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The Twilight Zone: Vol. 3 (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: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000046S2D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,198 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Vol. 3" on IMDb

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

Editorial Reviews

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!

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just wanted to come back and hear the calliope. October 20, 2000
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Good Episode, Three Classic Ones March 10, 2002
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rod Serling, Crisp and Clear August 30, 2001
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 27 days ago by William J. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Stories
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Janet Chandler
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 19 months ago by Gloria Kimble
5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean television
Good clean television. Young kids wouldn't catch on to it but teens and adults would. No swearing, bad scenes, etc.
Published 20 months ago by Gary Uhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
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 more
Published 20 months ago by gotgilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Zone Fanatic! Great buy
I have seen every Twilight Zone ever made. But now after buying so many volumes I no longer have to wait for the marathons to see it when I want to. I grew up on these shows. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cheyenne
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Zone DVD
I love the Twilight Zone shows. Rod Serling is a great host and his stories for the series are great. These DVD's have great episodes. Will purchase from this seller again.
Published 22 months ago by Duarte N. Azevedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great episodes, four in total
Kick the Can and Walking Distance are brilliant! Steele and Game of Pool are OK. We stopped buying these when we found the whole series on Netflix.
Published on August 18, 2011 by Paul Dare
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Zone
This volume only has 4 episodes but of course they're all good." Kick the Can" is probably the most popular one of the four especially since it was one in (Twilight Zone-The... Read more
Published on September 16, 2010 by crazy dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Great Episodes
I'm so glad the Twilight Zone has been preserved on DVD, because as much as I loved the show, I did not see every episode when it was new, and I was too young to understand some of... Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by Barbara Frederick
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