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's Network Pitch.
  • Footage of the Emmy® Award wins for the series.

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The Twilight Zone Season 1 Blu-ray

Genre:             Sci-Fi. Television, 60s

Rating: Not Rated

Languages:       English  

Format:            Black and white full-frame (1.33)

Audio:              PCM Mono

Subtitles:           English

Year:                1959

SRP:                $99.98

Street Date:      September 14, 2010

Pre-Book:        August 17, 2010

Length:             928 minutes

UPC:                 ID6421CUBD

Cat#:                014381642155

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   RobertR


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Posted June 25 2010 - 01:29 PM

Sounds like a very nice set.

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Posted June 25 2010 - 05:03 PM

I've been telling myself I really don't need this, since the definitive set is so good, it'd be hard to best. But now, after reading about the all-new transfers and amazing new extras (especially The Time Element!), not to mention the modest MSRP for a five-disc Blu-ray set...it has officially been moved into my "must buy" column. In fact, I am happy to double-dip on this set! I wish every company understood the importance of quality and value when it comes to TV on DVD the way that Image does. Well done!

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Posted August 18 2010 - 05:14 PM

Amazon listed it this evening...



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Posted August 18 2010 - 11:40 PM

Won't be buying this.  The Definitive was expensive and looks just fine to me.  Perhaps in the far future when this set is really cheap I'll upgrade.  I'm sure it's worth it.
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Posted August 19 2010 - 04:35 PM

After the Time Bandits fiasco, there's reason to be worried.

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Posted August 19 2010 - 11:34 PM

Originally Posted by RobertR 

After the Time Bandits fiasco, there's reason to be worried.

I didn't know about that one.  Thanks for the heads up.   ...and that sucks.  Sounds like all copies should be put in the postal box and they should start over.

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