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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
Saw this as a kid and it haunts me every time I go to the desert and see tumble weeds rolling around so I had to order it and have my kids watch it so they could experience the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by unhinged
This review is for Demon with a Glass Hand only. It is without question one of the best works of early television. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DC Guy
Outer Limits was a ground-breaking sci-fi series produced in the mid 60's. It used REAL published sci-fi authors to write the speculative fiction for this series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Wilkin
Feel like we wasted our money on this series. Boring, story lines and terrible effects. Like Twilight Zone much better and that is free on Prime. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. Sylvester
I don't review this series with the eyes of today. That would be a huge mistake. I also do not review it as how they presented it on DVD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kelly Jeau G. Larson
this is one of my all time favorites....love the 1st season...classic TV....A must for Outer Limit fans...MMPublished 2 months ago by mike margalski
The shows are okay. All dvd's worked fine, no problems at all. This series is just not as good as the classic twilight zone.Published 3 months ago by Jamie
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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