The Twilight Zone: Vol. 3
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- 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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I enjoy old shows of the past. The twilight zone is one of my favorites.Published 2 months ago by Anna Corey
Volume 3 of the "Twilight Zone" collection features some of the best written episodes from the series. Include some of best actors around when TZ was on the air and you. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Janet Chandler
love these videos and my husband loves them all the time and so its apart of making my husband happyPublished on February 3, 2013 by Gloria Kimble
Good clean television. Young kids wouldn't catch on to it but teens and adults would. No swearing, bad scenes, etc.Published on January 4, 2013 by Gary Uhl
I bought this volume because it has my all time favorite episode "Walking Distance" When I watch it I always think to myself I wish I could do that. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by gotgilmour
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