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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come to those who wait . . .
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of episodes
Good DVD. I bought the entire season just to see one episode. Big Surprise.But was still worth the $23 for the memories
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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come to those who wait . . ., August 8, 2008
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 2 (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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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Season, IMO, incredible stories brought to life by brilliant actors, 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!!!

Season 2, Episode 1: The Boy who Predicted Earthquakes
Original Air Date: 15 September 1971
A young boy who can accurately foresee future events becomes a TV star.

Season 2, Episode 2: Miss Lovecraft Sent Me
Original Air Date: 15 September 1971
Sent from an agency for an overnight stay, a babysitter begins to think something is wrong when the father's reflection doesn't appear in a mirror and his unseen son sounds a lot like a wild dog.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Hand of Borgus Weems
Original Air Date: 15 September 1971
A man's hand is possessed and starts to exact revenge for the death of it's owner.

Season 2, Episode 4: Phantom of What Opera?
Original Air Date: 15 September 1971

Season 2, Episode 5: A Death in the Family
Original Air Date: 22 September 1971
Petty thief Doran is on the run from the law and hides out at the funeral home run by Mr. Jared Soames, an undertaker who has an unusual method of dealing with the loneliness in his life.

Season 2, Episode 6: The Merciful
Original Air Date: 22 September 1971
In this brief twist on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", a marital partner is cemented inside a small cubicle as part of a mercy killing.

Season 2, Episode 7: Class of '99
Original Air Date: 22 September 1971
The final is given at an unknown university that reveals more than just the knowledge of its students.

Season 2, Episode 8: Witches Feast
Original Air Date: ????

Season 2, Episode 9: Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay
Original Air Date: 29 September 1971
College professor Craig Lowell and his wife have recently opened their home to her aunt Ada Burn Quigley, but he suspects that she is not the sweet little old lady she appears to be.

Season 2, Episode 10: With Apologies to Mr. Hyde
Original Air Date: 29 September 1971
Doctor Jeckyl takes his potion with some unusual results.

Season 2, Episode 11: The Flip Side of Satan
Original Air Date: 29 September 1971
A callous disc jockey finds himself spinning platters at a hellish radio station.

Season 2, Episode 12: A Fear of Spiders
Original Air Date: 6 October 1971
Arachnophobic gourmet critic Justus Walters has no use for the clingy librarian who lives upstairs, until he discovers a tenacious spider in his kitchen sink and needs help to get rid of it.

Season 2, Episode 13: Junior
Original Air Date: 6 October 1971
A "black-out" vignette dealing with parents who have to decide which one gets out of bed in the middle of the night to feed their son.

Season 2, Episode 14: Marmalade Wine
Original Air Date: 6 October 1971
Roger Blacker gets caught in a cloudburst, is welcomed into the home of retired surgeon Dr. Francis Deeking, drinks excessively, and lies about his photographic achievements.

Season 2, Episode 15: The Academy
Original Air Date: 6 October 1971
A wealthy businessman is having trouble with his son, a delinquent who's constantly in trouble. He hears of a private school that specializes in "problem" children, and pays it a visit to determine if it's the kind of place that will straighten out his son.

Season 2, Episode 16: The Phantom Farmhouse
Original Air Date: 20 October 1971
Psychiatrist Joel Winter is questioned by the local sheriff when one of his patients is savagely murdered in the forest near the sanitarium where Winter is on staff.

Season 2, Episode 17: Silent Snow, Secret Snow
Original Air Date: 20 October 1971
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hasleman are concerned when their young son Paul escapes from reality into a fantasy world full of snowy landscapes.

Season 2, Episode 18: A Question of Fear
Original Air Date: 27 October 1971
A mercenary is bet $15,000 that he cannot stay one night in a haunted house, a house that turned his companion's hair white in one night.

Season 2, Episode 19: The Devil Is Not Mocked
Original Air Date: 27 October 1971
The Nazi's plan to bring everyone under their domination throughout the Balkans during the early days of World War II including the master of a dark castle and his entire household.

Season 2, Episode 20: Midnight Never Ends
Original Air Date: 3 November 1971
A hitch-hiking Marine feels he has met the woman who picks him up before.

