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The Twilight Zone: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (1960)

Rod Serling , Anne Francis  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Rod Serling, Anne Francis, Burgess Meredith, Claude Akins, Ida Lupino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 933 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (885 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JBI3GA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz

19 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark, Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post. Interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak

“Tales of Tomorrow” episode "What You Need."

Vintage audio interview with Director of Photography George T. Clemens

1977 syndication promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours."

18 radio dramas

34 isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others

Set also includes:

Audio commentaries by actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self

Vintage audio recollections with actors Burgess Meredith and Anne Francis, directors Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare, producer Buck Houghton and writer Richard Matheson

Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College

Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's" show

Original unaired pilot version of "Where is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's network pitch

Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the series

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

Dedicated visitors to the fifth dimension will find an impressive array of extras in the season 1 set, drawing from both the Definitive Edition DVDs as well as a wealth of new material unearthed or created especially for this presentation. For many, the inclusion of "The Time Element," a 1958 episode of The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse penned by Rod Serling, will be among the key selling points; never legally available in any format prior to this set, the hour-long story, which stars William Bendix as a man who suffers from a recurring nightmare of being at Pearl Harbor before the attack, has been widely regarded as the unofficial pilot for TZ, and it fits perfectly with the tone and quality of the established episodes. For others, the 19 new commentary tracks created for the Blu-ray set will be the draw; anchored by Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, and featuring talents ranging from director Ted Post to historian Gary Gerani, the new tracks are informative and flesh out the six provided on the Definitive DVDs. There's also an early version of "What You Need" from the '50s anthology series Tales of Tomorrow; a 1978 interview with cinematographer George T. Clemens, who was responsible for the series' signature look; and 13 isolated music scores featuring the work of Bernard Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith, among others. All of these features, plus 12 additional Twilight Zone radio adaptations, join the exceptional material from the DVDs, including an unaired version of the pilot episode, "Where Is Everybody?," with Serling's sales pitch to networks; commentary by actor Martin Landau, among others; interviews with producer Douglas Heyes and actor Burgess Meredith; recordings of Serling's lectures; original sponsor billboards; and footage of the show's Emmy wins. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

All 36 episodes of the first season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high definition for the first time ever!

Loaded with new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else including extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial pilot “The Time Element” written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz – the episode that started a cultural phenomenon – presented in glorious high definition!

All new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created from the original camera negatives, as well as uncompressed PCM audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks.

Season One Episodes:
Where Is Everybody?, One for the Angels, Mr. Denton on Doomsday, The 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.

Season 1 included such stars as Anne Francis, Burgess Meredith (eventual veteran of numerous TZ episodes), Ida Lupino, Jack Klugman, Richard Conte, Gig Young, Nehemiah Persoff, Sebastian Cabot, Claude Akins, Earl Holliman, Roddy McDowall, Kevin McCarthy, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, Vera Miles and Ron Howard, all featured in classic episodes. Before the season had even finished, it was hailed by the critics, named by Daily Variety as "the best that has ever been accomplished in half-hour filmed television,” a new phrase had entered the pop-culture lexicon and its success and impact is still felt today – fifty-one years after its debut.

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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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grew up with the show. Thanks for having them on the amazon site .
Published 7 hours ago by scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always fun
Published 1 day 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 6 days ago by fiesta
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows its age well
Sometimes campy, but still a great series to watch for the insights Rod Serling gives on human nature. Serling had a knack for casting actors who became well-known in later years.
Published 8 days ago by William Murry Burns
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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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