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One Step Beyond (1959)

John Newland , Robert Douglas  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Will J. White, Olan Soule, Jeanne Bates
  • Writers: Merwin Gerard
  • Format: Black & White, 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: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0000AC8NN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Step Beyond" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This fascinating anthology series, dealing with supernatural subject matter, debuted on the ABC network, January 20, 1959, and ran for a total of 96 half-hour episodes. John Newland directs and hosts each week's drama dealing with ghosts, precognition, mental telepathy and other spooky supernatural occurrences -- all supposedly based on actual events! Originally sponsored by Alcoa, the series was also titled "Alcoa Presents". This special collection contains 12 complete episodes from season #2: Delusion (9/15/1959), Ordeal on Locust Street (9/22/1959), Brainwave (10/6/1959), Doomsday (10/13/1959), The Inheritance (10/27/1959), The Explorer (3/15/1960), The Clown (3/22/1960), Delia (5/3/1960), House of the Dead (6/7/1960), Tidal Wave (8/30/1960), Anniversary of A Murder (9/27/1960), To Know the End (11/1/1960). Bonus Features: Episode Selection Menu| Motion Menus| Previews. Specs: 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital Mono; 324 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1959-1960; SRP - $14.99.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best video quality on the market for OSB September 20, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
VCI Entertainment has put out most definitely the best prints available of OSB anywhere. I was nearly knocked out at the video quality when I watched this DVD, having always loved the series but like everyone else, having to endure the characteristic horrible prints of TV reruns over the years. I don't know where VCI got these prints but I hope they continue releasing the series, as their prints are by far better than the crap used by the other companies selling OSB DVD's on Amazon. Beware all others regarding quality, but I will admit that if VCI does not step up to the plate, I may be forced to settle for the same old poor quality prints of the other compilations. The quality of the video, along with the ability to buy all 12 of these episodes on one DVD, has made this OSB release the best value by far.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Treat To See This Old Favorite Again! August 9, 2003
By A Customer
I happily received my 2-disc set of VCI's "One Step Beyond" Collection, Volume 1 in the mail today and after viewing 2 of the 12 episodes in the set, I can say without a doubt, as a huge fan of the show, that I am extremely happy and very glad I made the purchase.
The two episodes I watched were "Doomsday" and "The Inheritance". Both episodes were complete and uncut and including John Newland's "invitation" to join him for next weeks show, both episodes ran almost 25 and a half minutes. The quality was very good in the V/A department, at least compared to episodes of the show that I have watched on TV and VHS throughout the years. At least with these two episodes, there were no abrupt cuts or fadeouts. Gone were the skips and jumps that plagued all those VHS tapes that Movies Unlimited sold as well as others in previous releases. No more problems with lost dialogue because of the skipping and I hardly noticed any real dirt or those annoying lines that ran through most of the shows in the past. There was a real, general clarity to the episodes, particularly in the opening title sequence. Audio was more than adequate too. Easy to hear and very audible. I don't think VCI did any "real" remastering but IMHO, something was done to make the episodes look like they do in this set.
If your a fan of the show or you want to discover it for the first time or rediscover it again, I can't recommend this set highly enough. I think you'll be really pleased. Although I have only watched two of the episodes, I know I was. If enough true "OSB" fans and those generally curious about the show buy the set, there is no doubt a second installment will soon follow.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do it! Take that "one step beyond" August 19, 2003
By A Customer
At long last, someone is releasing episodes of this classic show on DVD. More eerie than "Twilight Zone," this first release includes 12 episodes from the second and third seasons. (VCI promises more episodes are on the way.) The prints used in this first set are pretty good, and it's a treat to see the full 25- to 26-minute versions instead of the butchered ones that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel a few years ago. Some of these shows even have the original "Alcoa Presents" opening & closing titles. If you're a fan of "One Step Beyond," buy this set and hope that VCI releases all 96 episodes!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, Sight Unseen! October 8, 2003
The CLOWN!? THE CLOWN is on this set!?!?!?! I am SO buying this right now.
I saw that on tv when I was five or six. I couldn't look into a mirror for YEARS afterward... which the crueler among us would say was beneficial.
I saw it on a couple of years ago as a patchy, chopped up rerun. From an adult (reasonably) perspective, the episode moves somewhat slower than a drunk snail in a tub of molasses -- and it still scared the bejeezus out of me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Image of death September 15, 2005
I really want this one. My sisters and I were 10, 9, 8, 7, & 4 when my parents were next door playing cards with the neighbors. About halfway through this one, we all ran screaming bloody murder over to the neighbor's house. I could not sleep next to a wall for 6 years for fear a face would appear out of nowhere. I would love to see this one again, just to see why it frightened us so. If I wanted to scare my sister at night, I would just say "Alcoa Presents is on the wall" and you can bet she went running and screaming. I am sure we would all get a good laugh if we saw today what terrorized us for so long as children.
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65 of 88 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One Step Too Pricey? September 21, 2003
By jammer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This series is of the same genre and timeframe as Twilight Zone and this reviewer remembers watching the series when originally aired. Yet while many of the episodes of Twilight Zone are permanently etched in this writer's memory, not a single episode of this series rings a bell, except the presence of John Newland and the very haunting theme score.
Here are synopses of the 12 episodes and ratings (5 stars possible), which aired between 9/15/59 and 11/11/60, each episode being about 24 ˝ minutes long.
Disc #1 - Delusion - 1 star. Blood donor with a problem. Pretty feeble.
Disc #1 - Ordeal On Locust Street - 1 ˝ stars. Birth defect. This writer can conceive several alternative plot developments which would have been much more satisfying!
Disc #1 - Brainwave -2 stars - WWII ship captain wounded. Very predictable.
Disc # 1 - Doomsday - 2 stars - Family curse on first born. Very predictable.
Disc # 1 - The Inheritance - 2 stars - Diamond necklace with a nasty disposition.
Disc # 1 - The Explorer - 2 stars - Three guys lost in the desert. A fourth shows up...
Disc # 2 - The Clown - 2 stars - Just don't look in a mirror afterwards.
Disc # 2 - Delia - 3 stars - Apparent time mismatch for love-lost. Twilight Zone quality.
Disc # 2 - House of The Dead - 3 ˝ stars - Searching in Hong Kong for love-lost. Twilight Zone quality.
Disc # 2 - Tidalwave - 0 stars! Shrieking (and shrieking and shrieking) woman in distress.
Disc # 2 - Anniversary of A Murder - 2 stars - Crime really does not pay!
Disc # 2 - To Know The End - 3 stars -Precognition predicament of disaster. Twilight Zone quality.
The two DVDs are contained in a standard plastic-sheathed DVD case, DVD #1 mounted inside the front cover, DVD #2 the back cover.
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