The Outer Limits: Season One (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. Richard V

    Wow, that is pretty steep, even for a entire season of Bluray. I'll probably order it anyways, but it gives me pause.

    $100 is the MSRP so hopefully it'll come down to $80 or $75 with the usual pre-release discounts.

  2. TravisR

    $100 is the MSRP so hopefully it'll come down to $80 or $75 with the usual pre-release discounts.

    Kino titles are usually discounted well. Their movies are msrp $29.99 and are usually available $14.99-$17.99. I wouldn't be surprised to see this for $60.00 by release date.

  3. Walter Kittel

    Wow! I am shocked at this announcement. One of my truly 'Holy Grail' releases has finally been announced. I don't purchase a bunch of media these days but this will definitely be added to the library.

    – Walter.

    It was actually announced by Kino last August we've just been waiting for the release date.

  4. Randy Korstick

    It was actually announced by Kino last August we've just been waiting for the release date.

    As is evident by my surprise, I don't really stay on top of these announcements. My purchasing of media has really tailed off over the last few years so I don't spend a lot of time tracking releases. There are undoubtedly other titles that I would be thrilled to see and possibly purchase that simply have slipped under my radar. HT is a much more casual pursuit for me these days.

    Regarding the price, which I did notice, I expect some discounting on Amazon plus there are 32 episodes in season one which will sort of amortize the price per episode. (Or at least that is my justification in my mind. πŸ™‚ )

    – Walter.

  5. Randy Korstick

    This show should benefit from Blu Ray treatment even more than The Twilight Zone.

    Yes indeed. The work of multiple Academy Award winning cinematographer Conrad Hall should look spectacular on blu-ray.

  6. Walter Kittel

    Regarding the price, which I did notice, I expect some discounting on Amazon plus there are 32 episodes in season one which will sort of amortize the price per episode. (Or at least that is my justification in my mind. πŸ™‚ )

    Same here. Considering that labels/networks like HBO charge $80 for ten episode or less seasons of their shows, which already have digital masters and need no fancy work to bring to Blu-ray, $75-100 for over thirty episodes seems reasonable to me. Not cheap, but reasonable.

  7. I think the pricing is in line with other Kino releases. 32 one hour episodes is a lot of material. Not sure if any TV show with that many one hour episodes has been released on blu ray before as one set.
    Kino's normal list price is $29.99 for 1-2 blu rays. This is 7 so 6 blu rays would be $99.99 with the 7th one free. More than likely that is the formula that they used.

  8. Yes, we are getting a lot of value here, even at MRSP…I will gladly pay the street date price with a smile on my face. Kino Lorber has filled my shelves and viewing hours with well over a 100 Blu Ray releases in the last 4 years alone, so many classic feature films on Region A HD for the first time ever, and now with some classic American TV shows coming as well. (Hope for more) Kino Lorber have gained my admiration and trust, and beyond that, a genuine affection and loyalty that I believe they deserve.

    Despite being flippers, the old MGM DVD were good enough for most shows in my library, but OUTER LIMITS is such an essential show in the totality of my Television youth and collecting mindset that I must have it in it's best possible presentation…and considering how good the old DVD's look, these new BD scans and transfers will look stunning!

  9. Before everybody starts going off on the deep end about the price just remember what the original manufacturer price was for each season of Twilight Zone. First season has 32 episodes it's going to be a little more costly the second season has less it'll probably cost less but in time these will fall in line the same as the Twilight Zone episodes I only wish that we could be discussing this about two other TV series as well. Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and One Step Beyond. If there was a bonus to be thrown in there it would be Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

    We as fans of classic television like this ask for these but then comes the idea of we have to pay for it I'm not taking either side good or bad my pre-order went in today I wait for Amazon to do what they're going to do either way I'm going to get to watch a program I want the is only a couple of months older than I am I wait to see what Kino's has done.

  10. Randy Korstick

    I think the pricing is in line with other Kino releases. 32 one hour episodes is a lot of material. Not sure if any TV show with that many one hour episodes has been released on blu ray before as one set.
    Kino's normal list price is $29.99 for 1-2 blu rays. This is 7 so 6 blu rays would be $99.99 with the 7th one free. More than likely that is the formula that they used.

