How are the Twilight Zone DVDs?

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  1. Allen Longcor

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    Anyone have these? I love the show and was thinking about starting to buy some of the DVDs. Is there any reason I should not do this?
     
  2. Luke Foust

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    I have all 42 or so volumes of this series. The discs are great. I only have one complaint...they are expensive. Having to buy 42 DVD's is just too much. Luckily I bought most of them for around $8 each but still too pricey. If I weren't such a big fan I would have stopped at the first couple of volumes.
     
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    Don't know if this is the right place to ask this but, does anyone know if the episdoe they copied in the movie four rooms is a real episode of the twilight zone, and if so is it available on dvd?

    thanks
     
  4. MartinTeller

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    I'm still hoping for box sets.
     
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    Funny you should ask, as I just sold one of the volumes I had on Amazon, and have the other for sale now. In short, I used to love this show back in my youth, and bought the DVDs fully expecting them to be as I remembered. Wrong! On the whole, they are (IMHO) boring, overly simple, and don't hold up at all. I cannot recommend them at all, which saddens me. FWIW, I am finding that more than a few of the films, TV shows, etc. that I dug in the 60s are today not at all in line with what I really enjoy. Tastes change, and yours might have too.
     
  6. David Von Pein

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    Allen ......
    While I somewhat agree with what the poster above said about several episodes "not holding up" years later.....I will also state that I think it's worth the cost of having at least A FEW of these classic Serling TZ programs on DVD.
    BY FAR (IMO) the best of the 43 available TZ DVDs is Volume 2 (with both of the great airplane-related programs, plus "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street", and Burgess Meredith's "Time Enough At Last").
    My 2nd choice would be "More Treasures of The Twilight Zone", which includes vintage 1959 interview with Rod Serling talking with Mike Wallace; plus three of the best Zones -- Eye of the Beholder/The Masks/The Howling Man.
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    Josh,

    If you're talking about the last segment of Four Rooms in which they have a dare to cut off a guys finger, it was based upon an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, not TZ.
     
  8. Grant B

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    I picked up the 1st 3 boxes of LDS; each with 15 to 20 episodes for $20 a box....look for these if you dont have $700 for the DVD set.There is a twightzone.com website that has the lot for sale at ~$600...gee i think i will buy 2 at that price!!!

    BTW do the DVDs have the Rod Sterling interviews on them that the LDS have?
     
  9. josh4040

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    So are the Alfred Hitchcock Presents on dvd? I want to see the original that the four rooms bit was based on...
     
  10. Enrique B Chamorro

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    I am a big fan of the composer Bernard Herrmann.

    He did the score for many movies and shows

    (North by Northwest, Taxi Driver, Citizen Kane, Psycho)

    I read that the Twilight Zone, vol.29 has an isolated

    music track of Herrmann's score?

    Is there a seperate track for Little Girl Lost and I Am The Night - Color Me Black?

    How is the sound on the music track?

    How are the episodes in general?

    Also, does the discs with his other work for Twilight Zone

    have an isolated music track?

    He did score work for the episodes titled;

    Where is Everybody

    Living Doll

    Ninety Years Without Slumbering

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Josh,

    The episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that you are looking for is "Man From The South" starring Peter Lorre and I think Steve McQueen is in it also. This episode isn't on DVD yet, as they have only released the episodes that Hitchcock himself directed. I don't know if it ever made it to VHS, but I don't think so. Keep your eyes peeled on TVland and you might see it. It's a great episode based on a short story by the same name. I forget who wrote it, but I have it in a collection of short stories and if you're interested I'll try to dig up some more information.

    I don't want to hype you, but this episode is way better than the version on "4 Rooms"

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    Enrique,

    It's good to see another Herrmann fan in the area! I don't know if any of the other DVDs have isolated scores or not, but there are several good CD sets out that cover Hermann's music that was used on TZ. I have the 4 disc set that includes most of the major conductors (Hermann, Goldsmith, etc..) and there's another 2 disc set, that supposedly has every note that Hermann ever wrote for TZ. They are both available at Amazon.
     
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    Enrique B. Chamorro wrote:

    >I read that the Twilight Zone, vol.29 has an isolated

    >music track of Herrmann's score?

    >Is there a seperate track for Little Girl Lost and I Am >The Night - Color Me Black?

    >How is the sound on the music track?

    >How are the episodes in general?

    >Also, does the discs with his other work for Twilight Zone

    >have an isolated music track?

    This feature works from epsiodes 28 and up from the Twilight Zone collection.

    I don't know for sure if all of the epsidoes you mentioned are on DVD's 28 and up.

    It's a nice feature to have and makes my colelction all the more worthwhile

    Ronald Gebhardt
     
  14. Enrique B Chamorro

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    Is the music only track feature for all 3 episodes per disc

    or just on a select basis?

    I would hate to get Vol. 29 and the music track be only on

    the episode NOT done by Herrmann!

    Thanks,

    EBC
     
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    YES, there is an isolated score for "Little Girl Lost" on dvd volume 29. Also, the final TZ dvd volume (43) has an isolated score for "Eye of the Beholder". The sound quality on these isn't exactly pristine, but it's certainly listenable.

    I'm also a huge Bernard Herrmann fan, so I'm thrilled to have these. Sadly, the other Herrmann-scored episodes do not feature isolated music tracks.

    Enrique, I have a list at home of all the isolated scores available on the TZ dvds. If you like, I'll e-mail it to you tonight after work.
     
  16. Enrique B Chamorro

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    Thanks!

    So Vol. 29 only has 1 episode with a music track?

    or is the music track on "Little Girl Lost" by Herrmann

    and on the other 2 episodes NOT by Herrmann and

    no music track on "I Am The Night - Color Me Black"?

    Does your list have which disc has which episode

    that has a music only track?

    Thanks again.
     
  17. David Von Pein

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    Never have understood the reasoning for placing a "music only" feature on DVDs.

    WHY would you want to watch any program this way! Huge gaps of nothing but silence. Silly.
     
  18. Enrique B Chamorro

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    I have Halloween 1 on Criterion's laserdisc

    with a music only track. It is a GREAT way to watch it.

    Many times it is a great way to show people just how

    important a music score can be.

    Watch the training fight in the Matrix with the music track.

    I think Alien 1 even has an alternate music score track.

    Many of Bernard Herrmann's scores are such an important

    part of the movie that you can't think of the movie without

    the score playing in your head.

    When you think of the skeleton fight sequences in

    Jason and the Argonauts, you think of Herrmann's score.

    Another GREAT film to watch in music only is

    Bram Stoker's Dracula on Criterion's laserdisc.
     
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    As a film music enthusiast, I find music-only tracks on dvds both enjoyable and educational. It's a great way to study the nuances of underscoring without dialogue and sound effects vying for my attention. [​IMG]
     

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