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The Outer Limits is turning 50....


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#81 of 112 Gary16


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Posted January 28 2014 - 02:05 PM

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the Horizontal. We will control the Vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the Focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the Outer Limits."



And if you've ever seen the original pilot version when the program's title was going to be "Please Stand By" the opening copy was the same except that it ended: "...which reaches from the inner mind to the outer limits. Please Stand By."

I believe the title change was partially due to the usage of the phrase "please stand by" since that was used by television stations when there was a real problem.

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Posted January 28 2014 - 02:14 PM

I still think MGM will do this themselves Mark as they continue recovering and rebuilding their home video label. MGM catalogue titles continue to dribble out...even some 4k remastering has been announced. And they now have a deal in place with Twilight Time to generate revenue from a lot of their other catalogue titles.


As noted in an earlier post, MGM has always treated this series like a 'crown jewel' in every other home video format, even Laserdisc. So I'm sure its on their radar...just not ready for the ultimate BIG BOX collector treatment they would likely want to give it.

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Posted January 28 2014 - 06:26 PM

I watched an episode a few weeks ago with the professor from Gilligan's island as way to pay homage to Russell Johnson. I really like the old series!

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Posted January 28 2014 - 07:45 PM

Hopefully this comes out on blu, as well as The Addams Family.

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#85 of 112 Craig Beam

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Posted January 28 2014 - 09:43 PM

The Outer Limits on blu-ray is my home theater holy grail. Having said that, I'd settle for a Twilight Zone Definitive Edition-level DVD remastering. 




Nah, I'd still be disappointed. BLU-RAY, MGM!

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Posted January 29 2014 - 07:23 AM

What if they OPT for doing a Fan Favorites in Blu Ray???  What episodes would you want??? Mine would be....


The Sixth Finger



The Bellero Shield

Architects of Fear

The Zanti Misfits

Demon With A Glass Hand

The Man Who Was Never Born

The Hundred Days Of The Dragon

Don't Open Until Doomsday

#87 of 112 Craig Beam

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Posted January 29 2014 - 05:53 PM

Top 10 Favorites:
The Hundred Days of the Dragon
The Architects of Fear
The Man Who Was Never Born
Corpus Earthling
The invisibles
The Bellero Shield
A Feasibility Study
Demon with a Glass Hand
It Crawled Out of the Woodwork
The Zanti Misfits
Wolf 359
The Duplicate Man
The Inheritors, parts 1 and 2
Of course, this lists changes with time....

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#88 of 112 Nelson Au

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Posted January 29 2014 - 11:06 PM

Those two lists look like the same episodes that were released in the 5 box sets of laserdiscs back in the day. I'd add Behold Eck! Not everyone's favorite, though I really liked that one. Plus a few others.

I'd rather see the whole series.

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Posted January 30 2014 - 06:12 AM

I was thinking that the release of Batman on blu-ray could shake loose some other series for release on blu-ray. (Yes, Batman hasn't been confirmed for blu-ray, but most of us believe it is happening on both formats.) Outer Limits would be a natural for blu-ray, particularly after Twilight Zone was done in the format. With Batman being the last high-profile show from the same era, it might be the last chance for studios to take another look at releasing some of their properties in HD.

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Posted January 30 2014 - 07:37 AM

Every time I see an OL thread pop up here, my heart skips..."This is it! Someone's got intel on a Blu-ray release." But, alas, it's more pining away. Well, let's keep the flame lit and one of these days... one of these days... there truly will be 'nothing wrong with our television sets,' since the BD has arrived.

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Posted January 30 2014 - 08:24 AM

Clearly remember watching this show on my parents' old B&W, rabbit-eared set in the 70s. Good memories.

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Posted February 23 2014 - 07:46 PM

The Outer Limits on blu-ray is my home theater holy grail. Having said that, I'd settle for a Twilight Zone Definitive Edition-level DVD remastering. 



