- Actors: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto, Geraldine Page
- Writers: Rod Serling
- Producers: John Badham, William Sackheim
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: MCA Universal Home Video
- DVD Release Date: December 10, 1993
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6300183203
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Night Gallery (The Premiere Collection) - Three Episodes [VHS]
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The first story concerns a greedy nephew (Roddy McDowall) who deliberately leaves his uncle exposed (George Macready) open to the cold, so that his death will result in McDowall grabbing onto the family fortune. But there is a painting in his uncle's vast collection that, bit by little bit, proceeds to drive McDowall to utter madness because of what it depicts--Macready coming back from the grave!
Story #2 concerns a blind woman (Joan Crawford, in one of her last roles) who blackmails her doctor (Barry Sullivan) in giving her an occular transplant so that she may see, even if it is only for twelve hours. The operation is in actuality a success, but when her 5th Avenue penthouse is thrown into darkness because of the great 1965 New York blackout, she's led to believe it was a disaster.
Story #3 focuses on a Nazi fugitive (Richard Kiley) eking out an existence in Buenos Aires who becomes entranced by a painting of a fisherman in an art gallery, and who longs for Escape. But his past is about to catch up to him; and the twist ending is not quite what he had in mind.
Superbly scripted by Serling, from his collection of short stories entitled "The Season To Be Wary", NIGHT GALLERY is superior suspense entertainment. Boris Sagal and Barry Shear do effective jobs in the direction of the first and third stories, but it is the Crawford segment that gets the most attention--and for good reason. This marked the maiden directorial effort of a young man from Phoenix, Arizona named Steven Spielberg.
Billy Goldenberg's eerie, Herrmann-influenced score puts the capper on this one-of-a-kind TV movie. With Halloween fast approaching, NIGHT GALLERY is well worth searching for.
All three episodes are linked by the presence in each story of a painting that literally guides the course of events, hence the title "Night Gallery". Rod Serling introduces each of the segments by the unveiling of each painting in turn and the viewer is then drawn into the story it has to tell.
Episode One which is the real gem of the trio is titled "The Cemetary", and stars a superb Roddy McDowall as a devilish young man called Jeremy Evans who has latched on to his previously unknown wealthy uncle. To hasten the time when he will recieve the old man's inheritance Jeremy deliberatly exposes him to cold winds upon which the old man dies of pheumonia.Read more ›
To this day The Twilight Zone is one of my all-time favorite shows. It wasn't until recently that I re-discovered Night Gallery and learned that Rod Serling was behind this colorful, modernized series as well. Like TZ, Night Gallery's stories veer off the path of reality and venture into worlds of wild imagination never known before. Rod Serling was a master of mystery, macabre and leaving the viewer with incredible imprints from his mind.
The story I like best from this particular tape is the first one. Roddy McDowell and Ossie Davis give chilling performances and the storyline is truly eerie. I remember seeing this as a child and it really scared me. Watching it again bought back the same experience. "Eyes" with Joan Crawford also has an unforgettable twist for its conclusion.
Track this one down and add it to your collection and for those who want to see all the NG episodes, Columbia House has the series included in its extensive library, as well as The Twilight Zone. There are also Night Gallery and T.Z. Companions available here on Amazon that chronicle every episode of both series. Both are excellent resources for true Serling fans.
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The tape arrived in a timely manner. The tape is in working condition, but I was disappointed that the tape itself is from 1985, so the picture is equal to VHS tape technology at... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Froyo
always did like night gallery, some episodes a bit creepy, scarey, & mystical. still in the hunt for a few classics.Published on February 27, 2014 by adrienne c vaughn
This is my favorite of all time and I can't believe how quick it came! Very happy overall and only wish I had paid attention to the format, thank goodness I still have a VHS player... Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Melanie
im glad i bought this movie, i will buy others from here, the vhs has good color and clear picPublished on April 25, 2013 by mike kirkland
For enthusiasts......Old time mystery and horror, not like today. Good stories, plots ...without all the needless gore and blood everywherePublished on December 28, 2012 by Junebug
I recalled being really scared watching this as a kid, so I purchased this tape. I still have a vcr/dvd combo unit, but it's a Phillips brand and not the best quality player. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Riledup
WOW! I remember watching this series when I was a kid growing up in the early 1970's and this show truely was SCARY! Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Joe Owen
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