It is that time of the year again, where we all think about what to buy people for gifts for the holidays. For some people, they buy jewelry or a car. Some people, they buy houses and all kinds of toys. But, for the serious movie fan in your family, I would suggest buying The Twilight Zone box set. Why? Well, it is easy for all of us horror fans and sci fi nuts; this show was so cutting edge for its time and holds so many memories. Memories of watching it with your parents, grandparents or family member or memories of the first time you freaked out on an episode. Most importantly, it is something that should be passed down from generation to generation without even thinking twice about it. I feel this series can inspire the future directors and even actors/actresses. I decided to share some thoughts (aka reviews) on what the series meant for me and why I am begging you fine readers that you may want to invest some money into this if not for a present for yourself.
Where it all began, a classic. This is a must own first season.
10 out of 10
Review-There are times when I am watching something that I hate reviewing, actually that I hate watching the film or dvd. This folks is not of those times, this is one of those times I am going to be in salesman suit and tie and preaching to you all the way to your local store on Tuesday to buy this. This came out a while back on blu ray and people complained about the price tag, well Image heard you guys and gals and they have decided to put this on dvd and give you a good price tag to make the wallet smile and get some awesome quality Twilight Zone. There is no way to be a science fiction or horror fan and not mention The Twilight Zone somewhere in the conversation. I feel even all these years later, this is still the blue print that 90 percent of our films and even television is spawned from. The Twilight Zone and all the seasons, never really catered to one certain crowd but masses, they mixed horror with elements of science fiction, comedy and drama to create episodes that kept you glued to your chair from opening to ending. I always felt in my humble opinion that season two is when the show really got going and may be the defining season of this show. To compare Twilight Zone to the shows of today is like trying to compare Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Doors to the bands of today. Where the true fans and purists know that nothing can ever touch yesteryear in music, I feel the same about television and film as well. As much as I love shows like Dexter, True Blood and even Big Bang Theory, they are not even close to Night Stalker, Twilight Zone or All in the Family. The episodes are King Nine Will Not Return, The Man in the Bottle, Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room, A Thing About Machines, The Howling Man, Eye of the Beholder, Nick of Time, The Lateness of the Hour, The Trouble with Templeton, A Most Unusual Camera, The Night of the Meek, Dust, Back There, The Whole Truth, The Invaders, A Penny for Your Thoughts, Twenty-Two, The Odyssey of Flight 33, Mr. Dingle, the Strong, Static, The Prime Mover, Long Distance Call, A Hundred Yards over the Rim, The Rip Van Winkle Caper, The Silence, Shadow Play, The Mind and the Matter, Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?, The Obsolete Man. You have The Invaders that has quite possibly one of the most unique twists that seems to have inspired a lot of todayâ€™s talent, and for the 60â€™s had to seem at that time as mind blowing. Each episode is great in its own way, and this is not a must buy, it is a why are you reading this and not watching this buy.
10 out of 10
Season 3 Episodes
Two, The Arrival, The Shelter, The Passerby, A Game of Pool, The Mirror, The Grave, It’s a Good Life, Death’s Head Revisited, The Midnight Sun, Still Valley, The Jungle, Once Upon a Time, Five Characters in Search of an Exit, A Quality of Mercy, Nothing in the Dark, One More Pallbearer, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Hunt, Showdown with Rance McGrew, Kick the Can, A Piano in the House, The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank, To Serve Man, The Fugitive, Little Girl Lost, Person or Persons Unknown, The Little People, Four O’Clock, Hocus-Pocus and Frisby, The Trade-ins, The Gift, The Dummy, Young Man’s Fancy, I Sing the Body Electric, Cavender Is Coming, The Changing of the Guard.
