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The Twilight Zone - Season 1 (The Definitive Edition) (1959)

Rod Serling , Jack Warden , Allen Reisner , Alvin Ganzer  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, Abraham Sofaer, Robert Sorrells, Alan Dexter
  • Directors: Allen Reisner, Alvin Ganzer, Anton Leader, David Orrick McDearmon, Don Medford
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 930 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (887 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068NVMK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,693 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone - Season 1 (The Definitive Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodes include: Where Is Everybody?, One for the Angels, Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Sixteen Millimeter Shrine, Walking Distance, Escape Clause, The Lonely, Time Enough at Last, Perchance to Dream, Judgment Night, And When the Sky Was Opened, What You Need, The Four of Us Are Dying, Third from the Sun, I Shot an Arrow into the Air, The Hitch-Hiker, The Fever, The Last Flight, The Purple Testament, Elegy, Mirror Image, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, A World of Difference, Long Live Walter Jameson, People Are Alike All Over, Execution, The Big Tall Wish, A Nice Place to Visit, Nightmare as a Child, A Stop at Willoughby, The Chaser, A Passage for Trumpet, Mr. Bevis, The After Hours, The Mighty Casey, A World of His Own
  • Remastered from new high-definition film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks
  • Audio commentaries by Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, Ted Post and William Self
  • Vintage audio recollections with Burgess Meredith, Douglas Heyes, Richard L. Bare, Buck Houghton, Anne Francis and Richard Matheson
  • Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College
  • Isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and more
  • Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's" show
  • Original unaired pilot version of "Where Is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's network pitch
  • Rare Rod Serling blooper

Editorial Reviews

Submitted for your approval: The Twilight Zone's inaugural season, all 36 episodes complete with Rod Serling's original promos for the following week's episode, not seen since their original broadcast. To discuss television's greatest anthology series whose title has become pop culture shorthand for the bizarre and supernatural is to immediately become like Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd in Twilight Zone: The Movie; a can-you-top-this recall of famous shocks and favorite twists. Several essential episodes hail from this season, among them, "Time Enough at Last" starring Burgess Meredith as a bespectacled bookworm who is the lone survivor of an atomic blast; "The After-Hours" starring Anne Francis as a department store shopper haunted by mannequins; and the profoundly disturbing "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," in which fear and prejudice turns neighbor against neighbor (and, by the by, whose alien observers inspired Kang and Kodos on The Simpsons).

From an unsettlingly persistent hitchhiker to a malevolent slot machine, The Twilight Zone's first season did plumb "the pit of man's fears." One forgets how moving the series could be. Three of this season's most memorable and enduring episodes are the poignant and primal "stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off fantasies, "Walking Distance," "A Stop at Willougby" and "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine," in which desperate characters seek refuge in a simpler past. Serling's few stabs at comedy ("Mr. Bevis," "The Mighty Casey") have not aged well, but the series finale, "A World of His Own," starring Keenan Wynn as a playwright whose fictional characters come to life, has a brilliant capper. The episodes are more deliberately paced than one might remember. Less patient younger viewers might be anxious to get to the payoffs, but once they settle into the rhythm, they will savor the literate writing and the performances by such veteran actors as Ed Wynn, Everett Sloan, and Ida Lupino, and newcomers such as Jack Klugman. The extras, including the unaired version of the pilot episode, "Where is Everybody?", audio commentaries and recollections, and a Serling college lecture, truly take this six-disc set to another dimension. --Donald Liebenson

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The complete first season of Rod Serling's classic, groundbreaking series exploring the fantastic and the frightening.

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440 of 468 people found the following review helpful
Right around the time of their release a couple years ago, I invested in Image's series of five 9-Disc box sets that collected every Twilight Zone episode from the original '59 series. From a collector's standpoint, this seemed like a great move, as these sets turned out to be much more affordable than the previous releases, which were 45 individual volumes. I figured I had the collection and could sit back and relax. I really enjoyed the sets (my reviews of them can be found here, as a matter of fact) and watched them ritually once I owned them.

In March 2004 when the rumors first hit that definitive season-by-season sets were to hit, I put my collection on e-bay and received almost all the money I invested in them in return. Yes, as a diehard TZ fan, I support the definitive releases wholeheartedly. Part of being a DVD collector is knowing that upgrades are imminent. In fact, this may not be the last time I invest in the series... experts forsee Blu-ray coming into play within the next 5 years and a company like Image with no single film or TV property to their name bigger than The Twilight Zone may someday release these with HD transfers on Blu-ray disc. DVD, like a cheaper version of Laserdiscs, is ten times the collector's format that VHS ever was.

In short, Image doesn't expect everyone to upgrade. They're not trying to bleed the same customers dry. But they are making a ton of the diehards and DVD collectors truly ecstatic.
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141 of 150 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone 1959 gets some new features for fans October 21, 2004
This new DVD version of The Twilight Zone 1959 Season One is remastered from the original camera negatives and the original magnetic soundtracks. It has the best picture quality ever and is a great set for fans.