Season 2, Episode 21: Brenda
Original Air Date: 3 November 1971
A girl vacationing on an island comes across a creature that she befriends.

Season 2, Episode 22: The Diary
Original Air Date: 10 November 1971
A gossip columnist gets a gift of a diary in which the next day's events are described before they happen.

Season 2, Episode 23: A Matter of Semantics
Original Air Date: 10 November 1971
Dracula visits a blood bank with an unusual request.

Season 2, Episode 24: Big Surprise
Original Air Date: 10 November 1971
Mr. Hawkins is an elderly hermit feared by the children in the neighborhood. When three boys reluctantly pass his farmhouse on the way home from school, he offers them a big surprise if they visit nearby Miller's Field and do some digging.

Season 2, Episode 25: Professor Peabody's Last Lecture
Original Air Date: 10 November 1971
During one of his classroom lectures, college professor Peabody makes the mistake of dismissing pagan religious cults as childish superstitions.

Season 2, Episode 26: House - with Ghost
Original Air Date: 17 November 1971
In England an American with a nagging wife rents a house that comes with a stairwell ghost.

Season 2, Episode 27: A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank
Original Air Date: 17 November 1971
A hungry vampire goes in search of a nocturnal nosh in a young woman's bedchamber.

Season 2, Episode 28: Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator
Original Air Date: 17 November 1971
In the American desert circa 1880, "Doctor" Ernest Stringfellow survives by selling snake oil in the form of a medicinal tonic with dubious healing powers.

Season 2, Episode 29: Hell's Bells
Original Air Date: 17 November 1971
A hippie dies in an automobile accident and finds himself in hell. He wonders just how bad eternity in hell can be.

Season 2, Episode 30: The Dark Boy
Original Air Date: 24 November 1971
In 19th-century Montana, recently-widowed schoolteacher Judith Timm is visited by the specter of Joel Robb, a fourth grader who died two years earlier.

Season 2, Episode 31: Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something
Original Air Date: 24 November 1971
Wealthy young housewife Claire Foster is a dead ringer for the attractive hitchhiker who pistol-whipped musician Erik Sutton and stole his car. But she steadfastly proclaims her innocence to him and to the police.

Season 2, Episode 32: Pickman's Model
Original Air Date: 1 December 1971
In 1890's Boston, art student Mavis Goldsmith has a desperate crush on her teacher Richard Upton Pickman and tries to learn why he is obsessed with painting rat-like ghouls. One night, she follows him home to learn more.

Season 2, Episode 33: The Dear Departed
Original Air Date: 1 December 1971
Con artist Mark Bennett and his bumbling accomplice Joe Casey run a successful spiritualist scam, until Mark falls for Joe's wife Angela.

Season 2, Episode 34: An Act of Chivalry
Original Air Date: 1 December 1971
When a woman enters an elevator, a ghoul is asked to remove his hat.

Season 2, Episode 35: Cool Air
Original Air Date: 8 December 1971
A Gothic love story about a woman and a man who lives in a refrigerated apartment.

Season 2, Episode 36: Camera Obscura
Original Air Date: 8 December 1971
A miserly banker finds himself trapped after viewing his client's strange optical device.

Season 2, Episode 37: Quoth the Raven
Original Air Date: 8 December 1971
Edgar Allen Poe can't even get the first line down on paper.

Season 2, Episode 38: The Messiah on Mott Street
Original Air Date: 15 December 1971
When his grandfather is ailing, a nine-year-old Jewish buy runs out looking for the Messiah. His grandfather said that he will appear big and black against the sky striking down their enemies. When he gets into trouble and is saved by a black man, he brings him home to his grandfather announcing that he had found him.

Season 2, Episode 39: The Painted Mirror
Original Air Date: 15 December 1971
Removing the paint from the glass of an antique mirror, an aged shop owner sees an alien landscape that is used in a plot to rid himself of his unwanted partner.

Season 2, Episode 40: The Different Ones
Original Air Date: 29 December 1971
In the 21st century, suburban widower Paul Koch is desperate to find a solution to his 17-year-old son Victor's facial deformity, but none seem to exist - on this planet.

