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Outer Limits 1963-64 Season 1 32 Episodes
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Newly Re-Mastered in HD! There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set... Do Not Attempt To Adjust The Picture... We Are Controlling Transmission... The entire first season 32 Episodes You hold in your hands an artifact from a time now vanished forever; a compendium of portals into worlds unknown. A seven-disc set that controls over 27 hours of transmission from the 1963-1964 series, this vessel has sought you out for one specific purpose: to expand your mind to The Outer Limits! Guest stars include Ed Asner, Macdonald Carey, Dabney Coleman, Robert Culp, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Mimsy Farmer, Don Gordon, Harry Guardino, Gloria Grahame, Signe Hasso, Miriam Hopkins, Richard Jaeckel, Sally Kellerman, Shirley Knight, Martin Landau, George Macready, John Marley, David McCallum, Ralph Meeker, Gary Merrill, Vera Miles, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates, Carroll O Connor, Donald Pleasence, Cliff Robertson, Ruth Roman, Barbara Rush, Martin Sheen, Henry Silva and many more. 'The best program of its type ever to run on network TV!' - Stephen King
-Audio commentaries by David J. Schow (author of The Outer Limits Companion) and film historians Tim Lucas, Reba Wissner, Craig Beam, Gary Gerani, Michael Hyatt and Steve Mitchell
-THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR TELEVISION SET 40 Page Booklet Essay by David J. Schow
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The hour based "The Outer Limits" began life as a proposed series called "Stand By Please". Created and executive produced by Leslie Stevens ("The Left Handed Gun", "Stoney Burke", "Battlestar Galactica") and creatively supervised by writer-producer Joseph Stefano ("Psycho"), the series created its own unique style and tone with a mixture a sort of gothic science fiction (Stefano's influence) and more straight forward traditional science fiction (Stevens' influence). "The Outer Limits" had the unique voice of Stefano and Stevens which was in contrast to Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone".
Presented in its original aspect ratio (pillar boxed), the series looks exceptional. Some of the episodes such as "The Galaxy Being" had a bit of scratching and white speckles while others such as "The Architects of Fear" have none of these minor issues. Clearly "Fear" inspired the 'Watchmen" graphic novel. The moody cinematography by Conrad Hall and sharp direction by the directors here (including Byron Haskin and Gerd Oswald) look marvelous with nice, rich blacks, nice depth and detail. The mono audio sounds about as good as one can expect. The dynamic range is somewhat limited but the dialoge and music sound fine.
We get all 32 first season episodes.
Unlike the bare bones DVDs from nearly twenty years ago (which also featured older transfers originally prepared for the videotape releases), these receive some terrific commentary tracks from a variety of folks for most of the episodes. My only complaint is that no one chose to to "The Man With The Power" which features a wonderful performance by Donald Pleasance. The cast includes Robert Culp, Cliff Robertson, Martin Landau, Dabney Coleman, Mark Richman and Sally Kellerman among others during its first season.
Certainly some of the visual effects for some episodes are dated but the writing by Stefano, Stevens, Robert Towne ("Chinatown") and others hold up remarkably well.
The accordian styled Blu-ray holder (it's housed in a cardboard case) also includes a booklet with an essay on the series as well as credits for each episode.
I rejoiced when I found David J. Schow's "The Outer Limits Companion" in a local bookstore back in 1986. I was even happier when, during the internet age, I found his 1999 updated version of that same book. And I bought 2 of the signed copies of "The Outer Limits At 50" that came out in 2014. David Schow is a quality guy, and an Outer Limits scholar beyond compare whom I have always admired from afar.
I never bought the VHS or Laser Disk versions of the Outer Limits. But when the first double sided DVD sets came out back in 2002/2003 I happily grabbed them up and loved every second of viewing. I also picked up the single-sided Australian set a couple of years back, and was very happy with it. When this new Blu-Ray set was announced, I had no problem shelling out $73 for the first season. I didn't know what to expect. As you know, all Blu-Rays are not created equal.
As soon as I opened the package and saw that the booklet was authored by David J. Schow, I knew I was in for a treat.
Since then, I've been watching 2 episodes per night, and I have to tell you, it's like the first time I've ever seen the series. The visuals are incredible. I notice nuances of makeup, expressions on the actors' faces, the sound, everything, I wish I could describe it, it is an incredible experience to see these episodes, which I've seen so many times before, in a new light. Unlike Mr. Schow, I am a poor writer, but I wish I could find the words to express how pleased I am with this set, and how thankful I am to be able to watch these very awesome shows in "crystal clarity" in the comfort of my own family room. As a young man, I used to wish I could put these in a bottle and peruse them at my leisure. Thanks to David Schow and Kino, I now have that privilege. What a great series. And I haven't even started listening to the commentaries. Thank you David J. Schow and Kino Video!
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