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Editorial Reviews

Broadcast live from CBS in New York from 1949 to 1954, Suspense was an anthology of eerie mystery stories that originally began as a radio drama in 1942. Featuring popular guest stars of the era such as Bela Lugosi, George Reeves, Wally Cox and Cloris Leachman, this collection features 30 episodes on 4 DVDs. 1949-53/b&w/14 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Infinity Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 870 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V6LSLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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These have great writing and performances.
jrc
They are limited with sets and costumes but most of the productions, compared to other TV series during the live broadcasting era, but they are above average.
Jim Hatrak
So don't except great contrast and resolution (and the audio is even worse); just be happy that a viewable image still exists.
Only-A-Child

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on February 26, 2008
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The 260 black and white half-hour episodes of the anthology series "Suspense" were originally broadcast from 1949-54 on CBS. Baby Boomers may confuse the original with the 23 episodes from the networks 1964 attempt to revive the series, which was hosted by Sebastian Cabot and was rather mild in comparison with the original.

The concept (suspense and tension) and the title actually date back to radio days. The 1942 radio program was very popular and ran for 20 years.

The series was early live television; it was broadcast as it was being performed. This was a concept that seemed quite logical to me as a child, I recall touring our local radio station and being disappointed that only a small portion of the programming was actually produced at that location. The show was not taped or conventionally filmed. If they wanted to preserve a performance (or broadcast it later in another region of the country) they filmed the broadcast image as it played on a video monitor. So don't except great contrast and resolution (and the audio is even worse); just be happy that a viewable image still exists.

The show's emphasis is scripting and acting, not production design and effects. But the stories are surprisingly entertaining and the DVD's contain some early commercials; which are as interesting in their own way as the episodes themselves. The DVD's are somewhat misleadingly labeled "Suspense: The Lost Episodes - Collection 1 and 2", as for practical purposes all the episodes were lost (but not unknown) until these DVD releases.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Weiss on February 28, 2008
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At first I was a bit dissapointed at the quality of the sound and the way they were made but taking into consideration how old they are and after seeing a couple they started growing on me. They go quick and after I watched them all, I was wishing I had more to see!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By jrc on October 19, 2007
Have already looked at Set 2. These have great writing and performances. Please remember that these shows survive only as kinescopes--filmed off of a video monitor as the show was going out live. Most of the original commercials are intact. CBS was somehow involved in this release, as they seem to hold the copyright to the show (and their logo appears on the packaging).

As to the Bela Lugosi episode....he's really quite good in it. Doesn't blow one line in the show--but the other actor does!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2012
INFINITY's three SUSPENSE collections are dubbed from antique kinescopes, a process in which a film camera is pointed at a TV monitor and synched so that it doesn't capture a raster flicker. The sound is particularly clear, undoubtedly because audio was directly patched from a mixing board. Video quality is a bit grainy and similar to other kinescopes in that the picture's edges are missing and the view favors one side of the screen. I notice a slight tilt to the right.

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When the long-running SUSPENSE radio program made a jump to television in 1949, several crew members and show scripts also came along. Of greatest prominence are director Robert Stevens and organist Hank Sylvern. Stevens also directed several dozen Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episodes. Sylvern was organist on a number of radio shows and the composer of themes for "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin," "Strike It Rich" and others, plus the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet TV series. He was also an orchestra leader.

I like best the earliest ('49) episodes of SUSPENSE, for they illustrate how post-war TV was a "learn as you go" process. These programs with live AUTO-LITE commercials run over 29 minutes each. It's impressive to see actors under the pressure of a live broadcast hit their marks, get their lines right and emote without overdoing it. Because of Sylvern's ever-present organ, SUSPENSE on TV is much like radio with pictures.

Of the dozens of TV series DVD collections in my home library, the Lost TV Episodes of SUSPENSE are among my very favorites.
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