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Night Gallery: Season 1 (1970)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 483 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CX1M0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night Gallery: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes from the 1970-71 season plus the original pilot movie

Editorial Reviews

Prepare for the chill of a lifetime as the master of suspense, Rod Serling, hosts over 20 episodes of terror in this classic series, featuring the original pilot movie and every spine-tingling episode from the complete first season of Night Gallery. Thrill to stories adapted from short story legends such as H. P. Lovecraft and Conrad Aiken, performed by Hollywood greats including Diane Keaton, Joan Crawford and Roddy McDowall, and directed by cinematic masters like Steven Spielberg in this unforgettable series - now available on DVD for the first time!

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424 of 439 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review Based On Facts August 24, 2004
Format:DVD
I bought this today and just finished the Pilot Epsiode. So this review is based on the actual DVD release, and not speculation or hearsay. and yes, IT DOES INCLUDE THE PILOT!

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this release for months. Some of which I agree with, but most of which seems to be based on unrealistic and even fanatical speculation. Is this a perfect Night Gallery DVD? No. Is it worth buying? Without a doubt.

The Picture Quality: Is quite good. The color is all there and has obviously been enhanced and corrected. No more grainy, magenta tinted episodes like we've seen on TV for years. The transfer is crisp and color well saturated. There are a few dust spots and hairs from time to time, but no long scratches. Could Universal do better? Sure. But let's be realistic. Most of us watched these episodes on grainy TV sets with rabbit ear antennae 30 years ago. They look better on the DVD than I ever remember.

Sound Quality. This seems to have been much enhanced. Not quite Dolby Surround, but the musical score is clear and crisp, and lends a creepy layer of atmosphere the series never had back when we only had a crummy TV speaker. The sound is great, at least on the pilot.

Extras? Well, there are none, and here I agree with the critics. Would it have killed Universal to put the paintings on DVD? Or maybe include one interview with Serling or even Spielberg? This is barebones for sure.

Presentation: The box is a beautifully printed glossy gatefold with some cool photos of Rod Serling on N.G. set. It's quite nice and well done. There are 3 discs.

