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Perhaps marked for its opening sequence and eerie voice-over "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission", The Outer Limits pushed the boundaries of television and viewers minds by introducing a new caliber of science fiction.
From the moment Vic Perrin's omniscient "Control Voice" first proclaimed, "There is nothing wrong with your television set," on September 16, 1963, The Outer Limits was destined for greatness. The dazzling, long-beloved series was a daring experiment in "omnibus" TV, trading the speculative fantasies of The Twilight Zone for farther-out sci-fi concepts. Producers Leslie Stevens and Joseph Stefano had risen as gifted writers from (respectively) Broadway and Hollywood; Stevens rebounded from his previous canceled series, while Stefano had scripted Hitchcock's Psycho and was eager to expand his creative horizons. With an executive order for scary monsters and cold war thrills, their fruitful symbiosis was preceded by the superb Stevens-directed pilot "Please Stand By," named after the series' once-proposed title and changed to "The Galaxy Being" for its broadcast premiere.
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 two double-sided DVDs, these 16 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," and "The Architects of Fear" (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
It's a classic for the ages. The special effects are dated, but the stories are top notch and pertinent to modern times. 50 years later it's still great!Published 16 days ago by Gordon Krainen
Most people know the old Twilight Zone. This series was in a similar vein. I wanted to see it because it was based on a story by my favorite Sci Fi writer, Clifford D. Simak. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. Ichinose
Most of the episodes are really good but there are a few duds along the way. Episode one sucks but it gets better after that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Young Lou
The science of The Outer Limits could be quite questionable at times, but the stories remain good. It is fun to see young actors on the first stage toward success, as well as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Werbaneth
Original Outer Limits TV Episodes are great to watch if you were a kid in the early 60s. Yes a kid of today would laugh and find them corney, but that was all we had 50 years ago... Read morePublished 2 months ago by wsteven54
I do not enjoy this season 2 of the OUTERLIMITS. I simply DO NOT enjoy it.Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Meyer
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No, they're the EXACT SAME flipper discs, just split up into two pieces so that instead of buying "Season 1" you have you buy "Season 1, Volume 1" and "Season 1, Volume 2."
The only difference is in the PACKAGING.
Aug 3, 2007 by ZTT Fan | See all 3 posts
Still black and white. Still the same transfers. Still no extras. Another still born project.
Jun 21, 2007 by Wayne Klein | See all 3 posts