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This review is from: The Twilight Zone - Season 1 (The Definitive Edition) (DVD)
It is absurd that this title has an average rating of below 5 stars. The low average rating is based on reviewers who are upset that they purchased older Twilight Zone collections that are now inferior to this superb collection. They feel they were ripped off by CBS video as if CBS planned on doing this all along. I doubt this was part of some plot. When first issued on DVD, the shows were randomly put together on single discs. Then these single discs were randomly put together in box sets. CBS finally wised up and realized that fans want it all. They want entire seasons on DVDs with extras. So now CBS Video has done it right.
While I understand the frustration of seeing the older collections become obsolete, that should NOT be a basis for reviewing this new collection. A review should be based on the product to be reviewed. Not on the company who issued it and not be prejudiced by frustrations of feeling the need to rebuy something. My review is based on what I received from CBS Video by way of Amazon.
This collection is how DVD collections should be done. It is comprehensive in that it contains all of the Twilight Zone episodes from the first season in the order they originally aired. It comes in slim cases, so it doesn't take up too much space. The attractive packaging for each slip case has information on the episodes contained on the disc in the case. The shows have been remastered from high quality original sources. They look superb. There are also some interesting extras, including commentaries, Rod Serling lectures, bloopers and Serling's network pitch for the pilot show. As for the 36 episodes from season one, nearly all excellent, with some being outright classics.
My personal favorite is "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," which combines prejudice, morality and science fiction without preaching. Other classics include "Walking Distance," "Time Enough At Last," "People Are Alike All Over" and "A Stop At Willoughby." Great acting makes "One For The Angels" and "A Passage For Trumpet" must viewing. Creepy camera angles make "Third From The Sun" an interesting viewing experience. "And When The Sky Was Opened," "The Hitch-Hiker" and "The After Hours" are both terrifying and unforgetable. The final show, "A World of His Own" is clever and humorous.
And as a special bonus, the set includes a reduced size edition of the excellect book "The Twilight Zone Companion."
This is what every DVD collection should be like. A true five star collection.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2011 10:22:47 PM PST
I give it 4 stars bewcause they SHOULD have included "The Time Element' when the DEFINITIVE version was released to regular DVD...adding it to the BLU RAY was a way to sell 10,000 more sets, ALSO--the definitive DVD sets feature ALMOST all the promos to next week. Several are missing in season ONE on the definitive set. Are ALL 36 included in the Blu-tay or are there also a few missing. (CBS could NOT find all 36 when they released the Defintive Season 1 originally-they released what they could find)
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