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The Twilight Zone - Season 4 (The Definitive Edition) (1959)

Rod Serling , Jack Weston , Abner Biberman , Alan Crosland Jr.  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rod Serling, Jack Weston, John McGiver, Doro Merande, John Williams
  • Directors: Abner Biberman, Alan Crosland Jr., Buzz Kulik, David Butler, David Lowell Rich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • 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: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 1080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEIIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone - Season 4 (The Definitive Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered from new high-definition film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks
  • Audio Commentaries by Marc Scott Zicree ("Death Ship") and William Windom ("Miniature")
  • Excerpts of Marc Scott Zicree's interviews with Ross Martin, Burgess Meredith, Pat Hingle, and more
  • Isolated Music Scores featuring Fred Steiner, Van Cleave, and more
  • Video Interviews with Morgan Brittany, Anne Francis, Paul Comi and John Furia
  • Rod Serling Promos for "Next Week's" Show
  • Rod Serling Blooper
  • Color Scenes from the syndicated version of "Miniature"
  • The Famous Writers School Promo Spot with Rod Serling
  • Genesee Beer Promo Spot
  • Saturday Night Live Clip
  • Twilight Zone Radio Shows
  • Twilight Zone Season 4 Billboards and Photo Gallery
  • Twilight Zone Comic Book (DVD-rom Feature)

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Despite major changes in personnel and the ill-advised switch to a full-hour format, Twilight Zone (with "The" removed from its title) began its fourth season on a promising note. Written by series veteran Charles Beaumont, the premiere episode "In His Image" maintained the high standards that Rod Serling had established throughout the first three seasons, and the story--about a man (George Grizzard) who builds an exact robot replica of himself, with dire consequences--fit well into the hour-long format that Serling reluctantly went along with. Twilight Zone struggled with its expanded length, resulting in some episodes that lack the consistent punch of earlier half-hour episodes. Exhausted by three seasons of prodigious creativity, Serling and Buck Houghton vacated their roles as producers (with Serling's involvement limited to script feedback, writing nearly half of the season's episodes, and on-screen hosting), and TV veteran Herbert Hirschman became the new show-runner (departing mid-season, he was replaced by Bert Granet), promising not to tinker with the series' proven success. But Twilight Zone was inevitably becoming a shadow of its former self, and the involvement of proven TZ writers like Richard Matheson, Earl Hamner, Jr., and Beaumont could not entirely compensate for Serling's growing detachment.

Still, these 18 episodes include some fine examples of enduring quality, such as Matheson's "Death Ship," starring Jack Klugman and Ross Martin in a recurring nightmare scenario, and featuring the same spaceship model used in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. Beaumont's "Miniature," starring Robert Duvall, was the only hour-long episode pulled from initial syndication (due to a plagiarism lawsuit that was ultimately dismissed), so its inclusion here (along with color scenes from its eventual syndication) is a welcome treat. Serling lampoons the medium of television with "The Bard" (with an early appearance by Burt Reynolds), and his teleplay for "On Thursday We Leave for Home" is the season's highlight, ranking among Twilight Zone's finest science-fiction episodes. It remained clear, however, that Twilight Zone was past its prime, and when the series was renewed for a fifth season in the spring of 1963, a return to its original half-hour format was a belated step in the right direction.

Of course, season 4's overall strengths and weaknesses won't matter to collectors of The Definitive Edition DVD sets, and a wealth of archival bonus features make this a must-have addition to anyone's TZ collection. Image Entertainment and features producer Paul Browstein deserve extra credit for their diligent assembly of supplements that render all previous TZ releases virtually obsolete. Nothing has been overlooked, from the commentary (on "Death Ship") and interview clips by acclaimed TZ expert Mark Scott Zicree to the inclusion of a vintage TZ spoof from Saturday Night Live, radio-show adaptations starring Blair Underwood, Jason Alexander, Lou Diamond Phillips and others, and a vintage Twilight Zone comic book, accessible on computers with Adobe reader installed. There's even a brief Rod Serling blooper taken from a scratchy 16-millimeter print, proving that no stone was left unturned in making this a truly definitive TZ collection. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

6 disc Season 4 DVD from 1963 features remastered new high-definition film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks, audio commentaries by Marc Scott Zicree ("Death Ship") and William Windom ("Miniature"), excerpts of Marc Scott Zicree's interviews with Ross Martin, Burgess Meredith, Pat Hingle, and more, isolated music scores featuring Fred Steiner, Van Cleave, and more, video interviews with Morgan Brittany, Anne Francis, Paul Comi and John Furia, Rod Serling Blooper reel, and much more.

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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode guide October 4, 2005
Format:DVD
The 4th season consists of 1 hour episodes. They include:

#1 In His Image

A science enthusiast creates a perfect mechanical man, one who compensates for his own shortcomings. Starring George Grizzard, Gail Kobe, Katherine Squire, Wallace Rooney.

#2 The Thirty-Fathom Grave

A man is haunted by the sounds from a submarine that sank 20 years ago. Stars Mike Kellin, Simon Oakland, David Sheiner, John Considine, Bill Bixby.

#3 Valley of the Shadow

A reporter discovers the secret of a small village but can he escape it? Stars Ed Nelson, Natalie Trundy, David Opatoshu, James Doohan.

#4 He's Alive

A young hatemonger is inspired by the ghost of Adolf Hitler. Stars Dennis Hopper, Ludwig Donath, Curt Conway, Paul Mazursky.

#5 Mute

A young couple experiment with telepathy. Stars Ann Jillian, Frank Overton, Barbara Baxley.

#6 Death Ship

An astronaut refuses to admit that he and his crew may be dead. Stars Jack Klugman, Ross Martin, Frederick Beir, Mary Webster.

