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Lights Out and Other Supernatural Tales (2005)

Boris Karloff  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Boris Karloff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009XT8MO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A collection of mysterious terror filled tales of the unexpected from the earliest days of television.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Horror August 11, 2008
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In its earliest days, television was considered to be radio with pictures, and many of the first tv shows were adapted from popular radio shows of the day. Like those radio shows, tv programs were mostly live performances. Visionaries like Desi Arnez produced all his shows on film thus preserving quality archives for posterity, but the live broadcasts were lost in the wind unless someone happened to film the show by setting up a camera in front of the monitor screen. This was called a kinescope and was of poor quality as one would expect. The microphone was leaned against the tv speaker and a bit of the picture was lost in assuring that the monitor itself was not in the frame. Lights Out was a very popular show on radio from 1934-1947. Each week it told of tales of horror or strangeness. In 1946 NBC TV aired four episodes of Lights Out in four specials that were well received by critics. They began broadcast of the show as a regular weekly series on 7/19/1949 with episode #005 'Edna Warren'. The last episode was #160 'The Hollow Man' 9/29/1952.
There are only a few episodes known to have been preserved via kinescopes and 14 of these are presented in four Alpha Video volumes.
67 Beware This Woman 12/4/1950
84 The Mad Dullaghan 4/2/1951
88 Grey Reminder 4/30/1951
92 The Pattern 5/28/1951
96 The Passage Beyond 6/25/1951
99 The Devil In Glencairn 7/16/1951
102 The Faceless Man 8/6/1951
103 The Man With the Watch 8/13/1951
111 Dark Image 10/8/1951
112 I Spy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Older and it Would be a Silent Movie January 1, 2006
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You may or may not have known about the old, old TV series Lights Out, but it is a series for people who take to heart the Night Gallery and Twilight Zone series. But Lights Out was much older, and it can be more compared with Night Gallery than the Twilight Zone. I read somewhere that it was actually based on a radio show and when it was converted into a TV series during a time when not too many Americans had TVs in their homes, a total of 156 episodes were broadcasted to an unwary audience and much of it was lost. The portion which is not lost did play on the Sci-Fi channel for a while, but I would really, really appreciate it if someone out there brought this creative, moody and atmospheric TV series to a DVD format for devoted collectors like me. Thank you.

Two episodes from Lights Out was included in this multi feature DVD titl, "Lights Out and Other Supernatural Tales."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile find for fans of vintage horror May 21, 2013
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I was browsing through Youtube when I came across an obscure show titled "Lights Out" and I quite enjoyed some of the episodes so when I saw this DVD being offered at such a low price, I decided to purchase it. Originally, "Lights Out" was a popular radio program which focused on stories of the supernatural and eventually the series was adapted for television.

This DVD contains two episodes from "Lights Out" (1949), two episodes from another iconic TV series titled "The Veil" (1958), and finally, an episode from another show, "Witchcraft" (1961). The latter two shows were short-lived but I must confess I thought "The Veil" was interesting, and I loved Boris Karloff's introductions, and one of the reasons I purchased this DVD is because it contains an intriguing episode from "The Veil" titled Jack the Ripper. Here is the episode listing for this DVD:

From "Lights Out":
The Passage Beyond
The Man with the Watch

From "The Veil":
Jack the Ripper
The Return of Madame Vernoy

From "Witchcraft":
The Doll in Brambles

The total running time is 2 hours and 16 minutes, audio is in English, and the aspect ratio is 1.33. For the price, it is certainly a steal for fans of vintage horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than It's Money's Worth February 24, 2013
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This was an amazing find! Got a few episodes of Lights Out as well as episodes of other supernatural anthologies! A really great find!
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14 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars would be nice to get the movie ordered January 11, 2007
I got the movie...very excited...then I put it in the DVD player and it was Jack Benny, I contacted Amazon...they didn't seem concerned, told me to buy and pay for a new one!!! and then send it back at my expense and they would then probably refund me! I wrote back and said I was concerned that the other ones would also be Jack Benny and have they checked the dvd's?? They have NEVER replied. I order a lot from Amazon and am sorely disappointed in their lack of customer service/interest...
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