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The Outer Limits (The New Series) - Time Travel & Infinity

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A Stitch in Time:Fingerprints from a murder committed 50 years ago match those of a controversial brain researcher (Amanda Plummer). But she has the perfect alibi ? she was only in kindergarten at the time! When an FBI agent discovers the astonishing truth, will past and present collide?Tribunal:An attorney obsessed with his father's treatment in a concentration camp has finally discovered the identity of the Nazi responsible for his imprisonment. But without proper evidence ? or a direct link to the past ? will he be able to bring this homicidal man to justice in the present?Gettysburg:Two friends re-enacting the Battle of Gettysburg unwittingly find themselves transported back in time and taken prisoner by a deranged Confederate colonel (Meatloaf) who might not only endanger their future...but the future of the country as well!Time to Time:A history major can't believe that she's been recruited as part of a time-travel team...until they send her back to a crucial turning point in her life. But will she alter history by trying to change her traumatic past...or prove her worthiness by making the ultimate sacrifice?Déjà Vu:Dr. Mark Crest (Kevin Nealon) is in charge of a military experiment transporting test animals through time. But when something goes terribly wrong and events begin to repeat themselves, Crest is the only one who can stop it...before time itself runs out for good!Patient Zero:A deadly plague will wipe out civilization unless Becket (Michael Rooker) can go back in time and find the one person who started the outbreak to prevent the epidemic. Is it a shot in the dark or can he contain the virus before it spreads throughout the world?

The consequences of time travel are the thematic framework for this compilation of episodes from the revamped Outer Limits anthology series, produced for the Showtime network. The six stories compiled here are indicative of the new version's competent but uneventful nature; scripting, performances, and direction (all hampered by the program's low budget) rarely live up to the plots' potential or the drama and suspense of the original series. Amanda Plummer's Emmy-winning turn as a scientist who travels 50 years into the past to commit a murder in the Season Two episode "A Stitch in Time" is the highlight of the disc; the rest (culled from the series' seven-season run) offer well-worn variations on time travel themes. The full-frame disc includes "The Outer Limits Story," which offers talking-head interviews with executive producers Pen Densham and Mark Stern, as well as featurettes on each episode. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Episodes: A Stitch in Time, Tribunal, Gettysburg, Time to Time, Deja Vu, Patient Zero
  • 7 all-new featurettes with cast and crew interviews
  • "The Outer Limits Story" documentary

Product Details

  • Actors: Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun, Eric Schneider, Garvin Cross, Larry Musser
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 264 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068V9T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Outer Limits (The New Series) - Time Travel & Infinity" on IMDb

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This DVD has 6 "Outer Limits time travel stories" of the series. Maybe with a little luck, we will see the series put out on DVD by season.
1) A Stitch in Time - season 2 - Jamie Perrin of the FBI investigates the murder of 17 men that have been killed with the same gun over the last 50 years. The gun is traced to Dr. Theresa Givens who was 5 years old at the time of the 1st murder and to add to the mystery the gun had not yet been invented.
2) Tribunal - season 5 - At the Birkenau concentration camp Leon Zgierski watches Karl Rademacher shoot his wife and send his daughter to the gas chamber. A time traveler who grabs Radermacher's jacket sees the event.
3) Gettysburg - season 6 - Andy and Vince spend their weekends reacting battles from the Civil War. When their picture is taken with an old camera they find themselves on the eve of an 1863 battle.
4) Time to Time - season 7 - A daughter travels back in time to change her father's destiny.
5) Déjà vu - season 5 - Mark Crest builds a teleportation machine to transport some animals across the desert.
6) Patient Zero - season 7 - A man from the future arrives in the present to kill the carrier of a plague that could destroy humanity.
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Time travel is a very difficult topic to have a story about, mostly because of the holes one can place in time and space. However, these in general were very good stories.
Easily, A Stitch in Time is the best episode.... and one of the best time travel stories I have experienced in a long time. They do a very good job of exploring these holes that are created. This is also the best Outer Limits episodes that I have seen so far.
Okay, I've got a soft spot when it comes to storied dealing with families. I really enjoyed Tribunal. Other than the fact that the main character would need to speak Yidish, English, and German fluently for this story to make sense... it really pulled at the ol' heart strings.
Gettysburg really turned me off. Maybe I was surprised to see Prentice again. Maybe it was because of what Prentice was trying to accomplish. It seemed like there were a million different ways to change what he was trying to prevent from happening, and he chose the most complicated way to do it.
I said, "What, Prentice again!!!" when Time to Time came on. The statement by Prenice's co-worker on what it takes to time travel would have been cute and funny if it didn't completely put a huge hole in the former two stories. It reminded me a bit of the movie, "Millennium."
Deja Vu reminded me of a Star Trek episode where Data went through the same thing that Kevin Nealon did and also Groundhog Day (one of the best movies EVER!!!). It was entertaining once, but I think it lacked the shock and awe that the writers were going for (none of their big surprises were big surprises).
And Patient Zero.
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Because of its complex plots and fantastic plot twists, not to mention that most episodes are family appropriate, the Outer Limits shines as an example of great television. However, like most great TV shows these days, I've only ever seen it on a non-network channel, which means it will never get the publicity it deserves (unlike annoying shows like Sinefeld and Friends).

The show is a lot like the Twilight Zone from back in the sixties (when the original 'Outer Limits' originally ran), but with more bizare plot twists and, more often than not, a great moral at the end. This DVD is not a collection of all episodes from a particular season, but is instead a set of episodes related by the fact that they all deal with time travel (although there was one season in which time travel was featured quite prominently, although I'm not sure which it was).

The highlights of this set would have to be Patient Zero and Time to Time (I haven't watched Deja vu yet, so I can't comment on it). Patient Zero is somewhat predictable, although watching the pieces fall into place is almost as entertaining as not knowing what will happen. Time to Time is probably my favorite episode of the show, and features some great cinamatography and a perfect ending, although I found it somewhat predictable. As I sat and saw the pieces fall into place, I smiled with a sort of evil glee to see where the story was going.

The only episode I didn't really care for was the Gettygsburg episode, because it didn't really have a great plot twist, interesting characters, or even that great of a plot.

If you're a fan of the show, or just interested in stories with involving plots and great twists, this set will not disapoint.
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This is a great collection; gotta love time travel, right? The best one is the story about the civil war enactors from our time going back to the past and to the actual civil war. Puts it in perspective! I love this collection so much I purchased it once, watched it a few times, loaned it out, and lost track of it. Reordered!
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Back in the 1960's, when I was a child, I battled with my siblings for control of the TV to watch the original Outer Limits.
The 90's version is actually as good or better, I am just older and more critical. There are two particular shows on this disk that are among the best of either series.
One of them has Amanda Plummer doing her best Shakespearean acting, giving a speech about the dangerous effects of time travel on the time traveler. The other has Saul Rubiniak as a time traveler delivering appropriate justice to an old Nazi.
Now what I want is the show from the old series with Donald Pleasance as the little man with the thing in his head, that causes mini-storms when he gets angry. I don't know if the new series repeated this story.
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