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The Twilight Zone - The Complete Series (Season One) (2002)

Forest Whitaker , Jeremy Piven  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Piven, Olivia d'Abo, Vincent Laresca, Zeljko Ivanek
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Producers: Anthony Santa Croce, Mark Stern
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J4ZX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone - The Complete Series (Season One)" on IMDb

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  • All 43 episodes from the 2002-03 season

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The younger you are, the more you'll enjoy UPN's short-lived revival of The Twilight Zone. Front-loaded with young actors (or marginal celebrities, like Jessica Simpson) and a bone-jarring theme by Korn's Jonathan Davis, the show panders to a teen demographic, which original-series creator Rod Serling would never have tolerated. It's a pale copy of Serling's original, and even the 1985 TZ revival was marginally better, but there are some memorable exceptions in this 43-episode, six-disc set. Not surprisingly, the best episodes are straight remakes of (or sequels to) classic Serling originals, including "The Monsters on Maple Street," "It's Still a Good Life" (with former child actor Bill Mumy reprising his creepiest role, and featuring a series-best performance by Cloris Leachman), and "Eye of the Beholder." Of the originals to this series, highlights include the pilot episode with Jeremy Piven; Jason Alexander in "One Night at Mercy," Amber Tamblyn in "Evergreen"; Lukas Haas in "Harsh Mistress"; Lou Diamond Phillips in "The Pool Guy"; ER's Eriq La Salle as writer, director, and star of "Memphis"; and a few others that capture the eerie quality of "another dimension of sight, sound, and mind."

Woefully miscast as the series' host, Forest Whitaker delivers facile introductions devoid of Serling's literary finesse. More often than not, the writing relies on forgettable characters and thinly-disguised variations on original-series themes; at its worst, the series demonstrates a staggering lack of originality, and the youthful casting frequently results in one-dimensional performances, with a few notable exceptions. It's hit-or-miss at best, but shooting locations in Vancouver, British Columbia, lend the series a visually stimulating variety of settings and atmosphere; production values are consistently high (as they were in the Canadian seasons of X-Files), and Rick Maguire deserves praise for his cinematography on virtually every episode. If you can forget Serling altogether (a difficult challenge for his devoted fans), you'll be able to overlook the flaws and enjoy some occasionally clever trips into The Twilight Zone as it was meant to be. --Jeff Shannon

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Modernized version of the classic TV series includes 43 episodes featuring high-profile guest stars.

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222 of 267 people found the following review helpful
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Be warned. This is the 2002 version of The Twilight Zone and is the third and least effective version of the show.
It is hosted by actor Forrest Whittaker,who for some unexplained reason walks around while introducing episodes. The clueless producers thought that this would be an effective way of introducing the episodes,it wasn't.A voiceover would have been better as the 1985 version used.
There is one particularly offensive episode on racism where a white man is portrayed as a racist because,while in the middle of the city in the darkness of night,he wouldn't let a black stranger into his car after the stranger banged on his window and yelled "let me in".
How many people would let any stranger into their car in the middle of the city at night,especially when the stranger is banging on the window and yelling at them?
That just shows how badly written and produced this series was. The complete unfairness of this premise somehow escaped the producers.
There are also many other episodes that meander on with weak stories and lame resolutions. So disorganised was the production of this show that they had to copy no less that three stories from the original Rod Serling version in just this one season.

The three versions of The Twilight Zone comprise-
1st version-The original Emmy award winning version hosted by writer Rod Serling that premiered in 1959 and ran for five seasons.
2nd version-The eccellent and under-rated 1985-87 version which had a third season padded on after it's cancellation to get enough episodes for syndication.This version had scripts by some of science fiction's best writers.
3rd version-This DVD set,which is the disappointing 2002 version that was cancelled after only one season.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 2002 Series July 8, 2004
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Format:DVD
The 3rd Twilight Zone series only lasted for one season, this box set will include all of its episodes. This show aired for 22 weeks, with 2 episodes for every one-hour show, so there will be 44 episodes in this set.
This set will be presented in widescreen, and will have 5.1 Surrond Sound , DTS Surround, and Stereo Surround Sound.
Like the original show, this Twilight Zone series has a lot of big name guest stars: Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Alexander, Jessica Simpson, Jaime Presley, Jason Bateman, Usher, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Method Man, Molly Sims, Amber Tamblyn (of TV's Joan of Arcadia), Vivica A. Fox, Portia de Rossi, Dean Winters (of TV's Oz), Dylan Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Eriq La Salle, and comedian Paul Rodriquez.
This set also includes remakes of two classic Twilight Zone episodes -- "The Eye of the Beholder" (a plastic surgery story) and "The Monsters on Maple Street" (a lynch mob tale about aliens possibly in their area).

