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One Step Beyond: The Official First Season

4.8 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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One Step Beyond was mainly filmed at M-G-M Studios, Hollywood, and partly at M-G-M British Studios, Borehamwood, Herts. It premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. All episodes are directed by Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work.This series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Newland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 561 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DMJM7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "One Step Beyond: The Official First Season" on IMDb

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Let's go, Paramount!

Click "YES" to send them the message that the fans are waiting.

The 'magic mushroom' episode is on season three so don't make us wait any longer than we have too.
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Well, I have finished comparing `The Official First Season ` DVD set of One Step Beyond to the other sets previously available (Mill Creek, Delta, etc.) and I am very impressed with the difference. All the original music seems to be intact and the murky soundtrack that plagued those old sets with an underlying hum and hiss is now clear and clean. The `full-screen' restored picture is not only beautiful, but has been restored to its full image. When I played the episodes side-by-side using picture-in-picture I discovered that the picture on the others are all unnecessarily cropped. $35 seems a little high for a three-disk set, but I'm glad this series is getting the respect it deserves and I'm enjoying it. I only wish I had never seen them before so I could watch them all for the first time.
One Step Beyond had a total of 97 episodes and ran for three seasons from Jan 1959 to July 1961. Twilight Zone premiered nine months later, in October 1959, and it truly went beyond its predecessor. For example on One Step Beyond a person would have a dream that the Titanic is going to sink whereas on the Twilight Zone, a person may wake up and find themselves actually on that ill-fated ship. Still, the stories on One Step Beyond are fun in a spooky sense. Season one has 22 episodes, season two 39 episodes, and season three, 36.
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I just had to say "thank you" to CBS/PARAMOUNT for finally giving this series an official release. After many years of seeing nothing but old beat-up 16mm prints, I'm going to immensely enjoy seeing nice 35mm prints of this great show. I just hope all of the original music is left intact and that all 3 seasons are released. A great bonus would be to have original commercials, if available & a CD release of all the music. It's also great to see that BONANZA is getting an official release as well. I hope that CBS/PARAMOUNT continues to dig into its vaults and release more great TV treasures. My pre-order is in and I can't wait until September 15!! I hope those of you who are thinking about ordering this set will do so to ensure the release of seasons 2 & 3.

**REVIEW UPDATE** 9/16/09
Couldn't wait for it to be shipped so I went out and bought it! Audio and video quality are excellent. Now, for all you perfectionists, there are some light spots and a scratch here and there but this presentation is SOOOOO much better than anything I've seen before!! I've only watched 3 episodes so far, but they looked and sounded fine. The extended pilot episode has audio that is a little "draggy", but it's not very distracting. The best part is all the original music was intact. Of course, I had to watch "The Devil's Laughter" and all I can say is --- WOW!. I never thought I'd see this show look and sound this good. This set is well worth the money. Just as great as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Sales of this show and BONANZA should be good enough to merit the release of more season sets (I hope). BTW, there's a sticker on the front that has a quote from the author of the One Step Beyond guide, John Muir. It says "this is the presentation that the fans have been waiting for...". I think I'll agree with that. BUY IT!!
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I waited so very long for the studios to finally release an "official", cleaned version of Season One.

Well, that was over a year ago! Come on Paramount - get the lead out and release the other 2 seasons.
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For a number of years I was aware that the original 35mm broadcast prints and negatives of this fine show were stored away in the vaults. It always pained me, because of this show's apparent "public domain" status, that inferior 16mm syndication prints hastily (and usually poorly) transferred to video were all that one could see of this excellent series. CBS/Paramount, despite some colossal blunders as of late in their dvd releases, deserves congratulations on this release.

And they haven't tampered with the music, thank heaven.

John Newland, host and director, was an extremely talented man. He was not only the suave and incisive host of each of the episodes, but he was an accomplished craftsman behind the camera. His direction of actors, his pacing, his creating solid suspense sequences, his choice of camera angles and locations, his masterful use of limited sets and his exquisite taste placed him in the forefront of tv directors. If nothing else this release will remind people of just how good a director this man was. It is interesting to note in this regard that one of the very best episodes of that other great horror anthology series of the 1960s, THRILLER, hosted by Boris Karloff, was called "Pigeons from Hell" which, without a doubt was one of the creepiest and most suspenseful 60 minutes ever seen on television. That episode was directed by Newland.

I cannot recommend this dvd highly enough. Buy it and then cozy up on your favorite couch with your wife, turn the lights down low, and - as the kids say today - get "creeped out". A terrific series, and a terrific dvd, taken from pristine 35mm film elements.
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