Studio One Anthology
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Embracing the work of some of television's most iconic writers, directors, actors and technical artists, the Studio One Anthology features the complete 1954 original television production of "Twelve Angry Men" and is highlighted by early performances by Charlton Heston, Art Carney, Jack Lemmon and Leslie Nielsen as well as teleplays written by Rod Serling and Gore Vidal. Also included as part of this 6-DVD release are all the original Westinghouse commercials as well as extensive archival interviews and other rare bonus materials.
INCLUDES 17 RESTORED ""STUDIO ONE"" DRAMAS:
"1984" (original broadcast: September 21, 1953)
"An Almanac of Liberty" (original broadcast: November 8, 1954)
"The Arena" (original broadcast: April 8, 1956)
"Confessions of a Nervous Man" (original broadcast: November 30, 1953)
"Dark Possession" (original broadcast: February 15, 1954)
"The Death and Life of Larry Benson" (original broadcast: May 31, 1954)
"Dino" (original broadcast: January 2, 1956)
"Julius Caesar" (original broadcast: August 1, 1955)
"June Moon" (original broadcast: June 22, 1949)
"The Medium" (original broadcast: December 12, 1948)
"Pontius Pilate" (original broadcast: April 7, 1952)
"The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners" (original broadcast: January 11, 1954)
"The Storm" (original broadcast: October 17, 1949)
"The Strike" (original broadcast: June 7, 1954)
"Summer Pavilion" (original broadcast: May 2, 1955)
"Twelve Angry Men" (original broadcast: September 26, 1954)
"Wuthering Heights" (original broadcast: October 30, 1950)
Featuring Rare Performances From:
Eddie Albert, Art Carney, Robert Cummings, Norman Fell, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lorne Greene, Charlton Heston, Marsha Hunt, Jack Lemmon, Sal Mineo, Elizabeth Montgomery, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara O'Neil, Lee Remick, Eva Marie Saint
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
-The Paley Center for Media's "Studio One Seminar"
-Excerpted interview with director Paul Nickell from The Paley Center for Media's "Studio One Video History"
-Voices from the Archive: Studio One-related footage from the Archive of America Television
-Studio One historical overview and rediscovery featurette
ALSO INCLUDES: 52-page book featuring written contributions by Gore Vidal, the Archive of American Television and Larry James Gianakos (author of Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle)"
Top Customer Reviews
2008 brought my wish with this fabulously six-disc set produced by Koch Vision in partnership with the Archive of American Television (a program of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences). There are 17 dramas (well 16 plus the TV opera "The Medium") here and each runs about an hour. Most of them have the original Westinghouse Commercials (with Betty Furness) included - and thankfully they are indexed so you can skip them on repeat viewings. Some shows are missing the commercials - as they were probably from versions made for the Armed Forces broadcasts - and "Twelve Angry Men" (TAM) is one of them. This is such a riveting drama that you don't want to see a refrigerator or washing machine being sold in the middle of this jury room drama by Reginald Rose. Another Rose drama - which most won't remember is "An Almanac of Liberty", which was based on a book (published the day the play was originally aired) by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Douglas. Like TAM, and 1984 (an adaptation of Orwell's novel starring Eddie Albert) there is a message about prejudice. Rose was a master at writing these. Though TAM was later made into a movie, it was somewhat padded. Here, in 50 minutes, the story has even more impact.Read more ›
This collection features 17 restored and remastered episodes along with bonus materials. The episodes include:
Twelve Angry Men - long thought lost, a copy was discovered in 2003.
Dino - Sal Mineo reprised his role here in the 1957 film.
The Storm - an exceptionally good crime drama
Confessions of a Nervous Man
The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners
The Death and Life of Larry Benson
An Almanac on Liberty
The guest stars in these episodes include include Charlton Heston, Art Carney, Jack Lemmon, Leslie Nielsen, Norman Fell, Sal Mineo, Elizabeth Montgomery, Vaughn Taylor, Lorne Greene and Lee Remick.
Footage from the Archive of American Television Utilizing Interview Excerpts about Studio One
Excerpts from The Paley Center's Studio One Seminar
Interview with Director Paul Nickell
PLUS: Collectible - 52-page Booklet with Detailed Information about Each Anthology Episode
The expense is probably due to the fact that Studio One was filmed only in kinescope for the purpose of re-broadcasting across timezones.Read more ›
"Studio One Anthology" is a six-disc box set containing 17 shows, including the original broadcast, "The Storm," and 1954's "Twelve Angry Men," a show later transferred to the big screen starring Henry Fonda. Others include "Dino" starring Sal Mineo (who reprised this role in the 1957 theatrical version), "Wuthering Heights," starring Charlton Heston as Heathcliff, Lee Remick in "The Death and Life of Larry Benson," Art Carney in "Confessions of a Nervous Man," Jack Lemmon in "June Moon," and Leslie Nielsen in Gore Vidal's "Dark Possession." Other actors in the set include Robert Cummings, Eddie Albert, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Montgomery, Eva Marie Saint, Lorne Greene, and Marsha Hunt.
Bonus features include "Studio One"-related footage from the Archive of American Television, a 52-page book, and a "Studio One" historical overview and rediscovery featurette. Because the shows are taken from kinescopes -- films of the original broadcasts made from a TV screen -- quality is not up to the usual DVD standard, but the material is so fascinating, it would be a shame not to have these shows preserved.
Many of these programs are memorable for their acting. I found it most interesting, for example, to see 'Julius Caesar' played by Theodore Bikel, (who was the original Captain Von Trapp on Broadway) in one program. And Bob Cummings's version of the lone holdout in '12 Angry Men' is far different from Henry Fonda's.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dramatic anthology series (not including science fiction and horror) have mostly disappeared from television, particularly ones that featured intelligent, socially relevant... Read morePublished 7 months ago by TLR
Shipped out quickly. Loved watching these. Have never seen them, but better than a lot of shows that are on television now!!Published 23 months ago by noone
I admit I have not watched every one of the seventeen programs on this STUDIO ONE anthology but I have seen about half and from those experiences, I can pass on how surprised at... Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by Anthony McGill
I never cease to be amazed at what exist on film. We should restore old television, and this has been done brilliantly. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Vanissa Thurman
smooth transaction, however I did not care for the majority of the tele=plays in terms of writing, acting and direction. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Rich
The quality of this DVD set is bad. the originals could not have been this bad, I hope. I guess they did their best.Published on February 12, 2013 by KennyBone
I enjoy watching some of the classics, and if you do too, I highly recommend the purchase of this fine DVD.Published on February 9, 2013 by jhnesunshine