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The Twilight Zone: Vol. 1 (1959)

Rod Serling , Robert McCord  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, James Turley
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004REEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodes: "The Invaders" (1961, Ep. 51), "Night of the Meek" (1960, Ep. 47) & "Nothing in the Dark" (1962, Ep. 81)
  • "Inside The Twilight Zone", including information on Rod Serling, a history of the series, reviews of each episode, cast information and a season-by-season commentary

Editorial Reviews

Episodes: "Night of the Meek" (Ep. 47, December 23, 1960) - Christmas in the Twilight Zone. Art Carney is a forlorn department store Santa who takes to drinking--only to find himself experiencing the nicest Christmas ever! "The Invaders" (Ep. 51, January 27, 1961) - A flying saucer lands in the attic of an isolated house inhabited by an impoverished woman--who soon becomes panic-stricken as tiny spacemen begin to stalk her! "Nothing in the Dark" (Ep. 81, January 5, 1962) - An old woman has fought with death a thousand times and has always won. But now she finds herself afraid to let a wounded policeman (Robert Redford) in her door for fear he is Mr. Death. Is he?

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An uneven start to a superlative collection. February 20, 2001
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The Twilight Zone was a truly great anthology series that perfected the ironic twist ending. You never knew if the episode was a joke or serious until that final zinger. Sometimes you could see them coming, but what the heck pobody's nerfect.
The three episodes (only THREE?) on this first volume are beloved by many, loathed by few (I disagree 100% with the one star reviewer) but do not fit well together. I guess they were put together as a representation of The Zone at its most diverse.
Night of the Meek: The only Christmas episode the series produced, but they got it close enough to right the first time so why tempt fate? The best thing about it is Art Carney's performance, which, if you only thought he could do Ed Norton, is a stunner.
The Invaders: Agnes Moorehead (who speaks no dialogue) is terrorized by teeny alien invaders that have landed their flying saucer on her roof. Jerry Goldsmith's excellent, and legendary, music help lift this episode (which is both playful and scary as hell) up to one of the series all time greats. So what if the Little Spacemen look like wind up toys?
Nothing in the Dark: Robert Redford plays an injured police officer that a woman hiding from Mr. Death reluctantly helps. This is far from my favorite Zone, but it does feature gruff character actor R.G. Armstrong in a small role as a man hired to tear the old lady's building down.
All three (only THREE???) episodes are good in their own unique way, but they do not play well together. I wished that more thought had been given to place episodes with similiar themes together, making for a stronger viewing experience. Nonetheless this stuff is required viewing for sci-fi buffs.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa, Twist Endings and more are Just the Beginning March 14, 2001
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Indelible episodes, NOTHING IN THE DARK and THE INVADERS have to be two of the most viewed stories from "The Twilight Zone." Gladys Cooper and Robert Redford give very credible performances in this story of `Mister Death' knocking at the door penned by George Clayton Johnson. THE INVADERS is a classic episode in the true sense of "The Twilight Zone." Richard Matheson wrote a memorable story and Agnes Moorehead gave one of the greatest visual acting jobs of all time. Alfred Hitchcock would probably call this episode an example of `pure cinema.' NIGHT OF THE MEEK is a great Christmas holiday episode. Art Carney plays a drunken department store Santa who comes across a magical Santa's sack that generates gifts for those that are needy. Filmed directly to videotape and written with great warmth by Rod Serling this is one of the best and loved episodes. This is a good cross-section of shows from this series.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only 3 Episodes? January 1, 2002
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I love the Twilight Zone Series and have nearly every episode (about 150) on video tape. However, it seems silly that if you want to own the entire series on DVD you would need to buy 43 different volumes. Other TV series conveniently sell theirs by the season. The Sopranos sells about 15 hrs of footage per season in 1 box (with multiple DVDs). I find that method more convenient and it saves a ton of space on a book (or DVD) shelf.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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What you might expect to find on Volume 1 of "The Twilight Zone" DVD series would be the pilot episode, but that proves not to be the case. What you will find are a trio of classic episodes where the performances by the actors are as memorable as the stories with their infamous "Twilight Zone" twists that characterized Rod Serling's celebrated television anthology series:

Episode 51, "The Invaders" (Written by Richard Matheson, First aired January 27,1 961) offers a tour de force performance by Agnes Moorhead, long after she appeared in "Citizen Kane" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" for Orson Welles, and shortly before she became Endora on "Bewitched." Moorhead plays a woman living alone in a farmhouse who finds that a miniature flying saucer has landed on her roof. The woman has to fight against the strange tiny invaders with their advanced technology. But then remember, this is "The Twilight Zone."

