The Outer Limits - The Complete Original Series Volumes 1-3
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Misused inventions, interplanetary communication, and warped time peculiarities permeate the 1960s science fiction anthology program The Outer Limits. Created by Leslie Stevens, the program gained a rabid cult following and influenced a myriad of sci-fi that would follow, including a second Outer Limits series in the 1990s. This is the complete collection of all episodes of the original series.
The Outer Limits Season One
From the moment Vic Perrin's omniscient "Control Voice" first proclaimed, "There is nothing wrong with your television set," on September 16, 1963, The Outer Limits was destined for greatness. The dazzling, long-beloved series was a daring experiment in "omnibus" TV, trading the speculative fantasies of The Twilight Zone for farther-out sci-fi concepts. Producers Leslie Stevens and Joseph Stefano had risen as gifted writers from (respectively) Broadway and Hollywood; Stevens rebounded from his previous canceled series, while Stefano had scripted Hitchcock's Psycho and was eager to expand his creative horizons. With an executive order for scary monsters and cold war thrills, their fruitful symbiosis was preceded by the superb Stevens-directed pilot "Please Stand By," named after the series' once-proposed title and changed to "The Galaxy Being" for its broadcast premiere.
Cliff Robertson launched an impressive succession of guest stars, and on meager, oft-exceeded budgets of $120,000 per episode, The Outer Limits became a showcase for shoestring ingenuity. The "blue ribbon crew" (as Stevens called it) included cinematographer Conrad Hall, whose Oscar®-winning skills were honed on the series' cramped TV-studio sets. Packed onto four double-sided DVDs, these 32 episodes (out of a total 49) comprise the series' dynamic first season of moody, frequently paranoid black-and-white adventures. Repeat performers Martin Landau, Robert Culp, and Sally Kellerman excel (respectively) in the fan-favorite episodes "The Man Who Was Never Born," "The Architects of Fear," and "The Bellero Shield" (and who can forget the insect-like menace of "The Zanti Misfits"?). There are a few clunkers, of course, but the series' quality (and parade of monsters) is remarkably consistent, and DVD compression does not compromise its technical achievement. These eerily seductive shows invite repeated viewing, supporting Stephen King's oft-quoted remark that The Outer Limits was "the best program of its type ever to run on network TV." --Jeff Shannon
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This is, without a doubt, one of the best series ever on television. Some reviews complain that there are no closed captions, but that is a minor problem. My only serious complaint is that while all of the episodes are listed on each plastic container, some episode are NOT, in fact, available. For example, on Disc One, episodes 33-40, the information says that Side B contains four episodes, beginning with the classic, "Demon With the Glass Hand". That side has only two episodes instead of the listed four. There are other strange exclusions with no warning. There are no liner notes to explain these exclusions.
BUT, as a series, The Outer Limits had some of the best writing and (occasional) acting for its time. For truly creepy and scary atmospherics, this can't be beat. The productions are magnificent, even with the obvious budgetary restrictions faced by the creators. Some are masterpieces of "film noir". All in all, a joy to watch.
This is a no muss no fuss set of 6 (actually 7 I later learned - see below) double sided DVDs, each in their own slim plastic container. Picture quality is fine and it's a real treat to be finally able to see all 49 episodes of this very entertaining TV show anytime I want without watching edited shows on the Sci-Fi Channel which they've stopped showing in any event.
My DVD player has had no issues playing the DVDs. Some remastered video and maybe some commentaries and documetaries would have got a 5 star rating. No complaints really - I love this set.
I should add that the packaging on the 3rd Volume does not reflect the actual contents. Disc 1 is missing the last 2 titles which are in the last container. In that final container there are 2 DVDs rather than just Disc 2 as indicated on the outside so they should be Discs 2a and 2b. and they indicate a total of 9 episodes - in fact there are 11 episodes in that last container, 2 DVDs, 2 of which are listed on the packaging for Disc 1, Side B. So, in Vol. 3, Disc 1, Side A is correct while Side B is missing the last 2 titles indicated. Those 2 titles are on what should be called Disc 2a, Side A in the next container along with what should be the first 2 from that container. Then, that Disc 2a Side B has 2 more. Then Disc 2b, Side A has 4 episodes and the other side of that has the one final episode.
It's confusing as hell but all 49 episodes are there, just don't go by the packaging when you get to the last two containers for Volume 3.
I find the episodes refreshingly fun and sometimes still scary to watch.
But I also am having issues with some disks, in particular some episodes having freezes, skips etc.
The Zannti Misfits episode would only play about 3\4th through before skipping and freezing till it was not watchable.
The Mice episode played about halfway through, but when I restarted it now it wont play at all.
The packaging is ok and not the problem........I think some of the disks have errors from the factory.
I have no idea how many others are going to be a problem since I am only starting the third disk.
It is really too bad people are having problems and cant count on the Outer Limits set to play as expected.
I don't think its worth the shipping cost and hassle to send them back.
We Outer Limit fans can only hope that someday a reliable set will be released.
Update:Ive watched the rest of this series and haven't had any further problems with freezes etc.
If your a sci-fi fan of the older series you should seriously consider adding this boxed set in your collection.
It really is a classic from the past and worth the investment.
They dont or cant make these kind of programs anymore.
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