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The Twilight Zone: Season 5 [Blu-ray]

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All 36 episodes of the fifth and final season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else!

Episodes:

In Praise of Pip, Steel, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, A Kind of a Stopwatch, The Last Night of a Jockey, Living Doll, The Old Man in the Cave, Uncle Simon, Probe 7 Over and Out, The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms, Ninety Years Without Slumbering, Ring-A-Ding Girl, You Drive, The Long Morrow, The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross, Number Twelve Looks Just Like You, Black Leather Jackets, Night Call, From Agnes, with Love, Spur of the Moment, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Queen of the Nile, What's in the Box, The Masks, I Am the Night Color Me Black, Sounds and Silences, Caesar and Me, The Jeopardy Room, Stopover in a Quiet Town, The Encounter, Mr. Garrity and the Graves, The Brain Center at Whipple's, Come Wander with Me, The Fear, The Bewitchin' Pool


Special Features

20 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic TelevisionTwilight Zone directors Ted Post, Richard Donner and Robert Butler, writer Earl Hamner, actors George Takei and Peter Mark Richman, author/historian Martin Grams, Jr. (The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic), authors/historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton (Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour), author Bill Warren (Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties), writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline), writer/director Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica, CSI) and radio host George Noory (Coast to Coast AM).

Conversations with Rod Serling

Vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens

22 radio dramas featuring Louis Gossett, Jr., Adam Baldwin, Peter Mark Richman, Beverly Garland, Adam West, Bill Erwin, Luke Perry, Mariette Hartley, Ed Begley, Jr., Kate Jackson, Mike Starr, Stan Freberg, Jason Alexander, Jane Seymour, James Keach and Karen Black

Audio commentaries by Bill Mumy (In Praise of Pip), Mickey Rooney (The Last Night of a Jockey), June Foray (Living Doll), Mariette Hartley (The Long Morrow), Marc Scott Zicree (Number 12 Looks Just Like You), Alan Sues (The Masks) and Martin Landau (The Jeopardy Room)

Video interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Bill Mumy, June Foray, Carolyn Kearney, Michael Forest, Nancy Malone and Terry Becker

Isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave and Rene Garriguenc

The Mike Wallace interview (September 1959)

Netherlands sales pitch

Excerpt from Rod Serling's Sherwood Oaks Experimental College lecture

Alfred Hitchcock promo

Rare George Clayton Johnson home movies

Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's" show

Twilight Zone Season 5 billboards

And much more!


Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Mumy, George Takei, Gladys Cooper, Jack Klugman, Jackie Cooper
  • Directors: Joseph M. Newman, Richard Donner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 916 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z1HXVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Season 5 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Michael P. Beck on October 19, 2005
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By 1963-64, when the final season of Twilight Zone was being filmed/aired, the show had already gone through a cancellation, a name change, a change in length and was going on it's 3rd president in office. So many wonderous ideas had made it onto the screen that the well understandably began to run dry. In the realm of science fiction, quite often a writer will begin to rely on cliches more so often after years in the genre.

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'.
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It's a real shame that The Twilight Zone didn't go beyond a 5th season. I have been a die-hard fan of the show when it was popular as a rerun in the 1980s. Personally, season 5 was my favorite of the Twilight Zone.

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.
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KUDOS to the folks at Image for NOT using evil DNR which would have destroyed Mr. Serling's original intent. To those that do not know, grain is an literally part of the physical composition of silver nitrate. Grain=Detail not the opposite. To remove grain no matter how carefully always removes fine detail. So much detail is in this Blu-ray set you can even see the ripples and sheen of Rod Serling's herringbone suits in some of the intro's. That and the tiny lines on actors faces is detail to the MAX, almost like viewing the original film elements. Look how realistic Shatner's [over exagerrated :)] facial expressions are in Nightmare at 20000 Feet. On my 50" plasma I can see every tiny line on his face as if he were actually standing in front of me. You don't get that when DNR is used, what you do get with DNR is a waxy unnatural/unhuman look. See example here: [...]

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.
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Fans of the cult classic CBS 1959-1964 television series "The Twilight Zone" will be happy to learn that by August, 2011 the entire series will see renewed life, yet again, on Blu-ray as the fifth and final season arrives in stores. The episodes have been restored to pristine condition and the set featutes an array of features that will more than please fans.

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
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