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The Outer Limits - The Original Series, Season 1
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Cliff Robertson launched an impressive succession of guest stars, and on meager, oft-exceeded budgets of $120,000 per episode, The Outer Limits became a showcase for shoestring ingenuity. The "blue ribbon crew" (as Stevens called it) included cinematographer Conrad Hall, whose Oscar®-winning skills were honed on the series' cramped TV-studio sets. Packed onto four double-sided DVDs, these 32 episodes (out of a total 49) comprise the series' dynamic first season of moody, frequently paranoid black-and-white adventures. Repeat performers Martin Landau, Robert Culp, and Sally Kellerman excel (respectively) in the fan-favorite episodes "The Man Who Was Never Born," "The Architects of Fear," and "The Bellero Shield" (and who can forget the insect-like menace of "The Zanti Misfits"?). There are a few clunkers, of course, but the series' quality (and parade of monsters) is remarkably consistent, and DVD compression does not compromise its technical achievement. These eerily seductive shows invite repeated viewing, supporting Stephen King's oft-quoted remark that The Outer Limits was "the best program of its type ever to run on network TV." --Jeff Shannon
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Twilight Zone was out there, but at times it was not really pure Sci-Fi, often more mysterious and horror, Thriller hosted by Boris Karloff (PLEASE PUT THESE OUT on DVD) were pure horror and the long running Alfred Hitchcock Present was straight mystery, so SCI-FI fans were captivated from the opening line with that mysterious voice telling you your telly has been taken over for the next 60 minutes. The acting was top notch, the writing literate and thought provoking, and you will even see many of the episodes were later cannibalised later to make movies, such as SOLDIER with Michael Anshara, repackaged in the 80's as The Terminator. To think you get 32 original episodes on 4 double-sided discs is just amazing.
There are a few puppies in the series...In the second year of the series Stephano played a less controlling interest. He believed in thoughty mind twisting Sci-Fi, while Stevens wanted the monster of the week, so some monsters did get a little Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea-ish (Think they even shared a couple with monster doing double time!). But all in this in one super buy is a must for all those Baby Boomers that would once more would like their telly taken over.
Warning to those who have not seen the series, these are vintage, high quality Black & White episodes. I think it adds to the spookiness as they could film in lower light, creating those sinister shadows.
Since then, occasional glimpses into that stark black and white world peopled with stars and monsters and questions and answers, both disturbing and tempting all at the same time.
A few years back, I began to collect the VHS releases, then the LaserDisc set, but it was prohibitively expensive at the time. Now grubbing around on Ebay and occasionally landing a deal.
When I found out this series was going to be available on DVD, I dove in and ordered it. To settle the debate over the content here is what I know:
There are a total of 1642 minutes of running time, now with 32 episodes in the set, that means 51 minutes and 31 seconds per episode, which figures, minusing out commercial slots. There are 4 discs, double sided of course, so each side holds 8 episodes. They are all there folks. Now as to the number 32..yes there are more episodes, but these are the original 32 that were produced before plot disputes and directional differences forced a change in producers, resulting in less intersting episodes (in my opinion). Here are the contents of the DVDS:
The Galaxy Being,
The Hundred Days of the Dragon
The Architects of Fear
The Man with the Power
The Sixth Finger
The Man Who Was Never Born
O.B.I.T.Read more ›
I applaud the notion of eliminating the useless labels on each disk and packing 32 episodes onto 4 disks. I wish more collections would adopt this strategy.
In short, buy this set if you want to take a very pleasant trip back through time. Great TV!
The first season, 32 episodes, are contained on 4 disks. Running time is listed as 1642 minutes.
1) The Galaxy Being: In the first episode, Cliff Robertson plays Allan Maxwell, the owner of a radio station, who ignores his wife and friends while he explores the heavens with his microwaves and his 3D TV scanner.
2) The Hundred Days of the Dragon: A Far East government plots to overthrow the U.S. by replacing key figures with duplicates. The deed is aided with a special drug that allows the skin to become like putty and can be reshaped into any form.
3) The Architects of Fear: Robert Culp undergoes surgery to turn him into an alien creature so that the world can unite against a "common" enemy.
4) The Man with the Power: A would be scientist allows an experimental-chip to be surgical place within his brain, which gives him special power. Once he discovers he can't control his power, he finally destroys himself with that power.
5) The Sixth Finger: A coalminer allows himself to be transformed into a superhuman that man won't reach for another million years.
6) The Man Who Was Never Born: Martin Landau is Andro, who is sent back in time to kill the mother of man who made a mess of the future.Read more ›
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Like Original Trek. Excellent preservation and presentation of a hella old, piece of science fiction genius.Published 20 days ago by Granger A. Davis
Laugh at it or with it, The Outer Limits is a 60s classic!Published 1 month ago by Jeremy M. Miller
One of the most profound things ever put on TV. It combines science fiction story telling with questions we should ponder concerning the nature of humanity and the universe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher M. Newport
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