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Prepare for the unexpected as Season Two of Night Gallery comes to DVD! This 5-disc DVD set contains 61 stories, created and hosted by the master of mystery: The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. With guest performances by Hollywood legends that reads like a roster of Who’s Who in Hollywood, you’ll be sure to see sights to amaze! Featuring audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a gallery presentation of the paintings from the series, this collector’s set is the classic anthology of timeless, spine-tingling entertainment you don’t dare to miss!

Submitted for your approval, the second season of Night Gallery, Rod Serling's atmospheric anthology series that more often than not was in the Zone. Each week, Serling, acting as "an undernourished Alfred Hitchcock," played the role of host and curator of "a palladium of art treasures that range from the kooky to the uncommon, from the bestial to the bizarre." Comprised of original works and short story adaptations, Night Gallery’s palette had many colors: touched-by-an-angel fantasy (the holiday fable "The Messiah on Mott Street"); the macabre ("Green Fingers"); the darkly comic ("The Late Mr. Peddington"); and the haunting ("The Tune in Dan’s Cafe," which spawned the surprise country hit, "If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry"). Night Gallery has long resided in The Twilight Zone's shadow, but great art demands a second, closer look. At its best, Gallery featured superb writing (Serling's body snatcher gem, "Deliveries in the Rear") and great performances (Orson Welles as the narrator of "Silent Snow, Secret Snow"), but it was also a director's showcase for moods and aesthetics. A series benchmark is the terrifying, "The Caterpillar," starring Laurence Harvey as a man who gets an earful of earwig. In addition to Harvey, Gallery featured a stellar roster of actors who did not ordinarily do television, including Edward G. Robinson ("Mott Street"), Patrick O'Neal and Kim Stanley ("A Fear of Spiders"), and Geraldine Page ("Stop Killing Me" and the classic, "The Sins of the Fathers"). It also featured familiar faces in atypical roles, such as Laugh-In's verrrry interesting Arte Johnson as a womanizing radio disc jockey in "Flip Side of Satan," Pat Boone as a callous father considering a very special school for his delinquent son in "The Academy," and Rudy Vallee as a committed doctor, or at least one who should be, in "Marmalade Wine." Comic vignettes and blackouts between offerings are more miss than hit (in one, Death, riding in a crowded elevator, chivalrously removes his skull in the presence of a female rider), but they are brief and can be easily skipped. Museum goers who like audio tours to enhance their appreciation of the exhibits will appreciate episode commentaries by Jim Benson and Scott Skelton, who literally wrote the book on the series (Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, and Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro. A series retrospective and a featurette spotlighting the artist who created the Gallery paintings featured in each episode make this DVD set one that is suitable for framing. --Donald Liebenson
The second season of Night Gallery offers 22 more terror-filled tours for those "whose tastes in art run lean towards the bizarre," as host Rod Serling described its viewership; a wealth of extras spread across the set also makes this sophomore journey into darkness a worthwhile one for series devotees and TV horror fans in general. Though Serling was the face and frequent author of Night Gallery's episodes, his creative control over the series was fading by the second season (1971-1972); frequent clashes between Serling, the network and producer Jack Laird over the tone and direction of the show left the acclaimed television scribe feeling powerless over a series that used his Twilight Zone pedigree as its calling card. And while the hit-and-miss nature of the second season is unquestionable--episodes like "The Flip Side of Satan," "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture" and "Hell's Bells" are embarrassingly bad, as are Laird's short comic vignettes--but there are an equal number of terrific and memorable stories to be found in the set as well. Chief among them is the Serling-penned "The Caterpillar," a gruesome tale of revenge that stands as one of the most horrifying tales ever presented on television; Serling also provided the moving Christmas fable "The Messiah on Mott Street," which features one of Edward G. Robinson's last screen appearances, as well as "Class of '99" with Vincent Price and "The Academy," with a surprising and effective turn against type for Pat Boone. Other standouts include two H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, "Cool Air" and "Pickman's Model," and "Silent Snow, Secret Snow," which earns its chills from a combination of dreamlike visuals and narration by Orson Welles. For a show disregarded by critics and fans of Serling's early work (as well as by the man himself) the second season of Night Gallery offers more than its share of small-screen scares. Nearly all of the 22 episodes from Night Gallery's second season are contained in this five-disc set; two comic shorts, "Witches' Feast" and "Satisfaction Guaranteed," are missing or presented incomplete, respectively, though their absence has little to no impact on the set's value. Scott Skelton and Jim Benson, authors of the invaluable companion guide Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour, provide a wealth of background information on the show in audio commentaries on three episodes, while director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) discusses the show's influence on his work in fascinating detail on three additional episodes. Revisiting The Gallery: A Look Back is a half-hour featurette that includes interviews with show contributors ranging from director John Badham and theme composer Gil Melle to actress Lindsay Wagner, while Art Gallery offers a glimpse at the show's evocative paintings with commentary by their creator, artist Tom Wright. A small battery of TV promos for the show round out the exemplary set, which should please fans who were disappointed by the lack of material in the first season presentation. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Episode 4 Podcast Commentary: "A Fear of Spiders" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 4 Podcast Commentary: "Junior" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 4 Podcast Commentary: "Marmalade Wine" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 4 Podcast Commentary: "The Academy" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

  • Disc 2:
  • Episode 5 Audio Commentary: "The Phantom Farmhouse" wtih Guillermo Del Toro
  • Episode 5 Audio Commentary: "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" wtih Guillermo Del Toro

