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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a 5-star DVD, but buy it anyway :-), August 1, 2005
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This review is from: The Twilight Zone - Seasons 2 & 3 (1986 - 1988) (DVD)
First things first: I'm extremely happy these Seasons finally are available to own. They have never been released commercially anywhere in the world before, so it was about time. It's also great to have commentary tracks on some of the highlight episodes of Season 2 and deleted scenes from three episodes ("Road Less Traveled", "Time and Teresa Golowitz" and "Nightsong") that would have otherwise been lost forever. Also hats off to the producers for finding most of the stereo-tracks of these episodes for the DVD. Sadly though this item is not as good as it could have been with just a little more effort. It would have been nice to have some commentaries for Season 3, there are some good episodes in there that would have deserved them. Most glaring however is that three of the stories included are not the originally aired versions (I compared them to nearly 20 year old VHS-copies of the original CBS-versions from 1986):

"After Hours" is missing the whole opening narration by Charles Aidman (just audio missing) and missing 30 sec at end.

"Lost and Found" is missing full 3 minutes of this 8-minute story!

"World Next Door" is actually about 45 seconds longer than the aired version, which mostly is differently cut stuff at the very beginning. Also the ending is missing the music over the end-credits (the bit before the usual credits start)

These versions were created when the show was going from full-hour to half-hour format as they were also shown on European TV back then. This was still years before the stories got yet another cut for syndication. Perhaps the original master-tapes of these stories couldn't be found anymore, CBS was known to keep a lousy archive of this show. However most of the damage could have been repaired by taking the missing scenes from the syndicated versions of these stories, which are intact for the most part, as the stories were grouped together differently there.

As it stands the DVD-producers probably didn't even notice something was missing before the DVD was released, which could have been prevented by comparing old VHS-recordings of the original aired versions.

However this should not keep anyone from purchasing this otherwise great DVD-set. Naturally every fan would like a "Definitive Edition", but given that this series is a small gem and sadly not nearly as well known as the original series, this will probably be the only way to get these episodes for a long time to come.
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