If you've been waiting to see the full episodes of N.G. for decades, like I have, then buy this set and don't listen to the carping from other reviewers and websites.
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419 of 452 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good news and some bad news July 13, 2004
Format:DVD
I am the coauthor, with Jim Benson, of the companion guide to "Rod Serling's Night Gallery." We've been tracking this release pretty closely and are privy to as much information as we can squeeze out of Universal Studios. We're grateful the series has been tapped for a DVD release, and the set has been struck from original, uncut prints--the same ones Columbia House used for its mail-order volumes--and not the butchered half-hour syndication version that played on the SciFi Channel for years. That said, the master for the pilot is 20 years old, and those for the series are 15 years old--acceptable, but a bit long-in-the-tooth compared to the up-to-date treatment other television series have received. Imbedded in a few of the episodes are some errors, mostly in the sound and music tracks, and it would have been preferable had Universal seen fit to correct these. We also fail to see why a series which featured the involvement of both Rod Serling and Steven Spielberg did not rate a budget that allowed special features. If Warner Brothers can load extras into DVD releases of such non-classics as "Wonder Woman" and "The Dukes of Hazzard," then Universal is out of touch with current standards in the DVD business when they fail to properly document their own classic TV shows (such as "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" and "Columbo"). However, Universal is new to the TV side of their property library and may need to get their feet wet before they finally catch up to their more forward-looking competitors.
As a caveat emptor, the first season is relatively free of errors compared to the second season. The most critical error is the crackling that runs through the soundtrack of Serling's segment "The House" (found in Episode #3). Any further critique will have to wait until the release.
And who knows, if sales for Season One are impressive enough, maybe the studio will do right by Season Two and give "RSNG" a budget that more accurately reflects its classic status.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second Season Much Better September 10, 2004
Format:DVD
No question that Night Gallery is a series that divides opinion and I'd agree with those who say Twilight Zone is more consistent in quality. Night Gallery suffers from far too many bad-to-outright-embarrassing segments that really do make you question the sanity of its creators. I assume a lot of drugs were being taken because even at its worst, NG has a kind of hallucinogenic quality that indicates the writers and directors were encouraged to be as experimental as they wanted to be even if the results didn't always cohere. As much as I love TZ and acknowledge its greatness, I still prefer Night Gallery because at its very best, NG offers individual segments that are far stronger in content and more striking in presentation. My love for stories of the macabre may also explain my preference but even the most critical viewer would have to acknowledge that Night Gallery presented some of the scariest and most hauntingly original drama ever presented on television. The problem with the new Season One DVD set is that it contains very few of the best Night Gallery segments. If I were making a judgment based on this set, I'd be pretty disappointed. The Pilot is superb as are "The Doll", "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar", "The Dead Man," and "Certain Shadows on the Wall" but the rest are forgettable. OK, the "Little Black Bag" is very strong until the final scene but the shock ending falls flat because it is rushed and explained away rather than shown or suggested (it could have been handled without showing gore) and the sudden cut to the future lab scene destroys the atmosphere. It's a botched ending - one of many that ruined otherwise good segments. But I digress. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from my past
I've missed these from so many years ago its nice to see again cant wait to order whole series and relive my past.
Published 11 days ago by Fabian Goytia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series worth the money and more
I have always been a fan of Rod Sterling, He had such great insight into things of this world and beyond. I will buy more of his works.
Published 22 days ago by Whats it to you
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Gallery: Season 1
I love Night Gallery: Season 1. I watched this series as a child. I enjoy each episode everytime I look at it. It is a great movie and has a great cast of actors.
Published 1 month ago by rhonda bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Another labor of love from Rod Serling
You might call it a continuation of "The Twilight Zone," and it does contain the pilot. The transfer is more than adequate and improvements are much above VHS. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vladislav
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good
Watched them back in the day, and its seemed scary at the time, but its out dated, and the best thing in season one was the 2 episodes in the movie plot, the one with Joan Crawford... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mitch L. Toaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone... Second Generation
I always thought of Night Gallery as the second generation of Twilight Zone. This show is pretty similar to Twilight Zone in that it mixes the supernatural with Sci-Fi and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Johnny B. Quick
1.0 out of 5 stars RIPP OFF
I RECIEVED THIS CD, THINKING THAT THE ROCK ME AMADEUS BIOGRAPHY VERSION WOULD BE INCLUDED, IT IS NOT. THE BIOGRAPHY VERSION IS THE VERSION THAT HIT BIG IN THE U.S. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ava
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and great viewing
Rod delivers with entertaining shows, great writing and production that shows that he is part of the series and is missed.
Published 2 months ago by JON WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Cool
I loved the entire series and decided that I needed the entire series because one is just not enough. Buy it you'll like it.
Published 6 months ago by Art J. Laycock
5.0 out of 5 stars old times
I'm dating myself when I say there are great stories here, that I had forgotten about
when I watched them as a kid on television. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jay
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Please help me find this episode!!!
This was an Outer Limits show, episode 48, "The Premonition." It was a little girl on the tricycle, and yes, they did save her. The episode is recapped at www.tvrage.com. Just do a search for Outer Limits, and click on episode index. Hope this helps!
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Mar 22, 2012 by Deanne E Westwood |  See all 5 posts
Night Gallery is good but very confusing as a show
The first season of Night Gallery did indeed have that "quiet" music, composed by Gil Mellé. For years I had tape recordings of the original NBC broadcasts, and that's the exact same music.

In its first season, Night Gallery was part of a "rotating" series called... Read more
Dec 14, 2008 by Thomas Veil |  See all 6 posts
Night Gallery Pilot Movie
This often gets confusing- because of the way Night Gallery was packaged for syndication people often think "The Cemetary" (with Roddy McDowell), "Eyes" (with Joan Crawford) and "Escape Route" (with Richard Kiley) were just episodes of the series.

But they weren't.... Read more
Oct 14, 2011 by markus king |  See all 7 posts
Night Gallery's 2nd and 3rd Season Release
Make that 10/1/07 for us yanks with the "backwards" date. :-)

Is the Region 2 release really confirmed? A couple of UK sites have it listed but AmazonUK still has the "sign up to be notified when this item becomes available" message (although it does show the Oct. 1 release... Read more
Sep 7, 2007 by Charles Phelps |  See all 15 posts
Am I missing something in my 1st season set?
Quite possibly random. They buy those DVD cases from other companies, and just because the case came with a pocket doesn't mean the DVD producer put anything in it.

But then I don't own this particular DVD set. Maybe someone who does could confirm.

EDIT: Since I wrote this, I did buy the DVD... Read more
Dec 14, 2008 by Thomas Veil |  See all 6 posts
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