#7 Jess-Belle

A girl strikes a deadly bargain with a witch to ensure the attention of a young man. Stars Anne Francis, James Best, Laura Devon, Jeanette Nolan, Virginia Gregg.

#8 Miniature

An introverted young man falls in love with a doll in a museum. Stars Robert Duvall, Pert Kelton, Barbara Barrie, Len Weinrib, William Windom.

#9 Printer's Devil

A newspaper editor who is facing bankruptcy hires a man who claims to be the Devil. Stars Robert Sterling, Patricia Crowley, Burgess Meredith.

#10 No Time Like the Past

A time traveler attempts to change history by warning the victims of impending disasters.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference level Blu-Ray - The real deal. May 3, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
edited May 17, 2011

All Season 4 Episodes were 1 HOUR LONG, thus there is 18 total hours of aired episodes. Which is literally the same amount of hours as 36 half hour episodes. That is why price is the same as the other seasons - THE SEASON 4 SET WILL CONTAIN AT MINIMUM THE SAME AMOUNT OF BLU-RAY DISCS AS SEASON 3, IT MAY EVEN HAVE 1 MORE DISC DUE TO IT BEING MORE HOURS THAN SEASON 3!

KUDOS to the folks at Image for NOT using evil DNR which would have destroyed Mr. Serling's original intent. To those that do not know, grain is an literally part of the physical composition of silver nitrate. Director's chose film stock based on how much grain they wanted their artistic vision to have. Grain=Detail not the opposite. To remove grain no matter how carefully always removes fine detail. So much detail is in this Blu-ray set you can even see the ripples and sheen of Rod Serling's herringbone suits in some of the intro's. That and the tiny lines on actors faces is detail to the MAX. Except for it being black and white, it is like they standing right in front of us. You don't get that when DNR is used, what you do get with DNR is a waxy unnatural look.

The folks at Image should also be proud for giving us unaltered, uncompressed sound as an option. For those of us who despise unnatural processed modern digital sound and this is a blessing of blessings. Coupled with the pristine video which totally unmarred thankfully due to no DNR this Blu-ray set is nearly as good as a pristine 35MM print. This set showcases Mr Serling's genius rather than try to conceal it in a shoddy revisionist modern manner. This and all the Zone sets are true reference quality.

To the people at Image please produce all your Blu-Ray using the same level of quality and professional effort as your Zone sets!!!!!

Many company's could learn valuable lessons on proper Blu-Ray mastering from the people at Image who worked on these zone sets.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Critics Assert October 26, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I realize the traditional point of view is that the fourth

season of Twilight Zone was the beginning of the decline of

the series. I won't argue with that point of view, but I do

take issue with those who would regard the fourth season as

poor quality or even trashy writing.

Although it was a network gimmick, it is a good thing that

Twilight Zone expanded to one hour. It represented the best

kind of artistic challenge to Serling and his excellent team

of writers. There are episodes here that simply could not be

done in the half-hour format. They require too much character

development and subtle nuances of detail. I'm talking about

"In His Image," "Jess-Belle," "Miniature," and "The Incredible

World of Horace Ford," among others. These episodes belong

with the best Twilight Zone ever produced.

While Season Four certainly indicates a television series past

its prime, it is definitely not chopped liver! Longtime fans

of the series will be able to appreciate the artistic output of

Serling et. al. in the hour format. They will also appreciate

the fact that they can view the hour-long episodes--rarely seen

in syndication--at their leisure.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unappreciated Endeavor from Mr. Serling! October 19, 2005
Format:DVD
As the penultimate Season Four transitioned to the undesired hour long format, most episodes from this season rarely made it to syndication, aside from the SciFi Channel. As I've gone thru "Season 4 (The Definitive Edition)" it's like viewing an entire "lost" string of episodes from the genius of Rod Serling. They are all wonderful but I am drawn particularly to "Mute", "The Parallel", "No Time Like the Past" & "Passage on the Lady Anne" as my personal favorites.

Some intriguing artifacts are the colorized scenes from the syndicated version of "Miniature". While this is an interesting aspect of the storyline and gives a nice "over the rainbow" effect to the story, it also demonstrates why the dreaded colorization process of original Black & White films should NEVER be applied. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... never give Twilight Zone any other rating but the best. Rod...
I could never give Twilight Zone any other rating but the best. Rod Serling was brilliant and I hardly ever missed an episode. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Hour long episodes of Twilight Zone in this fourth season.
Classic, but not the same as the other seasons. This season they went for hour long episodes and I don't think it was necessary since the Twilight Zone stories were great as half... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Henry Boureshrockn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!!
Published 1 month ago by Fredrick
4.0 out of 5 stars I've always liked this episode since I was little
I've always liked this episode since I was little. I decided to show "Miniatures" to my daughter, but, unfortunately, the screen froze up half way through so I didn't get... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arlington, Va
4.0 out of 5 stars LONG 1 HOUR FORMAT DRAGS A BIT
Seasons 1-3 (half-hour format) are compact and effective. Season 4 went to full hour and drag like some epic movies that never seem to end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by THOMAS DEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhe title says it all, Thee Twilight Zone
With Rod Serling's imagination and the elite but small group of writers he put together, and he or someone
in that group producing or directing he got the product the way he... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vladislav
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of Serling's Best
"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Set
The zone as it should be, very cool to see the now 50+ year old advertisements and interviews with the staff. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nicholas L Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 4 of the teilight zone series did not disappoint my son and...
My husband n son r big fans of the twilight zone. They r anxious to get season 5 to finish the series.
Published 8 months ago by Kimberly K. Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless series!
A continuation of the excellent series that asks "what if?" Many episodes you will remember from other shows and movies that lifted the premise directly from Twilight... Read more
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