Also, in this set is a sequel to an old Twilight Zone episode called "It's Still a Good Life" (the original was about a kid with the power to make a person disappear, if you think negitive thoughts. The kid would say that he'd send you to "the cornfield") The sequel on this box set includes two of the actors from the original episode: Billy Mumy (who played the kid) and Cloris Leachman.
So let Forest Whitaker take you into a world of imagination. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A wonderous world where the boundaries are only that of your imagination. The Twilight Zone.
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56 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits and a lot of misses October 15, 2004
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I never saw this series when it aired on UPN, so the DVD collection was my first taste of the "new" TZ. It's very easy to see why it was cancelled after one season. First off, who in the world chose Forest Whitaker as the host? Sometimes he's calm and cool, others he seems almost hyper in his delivery of the taglines. No one could compare to Serling in delivery, but they could have found SOMEONE a little more "out there" for host. Second, the stories...wow. Most of them have a good premise, but they all seem to just limp away rather than hit you with the shocking impact the original series had. "Still a Good Life" is a perfect example. Based as a sequel to an original TZ episode (with two of the original actors still in the main roles), it had the potential to be the best show ever. The little girl (Billy Mumy's real daughter) acted one way throughout the entire episode, then at the end suddenly did a complete about-face that made absolutely no sense whatsoever. It was as if the writer just said, "Hey, that'd be cool" and jerked the story completely around. Unfortunately, this is not the only story like this in the series. Most have very uneven storylines, trying to make us care for one-dimensional characters. While the original (and even 80's version) TZ had us sympathetic for the characters involved (or at least hating the baddies), this one is more like watching a car wreck from the outside. There's some morbid curiousity, but you can walk away and not really care how it all turns out. There are some gems here ("The Pool Guy" and "Chosen" to name a couple), but most are just crash-and-burners.

All in all, I'm looking forward to seeing the 80's version come out later this year. UPN made a good try on this revival with some major talent, but even the best actor can only do so much with inferior stories. For the die-hard fan only, and then only good for one viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars still a good show
I still watch every episode over again does not get old. It has many episodes to keep you entertained. it is a good series
Published 16 days ago by S. ulises
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite shows!!!
I love it! Its one of my favorite series and it's a classic! Now I have the whole collection :)
Published 1 month ago by Princesse
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
I ordered this for a friend and he gave it to his granddaughter she loved it so thats all I can say
Published 2 months ago by Yolanda N. Aguilera
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS TV SERIES IS MORE BOLD THEN THE OTHER 2
ITS AWESOME THE ADOLF HITER ONE IS MY FAVORITE. I BOUGHT THE SHOW JUST FOR THAT ALONE BUT I ALSO ENJOYED THE REST. HIGH BUDGET AND AWESOME ACTORS AND AMAZING SPEACIAL EFFECTS.
Published 2 months ago by doborahdvd
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I...
Very nice product. I strongly recommend it and you will love it too. I am very happy with it because its very good.
Published 2 months ago by Guillermo Donadio
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Lived But Good
When this series came out, I was stoked and ready for another 5 yrs of great stories, that only the Twilight Zone can give. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ReddStealth
4.0 out of 5 stars Why the original black & whites are better
The originals are great and these ones aren't that bad either. But the best episodes ever made were the black and whites. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua Ryan Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Things of value NEVER die!!!!!!
This is "Twilight Zone" enough said right there, the concept was, is and always be top of the line, this incarnation was done with a quality that would make the creator... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Warren Freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven stories
I found the reboot of the classic TV show, The Twilight Zone something of a disappointment.
Although many of the episodes of this updated version contained many well known and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cyril J. Martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
If you want to compare it to the original series you might be disappointed. Despite the name this a science fiction anthology in its own right. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve W. Johnson
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Are there other seasons of THIS series?
You are correct. This version aired on UPN and promptly got cancelled. This is the complete 2002-2003 version.
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