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The Twilight Zone: Vol. 1
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- Episodes: "The Invaders" (1961, Ep. 51), "Night of the Meek" (1960, Ep. 47) & "Nothing in the Dark" (1962, Ep. 81)
- "Inside The Twilight Zone", including information on Rod Serling, a history of the series, reviews of each episode, cast information and a season-by-season commentary
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The three episodes (only THREE?) on this first volume are beloved by many, loathed by few (I disagree 100% with the one star reviewer) but do not fit well together. I guess they were put together as a representation of The Zone at its most diverse.
Night of the Meek: The only Christmas episode the series produced, but they got it close enough to right the first time so why tempt fate? The best thing about it is Art Carney's performance, which, if you only thought he could do Ed Norton, is a stunner.
The Invaders: Agnes Moorehead (who speaks no dialogue) is terrorized by teeny alien invaders that have landed their flying saucer on her roof. Jerry Goldsmith's excellent, and legendary, music help lift this episode (which is both playful and scary as hell) up to one of the series all time greats. So what if the Little Spacemen look like wind up toys?
Nothing in the Dark: Robert Redford plays an injured police officer that a woman hiding from Mr. Death reluctantly helps. This is far from my favorite Zone, but it does feature gruff character actor R.G. Armstrong in a small role as a man hired to tear the old lady's building down.
All three (only THREE???) episodes are good in their own unique way, but they do not play well together. I wished that more thought had been given to place episodes with similiar themes together, making for a stronger viewing experience. Nonetheless this stuff is required viewing for sci-fi buffs.
Episode 51, "The Invaders" (Written by Richard Matheson, First aired January 27,1 961) offers a tour de force performance by Agnes Moorhead, long after she appeared in "Citizen Kane" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" for Orson Welles, and shortly before she became Endora on "Bewitched." Moorhead plays a woman living alone in a farmhouse who finds that a miniature flying saucer has landed on her roof. The woman has to fight against the strange tiny invaders with their advanced technology. But then remember, this is "The Twilight Zone."
Episode 47, "Night of the Meek" (Written by Rod Serling, First aired December 23, 1960) is the only Christmas episode in the original run of "The Twilight Zone." Poor Henry Corwin (Art Carney), a department store Santa, shows up drunk on Christmas Eve and is fired. Wandering the streets, he discovers a magic bag that can dispense any gift he asks for. The question is, what will Henry do with this most unusual bag? If you are a fan of the "Zone" then you have probably heard the legend that Serling wrote the episode just to see Art Carney play Santa Claus. The excellent support casts features two of the best character actors of all time with John Fielder as Henry's short-tempered boss and Burt Mustin as a friendly bum on the streets, but this is Art Carney's triumph.Read more ›
This series aired for a few years in the early 60s (although it started in 1959) and immediately passed into pop culture and TV legend. Many famous actors and actresses, or soon to be famous, appeared in the show. I especially remembered the episode with Robert Redford, who was probably in his mid to late 20s but who looked 18, playing Mr. Death who had come to get an old woman.
In addition to Serling, the main writers for the show were Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, who had already established reputations as fantasy writers, and who wrote many of the episodes. There was one other writer who did contribute some episodes, but unfortunately I can't recall the name.
I wasn't a fan of the original series as I was a little young at the time, having been born in the early 50s, but I saw some of the shows in reruns in the mid-60s. I was more of a fan of the Outer Limits, Lost in Space, and Star Trek, and only caught saw maybe a dozen episodes at the time. So at age 53, I decided to buy seasons 1-4 and finally watch most of the episodes. (I still need to find the last season, number 5).
I was pleased to see how well they have held up. It was the drab 50s and then turbulent 60s, and the Cold War, with its threat of possible nuclear annihilation, was in full swing. Perhaps that explains the pervasive film noir ambience and dark mood that often hangs like a pall over many of the episodes.Read more ›
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"The Night of the Meek" is the best episode on this DVD, although all the episodes are good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul Vignec
The only reason I bought this was for "Night of the Meek." My son and I love Christmas movies and Art Carney is a favorite too.Published 11 months ago by L. Catt
Bought this mostly for "The Night of the Meek" which we watch every Christmas, rather than waiting for it to arrive from Netflix. Now we have our own copy.Published 19 months ago by E. S.
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