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One Step Beyond: The Official First Season (1959)

John Newland  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Newland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 561 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DMJM7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Step Beyond: The Official First Season" on IMDb

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One Step Beyond was mainly filmed at M-G-M Studios, Hollywood, and partly at M-G-M British Studios, Borehamwood, Herts. It premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. All episodes are directed by Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work.This series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"

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430 of 439 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS SEASON TWO?! June 14, 2010
Format:DVD
Let's go, Paramount!

Click "YES" to send them the message that the fans are waiting.

The 'magic mushroom' episode is on season three so don't make us wait any longer than we have too.
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194 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from the Other Side June 25, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well, I have finished comparing `The Official First Season ` DVD set of One Step Beyond to the other sets previously available (Mill Creek, Delta, etc.) and I am very impressed with the difference. All the original music seems to be intact and the murky soundtrack that plagued those old sets with an underlying hum and hiss is now clear and clean. The `full-screen' restored picture is not only beautiful, but has been restored to its full image. When I played the episodes side-by-side using picture-in-picture I discovered that the picture on the others are all unnecessarily cropped. $35 seems a little high for a three-disk set, but I'm glad this series is getting the respect it deserves and I'm enjoying it. I only wish I had never seen them before so I could watch them all for the first time.
One Step Beyond had a total of 97 episodes and ran for three seasons from Jan 1959 to July 1961. Twilight Zone premiered nine months later, in October 1959, and it truly went beyond its predecessor. For example on One Step Beyond a person would have a dream that the Titanic is going to sink whereas on the Twilight Zone, a person may wake up and find themselves actually on that ill-fated ship. Still, the stories on One Step Beyond are fun in a spooky sense. Season one has 22 episodes, season two 39 episodes, and season three, 36.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU, CBS/PARAMOUNT!! June 18, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I just had to say "thank you" to CBS/PARAMOUNT for finally giving this series an official release. After many years of seeing nothing but old beat-up 16mm prints, I'm going to immensely enjoy seeing nice 35mm prints of this great show. I just hope all of the original music is left intact and that all 3 seasons are released. A great bonus would be to have original commercials, if available & a CD release of all the music. It's also great to see that BONANZA is getting an official release as well. I hope that CBS/PARAMOUNT continues to dig into its vaults and release more great TV treasures. My pre-order is in and I can't wait until September 15!! I hope those of you who are thinking about ordering this set will do so to ensure the release of seasons 2 & 3.

**REVIEW UPDATE** 9/16/09
Couldn't wait for it to be shipped so I went out and bought it! Audio and video quality are excellent. Now, for all you perfectionists, there are some light spots and a scratch here and there but this presentation is SOOOOO much better than anything I've seen before!! I've only watched 3 episodes so far, but they looked and sounded fine. The extended pilot episode has audio that is a little "draggy", but it's not very distracting. The best part is all the original music was intact. Of course, I had to watch "The Devil's Laughter" and all I can say is --- WOW!. I never thought I'd see this show look and sound this good. This set is well worth the money. Just as great as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Sales of this show and BONANZA should be good enough to merit the release of more season sets (I hope). BTW, there's a sticker on the front that has a quote from the author of the One Step Beyond guide, John Muir. It says "this is the presentation that the fans have been waiting for...". I think I'll agree with that. BUY IT!!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THE LEAD OUT PARAMOUNT!!! October 23, 2010
By raja99
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I waited so very long for the studios to finally release an "official", cleaned version of Season One.

Well, that was over a year ago! Come on Paramount - get the lead out and release the other 2 seasons.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well, it's about time October 9, 2009
Format:DVD
For a number of years I was aware that the original 35mm broadcast prints and negatives of this fine show were stored away in the vaults. It always pained me, because of this show's apparent "public domain" status, that inferior 16mm syndication prints hastily (and usually poorly) transferred to video were all that one could see of this excellent series. CBS/Paramount, despite some colossal blunders as of late in their dvd releases, deserves congratulations on this release.

And they haven't tampered with the music, thank heaven.

John Newland, host and director, was an extremely talented man. He was not only the suave and incisive host of each of the episodes, but he was an accomplished craftsman behind the camera. His direction of actors, his pacing, his creating solid suspense sequences, his choice of camera angles and locations, his masterful use of limited sets and his exquisite taste placed him in the forefront of tv directors. If nothing else this release will remind people of just how good a director this man was. It is interesting to note in this regard that one of the very best episodes of that other great horror anthology series of the 1960s, THRILLER, hosted by Boris Karloff, was called "Pigeons from Hell" which, without a doubt was one of the creepiest and most suspenseful 60 minutes ever seen on television. That episode was directed by Newland.

I cannot recommend this dvd highly enough. Buy it and then cozy up on your favorite couch with your wife, turn the lights down low, and - as the kids say today - get "creeped out". A terrific series, and a terrific dvd, taken from pristine 35mm film elements.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... wait for season 2 and 3 I was so glad to order season 1
Can 't wait for season 2 and 3 I was so glad to order season 1
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo S. Jao
5.0 out of 5 stars The grandaddy supernatural show that paved the way for all the others,...
One of the great science fiction or rather the godfather of shows like 'My Ghost Story' or 'My Haunted House' which are airing today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kozmikrokker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable, brings back memories.
Published 1 month ago by B. A. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Twilight Zone
If you like Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and Thriller, you will love this show.
There are many legendary B-Movie actors/actresses who appear in this series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars IF you want ALL 97 Episodes officially released...
...by Paramount, then EVERYBODY will have to email them as I did. That's the ONLY way businesses respond - just as they did to finally releasing "Tales From The Darkside" - which... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mekongdelta69
5.0 out of 5 stars great set at last
very good quality at last. does anyone know if the rest of this series
will come out soon with this kind of quality ?
Published 6 months ago by LOU, N.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality!
I was very glad to see the great quality of these DVD's, much, much better than other low priced set of "One Step Beyond". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Easy Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV series
This is a Excellent TV series on the supernatural and very well done , These have very good stories and acting Just as good as the Twilight zone but in a different if not more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jerry G
5.0 out of 5 stars If you really want to be scared and amazed...
What sets this apart is the fact that these are true stories. Not to mention the fact that the remastering of these episodes was done in such a way that they look as good as they... Read more
Published 10 months ago by howard richards
5.0 out of 5 stars TV does not get any better! Where is SEASON TWO and THREE?
Where is the second and third seasons? It amazes me how people today think the current shows on TV are worth watching... Nothing is further from the truth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Larken
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Sep 19, 2009 by Michael C. Glancy |  See all 2 posts
Analytical Guide to Television's One Step Beyond, 1959-1961
I thought about buying this, actually, recently I got outbid on an older copy on ebay, someone paid like $35 used without a dustjacket when one can be bought here new for same money, or same money on that day.
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