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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Timothy E

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Posted May 14 2011 - 10:18 AM

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THE TWILIGHT ZONE Season 4 BLU-RAY

Studio: Image

Year: 1963

Rated: Not Rated

Film Length: 930 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Audio: English Uncompressed PCM Mono

Subtitles: English SDH


Release Date: May 17, 2011


The Series


     You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension, a

     dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You are moving into

     a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over

     into The Twilight Zone.


So began the narration of The Twilight Zone in its fourth season. The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS-TV on October 2, 1959, and aired for 5 seasons until its cancellation in 1964. This fantasy and science fiction anthology series is revered and well remembered 50 years later for its daring social commentary and the twist endings of many of its episodes. The series was created by Rod Serling, who narrated the episodes and, incredibly, wrote a majority of the scripts during its production.


Rod Serling was supported in his screen-writing chores by accomplished authors Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. This season also included screenplays by Earl Hamner, Jr. and Reginald Rose. The high quality and success of this series is undoubtedly attributable in large part to the efforts of these writers who wrote many original screenplays, as well as adaptations of works by other authors.


The Twilight Zone also benefitted from the acting talent that appeared in the series. Actors in this fourth season included Ross Martin, Burgess Meredith, Pat Hingle, Anne Francis, Dennis Hopper, Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall, Dana Andrews, Steve Forrest, Martin Balsam, James Whitmore, Burt Reynolds, Julie Newmar, and others.  The Twilight Zone theme song composed by Marius Constant is recognizable today even to many people who have never seen this series. Composers of score music in the fourth season included Van Cleave(Gunsmoke) and Fred Steiner(Perry Mason).


The Twilight Zone was not included in the original CBS-TV Fall schedule for the 1962-1963 season. The Twilight Zone premiered its fourth season during mid-season beginning in January of 1963. By this point, creator Rod Serling and writers Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson are said to have suffered from creative fatigue. This is understandable when you realize that these 3 writers are responsible for writing 127 episodes out of the entire series output of 156 episodes. Serling’s creative involvement in the 4th season was particularly limited since he was no longer living in Los Angeles during this period. Serling still contributed screenplays and received credit as executive producer at this time even though he was no longer living in Los Angeles; Serling’s narration and appearances in the series were shot back to back on those limited occasions when he traveled back to Hollywood.


The change to hour-length episodes during this season, from half-hour episodes during every other season during its run, may have been a relief for the series’ writers, since they only had to come up with 18 original screenplays instead of 37 original scenarios as in the previous season.


Unfortunately, these longer episodes seem padded to fill time more than episodes from any other season. This factor, coupled with the fact that most TV stations only air this series for one half-hour at a time in syndication, mean that these episodes have been seen less, and are less remembered, than episodes from any other season of The Twilight Zone.


The episodes appear in this 5 disc set in order of airdate rather than production order. The episodes are organized appropriately in this manner, given the fact that the preview of the following week’s episode hosted by Rod Serling is included just as originally aired at the conclusion of nearly every episode and prior to the closing credits. Each episode also concludes with what seems to be the original CBS TV logo from 1963. A modern CBS Studios logo is also attached but only at the very end of each episode. All episodes seem to be complete and uncut, and the running lengths of each episode seem to confirm this, as discussed in greater detail below in the Video portion of this review.


Video


The Twilight Zone appears on Blu-Ray in 1080p in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio as originally filmed and broadcast on CBS-TV. The previous DVD editions of this series from Image were so excellent that one might think that there was little room for improvement. Fortunately, Image has taken advantage of this opportunity to present The Twilight Zone in high definition by creating all new 1080p high definition transfers of this fourth season from the original camera negatives. As with the previous season sets, the result is a film-like image with some grain apparent. The image is so sharp that minor imperfections that were invisible on the previous DVD releases are now visible on a large monitor. When I speak of imperfections, the emphasis is on "minor"; the video quality in these new transfers is as close to perfection as one could hope for on this series. I observed some momentary film weave in a couple of episodes but other than that the video quality is virtually flawless.


All episodes seem to be complete and uncut, and the running lengths of each episode seem to confirm this, with the exception of 4 episodes. The episodes in question are approximately 1 minute shorter; the episodes are I Dream of Genie, The Incredible World of Horace Ford, Passage On The Lady Anne, and The Bard. These episodes have a slightly shorter running length of approximately 51 minutes, rather than 52 minutes, not because anything has been cut, but because there apparently was not a Rod Serling preview of the next episode produced specifically for these episodes. There was a 2 week gap between the original airdate in 1963 of these particular episodes and the following first-run episodes. Any reruns airing in the middle of this 2 week gap would have included Serling promos already appearing earlier in this set in the episode preceding these rerun episodes’ original airdates. I believe that all of the episodes in this set are complete and uncut as originally aired.