Season 2, Episode 41: Tell David...
Original Air Date: 29 December 1971
Lost and asking for directions a woman gets a warning and possible glimpse into her own future.

Season 2, Episode 42: Logoda's Heads
Original Air Date: 29 December 1971
A man scours the African jungle for his missing brother and finds Logoda, a witch doctor whose "trophy room" contains the shrunken heads of defeated enemies.

Season 2, Episode 43: Green Fingers
Original Air Date: 5 January 1972
In the days before the Supreme Court's Kelo v. City of New London decision extending eminent domain rights to private business development, the owner of a construction company must resort to nefarious means to acquire the home of a little old lady in order to build a factory.

Season 2, Episode 44: The Funeral
Original Air Date: 5 January 1972
Greedy funeral director Morton Silkline balks at having to arrange a belated funeral for distinguished client Ludwig Asper, but Mr. Asper proves to be very convincing...

Season 2, Episode 45: The Tune in Dan's Cafe
Original Air Date: 5 January 1972

Season 2, Episode 46: Lindemann's Catch
Original Air Date: 12 January 1972
A fisherman who catches a mermaid longs to keep her, but wishes for her to be a real woman.

Season 2, Episode 47: A Feast of Blood
Original Air Date: 12 January 1972
Vain young beauty Sheila Gray is repulsed by Henry Mallory, the unattractive man who wants to marry her. But he's given her a gift - an unusual fur brooch that will not fall off Sheila's coat, no matter how much it is shaken.

Season 2, Episode 48: The Late Mr. Peddington
Original Air Date: 12 January 1972
A woman who is provided very little means from her husband's estate is shopping for the cheapest funeral she can find.

Season 2, Episode 49: The Miracle at Camafeo
Original Air Date: 19 January 1972
Instead of spending his insurance settlement on a medical solution to his paralyzed legs, he visits a Mexican Shrine and looks for a miracle.

Season 2, Episode 50: The Ghost of Sorworth Place
Original Air Date: 19 January 1972
Wandering through Scotland, American drifter Ralph Burke is instantly smitten with Ann Loring, a beautiful widow whose home Sorworth Place is haunted by a ghost.

Season 2, Episode 51: The Waiting Room
Original Air Date: 26 January 1972
The sins of unsavory gunfighter Samuel Dichter follow him into the afterlife.

Season 2, Episode 52: Last Rites for a Dead Druid
Original Air Date: 26 January 1972
Attorney Bruce Tarraday suffers nightmares after his wife Jennie visits an antique store and makes an impulse purchase of a life-size druid sorcerer statue that she claims resembles him.

Season 2, Episode 53: Deliveries in the Rear
Original Air Date: 9 February 1972
In 19th century New England, callous surgery instructor Dr. John Fletcher is unconcerned about where the local grave robbers obtain the dissection cadavers that they sell to him for his classroom lectures.

Season 2, Episode 54: Stop Killing Me
Original Air Date: 9 February 1972
Middle-aged housewife Frances Turchin confides in police sergeant Stanley Bevelow that her husband is trying to murder her.

Season 2, Episode 55: Dead Weight
Original Air Date: 9 February 1972
A bank robber desperate to leave the country doubts the credentials of Mr. Bullivant, an aging exporter with a reputation for complete customer satisfaction.

Season 2, Episode 56: I'll Never Leave You - Ever
Original Air Date: 16 February 1972
An adulteress tries to destroy her terminally ill husband Owen with the help of a local crone skilled in the black arts.

Season 2, Episode 57: There Aren't Any More MacBanes
Original Air Date: 16 February 1972
Arthur Porter is fed up with wasting his money supporting his eccentric nephew Andrew MacBane and threatens to cut him off, so Andrew turns to the occult to solve the problem.

Season 2, Episode 58: You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore
Original Air Date: 23 February 1972
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fulton delight in the sadistic torture of their servants, but they may have met their match when a new robot maid, known as Model # 931, shows up at their home.

