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The Outer Limits: Volume 1 (1963)

Vic Perrin , Bob Johnson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Vic Perrin, Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 736 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Outer Limits: Volume 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1 Side A:
  • Galaxy Being
  • Hundred Days of the Dragon
  • The Architects of Fear
  • The Man with the Power
  • Disc 1 Side B:
  • Sixth Finger
  • The Man Who Was Never Born
  • O.B.I.T.
  • Human Factor
  • Disc 2 Side A:
  • Corpus Earthling
  • Nightmare
  • It Crawled Out of the Woodwork
  • The Borderland
  • Disc 2 Side B:
  • Tourist Attraction
  • The Zanti Misfits
  • The Mice
  • Controlled Experiment

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"The best program of its type ever to run on network TV!" ?Stephen King

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

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
The first season of "The Outer Limits" was the best. Sure the second season had some classic episodes (among them "Solider" and "Demon with a Glass Hand" which inspired James Cameron to come up with "The Terminator". I'd give the shows here 5 stars but 0 stars to MGM for this reissue. Why? Because these are the exact same digital transfers as last time. They haven't been enhanced with any thing AND there are no extras. I'd average that out to 2 stars for this set.

Don't get me wrong--the first season was terrific for the most part. This set (like the first season set) features the moving "The Man Who Was Never Born" with Martin Landau as a scarred victim of a viral holocaust who is given the chance to go back in time and prevent the birth of the man who created his sterile world. Featuring a rich score by the late Domninic Frontiere (among his best), this was "The Outer Limits" as its best. Also we get "The Galaxy Being" with Cliff Roberson who unwittingly brings an alien creature he has been communicating with from a world made of anti-matter into ours causing destruction and death. David McCallum in "The Sixth Finger" about the results of an experiment to push humanity to evolve to the next level but how, in the process, we lose the essence of what makes us human.

"The Zanti Misfits" like much of Stefano's work provides a neat allegory about human nature. We also get "The Borderlands" and many other classic episodes mixed with claptrap like "Human Factor" but almost everything here is terrific even if we're only getting half a season at a higher price than before.

Why not include a commentary track from surviving actors or David J. Suchow the author on the definitive book on "The Outer Limits"?
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe what I'm seeing... May 14, 2007
MGM splits the first season in half. You get 2 double sided discs, same format as the first release. No extras. I can only assume the episodes are NOT remastered. What is the point? True fans bought the first set. Casual fans will probably seek out their favorite episodes. What are the odds their favorites fall within the first 16 episodes?

This set makes no sense whatsoever. Without ANY additional attractions, I don't see why anyone would buy this.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
This "redundant" DVD re-release is absurd and unfair and doesn't do justice to the show. It's a disgrace and a real swindle that a major and "wealthy" Studio release a vintage show in two volumes. With today's technology, you could, at least, obtain a complete restoration from the original 35 mm prints. The first DVD release was cheaply cleaned up and featured no extras and worst: no language options. I advise all "Outer Limits" diehard fans to read a full account of the lowdown first DVD edition by getting this publication serving as an evidence for the future: "Video Watchdog", n° 89 and n° 102, November 2002 and December 2003, articles by "Outer Limits" expert David J. Schow. I reject this vulgar 2007 DVD edition that deserves to be dumped into the "Pit" (Cf. "It Crawled out of the Woodwork")! I believe that the right action from the Studio would be to re-release the entire season in one single set including:

- 32 restored copies

- the two "restored" alternate pilots ("Please Stand By" and "The Unknown")

- restored trailers and promos

- audio commentaries by expert David J. Schow

- interviews with "Outer Limits" cast and crew

- isolated scores

- languages options (dubbings and subtitles: English, Spanish, French)

"When this passion called aspiration becomes lust, then aspiration degenerates, becomes vulgar ambition, by which sin the angels fell."

--End Narration from "The Bellero Shield".
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The silliest of the re-packaging yet... March 29, 2007
Hilarious. You get less content for roughly the same price as the entire "first" first set. Yea, ok, sure. If the Outer Limits were a comedy I could at least say this is ironic, but for now I'll stick with MORONIC.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RE RELEASE AND YOU GET EVEN LESS!!! August 14, 2007
this review is towards the re release and in no way shape or form about the legedary original 1963 outer limits television 2002 mgm released the outer limits complete first season and later presented the complete second on the re release of 2007 the seasons are broken up in parts.not only that they are using the same double sided discs as least the packaging on the 2002 sets were in plastic cases,the re release of 2007 are in card board cases.the outer limits is truly worth the money and time but as far as buying the sets you are better off with the 2002 sets complete seasons,this re release is nothing more than a money making scheme.this 2007 re release is without a doubt a waste of money.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this at all costs August 16, 2007
I'm only giving this two stars because it is a great show. Other than that, there is no reason to buy this collection. You're getting half of season one, with no extra features. Instead, spend another ten- twenty dollars or so, and buy the 2002 release of the entire first season, still available on Amazon. The folks at MGM are pulling a scam in my opinion by releasing this new's called "spend as little money as possible in the hopes that new fans of the seies will buy this not realizing it was already released in 2002" Shame on MGM
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series. no problems with any discs
Great problems with any discs.
Published 5 days ago by Debra Pinkham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Outer Limits is a true classic. Although the ...
The Outer Limits is a true classic. Although the special effects are dated and campy, the story-telling is well done. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Johnny Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These are classic sci-fi and fun to watch again after all these years.
Published 19 days ago by Robert Wallin
2.0 out of 5 stars Always disappoints. Perhaps I'm comparing too much with Twilight ...
Always disappoints. Perhaps I'm comparing too much with Twilight Zone. / Season two is better.
Published 26 days ago by B. Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A one Item and seller
Published 1 month ago by ronnie c martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic sy fy
Published 2 months ago by Wild Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
We love the outer limits show then and now. Not sure why the Twilight Zone is free on Prime and this one is not
Published 2 months ago by Lynn.
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I love anything scimitar
Published 2 months ago by Jason Giles
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Horrible. I loved OL as an 8 year old, so decided to rent this tonight to watch with my wife, who had never seen OL. I decided we would rent the HIGHEST-RATED episode. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ClarkK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality
Published 2 months ago by Darryl Thompson
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Let;'s get this straight!
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
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