Audio


The Uncompressed PCM Mono track is excellent, with none of the crackle, hiss, or inconsistency of sound volume that we expect to hear on television shows from this era. This is the default audio track unless Dolby Digital Mono is selected from the menu. One cannot imagine the original audio sounding any better than it does on this release. The special features have audio that is actually inferior to the clarity of sound on the regular episodes, even though most of the special features were created after The Twilight Zone ended production in 1964.


Special Features


The special features are comprehensive and include all of the following:


Saturday Night Live (4:34): This "Twilite Zone" comedy sketch appeared in the Saturday Night Live episode that aired originally on February 17, 1979. The sketch includes guest host Rick Nelson as well as series regulars Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Gilda Radner, and Tom Schiller.


Gennessee Beer Commercial (0:33): Serling appears in this color commercial promoting Gennessee Beer.


Famous Writers School (5:54): This short promotional film showcases Serling as one of the famous writers.


Marc Scott Zicree Audio Interview With George T. Clemens (Part 4): This is the fourth part of an interview done by Zicree in 1978 of cinematographer Clemens. The first 3 parts of the interview appeared on the first, second, and third season sets of The Twilight Zone on Blu-ray.


Every episode in this fourth season has special features. Here is a list of all 18 episodes with the special features indicated:


In His Image (52:11): Audio Commentary by Marc Scott Zicree, Marc Scott Zicree interview with producer Herbert Hirschman, isolated Music Score, sponsor Billboards for Micrin oral antiseptic and Band-Aid bandages. Sponsor billboards on other episodes include Studebaker automobiles and U.S. Royal tires.

The Thirty-Fathom Grave (52:11): Audio commentary by Gary Gerani and Marc Scott Zicree, isolated music score, sponsor billboards, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring Blair Underwood.

Valley of the Shadow(52:12): Interview with Morgan Brittany, audio commentary by Jaime Paglia and Marc Scott Zicree, isolated music score, sponsor billboards.

He’s Alive (52:21): Rod Serling blooper, isolated music score, sponsor billboards.

Mute (52:12): Isolated music score by Fred Steiner, sponsor billboards.

Death Ship (52:04): Audio commentary by Marc Scott Zicree, Marc Scott Zicree interview with Ross Martin, isolated music score, sponsor billboards.

Jess-Belle (52:11): Interview with Anne Francis, audio commentary by Earl Hamner, Jr. and Marc Scott Zicree, Marc Scott Zicree interview with writer Earl Hamner, Jr., director Buzz Kulik, and actress Anne Francis, isolated music score by Van Cleave, sponsor billboards.

Miniature (52:11): Audio commentary by William Windom, audio commentary by William F. Nolan and Marc Scott Zicree, isolated music score by Fred Steiner, sponsor billboards.

Printer’s Devil (52:11): Audio commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree, Marc Scott Zicree interview with actor Burgess Meredith, isolated music score, sponsor billboards.

No Time Like The Past (52:19): Isolated music score, sponsor billboards, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring Jason Alexander.

The Parallel (52:12): Interview with Paul Comi, audio commentary by Marc Scott Zicree, isolated music score, sponsor billboards, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

I Dream of Genie (51:10): Interview with John Furia, Jr., isolated music score by Fred Steiner, sponsor billboards.

The New Exhibit (52:15): Audio commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree, audio commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson, isolated music score, sponsor billboards.

Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville (52:11): Isolated music score, sponsor billboards, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring H.M. Wynant.

The Incredible World Of Horace Ford (51:10): Audio commentary by Jeff Vlaming and Marc Scott Zicree, Marc Scott Zicree interview with actor Pat Hingle, isolated music score, sponsor billboards, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring Mike Starr.

On Thursday We Leave For Home (52:14): Audio commentary by Joseph Dougherty and Marc Scott Zicree, audio commentary by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson, isolated music score, sponsor billboards, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring Barry Bostwick.

Passage On The Lady Anne (51:11): Isolated music score by Rene Garriguenc, sponsor billboards.

The Bard (51:10): Audio commentary by Bill Warren and Marc Scott Zicree, isolated music score by Fred Steiner, sponsor, The Twilight Zone radio drama starring John Ratzenberger.


Also included is a foldout illustrated booklet with a list of the episodes on each disc with original airdates, plot descriptions, and lists of special features associated with each episode.


The Twilight Zone radio dramas, isolated music scores, and many of the audio commentaries are new to this release. The audio commentary by actor William Windom was produced for the DVD release and has been ported over to this new set.


