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Suspense: The Lost Episodes Collection 3

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Suspense, a premiere anthology drama series featuring stories of mystery and the macabre, broadcast live from New York on CBS from 1949 to 1954. The show chilled and thrilled Americans each week with a new, spine tingling tale. Suspense's television version was based on the long running show from the Golden Age of Radio and successfully created the atmosphere of its radio predecessor by using the same identifiable opening announcement, And now, a tale well calculated to keep you in... Suspense, accompanied by the familiar, ominous Bernard Herrmann theme

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Product Details

  • Actors: Boris Karloff, George Reeves, Walter Matthau, Jayne Meadows, Eddie Albert
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Falcon Picture Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R0AY9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is the third and final set of SUSPENSE tv series. Based on the radio program of the same name with original network commercials of Auto-Lite, the sponsor. This series was dramatized "live" from theatrical stages so it's as early television broadcasting history as one can get. They are limited with sets and costumes but most of the productions, compared to other TV series during the live broadcasting era, but they are above average.

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.
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This is a terrific unique look at what was live TV in the 1950's. The stories do vary in quality, both in transfer quality and plot elements, (frankly none measure up to the level of the excellent radio series of the same name), but they are always interesting to watch. Nothing on TV today is directed or filmed quite like this.

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.
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INFINITY's three SUSPENSE collections are dubbed from antique kinescopes, a process in which a film camera is pointed at a TV monitor and synched so that it doesn't capture a raster flicker. The sound is particularly clear, undoubtedly because audio was directly patched from a mixing board. Video quality is a bit grainy and similar to other kinescopes in that the picture's edges are missing and the view favors one side of the screen. I notice a slight tilt to the right.

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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.
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By shell on April 24, 2013
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This is one of a collection of 3 lost episodes of suspense if you like the old black and white shorts and want a trip down memory lane, then all three dvd sets is a must. Fantastic collection of nostalga, quality as expected but definately worth collecting.
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