Season 2, Episode 59: The Sins of the Fathers
Original Air Date: 23 February 1972
Famine runs rampant in 19th century Wales, requiring terrified young Ian Evans to feast on the sins of deceased Mr. Craighill in order to feed himself and his parents.

Season 2, Episode 60: The Caterpillar
Original Air Date: 1 March 1972
A unscrupulous man who wants the beautiful wife of another colleague pays to have an "earwig" placed in the husband's ear. This insect will will tunnel through the victim's brain causing excruciating pain and certain death. His accomplice enters the wrong bedroom and places the insect in his employer's ear. After weeks of pain he miraculously survives, but his doctor tells him that his ordeal is not yet over.

Season 2, Episode 61: Little Girl Lost
Original Air Date: 1 March 1972
The government plays up to a genius' illusion that his dead daughter still lives so that he can finish his energy experiments even though his mind is still clouded.

Season 2, Episode 62: Satisfaction Guaranteed
Original Air Date: 22 September 1971
An employment service has a difficult time fulfilling a customer's request for staff.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best season of Night Gallery, August 24, 2008
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 2 (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. The following are the details on the extra features:

Disc 1:
Podcast Commentary: "A Fear of Spiders" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
Podcast Commentary: "Junior" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
Podcast Commentary: "Marmalade Wine" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
Podcast Commentary: "The Academy" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
Audio Commentary: "The Phantom Farmhouse" wtih Guillermo Del Toro
Audio Commentary: "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" wtih Guillermo Del Toro

Disc 2:
No extras for this disc were listed by the studio in their announcement

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

Disc 4:
Podcast Commentary: "Lindemann's Catch" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
Podcast Commentary: "The Late Mr. Peddington" with Authors and Night Gallery Historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton
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
Audio Commentary: "The Caterpillar" with Guillermo Del Toro
Audio Commentary: "Little Girl Lost" with Guillermo Del Toro
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Get Any Better, November 7, 2008
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 2 (DVD)
With all the reviews out there, I'll make mine short and sweet.

NIGHT GALLERY ran three seasons. The first two were hour-long episodes and are the best of the series. The third season lacks in both story quality and length, shortened to a half-hour. Universal released the first season on DVD overpriced. The second season, however, is much much better in quality of price and a bonus disc means the studio is actually doing something about their DVDs since they usually release cheap discs and little if anything on extra bonus features. I assume they turned to the authors of the NIGHT GALLERY book regarding the release of this DVD set simply because of the extras. If they did this for other TV shows such as LEAVE IT TO BEAVER and ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS they'd have a better product and hence, better sales.

If you want companion pieces to go along with the DVD release, I suggest ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY: AN AFTER-HOURS TOUR by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson offers 390 plus pages of behind-the-scenes critical analysis and facts with exclusive interviews with cast and crew.

If you love The Twilight Zone and other works by Serling, then I suggest
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC by Martin Grams is 800 plus pages and includes "everything" about the classic series. The details about Serling's writing career on radio, early television and Twilight Zone is well researched and highly detailed. Exclusive interviews with cast and crew and behind-the-scenes trivia will floor you.

