The Twilight Zone: Season 3 (Episodes Only Collection)
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All 37 episodes of the third 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: The Gift, Two, The Shelter, The Mirror, The Grave, It's a Good Life, Deaths-Head Revisited, The Midnight Sun, Still Valley, The Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Five Characters in Search of an Exit, A Quality of Mercy, One More Pallbearer, Nothing in the Dark, The Hunt, Dead Man's Shoes, Showdown with Rance McGrew, A Piano in the House, The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, To Serve Man, The Fugitive, Little Girl Lost, Person or Persons Unknown, The Little People, Four
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 5.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 014381862928
- Director : Don Medford, Douglas Heyes, Richard L. Bare
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
- Run time : 15 hours and 50 minutes
- Release date : July 9, 2013
- Actors : Rod Serling, Bill Mumy, Carol Burnett, Cliff Robertson, Leonard Nimoy
- Studio : Image Entertainment
- ASIN : B00C6F61S2
- Number of discs : 5
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Donald Pleasance plays the kindly old Professor Fowler, a teacher of poetry at an all-boys prep school in Vermont. His sudden, forced retirement after more than fifty years at the school leads him to doubt the value of his teachings and, by extension, his life. In despair and feeling that he has been a failure, he visits the school on a winter's night prepared to take his own life. What happens next is one of the most touching and uplifting scenes ever produced by Mr. Serling and company.
If there is a subtext to this episode, it is one that perhaps speaks more urgently today than it would have in 1962, when this episode was filmed; that is the true and essential value of reading literature. In today's vocationally-driven academic world, where the humanities are increasingly de-valued and technology has been placed upon an altar, it's hard to imagine a time when poetry would have been placed alongside mathematics and science as a subject worthy of serious study. Fowler's victory in this story is a victory for everyone who recognizes the essential importance of literature and, in today's world, sees the cultural and sociological consequences of ignoring it.
Because it was from the early 60's, it had the 'edge' of the memories of WWII still fresh in the scripting.
How ironic that today's Holocaust deniers would prevent such a stark portrayal to be made. ( At its time of production, the executives and producers at CBS, the cast and the initial viewers of this episode had lived-through its reality; the episode must certainly have struck a chord.)
Go ahead. Treat yourself to a marathon of little boys wishing their enemies into the corn field, nuclear worldwide war paranoia, troubled men longing for bygone days of idyllic youth, and troubled women longing for -- or desperate to avoid -- perverted beauty. You may never want to get on a plane again. Even the devil himself-- well, I won't spoil it for you.
The episodes appear in their original broadcast order. For my money, the best years were the first season and the fourth (the only hour-long episodes), but feel free to disagree. Yeah, there are a few clunkers in there, but go ahead and buy all five seasons. You know you want to.