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One Step Beyond: The Official First Season
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The 'magic mushroom' episode is on season three so don't make us wait any longer than we have too.
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.
**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!!
Well, that was over a year ago! Come on Paramount - get the lead out and release the other 2 seasons.
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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Way better quality than the cheap knock-offs that are out there from the TV station 16 mm reels. Now if they would just do the rest of the episodes.Published 6 months ago by C. MacCreery
This is beyond great that we finally have a set of One Step Beyond's first season in broadcast order with pristine transfers. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release seasons two and three!Published 8 months ago by VM370Guy
An eerie, spooky-ness was present in all the episodes. Presenting the dark side, stories that were perhaps true, and John Newland trying his best to make the stories sound... Read morePublished 10 months ago by BRIAN
i have always been a sucker for black and white vintage fear! From The Outer Limits to Alfred Hitchcock---I watched them all and loved every minute. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Julie Love-Asaad
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