Both books available on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 2: Over 60 Stories!!!, November 26, 2008
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Season 1 had only about 20 stories. Season 2 has over 60 stories! And they are not the chopped up edited versions you see on cable, these are the originals. There were 2 to 4 stories on each episode of the Night Gallery, and this is what you get here. This is the good stuff. And don't forget to get the Night Gallery book by Scott Skelton, it's huge and packed with insight on every eposide and much, much more. The book said they had enough material to go for 7 seasons, mostly short stories from horror magazines from the 1930s to the 1970s. Too bad the series was canceled shortly into the 3rd season. Nothing like it before or since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the season we've been waiting for!, October 27, 2008
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Not much to add, to what the other reviewers had to say, but just to add my .02, this is the BEST season of one of the best horror/anthology shows of all time. If you're a Rod Serling fan, or a fan of the Twilight Zone in general, don't hesitate to order this wonderful show. I had never heard of this series before I caught an episode on cable one day, and I was instantly hooked. The tone, and style of this show have rarely been equalled. Excellent storytelling, photography, acting, direction, and most of all, Rod Serling's special touch make Night Gallery a winner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Collection, January 30, 2010
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I'm not old enough to remember Night Gallery during it's initial run, but I remember watching it in syndication on Philly's Channel 48 in the '70s. With just a few memories of specific episodes, I decided to purchase this collection; a good investment if you're a fan of the show. The price was less than that of the previous season, with the episode count being higher, and some insightful extras included. All that was missing was one of the short segments, which will hopefully pop up with Season Three in the future.
The show was a nice anthology of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, and I was pleased to learn that Jeannot Szwarc, one of my favorite Smallville directors, helmed a number of episode at the suggestion of Rod Serling himself. If you enjoyed Night Gallery when it was on tv, it's nice to have Season Two in your dvd library. I later bought Season One, in addition to the book by the NG historians, but this set was the best deal of all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Gallery Set that fans of the show waited a long time for., January 9, 2009
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Growing up in the 70's, I always had a fascination with Night Gallery. And some of my favorite episode segments, like "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes", "The Dear Departed", "Lindmann's Catch" are on this set.

If one had to pick a season to see what NG was all about, Season Two, on this set is the best. Unlike the Season One set, this one has recent interviews from cast members.

I also like the section that displays Season Two's paintings.

This is the Gallery Set that fans of the show waited a long time for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HORROR, HUMOR, AND FINE WRITING, August 1, 2009
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Night Gallery as a series is difficult to define. My video is designed to give you a feel for the mood and tone of the series and show an example of how the drama segments are introduced, also the layout and artwork of the media and box set. Night Gallery cuts across the genres of horror, science fiction and dark humor. It doesn't fit perfectly into one of these, or any of these categories. For me the most enjoyment I got from the series is seeing Rod Serling's brief stoic narrative introductions to each episode segment himself via the vaguely unnerving paintings in the backdrop of the shadowy Night Gallery. Rod, impeccably dressed and coiffed in his signature black jacket and tie has a resonant voice that makes you pay attention as if something vitally important is being said. The introductions where Serling sometimes imparts a bit of cautionary wisdom to the "visitors" of the night gallery can occasionally offer a more chilling feeling than the actual production itself. There is no doubt you will find the effects and the sets of the individual dramas dated. But that is part of the retro charm of the series as viewed from a modern perspective. With the likes of SAW, Silent Hill, Star Wars, and TV series like the new Outer Limits, the Friday The 13th series ( anyone remember the V series? ), etc..., having made their impressions, the episodes of Night Gallery are not going to seem very impressive by comparison. However, there are many epsiodes that maintain their nail-biting tension and edge-of-your-seat drama because of the great writing, directing, and serious acting..., three elements which can rise above older values in cinematography and set production. Which is why great older series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents still have powerful entertainment impact today. Season two of Night Gallery starts off with two such high impact episodes. "The Boy Who Could Predict EarthQuakes" and "The Hand Of Borgus Weems". Both episodes are unnerving. In the first we are treated to the exploitation of a young boy's gift for clairvoyence. Until, one day, he predicts something terrible that no one wants to hear. In the second, a man's life is taken over by a force beyond his control as his hand suddenly carries within it a supernatural determination to follow a deadly course of action. Other episodes that I would recommend in the second season are "Since Aunt Ada Came To Stay", a brilliantly concieved supernatural drama in which a very rational, very logical college professor suddenly finds himself believing in witchcraft and that his wife's life is in deadly danger from it. This episode is particularly interesting for it's co-star Jonathan Harris ( Doctor Smith from Lost In Space ), who plays a friend of the professor who gives him advice on how to defeat the supernatural power he is facing. "Pickman's Model" a fairly good limited production of the classic H.P. Lovecraft tale of an artist who has delved far too deep into the supernatural vistas of his world to find models for his strange unnerving paintings. There are others worth viewing as well. "The Messiah On Mott Street", written by Rod Serling himself , I believe this marks one of the last television appearances of the great Edward G. Robinson, as an aged and dying grandfather trapped in a little run down apartment on Mott Street trying to care for his young grandson. It's a heartwarming story, not typical of the series, but very satisfying. While you should not expect to be "wowed" by the sets or the effects, overall I must recommend this series for anyone who enjoys great acting and great entertainment. It is well worth the investment. The disks themselves functioned perfectly. The video was clean and the color was magnificent, the audio also is outstanding. The DVD's performed flawlessly.