Review-I love The Twilight Zone, to me in the history of television shows this and the original Night Stalker, are my top two fave shows of all time. What is not to love about a show like Twilight Zone, it caters to all us sci-fi, horror and suspense fans, and it also has inspired so many directors and films throughout the years. This series was scary without being bloody or graphic, it was suspenseful just by making you think of what can happen and it was always tension filled that you felt like you were that rubber band that was being pulled around the television set to get tighter and tighter. I mean, when they first hit blu rays, letâ€™s be honest not everyone can afford those price tags, but now that they are coming out with just as good quality on dvd at a very affordable rate, you know they heard you fans and wanted to cater to you and your budgets. To be honest, there was not one weak episode yet again, and to say that this whole set is recommended is such an understatement. This series gave way to many film directors giving us many twist endings, this series was such a sign of the times mixing old school silent film mentality on an episode or two, then doing something completely different and out of left field next. The real beauty of watching a show like this is that it caters to any viewer and has something for almost any person to become a fan with. One of my fave things about this is that it has the Kick the Can episode, that you know had to inspire films like Cocoon. Where the old people find themselves in their youth again and having fun, how can any person sit there and watch this episode and not feel choked up. I felt with Twilight Zone, they did not feel like they were losing quality as the seasons went on, they seemed to be just keeping the steady pace of amazing programming. Let me get my salesman suit on and say this is nothing short of amazing. If you have a choice of going to a movie at the theater or buying this, I would say the decision is not even close. This is hours upon hours of just pure and plain goodness that will cater to you, and anyone else in your family. To think that this is over 50 years old and does not feel dated is just astonishing. This is just a must own at any cost, and could make an awesome early stocking stuffer. You do not even have to look down, if it is old school Twilight Zone it is always going to be a 10 out of 10.
10 out of 10
A series that gets better with age, each season is like walking back in a time machine. The episodes are simple yet effective, the scares recall childhood nightmares.
10 out of 10
Season 5 Episodes
In Praise of Pip, Steel, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, A Kind of a Stopwatch, The Last Night of a Jockey, Living Doll, The Old Man in the Cave, Uncle Simon, Probe 7 Over and Out, The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms, Ninety Years Without Slumbering, Ring-A-Ding Girl, You Drive, The Long Morrow, The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross, Number Twelve Looks Just Like You, Black Leather Jackets, Night Call, From Agnes, with Love, Spur of the Moment, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Queen of the Nile, What’s in the Box, The Masks, I Am the Night Color Me Black, Sounds and Silences, Caesar and Me, The Jeopardy Room, Stopover in a Quiet Town, The Encounter, Mr. Garrity and the Graves, The Brain Center at Whipple’s, Come Wander with Me, The Fear, The Bewitchin’ Pool.
Review-One of the biggest joys I have had in blogging is that I got to sit here and talk about one of my favorite television shows of all time. Each review I do for this television show I get an email telling me that why should they want to buy a full season when they can see them on television every night. And my answer is simple, â€œIt is the Twilight Zone, and you have to watch the episodes in order to really get the full effect at how brilliant this show wasâ€. Now I am going to sound like some old codger when I say that they truly do not make television like this anymore. Hard to believe this only went five seasons, but yet the impact of all those five seasons can be felt some 49 to 54 years later. There is really no weak season to this show, and to tell you the fifth season is the best is like telling you one flavor of ice cream is better than the others, for someone who loves all kinds of the cold stuff. This season of Twilight Zone really makes you feel that they went out when they knew they were on top, instead of keep going and overstaying their welcome. You get the William Shatner Nightmare at 20,000 Feet which is easily one of the most memorable. As a child I remember being drawn to that and being so scared to ever get on a plane, and also one of my personal favorites is A Kind of a Stopwatch which really was pure genius. Seeing those and the other episodes all restored and remastered was way beyond a joy and I have to say for all you people who do not own this series on either blu or dvd, or both why not, you are truly missing out. This is a piece of all us horror fans childhoods, when we were scared to sleep or had to have the night light on. And to have them all out on home video would open up the door to introduce the next generation of horror fans to this series. This is like time in a bottle, this is just endless and brings back so many memories of my youth and to watch today what scared me then, is just a reminder of why people like me became a fan of this genre.
10 out of 10