The Twilight Zone: Season 5
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Such is the case with season 5 of Twilight Zone. Shows of this season lacked the precise structuring and engaging story lines of earlier seasons. Episodes such as 'Uncle Simon', 'Ring-A-Ding Girl' and 'Ninety Years Without Slumbering' simply lacked a feeling of involvement, and others such as 'The Bewitching Pool' were just poorly made, going so far as to intercut an overdubbed adult voice for that of a child character. Yet with all these complaints, I would be the first to say that with a show like Twilight Zone, I find myself returning to the clunkers with blissful abandonment, as there is a certain charm to even the worst that this series has to offer. And there are certainly plenty of clunkers available here for those viewers so inclined to induldge.
But in a strictly objective sense, season 5 was arguably the worst of the series, with season 4 the only other contendor (although the different length format makes the two almost impossible to compare). However, the winners of this season unquestionably stand with the best of any other, amongst them being 'The Masks', 'Living Doll', 'Garrity and the Graves', 'Steel', 'In Praise of Pip', 'Last Night of a Jockey' and probably the most well known of the season, 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet'.Read more ›
To me there were many underrated classics in this season: "You Drive," "Night Call," "An Occurance At Owl Creek Bridge" (actually this episode is a French film. The story was written by Ambrose Bierce), "What's in The Box," "Stopover In A Quiet Town" and the rare non-syndicated episode "The Encounter." It also includes the more well-known classics: "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet," "Mr. Garrity And The Graves," "The Masks" and "Living Doll."
There are also some great bonus features including a 90-minute in-depth documentary about the life of Rod Serling titled "Submitted For Your Approval."
Also included are audio commentary with some of the stars like Martin Landau (The Jeopardy Room), Mickey Rooney (The Last Night Of A Jockey), Bill Mumy (Praise Of Pip) and Alan Sues (The Masks). Interviews with Rod Serling; remastered picture and sound for superior quality and much, much more.
This box set is worth every penny. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
The folks at Image should also be proud for giving us unaltered, uncompressed sound as an option. For those of us who despise unnatural processed modern digital sound and this is a blessing of blessings. Coupled with the pristine video which thankfully was left totally unmarred in transfer due to no DNR or ee [edge enhancement], this Blu-ray set is as close to as a pristine 35MM print as any of us will ever get. This set showcases Mr Serling's genius rather than try to conceal it in a shoddy revisionist modern manner and is truly reference quality.
Only negative for me is the non inclusion of the PBS American Masters "Submitted For Your Approval" documentary that was present on the Season 5 DVD set. While this set is still 5 stars, the absence of the documentary leaves it just short of perfection.Read more ›
Producers wisely pushed back the running time of "The Twilight Zone" to 30 minutes this season after airing the series the previous year in 60 minutes installments that made the stories lag somewhat. This year also features some of the best "Twilight Zone" episodes ever produced, among them "Uncle Simon" and "Living Doll" (my two personal favorites), "The Masks", "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", and "Stopover in a Quiet Town".
First up is a list of all 36 "Twilight Zone" season 5 episodes along with their airdates, then I have included a list of the amazing bonus features, some never before-seen, not even on the DVD release. This is a five disc set.
1. "In Praise of Pip", Sept. 27, 1963
2. "Steel", Oct. 4, 1963
3. "Nightmare at 20,000", Oct. 11, 1963
4. "A Kind of a Stopwatch", Oct. 18, 1963
5. "The Last Night of a Jockey", Oct. 5, 1963
6. "Living Doll", Nov. 1, 1963
7. "The Old Man in the Cave", Nov. 8, 1963
8. "Uncle Simon", Nov. 15, 1963
9. "Probe 7, Over and Out", Nov. 29, 1963
10. "The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms", Dec. 6, 1963
11. "A Short Drink From a Certain Fountain", Dec. 13, 1963
12. "Ninety Years Without Slumbering", Dec. 20, 1963
13. "Ring-A-Ding Girl", Dec. 27, 1963
14. "You Drive", Jan 3, 1964
15. "The Long Morrow", Jan. 10, 1964
16. "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross", Jan. 17, 1964
17.Read more ›
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One of my favorite episodes, love to watch these older shows.Published 11 days ago by Valerie Cummins
Great series and episodes. Bought set mainly for one episode. But worth it. Only thing is that episodes aren't listed on back by disc. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Melissa Corsi
Sulu had more range than the bridge of the Enterprise (or possibly Shatner's ego) ever allowed on display. Otherwise a bit clunky plotting.Published 18 days ago by Jim
For all the body shamers out there, watch this and see what life would be like if everyone was the same. This was made in 1964, but so true for our times now.Published 18 days ago by cussingcook1
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