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The Twilight Zone - Vol. 36

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Synopsis: Three episodes from Rod Serling's classic, groundbreaking series exploring the fantastic and the frightening.

Episodes:
The Chaser (Ep. 31, May 13, 1960): Roger Shackleforth (George Grizzard), desperate to win the affection of t

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"The Chaser"
Based on a story by John Collier, this comic tale of ill-gotten love features a spurned lover (George Grizzard) gaining the affections of his phlegmatic coquette (Patricia Barry) through the agency of a love potion--with not quite the delightful outcome he had expected. The bookish, wizened dealer in potions is played with crusty effectiveness by John McIntire.

"The Rip Van Winkle Caper"
A criminal mastermind (Oscar Beregi) and his ruthless accomplice (Simon Oakland) steal a fortune in gold bullion, then go into suspended animation so they can enjoy their take a hundred years hence. Only the desert in which they wake up makes water more precious than gold. Splendidly acted by the two leads, though the episode's ironies are too easily anticipated.

"The New Exhibit"
This tale of murder and madness stars Martin Balsam as Martin Lombard Senescu, curator of a wax museum's murderer's row and soon-to-be inheritor of his charges' indecent fame. When the museum closes, Senescu houses the waxy simulacra in his air-conditioned basement, and eventually his obsession with the likenesses of Jack the Ripper and Landru causes them to act out his unconscious yearnings. Although credited to Charles Beaumont, the script is actually by science fiction writer Jerry Sohl, one of several friends who ghosted for Beaumont when he suffered from near-senile dementia toward the end of his life. As a result, the episode lacks the slick elegance and grim humor that marked Beaumont's best work, but it is nevertheless funny.

When you stumble onto this disc's hidden features, you'll find isolated music tracks, original ads, and program bumpers for the three episodes. --Jim Gay


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Product Details

  • Actors: Simon Oakland, Oscar Beregi, Rod Serling, Patricia Barry, Martin Balsam
  • Directors: Jus Addiss, William Asher
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z4VN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone - Vol. 36" on IMDb

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Elixirs, potions, whimsical spells, unearthly pacts with ethereal folk and the like, have often conjured up interesting storylines in the TWILIGHT ZONE. "The Chaser" is no exception, though in a much lighter vein. George Grizzard is perfect as the scorned lover falling for a very indifferent pillar of pulchritude, Patricia Barry via the assistance of John McIntire. Curious results found her.

"The Rip Van Winkle Caper" is one of those TWILIGHT ZONE episodes that gets constant play on the perennial run of holiday Twilight Zone marathons. Still it is fun to watch this tale of greed and cunning deception as criminal mastermind played, by Oscar Beregi, and his coldblooded partner, played by Simon Oakland, steal a treasure trove of gold bullion. Going into suspended animation for a hundred years they figure nobody will ever connect them with the crime. Inflation comes in many flavors. There is much more than the inflation of their egos that comes into play here.

"The New Exhibit" from the fourth season of the TWILIGHT ZONE is visually memorable for its strange cast of characters, wax figures of historically infamous killers on display from the wax museum's murderer's row exhibit. The museum is planned to close down and the befuddled museum curator played by Martin Balsam lets his obsession for these figures save them in the confines of his basement. The wax figures, and the persona of the murders who inspired their likenesses, literally haunt him or is it curator Balsam's unconscious mind that begins to bring unmentionable deeds to reality once again? This episode is beyond haunting in scope with its thought provoking eerie premise of the physical and the metaphysical capabilities of the mind gone awry.
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"As a result, the episode lacks the slick elegance and grim humor that marked Beaumont's best work, but it is nevertheless funny."

Funny? Who does this bozo think he is? This is the best of the best. The New Exhibit still give me chills. It is a master work.
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The Twilight Zone Series are my favorites Videos Series. I do no t like the live episodes that be included in some of the twilight zones series. Would recommend, I like watching them on the weekends and definitely when it is cold and raining outside. Got them from Amazon when they were $4.99 per DVD. Thank You.
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The "Twilight Zone" is my all time favorite TV series and I have the entire DVD series of the show. Of course I have my personal favorites from the series. Volume 36 is an OK volume but not one of the better ones in my opinion. It's not bad mind you, just not one of the better volumes. There are three stories in all. Two half hour ones and one hour episode.

The first episode is titled "The Chaser". Starring George Grizzard and Patricia Barry it is about a man who is madly in love with a woman who wouldn't give him the time of the day even if it meant saving his life. Wanting nothing more then the love of his life to love him the man goes to see an expert in elixirs, potions and spells. For a price the expert gives the man a surefire potion that will make this woman go crazy for him. Of course this IS the Zone so there is one problem. The potion works too well. Once under his spell the woman who wouldn't give the man the time of day before is now spending all her time hovering over him. He can't even walk out of the room for a minute without her worrying how he is and when he will be back. It all becomes too much for the man. The problem with this episode is it is a little too predicable. Of course the man goes back to the expert for help and wouldn't you know it, the expert has an antidote. John McIntire is the best part of this story as the expert. He plays his role very well and it is his performance that makes it worthwhile to watch this.

Next up is "The Rip Van Winkle Caper". This is an interesting episode about four men who hatch a plan to steal a load of gold bullion. Then to avoid the Heat and get away with the heist they go to a cave with the gold and go into suspended animation planned for 100 years.
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