Conclusion


The fourth season of The Twilight Zone could effectively be called the "lost season" since these episodes have seldom been shown in syndication since their original airdates. Even though the 4th season is not as well remembered as episodes in other seasons, the same excellent writers, directors, and crew collaborated in creating these episodes as in other seasons of this classic series. The 4th season of The Twilight Zone has never looked and sounded better than it does in this Blu-ray set. The video and audio transfers of these 18 episodes are consistently excellent and definitely a big step up from the previous versions on DVD. As with the previous season sets on Blu-ray, many of the special features included here are new to this release and may be considered essentials for fans of this series. This set comes about as close to perfection as one might hope. As with the earlier sets, The Twilight Zone Season 4 on Blu-ray comes highly recommended. 



#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted May 14 2011 - 03:55 PM

Its a fairly underrated season in the eyes of this fan. I know a lot of people disagree with me but I find Season 4 to be a far more satisfying experience than the erratic and overrated Season 3.



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Posted May 14 2011 - 11:43 PM

Costco has the this set as well as Seasons 1, 2, and 3 for about $45 each.



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Posted May 17 2011 - 08:00 AM

Well mine came in yesterday. After the somewhat disappointing transfer quality on Season 3, I was pleased to see we're back up to the high standards set by 1 and 2. These episodes are near reference quality for a television show of its era.





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Posted May 17 2011 - 01:12 PM



Originally Posted by Lord Dalek 

Its a fairly underrated season in the eyes of this fan. I know a lot of people disagree with me but I find Season 4 to be a far more satisfying experience than the erratic and overrated Season 3.


I think the highs of season 3 are pretty damned high ("The Midnight Sun," "To Serve Man," "A Game of Pool," "Death's-Head Revisited," "It's a Good Life," etc), but I agree that the season as a whole is quite erratic (aside from, say, season 1, which in uniformly excellent other than a couple of misfires).  The lows in season 3 are downright dreadful ("Once Upon a Time," "Four O'Clock," "The Mirror," "Cavender is Coming").  Nothing in season 4 is quite that bad.




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Posted May 17 2011 - 02:37 PM

After the somewhat disappointing transfer quality on Season 3, I was pleased to see we're back up to the high standards set by 1 and 2. These episodes are near reference quality for a television show of its era.

I don't have the eye that many here have but did you notice the same dip on the two episodes (The Grave and Nothing In The Dark) produced for S2?

The lows in season 3 are downright dreadful ("Once Upon a Time," "Four O'Clock," "The Mirror," "Cavender is Coming").  Nothing in season 4 is quite that bad.

 

I think No Time Like The Past, The Parallel, I Dream Of Genie, The Incredible World Of Horace Ford and The Bard are nearly as bad or worse than those ones. Even the episodes that I think are mid-level TZ episodes (like The Thirty-Fathom Grave, Mute, Miniature or Passage On The Lady Anne) run too long for my tastes.

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Posted May 17 2011 - 02:58 PM



Originally Posted by TravisR 



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Originally Posted by Lord Dalek 

After the somewhat disappointing transfer quality on Season 3, I was pleased to see we're back up to the high standards set by 1 and 2. These episodes are near reference quality for a television show of its era.



I don't have the eye that many here have but did you notice the same dip on the two episodes (The Grave and Nothing In The Dark) produced for S2?
 

Yeah, they seem to be a bit pasty looking in spots.


Can't really complain about the moire problem effecting other episodes since nobody's wearing stripped suits.



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Posted May 17 2011 - 04:40 PM

Woo-hoo! My Costco had all four seasons too. I grabbed S4 and it was nice to pay that price. This is not an often seen season for me, so in combination with the increased resolution, it should be like the first time seeing it. :)

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Posted May 18 2011 - 02:04 AM



Originally Posted by Nelson Au 

Woo-hoo! My Costco had all four seasons too. I grabbed S4 and it was nice to pay that price.

This is not an often seen season for me, so in combination with the increased resolution, it should be like the first time seeing it. Posted Image


I browsed through all the discs yesterday (standard operating procedure since the season 1 debacle), and the episodes look STUNNING.  Maybe the best looking season so far.




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Posted May 18 2011 - 06:53 AM

Just from watching the show in syndication, you get the impression that the stock they were shooting on was getting better as the show went along. Season 5 should look about as good as 4 if my old KOFY tapes are any indication.



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Posted May 18 2011 - 06:59 AM

Woo-hoo! My Costco had all four seasons too.

The Costco near me just started stocking all the seasons. So if anyone couldn't find the TZ at Costco before, they might want to check again.

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Posted May 18 2011 - 08:19 AM

Wow Joel, I'm surprised anyone else on this forum may have watched Channel 20, KOFY back in the 80's! I saw Miniature for the first time on Channel 20. I guess this episode wasn't allowed to be syndicated until 1984.



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Posted May 18 2011 - 10:33 AM



Originally Posted by Nelson Au 

Wow Joel, I'm surprised anyone else on this forum may have watched Channel 20, KOFY back in the 80's! I saw Miniature for the first time on Channel 20. I guess this episode wasn't allowed to be syndicated until 1984.