- Mike S.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best season of "Night Gallery" also gets exceptional bonus features and has all the original music, October 26, 2008
This review is from: Night Gallery: Season 2 (DVD)
"Night Gallery" would often be dismissed by critics because it was the younger brother of "The Twilight Zone". That was unfair. Each series had its own unique flavor and sensibility. "Night Gallery" benefited from both Rod Serling (who hosted but didn't want to produce any longer due to how overwhelmed he was on "The Twilight Zone")and Jack Laird (who did produce the series). As Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labrynith", "Hellboy") points out in one of his commentary tracks the unique blend of their tastes made "Night Gallery" a unique fantasy/horror show on TV. There's an odd perception that Serling didn't write many of the epsiodes as well. That's not ture. He wrote well over a third of them and wrote the introductory monologue for every single episode.

You'll note that "The Sixth Sense" isn't included here as part of the package and that's because that series was packaged with "Night Gallery" for syndication ONLY to flesh out the amount of episodes and make the series something that could be sold for syndication. Serling wrote new introductory pieces for these segments.

Image quality is extremely good although you must keep in mind this is a 30 plus year old show. There wer some minor compression artifacts but on the whole the series makes a smooth and nice transition to DVD. Colors are strong throughout and the mono soundtrack sounds extremely good with the music sounding quite nice as well (and since music WAS an important part of some episodes, this is important as well particularly on key episodes like "The Caterpillar" with Eddie Sauter's creepy atonal, percussive music score).

Universal deserves kudos for putting together this deluxe package for "Night Gallery" as do Scott Skelton and Jim Benson (co-authors of the definitive book on the series and Benson also hosts the website TV Time Machine--well worth checking out for his insightful interviews)for putting together such a comprehensive package. We get an excellent 30 minute documentary on the series featuring directors such as Jeannot Swarc (Serling's favorite director on the show), John Badham and others discussing the genesis and impact of the series, what Serling and Laird brought to the series as well as what it was like to work on the show. We also get an excellent featurette on Tom Wright's paintings for the show with Wright discussing his approach (he always tried to service the story but focused on the "feel" of the script itself). We also get an interactive gallery of about 33 surviving paintings from the show with Wright discussing the inspiration for each. Rounding out the extras are the original season one and season two promo reels. It should also be noted that the packaging states that "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Witches Feast" aren't included but"Satisfaction Guaranteed" was found in time to be included in this set (the packaging couldn't be revised in time to get this out). "Witches Feast" will be included in a third season set should this sell well because it was too late to be included here.

The six commentary tracks with three by Skelton and Benson discussing episodes 4 ("A Fear of Spiders", "Junior", Marmalade Wine", "The Academy"), 12 ("Cool Air"- where the duo point out a modern Universal services truck very clearly visible in the back window of a car in the episode "Cool Air" which is set in 1923-"Camera Obscura", "Quoth the Raven"), 16 ("Lindemann's Catch", "The Late Mr. Peddington", "A Feast of Blood")and director Del Toro on episodes 5 ("The Phantom Farmhouse", "Silent Snow, Secret Snow")13 ("The Messiah of Mott Street", "The Painted Mirror")and Del Toro's favorite episode--and mine--22 with "The Caterpillar" (and "Little Girl Lost" as the "B" episode as Del Toro refers to it).

Fans will want to snatch this up immediately and all I can say is that I am looking forward to season three in hope that Universal will spent as much time and effort on the extras as they did here on this excellent set. I hope to see "Witches Feast" as a bonus episode on the third season set and--for those fans who grew up watching this in syndication--perhaps Universal COULD include one or two episodes of "The Sixth Sense" (the two best episodes perhaps)along with Serling's introductions as part of that set. Highly recommended.
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Night Gallery: Season 2 by Rod Serling (DVD - 2008)
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