Suspense: The Lost Episodes Collection 3
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Boris Karloff stars in "The Yellow Scarf." Rod Serling's "Nightmare at Ground Zero" comes recommended. Also note the 1963 episode without host Sebastian Cabot but stars James Whitmore and the 1958 unaired TV pilot with Keenan Wynn. These are just some of the surprises in this box set. As for transfer quality, it doesn't get any better from kinescopes.
I recommend you buy all three sets to have as complete a set as you can get.
The episodes have many fine performances with familar faces from their younger days. Each episode has a directorial style much closer to stage work than film or TV. And it was all done live, with the usual surprises that can come with that, (ex: a train compartment door coming off the hinges). From time to time you may even catch the occasional glimpse of a cameraman in the scene. And the Auto-Lite commercials are just icing on the cake.
If you have a fondness for vintage TV shows or even a passing curiosity, this would be a fine purchase to add to your collection. And while you're at it, consider ordering a collection of programs from the very fine Suspense radio series. Taut, compelling, truly suspenseful, and superbly acted, you would be well rewarded.
When the long-running SUSPENSE radio program made a jump to television in 1949, several crew members and show scripts also came along. Of greatest prominence are director Robert Stevens and organist Hank Sylvern. Stevens also directed several dozen Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episodes. Sylvern was organist on a number of radio shows and the composer of themes for "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin," "Strike It Rich" and others, plus the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet TV series. He was also an orchestra leader.
I like best the earliest ('49) episodes of SUSPENSE, for they illustrate how post-war TV was a "learn as you go" process. These programs with live AUTO-LITE commercials run over 29 minutes each. It's impressive to see actors under the pressure of a live broadcast hit their marks, get their lines right and emote without overdoing it. Because of Sylvern's ever-present organ, SUSPENSE on TV is much like radio with pictures.
Of the dozens of TV series DVD collections in my home library, the Lost TV Episodes of SUSPENSE are among my very favorites.Read more ›
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A very early anthology type drama on television. Production value is obviously lacking but lots of campy fun. worth a few bucks.Published 8 months ago by BRIAN
Suspense is more fun watched in tandem with the radio series. If you're not willing to listen to old radio programs, you're probably not willing to watch old TV. Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by Orion
The quality of this set was great. I have the first two collection and wanted the complete set. Great show, well done. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Michael Burgin