Yeah I spent many a saturday night taping those minimarathons KOFY used to have. Ah for the early 90's of my youth.




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Posted May 19 2011 - 02:31 PM

The first time I saw Miniature was during one of the celebrated "Twilight Zone" marathons - I think during Thanksgiving or July 4th in 1984.

The stuff inside the dollhouse was colorized, as I recall.


I'm a fan of Twilight Zone in all of its seasons.


In the 4th Season, my favorite episode is still "On Thursday We Leave For Home".  That ending devastated me when I first saw it.

I'm also a fan of "The Bard", which made my whole family laugh at the time.

The beauty of the Zone is that there are good pieces in all of its seasons.  Yes, there are some mongrels in there, but that happens with any series.


The advent of DVD Season sets has meant that I no longer watch those marathons of my youth, since we already have the whole cow, right?



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Posted May 19 2011 - 03:04 PM

The first time I saw Miniature was during one of the celebrated "Twilight Zone" marathons - I think during Thanksgiving or July 4th in 1984.

The stuff inside the dollhouse was colorized, as I recall.

The colorized scenes were on the DVD season sets but they're not ported over here.

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Posted May 26 2011 - 05:33 AM

Since I apparently have a raging case of OCD, I figured out which features were not ported over from the DVDs. Here's a list of them... Season One set* Time Enough At Last: Drew Carey Show clip The Mighty Casey: photo gallery (5 pictures) bonus features: billboards (3 are not ported over- 1. Sanka Coffee "Newest Coffee Sensation", 2. Kimberly Clark- Kleenex boxes popping up one by one, 3. Kleenex- animated) photo gallery (24 pictures) Rod Serling game show photos (2 pictures) comic book (.pdf) * Netherlands Sales Pitch isn't ported over but is listed for the S5 Blu-ray Season Two set** Twenty-Two: script (.pdf) bonus features: The Jack Benny Show clip billboards (6 are not ported over- 1. Veto Deodorant, 2. Contac "TZ is brought you by...", 3. Palmolive Soap, 4. Palmolive Rapid Shave Cream, 5. Sanka Coffee "Whole New Blend- TZ is brought to you by..." and 6. Sanka Coffee "Whole New Blend- TZ has been brought to you by...") photo gallery (32 pictures) comic book (.pdf) ** The Mike Wallace Interview isn't ported over but is listed for the S5 Blu-ray Season Three set It's A Good Life: It's Still A Good Life clip and commentary by Bill Mumy bonus features: Sci-Fi Marathon spots Night Gallery spots (promos, bumpers, teasers, intorduction and station IDs) photo gallery (38 pictures) comic book (.pdf) Season Four set Miniature: color scenes from the syndicated version bonus features: photo gallery (17 pictures) billboards (1 is not ported over- Micrin/Pretty Perm) comic book (.pdf) Alot of the billboards are similar to each other (especially from the first two seasons) so I might have missed one or listed one that is on there but some are definitely not ported over. As for the S5 set, the highlights from the Museum Of Television & Radio Seminar, the S5 photo gallery and Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval are not listed in the press release but the press release does say "And much more!" so maybe they will be on there.

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Posted May 26 2011 - 08:06 AM

I'm shocked at the amount of extras from the Definitive SD sets that didn't get carried over.  I thought the Blus just added content without subtracting.   Glad I'm OCD enough to have hung to them...



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Posted May 26 2011 - 08:33 AM

I'm guessing most of what is missing (The Drew Carey Show clip, The Jack Benny clip, The Twilight Zone 2002 remake series clip, Sci-Fi Channel commercials and Night Gallery spots) is due to licensing costs. The absence of the color scenes from Miniature and the few missing billboards are kinda weird though. I don't know if it'll happen but I'm hoping that all the stills from the series are included in one gallery on the S5 set.

Glad I'm OCD enough to have hung to them...

For me, the joke is that I was 'worried' enough that I went through all the sets but I'm still probably going to sell them.

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Posted May 27 2011 - 06:34 AM

Wow, I'm shocked at those omissions, too.  I wonder why I was under the impression that nothing was getting dropped.  Apparently I wasn't alone in thinking that.  Well, I'm also really trying not to be too obsessive about this because for me right now it would be absolutely ludicrous to hang on to that huge DVD set.  The remastered series itself and the other wealth of extras, new and old, are the main thing.  Right?  (Right???)  Damn it to hell.


Anyway, just picked up Season 4 at Costco.  Thank you, Costco.




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Posted May 27 2011 - 09:49 AM

Well, call me OCD. I like to hang on to earlier DVD sets of TV shows and movies. Especially now with blu ray, I like to have that DVD copy for play back on older DVD systems in my house and the extras that weren't ported over like in this case. I'm surprised too.







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