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The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1985 - 1989) (1985)

Cork Hubbert , Joey Green , Alan Smithee , Allan Arkush  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cork Hubbert, Joey Green, Bradley Gregg, Danny Nucci, James Hess
  • Directors: Alan Smithee, Allan Arkush, Ben Bolt, Bill L. Norton, Bradford May
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: 1020 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00068NVLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Season 1 (1985 - 1989)" on IMDb

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Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe.

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441 of 456 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of Image Entertainment January 9, 2005
As one of the writer-producers who contributed to this series, I'm posting this to correct some misapprehensions concerning the picture quality of this DVD set. This is NOT a "bad transfer." The 1985-87 Twilight Zone was shot on film, but edited on video. In other words, the raw footage was 35mm film, which was then transferred to videotape. Editing, dubbing, special effects--everything was done on video. (We were in fact the first drama series on television to do this.) So unlike the original Rod Serling TZ, there ARE no original film negatives from which Image could strike new prints for transfer. All that exist are the old one-inch master tapes, and the unfortunate reality is, videotape does deteriorate some over time. Image has, in my opinion, done a superb job packaging our series, and it is to them that I award the five stars in this review! If not for their interest in bringing this show to DVD, those one-inch masters might eventually have eroded into so much static (as my 3/4-inch tapes of the show already have). If you enjoyed this series, just be grateful it's been preserved!
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230 of 239 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone 1985 is an outstanding series October 16, 2004
This 1985 Season One version of The Twilight Zone is an outstanding series and should not be confused with the mediocre 2002 version. This was the sequel to the classic Rod Serling series and featured some great stories that were very well written. It has all sorts of stories-science fiction,romance,horror,comedy,satire,fantasy stories and is an outstanding series. The opening titles include a one second animation of Rod Serling as a salute to the original creator.
The Twilight Zone 1985 Season One DVD set has 24 one hour episodes with 59 stories.
It is unique in that the stories vary from 10 minutes to 45 minutes and it is the only series that I have seen that did this.
This series had scripts and stories from some of the best writers around-people like Richard Matheson,Steven King,Harlan Ellison,Arthur C Clarke,Ray Bradbury and Alan Brennert.
It has scripts adapted from many published quality stories.
This TZ series also had some top movie directors like William Friedkin,Wes Craven,Joe Dante and Jeannot Szwarc.
The William Friedkin directed episode "Nightcrawlers" was described by one CBS television executive as "the most intense television he had ever seen",a very atmospheric episode with brilliant direction.
The series starts with the episode "Shatterday" which features Bruce Willis in his television debut. Fans with good memories will note that when answering the phone,Bruce says "is that crazy Willy",a line that he repeated in the movie "Armegeddon".
The episode "Paladin Of The Lost Hour" features the great classic movie star Danny Kaye in his final performance,and a great acting performance it is. Morgan Freeman also stars in an episode about a men's card game that gets a visit from the devil.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do-do-do-do Do-do-do-do Do-do-do-do Do-do-do-do March 18, 2005
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With all the TV shows being released on DVD these days, I hoped and prayed it wouldn't be too long before this show was released on DVD. And when I finally saw it being released this past Christmas, I only hoped my childhood memories wouldn't deceive me on the quality of the show...and for the most part they didn't.

Now, I know a lot of people are ragging on the picture quality which truthfully is NOT up to crystal clarity, but even one of the executive producers of TZ wrote in to to explain that we're lucky to have the DVD's at all since the masters were VHS which we all know degrades with time...which is WHY DVD is so much better. Some stories/episodes don't look bad at all, but there are a few stories/episodes which are quite scratched and/or grainy. It's just a shame that CBS waited this long to release TZ on DVD.

Now, onto the content...

The majority of the stories are just as good as I remembered and hold up over twenty years. Ironically, the darker stories (and an 8 o'clock time slot) are somewhat blamed for a decline in the ratings of the show. However, it is the darker stories which always stood out in my mind and actually hold up the best: "Gramma", "Examination Day", "The Elevator" and "Nightcrawlers". But other great stories that are a little easier on the heart and soul include "Shatterday", "A Little Piece And Quiet", "Wordplay", "Lost Hour Of Paladin, "To See The Invisible Man", "A Matter Of Minutes" and "Need To Know".

While some of the special effects don't look like they came out of JURASSIC PARK or THE MATRIX, many of the writers/producers on the various commentaries are quick to point out that they were state-of-the-art effects for the day. And it's really the story content that's the real winner here anyway.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, image quality has deteroriated over time December 30, 2004
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I was really excited to hear that the 1980's version of "The Twilight Zone" was coming to DVD. So much so that I didn't read any reviews on it but just ordered it. I remember watching the show living in Los Angeles and reading scripts for Dino DeLaurentiis. It was one of the few shows I looked forward to as a break from digging through the slush pile of movie scripts. With Harlan Ellison (a winner of numerous awards for his fantasy and criticism), Alan Brennert, Rockne O'Bannon ("Farscape"), Phil DeGuere ("Simon and Simon"), James Crocker and other outstanding writers and directors on board, how it could not be a great show?

When I watched the first disc I thought the picture quality was acceptable but not as stellar as it could have been. As I jumped around to some of my favorite episodes I was very disappointed to see image quality that suggested it was duped from the original CBS 1 inch VHS cassettes used to broadcast the show. It turns out that the series was the first exclusively edited with effects added on video (much like "Star Trek: The Next Generation"). The masters have begun to deteriorate over time so there's been some natural loss of picture quality over time. It seems Image did the best with what they had to work with (which would also explain why, for example, the soundtrack is sometimes in stereo and sometimes in mono. Evidently not all of them were presented that way although I seem to recall them all being presented in stereo).

The extras are glorious. We get numerous audio commentaries from writers Alan Brennart, Harlan Ellison, Executive Producer/director/writer Phil DeGuere, Wes Craven and many others that give insight into the production process for the new series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
There are a lot of underwhelming episodes in this series. The original 60's twilight zone series is still the gold standard for me.
Published 14 days ago by IVE29
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The cheesy 80's Twilight Zone...So dated that it is almost hard to watch now.
Published 1 month ago by M. Morse
3.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone 1980's remake
This was a very busy time in my life, and I missed many of this 1980's remake of the Twilight Zone. Some of the segments are pretty good ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doug Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to my DVD collection.
This is an excellent set of DVD's that chronicles a time when science fiction programming could be had on TV.
Published 4 months ago by Mark0124
4.0 out of 5 stars dark and creepy
This is my old time favorite. Creepy, dark stuff. This still scares me after all these years. Love this stuff.
Published 7 months ago by donna
5.0 out of 5 stars The Zone
Its an older series of VHS quality but I expected that. I am even surprised I found it all but I did. Brings back some memories. Overall I enjoyed it.
Published 8 months ago by Infantry Badger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent series.
This series is one of the best written, deep and meaningful series in recent decades. If you are someone who loves books and short stories, this series is very emotionally and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Average Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Zone Stories
This is the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone season one and it has a lot of good stories starting with the first one Shatterday. Read more
Published 11 months ago by christmas lover
3.0 out of 5 stars It is good but not great
This version of the Twilight Zone follows the basic format of the 1980s movie. Two to three segments to an hour episode. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steve W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love the product. It works perfectly and met my needs. I plan to purchase more of this product.

Thank you.
Published 13 months ago by Tracey
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I watched the original broadcast of "A Little Peace and Quiet" in 1985 and the missile was in suspended animation above the horizon.
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