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This classic series ranged from comedic to tragic, and never fell short on twists. Often featuring memorable guest appearances from stars such as Martin Landau, Burgess Meredith, Adam West, and many others, this series ushered in a new era of sci-fi television. Episodes: "Long Distance Call" (Ep. 58, March 31, 1961) - Before Grandma dies, she gave Billy a toy telephone. When he uses it to talk to her, his parents dismiss it as imagination--until Billy decides to join his Grandma! "I Sing the Body Electric" (Ep. 100, May 18, 1962) - Anne (Veronica Cartwright) must learn to understand and accept that her new grandmother can be tender, loving, thoughtful and caring. Even if she is a robot. "The Lonely" (Ep. 7, November 13, 1959) - A convicted murderer (Jack Warden) incarcerated on a distant asteroid is dying of loneliness. Then a supply ship captain leaves him a female robot--and a dilemma! "Probe 7, Over & Out" (Ep. 129, November 29, 1963) - The lone survivors of two annihilated planets become stranded on the same remote world. Together they must begin new lives on this new planet. A planet called Earth.

Special Features

  • Episodes: "Long Distance Call" (1961, Ep. 58), "I Sing the Body Electric" (1962, Ep. 100), "The Lonely" (1959, Ep. 7), "Probe 7, Over & Out" (1963, Ep. 129)
  • "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

Product Details

  • Actors: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, James Turley
  • Writers: Rod Serling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000046S2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Twilight Zone: Vol. 5" on IMDb

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I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC was Ray Bradbury's sole contribution to the "Twilight Zone." One of the more subtle episodes, this story is strong on characterization and reaches out on an emotional level rather than to any notion of scientific curiosity of the introduction of a robot grandmother, beautifully played by Josephine Hutchinson, into a family (including Veronica Cartwright). This is a very good episode and is one of my favorites. THE LONELY is one of Rod Serling's classics from the series. Jack Warden convincingly plays a convict sentenced to forty years alone on a distant asteroid. A periodic supply ship commanded by John Dehner one day leaves him a companion, a robot played flawlessly by Jean Marsh. Bernard Herrmann's poignant score evokes the enigmatic inner feeling of Jack Warden's love for his companion. And subsequently Herrmann's score captures the human quality of this female robot as she reciprocates that love. The combination of scripting, acting and scoring realistically captures our perceptions of loneliness, love, loss and reality. PROBE 7 - OVER AND OUT leisurely written by Rod Serling for the 5th Season examines the relationship of two beings, Richard Basehart and Antoinette Bower, the sole survivors of their respective annihilated planets. Basehart and the much underrated and forgotten Bower give good performances. LONG DISTANCE CALL written by Charles Beaumont and William Idelson is one of the six episodes recorded directly to videotape instead of being photographed on film. The story concerns a little boy played by Billy Mumy who communicates with his dead grandmother over his toy phone. Thematically it rounds out this volume as it examines our attachment to those we love.
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From my teens this is one of the series that I more fondly remember. As a sci-fi fan I was attracted by "The Twilight Zone" proposal. At that time I wasn't able to see more than a score of episodes, but they remain in my memory with extraordinary persistence.
Thanks to the technological marvel of DVD I'm able to see these amazing stories again and find them as magical & thought provoking as 45 years ago.
As the structure of the episodes are mostly bounded to a surprise ending or to the argument in a very short span of time of 25 minutes each, I'll focus my review more on outstanding features than on the topic of the episode in order not to spoil the pleasure of the viewer.

Disk 5 contains four good chapters with intermixing themes: Grandmas, robots & loneliness.

1) Long Distance Call - Is love so powerful as to defy death?
This chapter is, in a certain level, more complex than ordinary TTZ episodes as it cast lights & shadows on family relationships, transcending the anecdote.
This episode was written by Charles Beaumont, a major contributor to The Twilight Zone scripts, he totalized 22.
Bill Mumy fleshes Billy Bailey with natural freshness; he is best remembered by his role as Will Robinson in "Lost in Space" series.
Qualification: 8.

2) I Sing the Body Electric - The most noticeable trait of this chapter is: it is the only one written by Ray Bradbury who was a sort of "alma mater" of the main writers of the series.
The story is rather simple a recent mature widower is pressed by a "well meaning" lady to leave his three children at her charge. Father & siblings refuse and request help from a robot grandma.
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I'm glad I didn't pay much for this. It seemed like a much better show back when I was a kid watching it. Where the stories are well written and for the most part, well acted, the experience of watching them was more like looking through an old family album than anything else. Not that my family is as strange as "Twilight Zone"...wait, yes it is. In any case, it was fun to remember what was scary years ago, and to see how much things have changed in the world since this series ran. It's just not something I would want to watch over and over like many of the black and white DVDs in my collection.
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Volume 5 of "The Twilight Zone" features four more classic episodes that are well known and beloved by Twilight Zone fans everywhere. Some of the volumes released of Twilight Zone series may have a couple of really good stories on it and one or two just so-so episodes. (I am a diehard fan of the show but even I will admit not every episode was good some could even be real clunkers) But with volume 5 you do get four outstanding episodes to watch with some big name actors to boot. So make some popcorn, get a cold drink, put your feet up and get ready for some great story telling.

The first episode is "Long Distance Call". It is about a grandmother who is dying and is very close to her grandson. For his birthday she gives him a toy phone. The grandmother dies not too long after and not long after that the boy's parents find him talking on his toy phone to his departed grandmother. They think at first he just misses his grandmother but when the boy decides he wants to be with her the tension mounts. The young boy in this episode is played by Billy Mumy. Some may remember him as Will Robinson on "Lost In Space". But "Twilight Zone" fans may remember him even more as the creepy little boy in another classic TZ episode "It's A Good Life". Mummy made three episodes with TZ and they really show what a great child actor he was.

The next episode is based on a Ray Bradbury screenplay. The title is "I Sing The Body Electric". A widower is raising his three children alone. Deciding they need a woman's influence in their lives the four of them go to a store where a robot can be designed for them as a grandmother figure. The oldest daughter, played by Veronica Cartwright, however wants nothing to do with her.
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