    "Lost in Space" comes to mind and it was all three seasons for $99. It also went through some extensive clean up work before being released on blu-ray. Generally, speaking I'd say most TV series are cheaper based on disk or material length than moves so I don't really see that as a valid argument.

    However, "Lost in Space" was released by the studio so they have time and other ways to recoup costs than a third party like Kino with a limited license period, so I can see that coming into play. But, we also have to remember CBS shot themselves in the foot with I Love Lucy and TAGS on blu-ray and they were filled with extras and bombed with a $60 on release day discount. Big fans will obviously buy on initial release, the question will be is that enough? Will the average fan snub the initial pricing knowing larger discounts may come later if initial sales are questionable. Lots of people brag of waiting and getting Star Trek TNG for a fraction of the price from the UK. Many went with Batman 1966 from Italy to save big bucks. Of course this probably won't show up in other regions until after the Kino license expires.

    I hope it works with "Outer Limits" and both seasons are released. However, I'm going to have to wait this one out for $50 or less per season. The DVDs are just fine for now. I bought BD's of ILL, TAGS, and Star Trek TNG on release day. I can't justify that anymore with loads of content still unwatched.

  11. smithbrad

    "Lost in Space" comes to mind and it was all three seasons for $99. It also went through some extensive clean up work before being released on blu-ray. Generally, speaking I'd say most TV series are cheaper based on disk or material length than moves so I don't really see that as a valid argument.

    However, "Lost in Space" was released by the studio so they have time and other ways to recoup costs than a third party like Kino with a limited license period, so I can see that coming into play. But, we also have to remember CBS shot themselves in the foot with I Love Lucy and TAGS on blu-ray and they were filled with extras and bombed with a $60 on release day discount. Big fans will obviously buy on initial release, the question will be is that enough? Will the average fan snub the initial pricing knowing larger discounts may come later if initial sales are questionable. Lots of people brag of waiting and getting Star Trek TNG for a fraction of the price from the UK. Many went with Batman 1966 from Italy to save big bucks. Of course this probably won't show up in other regions until after the Kino license expires.

    I hope it works with "Outer Limits" and both seasons are released. However, I'm going to have to wait this one out for $50 or less per season. The DVDs are just fine for now. I bought BD's of ILL, TAGS, and Star Trek TNG on release day. I can't justify that anymore with loads of content still unwatched.

    I believe List for LiS (MSRP) was $200.00 FOXConnect had a 1/2 price sale …

  12. B-ROLL

    I believe List for LiS (MSRP) was $200.00 FOX direct had a 1/2 price sale …

    True, I forgot about the sale. However, if OL season 1 at release date is between $60 and $70 that is still in the same range as ILL, TAGS, and Star Trek TNG upon release, and apparently none lived up to sales expectation. It just appears like a classic TV show treading above $50 a season, while fine for big fans, is a little too high for the more casual fan, and I would think they need the casual fan to purchase. I don't think season 2 is in any jeopardy since I believe they are already committed to finish. However, if sales are just okay it may make them think twice before tackling another TV series.

  13. I have no problem with the price. I still remember what I paid per episode for VHS in the 90's. I was glad to have them in my home then, and I'll be glad to have them when they arrive in my home in HD with commentaries. This is a landmark series in television.

  14. smithbrad

    True, I forgot about the sale. However, if OL season 1 at release date is between $60 and $70 that is still in the same range as ILL, TAGS, and Star Trek TNG upon release, and apparently none lived up to sales expectation. It just appears like a classic TV show treading above $50 a season, while fine for big fans, is a little too high for the more casual fan, and I would think they need the casual fan to purchase. I don't think season 2 is in any jeopardy since I believe they are already committed to finish. However, if sales are just okay it may make them think twice before tackling another TV series.

