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The Twilight Zone: Vol. 3

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Editorial Reviews

This classic series ranged from comedic to tragic, and never fell short on twists. Often featuring memorable guest appearances from stars such as Martin Landau, Burgess Meredith, Adam West, and many others, this series ushered in a new era of sci-fi television. Episodes: "Steel" (Ep. 122, October 4, 1963) - In the future, only androids are allowed to box. Desperate to raise money, penniless manager Steel Kelly (Lee Marvin) must fight disguised as his own broken-down robot. "A Game of Pool" (Ep. 70, October 13, 1961) - Jesse (Jack Klugman) is a brilliant pool player whose dream of a showdown with the legendary (and dead) Fats Brown (Jonathan Winters) comes true. The stakes: his life. "Walking Distance" (Ep. 5, October 30, 1959) - Martin Sloan (Gig Young) is a frazzled executive who learns that you can't go home again after he steps back in time and meets his mom, his dad--and himself! "Kick the Can" (Ep. 86, February 9, 1962) - Has an old man at Sunnyvale Rest Home discovered a secret to regaining youth? After playing a simple child's game, he and the other residents are rewarded with rejuvenating powers!!

Special Features

  • Episodes: "Steel" (1963, Ep. 122), "A Game of Pool" (1961, Ep. 70), "Walking Distance" (1959, Ep. 5), "Kick the Can" (1962, Ep. 86)
  • "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

Product Details

  • 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: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000046S2D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,593 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Vol. 3" on IMDb

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When purchasing a DVD on any of the "Twilight Zone" episodes, I think it is safe to say that in the majority of cases the buyer knows those stories by heart. The main concern is one of quality. How does the picture measure up? In this case I have never seen better transfers. The images are excellent. They are sharp, clear and maintain consistent contrast. The laserdisc versions had a problem with black & white contrast. That problem has now been corrected.
Volume 3 contains A GAME OF POOL, KICK THE CAN, STEEL and WALKING DISTANCE. This volume is one of the best containing all solid episodes. WALKING DISTANCE is probably the best episode ever produced. Gig Young acts out Serling's prose so perfectly that he speaks for every man that ever wished he could go home again. Very moving. Bernard Herrmann's score intuitively picks up the emotion and heartfelt sincerity that Serling wrote into this story. This was Rod Serling's, Bernard Herrmann's and Gig Young's finest work for any medium. I think it is the finest piece of work ever put on film. KICK THE CAN is thematically similar and also very moving. Again one of the best. A GAME OF POOL and STEEL pits man against the legends he makes and the machines he builds. STEEL is an episode that doesn't instantly hit you. It has to grow on you and that may take years.
Rod Serling was a man of great literary and social intellect, somewhat ignored because of the genre he worked within and was famous for. "The Twilight Zone" frequently bordered on the edges of science fiction if not immersed in it. Society's values being what they are, science fiction has never been thoroughly embraced by conventional thought as a legitimate literary or cinematic art form. That is society's loss and Serling's heartbreak. However, "The Twilight Zone" still endures. WALKING DISTANCE will remain in the heart forever.
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In this review, I do not disclose any of the surprise endings. So don't worry.

I own about forty Twilight Zone discs. Every viewer will have his or her favorites. My favorites include: TO SERVE MAN, THE ODYSSEY OF FLIGHT (with William Shatner), NICK OF TIME (with William Shatner), CAVENDER IS MISSING (with Carol Burnett), THE FEVER, THE LIVING DOLL (with Telly Savalas), TIME ENOUGH AT LAST (with Burgess Meredith), PRINTER'S DEVIL (with Burgess Meredith), MISTER BEVIS (with Don Rickles), and PIANO IN THE HOUSE.

The volume being reviewed, Volume Three, contains some of the tightest writing and sharpest acting that I have ever encountered on any T.V. program or movie.

The first story, KICK THE CAN, takes place in an old folks home, where the inhabitants can view youngsters out in the street playing kick the can and other games. One of the retired old folks, reminded of his own childhood, is struck with the notion that if he can persuade the other old folks to join in a game of kick the can, they will somehow recapture some aspect of their youth. FIVE STARS.

The second story, STEEL, takes place in 1974, a time in the future when boxing has been outlawed and all boxing matches are done with competing robots, where the robots look essentially like real people. The issue is that the owner and mechanic, in charge of their boxing android, realize that their android is broken and won't be fixed before that evening's fight. The owner, Lee Marvin, has the idea of placing himself in the ring, instead of the robot. What is astonishing is Lee Marvin's ability to change personna. In one scene, Lee Marvin is forceful and demanding towards his mechanic, that is, the android's mechanic.
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Vol. 3 of the Twilight Zone DVD series is one in which every episode is a winner. The worst of the four, "Steel," is a very good tale of what men think they can do themselves to bring themselves out of a difficult situation. "Kick the Can" is a touching episode that makes us reflect on fleeting youth and the idea that you are only as old as you feel. "A Game of Pool" is an example of superb acting. Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters deliver more tension and excitement than any current television drama. Finally, "Walking Distance" is a brilliant look at trying to recapture youth and going home again.
On most other Zone DVDs, buyers are forced to stomach at least one lousy episode along with their favorites. This disc is an exception. Sure, the extras are not very "extra," but for your money, Vol. 3 contains some of the best Twilight Zone episodes on one disc.
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The Twilight Zone, Vol. 3 DVD is worth having if only for the episode "Walking Distance," Serling's most autobiographical story from the series, by his own claim. Having watched many a rerun (I heard the Sci-Fi Channel owns the rights to air the episodes, but I never see them on the cable channel...) before the onset of DVD technology, it is quite a treat to see the episodes as the creators saw them: crisp, clear and as nuanced as any great film. I recall being joyfully entertained by almost every episode I ever saw, but "Walking Distance," is the only one to have ever brought tears. The inablility to "go home again," was never more poignantly crafted than in this episode, nor has the truth of those pure feelings of childhood which creep into our consciousness when we least expect it, possibly triggered from a bit of music or a long-forgotten smell.

Jack Klugman demonstrates his range as an actor in the episode, "A Game of Pool," as does his costar Jonathan Winters. Both deliver steely performances with such well-regulated under-the-surface tension that you feel like each is enjoying himself and in agony at the same time, a feeling familiar to anyone engaged in high-stakes competition.

My one complaint about the DVD is that the features listed here are a tad misleading. There is no extra footage or documentary footage included as part of "Inside the Twilight Zone." Rather, it is on-screen text plaquards, with most of the information repeated among all 40+ DVD volumes in the series save the reference material for the episodes on the particular disc. These text screens also scroll by themselves and have no "BACK" control, so if you miss a word or a sentence, you have to go back to the main menu and start over, which is very annoying.
Buy this DVD for "Walking Distance," and you will understand more about where Mr. Serling was coming from than if you were to talk to the man himself.
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