The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Complete Series
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The Show began on HBO and showcased some high profile names from the 1980s. It was moved to the USA Network and apparently thrived enough to have been on until the early 1990s. Personally, I think the show would have been better off if it would have stayed on HBO because the early episodes are a few minutes longer and being on a paid movie channel they attracted bigger names. Plus, the original opening to the show with Ray walking around his office was a lot more atmospheric and creepy than the later episodes on the USA Network.
Like all anthology shows there are some bad episodes. However, what I like about this show is that ALL of the 65 episodes were written by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th Century! True there are some sleepers and stinkers in the bunch, but in general this is a very entertaining show. Even the episodes that do fail, I think suffer more from ineffective special effects and/or lackluster acting and dialogue than from Mr. Bradbury's actual "ideas."
This box set is very affordable. Unfortunately, the re-mastering is mediocre in picture and sound quality and because there are like 13 episodes per disc, the episodes look pixilated during fast motion scenes which can be annoying! To top things off, the episodes aren't even in the order of which they aired and there is even misspelling of a title on the DVD menu! However, I'm just happy to have this show on DVD. I got it for a great price and provided like a month full of cheap entertainment.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the image transfer is horrible at times. The images blur when the camera moves, or pixellate at odd times. Some of the images look washed out. But keep in mind that this was probably made off of older masters, so you can't expect perfection. I'm just glad to see it finally made it to DVD so we can see it again in its entirety!. The shows range anywhere from 22 to 30 minutes.
If you're a fan of the Twilight Zone (of which Ray wrote a couple of episodes), then this is another great series to add to the collection (and at a good price for all the episodes). There are no extras at all in here, but I can live with that. Thanks for bringing it back for us!
A DVD normally carries 2 hours of material at decent video quality. Platinum Entertainment, however, chose extremely high video compression and crammed 13 half-hour episodes per disc, providing 6 hours at absolutely terrible video quality. When a vendor crams things on disc like this, they are choosing to be cutrate, saving them cost of extra discs and of course make a higher profit at the expense of your visual enjoyment. The rotten video here does not appear accidental but a deliberate quality choice. Shame on these people for taking advantage of Ray's name to sell garbage.
Just a few of many examples: In 'The Pedestrian' and many other episodes, many shots pixellate (break up into jagged blocks) into unwatchable versions. Lousy video in dark night-time scenes in 'Banshee', again bad video compression. In 'A Sound of Thunder', the spinning timesphere completely breaks up into huge blocky video chunks due to incompetent video processing. This did not have to happen. Professional video encoding DOES allow vendors to choose temporary better compression in scenes with fast moving objects for far better video quality, but Platinum did not. The discs look a lot like an amateur effort using consumer video encoding software instead of professional tools. Every video in the set is brutally flawed enough to make you cringe.Read more ›
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The opening is terrible but once the credits roll, the episodes are well done. I trust HBO and vaguely remember the show when it was on USA network.Published 15 days ago by swankhood
Priceless collection from a master of science fiction. What more can I say?Published 2 months ago by T. Wood
I've been waiting for this show on DVD and was thrilled to get it. Unfortunately, it's been given the nickel and dime saving treatment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Kittridge
I haven't even made it through the first disc yet, but I really like it. As always there are some episodes I love, some I like, and some I will probably never watch again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Grogan
Remembered these being better when I was a kid. I don't think the short stories translate well to television.Published 3 months ago by Derek Scott
Purchase this as a gift for my uncle. He like the different series.Published 3 months ago by elaine libby
Warning: This collection is not complete. It does not have "The Electric Grandma". Otherwise Ray Bradbury is good and weird.Published 5 months ago by Genesis Kling
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Hi Bluedusk: Unfortunately, there aren't any subtitles at all on any of the 5 discs.
Oct 13, 2010 by franciso | See all 2 posts
|They Need to Do a Good Quality DVD Release (Not This Cruddy Ripoff Set)||
I own this set and agree about the quality: the video compression is so extreme the picture breaks up into visible square blocks whenever there's any kind of motion. A friend described it as being like trying to watch the show through that patterned glass you use in bathroom windows, and I know... Read More
Dec 8, 2009 by Neal Vincent | See all 14 posts
|episodes on Bradbury Theater DVD||
I was hoping for that too, but I don't think it is in this collection.
May 31, 2012 by booklover | See all 3 posts
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Hi Felecia - I found it here for $9.95 plus shipping:
Feb 27, 2013 by BEKinNZ | See all 3 posts
|Still waiting for a region 2 version||Be the first to reply|
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