Nah, I'd still be disappointed. BLU-RAY, MGM!


For me, it's all...or nothing!


Like I said earlier, I tend to leave this show on the shelf for several years at a stretch. Then once I'm in the mood to see any of the episodes again...well...*BANG*...there goes my next week or so of viewing. Never fails.


Every single one of your listed fave episodes reminds me of at least 2 or 3 others that I would want to follow-up with...there's just something about this particular anthology series which remains more 'of a whole' than others...more so than even The Twilight Zone, which I can still enjoy in fun little stretches. The Outer Limits just feels like more like a more integrated body of work.

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Posted February 24 2014 - 03:17 AM

I really loved the 1995-2002 Outer Limits than this one!!!
Enough is Enough, We Demand A DVD Release of Clueless: The Series, New York Undercover: The Complete Series, and the remaining 7 seasons of Baywatch + its spinoffs!!!!

#94 of 112 Lord Dalek

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Posted February 25 2014 - 05:19 PM

Ugh the 90's Outer Limits was the worst.

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Posted February 25 2014 - 08:13 PM

I always get a kick out of the command "Sit quietly" from the Control Voice's opening monologue. Sounds so...condescending, like we are a bunch of school kids (as most of us actually were then, but you know what I mean). I laugh out loud at the opening of every episode when that line is spoken.

#96 of 112 Nelson Au

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Posted February 25 2014 - 10:44 PM

There are some episodes from the 90's series that are okay. But perhaps the problem with the newer show is that it's not gothic, it's in color and it lacks that certain noir from the Germanic lighting and camera work of the original.

I only caught a part of the remake of A feasibility Study with David MaCallum. It was on broadcast in syndication and I didn't know it was showing. I was hoping this one would be in one of the DVD sets. The reveal with the aliens wasn't as chilling. The effects were too literal. I wish I could see it again from the top to get a better understanding of the remake's scenario. So what I saw just wasn't as scary as the original! But I'm glad they had a chance to do it. The tone of the show was different, so it's not surprising we fans of the original may not like it.

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Posted February 26 2014 - 05:36 AM

Ugh the 90's Outer Limits was the worst.


Not too many people here would even dare to claim it's better than (or even equal to) the original, but that being said, I feel Seasons 2-6 deserve to be re-released in their original uncut Showtime versions, rather than the syndication edits that were put out on the Canadian sets (technically, the season 2 set is mostly the Showtime version, but a few syndicated episodes are on there, and since season 7 was on the Sci-Fi Channel, there aren't two versions of those episodes).


One thing that would make it even nicer would be if the alternate/replacement footage used in syndication for the racier episodes could be put on there as deleted scenes (for example, the episode Caught in the Act had an extra sub-plot added to the syndication cut, to bring the running time back up for the editing of the sex scenes).

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Posted February 26 2014 - 07:23 AM

Of course, the original OL is by far the best, although I do like the later, much longer, version... Besides the lack of 'gothicness', one thing that turned me off at first was the music, which was such an integral part of the original series... in a sense, Dominic Frontiere's impressionistic score 'made' that series, and I was naively expecting it when I sat down to watch the first episode of the new series...

Later, of course, I began to have an acquired taste for the new Outer Limits, mainly because of the quality and dark tone of many of its episodes.

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Posted March 23 2014 - 05:50 AM

Hopefully I'm not bumping an ancient thread, but I was wondering about this same issue, especially given the massive restoration that The Twilight Zone got. What is the holdup with this? Some sort of legal tangle, or simple lack of interest? It seems like the DVDs have been OOP for some time now, as I discovered when I wanted to buy them.

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Posted March 23 2014 - 09:24 AM


You can still purchase TOL DVDs from Amazon.co.uk.  These are single-sided discs and they are excellent.  I purchased both seasons of the series and I am thoroughly satisfied with them.  Please note that these are Region 2 DVDs.


http://www.amazon.co...he outer limits

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