    The sales part is exactly true. In the end we as fans of classic TV that want to purchase them on DVD or Blu Ray are the losers if we don't buy what we say we want because its a little more than we think it should be. The only message the studio or licensing company like Kino gets is it didn't sell as well as we thought the demand is obviously not there, no more classic TV for us. The same is true for I Love Lucy on blu. So many complaints on Amazon about no more seasons but not enough people bought it at the price CBS thought they needed to make a profit. Since people were not willing to pay that much they should have dropped the night of broadcast feature it would probably have dropped the list price down to $69.99. People don't realize how expensive and time consuming it was to research, re-master and reassemble all the footage needed for the night of broadcast episodes for 30+ episodes. That's the reason most sets that offer an episode with original commercials only offer one episode that way. Very costly to reproduce.

  15. From the facebook page of Kino Lorber Studio Classics

    Brand New HD Masters!

    β€’ The Outer Limits (Complete Season 1 – 32 Episodes) with optional English subtitles

    β€’ Audio Commentaries by DAVID J. SCHOW (The Outer Limits Companion), TIM LUCAS (Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark; Video Watchblog), CRAIG BEAM (My Life in the Glow of the Outer Limits), Dr REBA WISSNER (We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits & the Aural Imagination), GARY GERANI (Fantastic Television), MICHAEL HYATT (film historian), and STEVE MITCHELL (King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen)

    β€’ 40 Pages Booklet – Featuring an Essay by David J. Schow and episode guide

    β€’ 24 Audio Commentaries
    THE GALAXY BEING – Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OF THE DRAGON – Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
    THE ARCHITECTS OF FEAR – Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Gerani
    THE SIXTH FINGER β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
    THE MAN WHO WAS NEVER BORN β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Gerani
    O.B.I.T β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Craig Beam
    CORPUS EARTHLING β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Craig Beam
    NIGHTMARE β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
    THE ZANTI MISFITS β€” Track 1: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    THE ZANTI MISFITS β€” Track 2: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Gerani & Steve Mitchell
    THE MICE β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
    CONTROLLED EXPERIMENT β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
    DON’T OPEN TILL DOOMSDAY β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Reba Wissner
    ZZZZZ β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    THE INVISIBLES β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    THE BELLERO SHIELD – Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    SPECIMEN UNKNOWN β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Craig Beam
    THE MUTANT β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
    THE GUESTS – Audio Commentary by Film Historians Craig Beam and David J. Schow
    FUN AND GAMES β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
    THE SPECIAL ONE – Audio Commentary by Film Historians Gary Gerani and Michael Hyatt
    A FEASIBILITY STUDY – Audio Commentary by Film Historian David J. Schow
    PRODUCTION AND DECAY OF STRANGE PARTICLES β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    THE FORMS OF THINGS UNKNOWN β€” Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

    8 DVD Boxed Set
    7 Blu-ray Boxed Set

  16. JohnHopper

    8 DVD Boxed Set
    7 Blu-ray Boxed Set

    What does it mean?
    Perhaps, there are 7 Blu-ray discs and 1 SD dvd disc?

    It's being released on both DVD and BD. The DVD set comprises of 8 discs; the BD set is 7 discs. Content should be the same on both but BD holds more so that's probably why it takes less Blu-rays to hold the same amount of stuff as DVDs.

  17. BobO’Link

    I absolutely hate that packaging! Why couldn't they just use standard keep cases? Digipaks are horrible and make a case 2-4 times larger than it needs to be!

    Absolutely agree. Digipaks, and also Digibooks, are a pain. I can also do without the books (not to mention the toys, etc. I've seen on other sets) and I rarely bother with commentary tracks. In short, I won't be buying this until the packaging gets less extravagant.

  18. JohnHopper

    β€’ Audio Commentaries by DAVID J. SCHOW (The Outer Limits Companion), TIM LUCAS (Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark; Video Watchblog), CRAIG BEAM (My Life in the Glow of the Outer Limits), Dr REBA WISSNER (We Will Control All That You Hear: The Outer Limits & the Aural Imagination), GARY GERANI (Fantastic Television), MICHAEL HYATT (film historian), and STEVE MITCHELL (King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen)

    Isn't Craig Beam a member here?

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