The Twilight Zone - Vol. 27
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Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider, Blue Velvet) turns in a very powerful and charismatic performance as an American neo-Nazi, Peter Vollmer, bent on doing what he has to do in order to get his message of hatemongering across to the public. But there are some weaknesses in his past that need exorcising, it seems, when a shadowy Shickelgrüber begins to instruct the fledgling fascist in the ways of oratory, politics, and self-destruction. This is one of the one-hour episodes from the fourth season, but it never lags as some of the others do. Directed ably by Stuart Rosenberg, who went on to direct Cool Hand Luke, and featuring film director Paul Mazursky as one of the Nazis.
"From Agnes--with Love"
Comical episode starring Wally Cox as a computer programmer in charge of the world's most powerful electronic computer, Agnes. When the poor egghead's love life isn't going so hot, Agnes begins giving advice to the lovelorn. Only Agnes seems to have an ulterior motive. Cox is perfect as the nerdy scientist driven mad by a computer scorned. Directed by Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon).
"Spur of the Moment"
Beautifully told gothic horror tale written by Richard Matheson, who wrote a total of 14 Twilight Zone episodes. Whether one can change one's own past is the theme of this one. Out horseback riding, young Anne is chased by a black-clad figure (also on horseback), who lets out a bloodcurdling screech. The figure is Anne in her decrepit future, doomed to chase her younger self with a warning that will never be heard. --Jim Gay
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From Agnes - With Love (Episode 140 - February 14, 1964): Wally Cox as computer technician James Elwood must deal with the queen of all femme fatales: a computer named Agnes who wreaks havoc on his love life.
Spur of the Moment (Episode 141 - February 21, 1964): After being chased by a terrifying, unidentified figure in black, Anne Henderson (Diana Hyland) rushes home where she soon must face the biggest decision of her life.
First story on the disc is "He's Alive". Starring Dennis Hopper he plays a young man with fascist ideals. His aim is to spread his beliefs to everyone who will listen to him. But even with help from the few followers he has most people see him as a racist nut case. Then a mysterious figure appears and starts giving advice to Hopper what he needs to do to get his message out. This is an hour long episode from the fourth season. The story itself isn't too bad and Dennis Hopper gives a very good performance but the plot is a little bit predictive and drags. This might have been a better story if it was only a half hour in length.
Next up is "From Agnes -- With love". This is one of the few comedy episodes starring Wally Cox, best known as one of the celebrities who appeared regularly on "Hollywood Squares". Some others may remember him as the voice of Underdog on the cartoon series of the same name. This however is one comedic story the "Zone" could have done without. In it Cox plays a computer programmer in charge of the worlds most powerful computer. A problem has occurred however that Cox is not aware of. Working day in and day out with the computer apparently has developed human emotions for "Agnes" and she has fallen in love with Wally. He is not aware of that nor that Agnes is trying to sabotage any chance he is trying to make to get to know a young last who works in the same building. Wally Cox was a great comedic actor but this episode just doesn't work. At least not for me.
Last on the DVD is "Spur Of The Moment". A young last, played by Diana Hyland, is out riding her horse when she sees a figure dressed in black chasing her in horseback. Hyland gets away but wants to know who is following her. The figure she sees is herself in the future and her future self is trying to tell her something. Will she listen however?
For anyone not familiar with "Twilight Zone" and looking for some volumes to get from that show skip this volume. There are a lot better volumes out there, like volumes 2 or 3 just to name a couple, that would make better introductions to the series. For the serious fan like myself you will want to add this disc to your collection just so you can complete having all the volumes but I would bet you won't watch this volume all that much.