Episode 47, "Night of the Meek" (Written by Rod Serling, First aired December 23, 1960) is the only Christmas episode in the original run of "The Twilight Zone." Poor Henry Corwin (Art Carney), a department store Santa, shows up drunk on Christmas Eve and is fired. Wandering the streets, he discovers a magic bag that can dispense any gift he asks for. The question is, what will Henry do with this most unusual bag? If you are a fan of the "Zone" then you have probably heard the legend that Serling wrote the episode just to see Art Carney play Santa Claus. The excellent support casts features two of the best character actors of all time with John Fielder as Henry's short-tempered boss and Burt Mustin as a friendly bum on the streets, but this is Art Carney's triumph.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a blast from the past October 31, 2005
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As others have already commented on the features and technical aspects of this set (which were generally well regarded), I thought I would make a few comments more on the episodes themselves.

This series aired for a few years in the early 60s (although it started in 1959) and immediately passed into pop culture and TV legend. Many famous actors and actresses, or soon to be famous, appeared in the show. I especially remembered the episode with Robert Redford, who was probably in his mid to late 20s but who looked 18, playing Mr. Death who had come to get an old woman.

In addition to Serling, the main writers for the show were Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, who had already established reputations as fantasy writers, and who wrote many of the episodes. There was one other writer who did contribute some episodes, but unfortunately I can't recall the name.

I wasn't a fan of the original series as I was a little young at the time, having been born in the early 50s, but I saw some of the shows in reruns in the mid-60s. I was more of a fan of the Outer Limits, Lost in Space, and Star Trek, and only caught saw maybe a dozen episodes at the time. So at age 53, I decided to buy seasons 1-4 and finally watch most of the episodes. (I still need to find the last season, number 5).

I was pleased to see how well they have held up. It was the drab 50s and then turbulent 60s, and the Cold War, with its threat of possible nuclear annihilation, was in full swing. Perhaps that explains the pervasive film noir ambience and dark mood that often hangs like a pall over many of the episodes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars space scary
Twilight Zone, our first look at the past, present, and the future, Oh and don't forget the crazy, my favorite was when Jack Warden was sent to prison which was isolated planet and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Loye G. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
I bought this for only one show. However, I am beginning to think there was more than one version of the Meek.
But, on the whole is was good.
Published 5 months ago by diane bonaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas favorite
Excellent holiday family movie fare. Mr Kreuger segment. Consider this to be one of the abetter classics for the holidays. Would definately recommend for anyone to watch
Published 7 months ago by Wayne Koller
5.0 out of 5 stars Lookinf for a long time
To find the Christmas episode. I find it touching and perfect for the season. Art Carney is marvelous. The two additional episodes were some of my favorites as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Cambridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Zone Vol. 1
Great product. Love the DVD. Quick transaction.Would recommend to others. Probably will get other Twilight Zone DVD's in the future. A+
Published 13 months ago by Linda Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift
Purchased this as a gift for my husband. He is a big twilight zone fan. He has watched the shows several times.
Published 15 months ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone Vol. 1
I recommend all Twilight Zone DVDs. Rod Serling is a great host of these older episodes. The episodes are filmed in black and white. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sharon M. Helfand
2.0 out of 5 stars twilight zone
wasn't as entertaining as I remembered, but not too bad for the price...my son didn't enjoy it too much, he is 10
Published 18 months ago by Yvette D. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Zone VOL 1
I loved the DVD. Only problem: just 3 episodes on the DVD, At this rate I'll need to buy extra cabinets just to store the many episodes.
Published 19 months ago by Expat
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
love these videos and my husband loves them all the time and so its apart of making my husband happy
Published 20 months ago by Gloria Kimble
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