  • Disc 3:
  • Episode 12 Podcast Commentary: "Cool Air" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 12 Podcast Commentary: "Camera Obscura" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 12 Podcast Commentary: "Quoth the Raven" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 13 Audio Commentary: "The Messiah on Mott Street" wtih Guillermo Del Toro
  • Episode 13 Audio Commentary: "The Painted Mirror" wtih Guillermo Del Toro

  • Disc 4:
  • Episode 16 Podcast Commentary: "Lindemann's Catch" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 16 Podcast Commentary: "The Late Mr. Peddington" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
  • Episode 16 Podcast Commentary: "A Feast of Blood" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton

  • Disc 5:
  • Revisiting the Gallery: A Look Back
  • Art Gallery: The Paintings in "Rod Serling's Night Gallery"
  • NBC TV Promos
  • Episode 22 Audio Commentary: "The Caterpillar" with Guillermo Del Toro
  • Episode 22 Audio Commentary: "Little Girl Lost" with Guillermo Del Toro
  • The Night Gallery

  • Product Details

    • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: English
    • 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: 5
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
    • Run Time: 1162 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001DXS4DI
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Night Gallery: Season 2" on IMDb

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    4.6 out of 5 stars

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    140 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Scott M. Skelton on August 8, 2008
    Format: DVD
    For most fans of "Rod Serling's Night Gallery," season two is when the show really hit its stride with its kaleidoscopic mix of thoughtful Serling originals ("Class of '99," "Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator," "The Messiah on Mott Street," "Lindemann's Catch," "Deliveries in the Rear") and vivid adaptations of classic horror fiction by Serling and others ("The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes," "A Fear of Spiders," "Silent Snow, Secret Snow," "A Question of Fear," "Pickman's Model," "Cool Air," "Camera Obscura," "Green Fingers," "I'll Never Leave You--Ever," "The Sins of the Fathers," "The Caterpillar," and many more). Most of the series' best-remembered story segments are here in their original, uncut broadcast form; so are the critically reviled comic blackouts, which left a bad taste in the mouths of some and caused others to reject the series altogether. (On the plus side, they're fairly brief and generally restricted to the first half of the season. Those so inclined may, through the magic of DVD technology, skip over the offending vignettes.)

    Universal has included some generous bonus features, including a 30-minute documentary, a menu of Tom Wright's superb paintings for the show (with commentary by the artist), and six episode commentaries: three by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "Pan's Labyrinth"), throwing light on the series' influence, and three by Scott Skelton (me) and Jim Benson (co-authors of the series companion "Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour"), offering cultural and historical context and a general appreciation of the show. For the true believers (and lovers of the macabre), this release is a godsend.
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    119 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler V. Johnson VINE VOICE on August 23, 2008
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    This season, is, IMO, the best of Night Gallery.
    Virtually all of my favorite episodes reside in this collection, beginning with
    The Academy,that is absolutely chilling and you find yourself shifting around in your chair wanting to be far away from it...the recalitrant son of the businessman who is having the guided tour, in hopes of improving his son's outlook, is in for a very different education.
    I enjoyed The Diary primarily to watch the excellent performance by Patty Duke, reminiscent of her Neely O'Hara role in Valley of the Dolls. She does a great interpretation of a female you would never want to meet.
    Camera Obscura is my number on all time favorite episode ever; Ross Martin and Rene Auberjenois are fabulous in their respective roles and the story is wonderful, Ross Martin is a collector par excellence and when he tries and fails to reform Auberjonois's greed in his zeal to collect his debts (by use of practices which can only be described as usury) from an impoverished friend of Martin's, Martin shows Auberjonois one last item in his collection: A camera obscura.
    And last but not least of my favorites, The Caterpillar, starring Laurence Harvey and Joanna Pettit, when Harvey is so bedazzled by her beauty he schemes to get possession of her by any means available.
    These shows represent the best of the best, and each one is a brilliant stand alone study of human (and sometimes inhuman) nature in all its forms. When I saw these episodes when they first came out, I was absolutely enthralled; I never missed a show and watched them every time they were on like it was the first time; never dreaming that someday they would all be available to watch as often as I wished in my own home. What a treat!!!
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    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 24, 2008
    Format: DVD
    Season Two of "Night Gallery" had some of its best episodes. I have seen these episodes in syndication a great deal - they have held up very well over time. However, even if I hadn't seen them in 37 years there are some episodes that I would still remember. In particular there is the excellent "The Caterpillar" with Lawrence Harvey as a man who covets another man's wife and decides to do away with the husband in a way untraceable by the authorities. An earwick - a small caterpillar native to the tropical area - left on the pillow of the man that will burrow through his brain. The question is - do you trust a total stranger to put the earwick on the right pillow? "A Question of Fear" has a pre-Airplane Leslie Nielsen playing a mercenary who accepts a bet to stay in a haunted house overnight. However, his host has a past grievance. "Tell David" has a young woman, unhappy with her life and feeling that her husband is being unfaithful, meeting her son decades in the future when she takes a long drive. She is both reassured and resigned to her own fate by what she learns. In "He ll's Bells" John Astin plays someone who recently died. He recalls paintings of Hades while waiting for his final judgement, and thinks that the afterlife down under will be quite exciting. The episode suggests that perhaps He ll is in the eye of the beholder.Read more ›
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