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Episodes: "The Gift" (Episode 97, April 27, 1962) - An alien who crash-lands into a remote mountain village stirs up the inhabitants fears and animosity, but he befriends a little boy and gives him a mysterious present. "Young Man's Fancy" (Episode 99, May 11, 1964) - When a newlywed couple briefly return to the groom's childhood home, the ties of the past prove too strong to resist. "The Incredible World of Horace Ford" (Episode 117, April 18, 1963, 50 min.) - Toy designer Horace Ford (Pat Hingle) spends most of his time reminiscing about his idyllic childhood. But when he gets the chance to go back to those years, he gets a bitter taste of reality.

The wonders and perils of childhood form the framework for this excursion to the middle ground between light and shadow. All three episodes are second-string efforts that hint at the creative downward spiral the series would take in the third season.

"The Gift": A mysterious gift bestowed upon a young Mexican boy by a dying space traveler is discovered too late to have miraculous powers. The episode, originally written prior to filming the show's pilot episode, travels the same thematic path as Serling's "The Shelter" and "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," but to lesser effect. Vladimir Sokoloff's empathetic performance and a score by classical guitarist Laurindo Almeida are highlights; future director Paul Mazursky appears as a military officer.

"Young Man's Fancy": A newlywed (Phyllis Thaxter) struggles to overcome the influence--and spirit--of her husband's dead mother. Despite Thaxter's finely pitched performance, this is a muted effort from writer Richard Matheson, who disliked the end result.

"The Incredible World of Horace Ford": Based on a Studio One production by Twelve Angry Men author Reginald Rose, this hour-long episode from the fourth season follows an immature toy designer (Pat Hingle), whose visits to the neighborhood of his youth teach him that childhood nostalgia is often far from the truth. Hingle is alternately moving and grating, which blunts his final lesson, but Rose's script (which originally had a more downbeat ending) is affecting and dramatic.

As with the previous volumes, Image's DVD also includes episode commentary and a history of the series by Twilight Zone historian Marc Scott Zicree. --Paul Gaita

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: December 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051S6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 12, 2001
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`THE GIFT' and `YOUNG MAN'S FANCY' are two episodes that should have been much better. `THE GIFT' written by Rod Serling and Directed by Allen Parker deals with a man, played by Geoffrey Horne, who may be an extraterrestrial or not who is held up in an isolated Mexican town. Geoffrey Horne does poses strange self-healing powers and resistance to pain, which he demonstrates to a small boy and a village doctor. He befriends the small boy and leaves with him `The Gift.' The best episodes of "The Twilight Zone" either intrigued us and hit us over the head with a shock ending or slowly drew us in to what would be an inevitable conclusion, but one which we and/or the characters would be challenged to learn or realize something about ourselves as human beings. `THE GIFT' falls short of giving us a shock ending and it does not really challenge us to bring away some human experience, at least nothing we have not seen before. I think Geoffrey Horne was supposed to represent some Christ-like figure presenting mankind an incredible gift, but that idea really never comes to fruition. Laurindo Alimeida's acoustic guitar score is very good on its own but I think it actually hinders the story with its neither-here-nor-there quality leaving the viewer uninterested. `THE GIFT' does not seem like a very typical "Twilight Zone" episode. `YOUNG MAN'S FANCY' on the other hand seems very much like your typical "Twilight Zone" episode. Written by Richard Matheson it gives us a story of a man, Alex Nicol, who becomes increasingly obsessed with the mementos of his childhood as he returns and prepares to sell his deceased mother's house with his long-time fiancée, Phyllis Thaxter.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Brody VINE VOICE on April 7, 2010
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This disc has three stories, THE GIFT (ONE STAR), YOUNG MAN'S FANCY (FIVE STARS), and an hour-long episode, THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF HORACE FORD (THREE STARS).

YOUNG MAN'S FANCY. This an excellent little story that is cut from the same cloth as WALKING DISTANCE or KICK THE CAN. The theme is nostalgia for one's childhood. WALKING DISTANCE and KICK THE CAN are "feel good" stories. But YOUNG MAN'S FANCY is a "feel bad story." The story features a newly married couple, both apparently in their mid-forties. The man has a lot of water under the bridge. The woman also has a lot of water under the bridge. It is hard to determine who is nuttier, the man or the woman. Both of them get progressively nuttier during the course of the story. YOUNG MAN'S FANCY takes place in the man's childhood home. The man's life, since he was a toddler, was dominated by his mother. The man shows excessive nostalgia for his mother, her music, her clock, her radio, and for his childhood clothing and toys, saved in a wooden chest by the domineering mother. The story has a plot, namely, the issue of selling of the house. As the story progresses, the man becomes less and less willing to sell the house, because the house and his mother mean so much to him. As the story progresses, the new wife becomes more and more upset, because she realizes that she might be forced to live in the dead mother's house, and to be reminded of the domineering mother. The story has a dramatic, surprising ending. But I won't give it away.

The acting in YOUNG MAN'S FANCY is superb. The newly wed wife, played by PHYLLIS THAXTER, has had a distinguished career (see films below). She was married to the president of CBS-TV/MGM.
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The three stories that appear in this DVD from the "Twilight Zone" series do not represent the very best from the show but these are still decent ones that anyone would enjoy watching.

The first offering is "The Gift". A space craft crash lands near a small Mexican town. Panic sweeps across the area at the idea a space alien is on the loose. Injured during the crash the alien makes it to a cantina where he is given medical help. The alien befriends a young boy who tries to help him. As is human nature the local residents are afraid the alien is going to harm them and end up killing him along with a gift he brought to give to mankind. And no it is not a cookbook. This episode could have been better especially since it was penned by Rod Serling himself. Still it is not a bad episode with a slight twist to the ending you come to expect with a "Twilight Zone" ending.

"Young Man's Fancy" is the next story on the DVD. A newlywed couple goes to the grooms home where he grew up to get ready to go on their honeymoon and start their lives together. Before they leave the groom is suppose to talk with a realtor about selling the house he grew up in. But the groom becomes hesitant about selling the place. The past plus the spirit of the rooms dead mother are too strong to avoid. Can the wife help her husband to break from the past? This is not a bad episode though a little predicable. Still it is a decent story.

Last up on this disc is "The Incredible World of Horace Ford". This is one of those hour long episodes from the fourth season of the show. It stars Pat Hingle as a grown man who still has the soul of a child. He works as a toy designer and spends his time reminiscing about the past.
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