This six disc set is packed with some wonderful extras-
*Audio commentaries by Earl Holliman,Martin Landau,Rod Taylor,Martin Milner,Kevin McCarthy,Ted Post and William Self.
*Vintage audio recollections with Burgess Meredith,Douglas Heyes,Richard L Bare,Buck Houghton,Ann Francis and writer Richard Matheson.
*Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College.
*Isolated music scores from Bernard Herrman,Jerry Goldsmith and more.
*Rod Serling promos from "next weeks show".
*The original unaired pilot from "Where Is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's Network pitch.
*Rare Rod Serling blooper.

Some information about the above audio commentaries- Ann Francis starred in the classic 1950's movie "Forbidden Planet,Kevin McCarthy starred in the original 1950's version of "The Thing",Rod Taylor starred in the classic Hitchcock movie "The Birds" and the 1960 George Pal classic "The Time Machine".
Martin Landau guest-starred in both the original 1959 and 1985 versions of The Twilight Zone as well as the original "Mission Impossible" and "Space 1999".
Writer Richard Matheson also wrote stories for both of the original and 1985 Twilight Zone series.

This classic television show has become part of western culture and language. People now the term use the term "in the Twilight Zone" for description in newspapers or interviews. It's starting do-do-do-do theme has now become part of the culture and is used to denote something strange happening. The singing group Manhatten Transfer even had a top ten record with the title.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS SUBMISSION MEETS WITH MY APPROVAL December 30, 2004
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It is absurd that this title has an average rating of below 5 stars. The low average rating is based on reviewers who are upset that they purchased older Twilight Zone collections that are now inferior to this superb collection. They feel they were ripped off by CBS video as if CBS planned on doing this all along. I doubt this was part of some plot. When first issued on DVD, the shows were randomly put together on single discs. Then these single discs were randomly put together in box sets. CBS finally wised up and realized that fans want it all. They want entire seasons on DVDs with extras. So now CBS Video has done it right.

While I understand the frustration of seeing the older collections become obsolete, that should NOT be a basis for reviewing this new collection. A review should be based on the product to be reviewed. Not on the company who issued it and not be prejudiced by frustrations of feeling the need to rebuy something. My review is based on what I received from CBS Video by way of Amazon.

This collection is how DVD collections should be done. It is comprehensive in that it contains all of the Twilight Zone episodes from the first season in the order they originally aired. It comes in slim cases, so it doesn't take up too much space. The attractive packaging for each slip case has information on the episodes contained on the disc in the case. The shows have been remastered from high quality original sources. They look superb. There are also some interesting extras, including commentaries, Rod Serling lectures, bloopers and Serling's network pitch for the pilot show. As for the 36 episodes from season one, nearly all excellent, with some being outright classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 hours ago by Michael S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grew up with the show. Thanks for having them on the amazon site .
Published 1 day ago by scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always fun
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars but brilliant writing and directing coupled with solid acting paid off
Think about this, no one had ever done what Serling did before this. He took, along with CBS a huge gamble, but brilliant writing and directing coupled with solid acting paid off.
Published 2 days ago by Tom Cuomo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best
Published 4 days ago by Raynardee Detres
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I remembered
They may not all be 5's but certainly 4s and 5s. Well written, directed, and acted.
Published 4 days ago by Jay3
4.0 out of 5 stars Rod Serling like Gene Roddeberry
Rod Serling like Gene Roddeberry, was an innovator ahead or his time. Twilight Zone also has several messages and life's lessons. Great show?
Published 4 days ago by Jody Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story science fiction
For those of you that don't know of Rod Serling, he is one of the fathers of science fiction and this show is showcase of his fine workmanship. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Dave Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Timeless entertainment.
Published 6 days ago by sheldeen watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a fun blast from the past! We are enjoying it!
Published 7 days ago by fiesta
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Dear Amazon: Please don't allow reviews before release dates!!!
I have to agree with Matthew. The forum is a place to ask questions or post comments before or after a release and the like. Reviews should be on the actual product, production values and content, not to belly ache for a percieved slight or grudge you have for a company.
Aug 20, 2010 by Eric! |  See all 12 posts
You would be surprised what people say on this site, you are correct, Amazon is also just as unreliable. Thanks for the link. I'm very interested in seeing the pilot.
Jul 8, 2010 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 8 posts
this is region one locked for north america. so is season 3 , this website is good for codes.
Feb 4, 2011 by Michael Dobey |  See all 2 posts
Should I get rid of my Standard Definitive Set
Should you get rid of it? If you're a big fan then yes because all-new commentaries plus the old ones from the DVD set are included. Plus the first season box contain two unaired pilots never before released. It's worth the upgrade.
May 14, 2011 by A.M. REVIEW |  See all 7 posts
The Twilight Zone Season One Blu-Ray "Walking Distance" Episode
Yeah: hunt down run-on sentences and beat them to death.
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