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Almar@Cult Labs 23rd February 2011 01:15 PM

The Twilight Zone - On BD and DVD Like Never Before! Vol 1 and Beyond...
 
“THE BEST THAT HAS EVER BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN HALF-HOUR FILMED TELEVISION.” – VARIETY.

Get ready to enter a fifth dimension of high-definition video entertainment, one that lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge… a dimension of imagination that is undoubtedly going to be the most highly anticipated home entertainment release of the year!

One of the most iconic and celebrated TV shows of all time, The Twilight Zone is coming to DVD and, for the first time ever in the UK, to Blu-ray from 2nd May 2011. Over the course of 2011, Shock Entertainment and FremantleMedia Enterprises will be releasing all five complete seasons of the series (originally broadcast between 1959 and 1964) plus the complete 1980s revival series.

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Over the years, The Twilight Zone has been acknowledged as an influence by countless writers and filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg (“I was a complete obsessive-compulsive Twilight Zone follower.”), J.J. Abrams (“The Twilight Zone at its best is better than anything else I've ever seen on television.”), Joe Dante, John Landis, Wes Craven, George Miller, Clive Barker, Steven King and Michael J. Straczynski.

The year of The Twilight Zone begins on 18 April with the release of The Twilight Zone: Season One, featuring all 36 original episodes and a spectacular line up of additional features.

For all releases, every effort has been made to maintain the highest standards of quality in bringing this classic series to DVD and Blu-ray.

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The DVD has been digitally remastered and comes packed with extras including audio commentaries, vintage recollections from cast members, Rod Serling’s Network Pitch and original unaired pilots.

Presented for the first time in the UK, the Blu-ray edition is in pristine high-definition, digitally remastered from new 1080p film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks. As well as all the features on the DVDeditions, the Blu-ray editions will also include a host of extras, available for the first time in the UK. Season 1 alone includes an unofficial pilot written by Rod Serling, 19 new audio commentaries, 18 radio dramas, 34 isolated music scores, and much more.

The Twilight Zone: Season Two will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 23rd May, Season Three on 27th June, Season Four on 8th August and Season Five on 19th September 2011. Complete boxed sets of the original series and the 1980s series will be released on DVD only on 31st October 2011.

Created by the legendary Rod Serling, the multi-Emmy award-winning The Twilight Zone is a true landmark show in television history. It made an indelible mark on popular culture and remains, to this day, one of the most innovative and influential series of all time. The original series ran for 156 episodes between 1959 and 1964, spawning a revival series (1985-1989), a Steven Spielberg-produced feature film (1983), a TV movie (1994) and a final TV series (2002-2003). Sophisticated and entertaining, much of the show’s success was due to the timeless nature and universal appeal of its stories. Its writers included leading sci-fi and fantasy genre writers Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont and Serling, himself.

The series also helped launch the careers of many soon-to-be famous stars, including Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Duvall, Peter Falk, Dennis Hopper, Ron Howard, Lee Marvin, Vera Miles, Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Leonard Nimoy, Donald Pleasence, Robert Redford, William Shatner and Natalie Trundy, as well as providing a platform for established acting greats such as Buster Keaton, Burgess Meredith and Mickey Rooney.

An essential viewing experience for fans of sci-fi, fantasy and groundbreaking TV drama, these newly remastered editions of The Twilight Zone present Rod Serling’s television masterpiece as never seen before.

The Twilight Zone: The Original Series – Season One (cert. tbc) will be released on DVD (34.99) and Blu-ray (49.99) by Shock Entertainment and FremantleMedia Enterprises on 18th April 2011.

Episodes
Where Is Everybody?; One For The Angels; Mr. Denton On Doomsday; 16 Millimetre Shrine; Walking Distance; Escape Clause; The Lonely; Time Enough At Last; Perchance To Dream; Judgement Night; When The Sky Was Opened; What You Need; Four Of Us Are Dying; Third From The Sun; I Shot An Arrow Into The Air; The Hitchhiker; The Fever; The Last Flight; The Purple Testament; Elegy; Mirror Image; The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street; A World Of Difference; Long Live Walter Jameson; People Are Alike All Over; Execution; The Big Tall Wish; A Nice Place To Visit; Nightmare As A Child; A Stop At Willoughby; The Chaser; A Passage For Trumpet; Mr. Bevis; The After Hours; The Mighty Casey; A World Of His Own.

Editor’s notes

The Twilight Zone: The Original Series – Season One includes some of the series’ most celebrated and memorable episodes, including “Time Enough At Last” (starring Burgess Meredith), “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” (starring Claude Akins), “Walking Distance” (starring Gig Young), “The After Hours” (starring Anne Francis), “When The Sky Was Opened” (starring Rod Taylor), “A World Of Difference” (starring Howard Duff) and “A Stop At Willoughby” (starring James Daly).

Special Features (DVD and Blu-ray)
- Audio commentaries by Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, Ted Post and William Self.
- Vintage audio recollections with Burgess Meredith, Douglas Heyes, Richard L. Bare, Buck Houghton, Anne Francis and Richard Matheson.
- Rod Serling audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College.
- Rod Serling promos for Next Week’s Show.
- Isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others.
- Original unaired pilot version of “Where Is Everybody?” with Rod Serling’s network pitch.
- Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the series.
- Liar’s Club Show. A segment of the popular 1970s games show hosted by Rod Serling.
- Rod Serling blooper.
- Original Twilight Zone billboards.
- Photo gallery.
-The Twilight Zone Comic Book (pdf format). An issue of the popular comic from 1963.

Special Features (Blu-ray only)
- 19 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart At Fire’s Center: The Life And Music Of Bernard Herrman), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark; Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children Of Men; Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post.
- Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, “The Time Element”, written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz.
- Interviews with actors Dana Dilaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak.
- “Tales of Tomorrow” episode, “What You Need”.
- Vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens.
- 1977 syndication promos for “A Stop At Willoughby” and “The After Hours”.
- 18 radio dramas.

Volume One will be released 2nd May 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray.

badblokebob 23rd February 2011 01:37 PM

From Fremantle? Does that mean it'll be cropped to buggery then? They seem to be under the impression you can only release widescreen stuff in HD...

Almar@Cult Labs 23rd February 2011 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by badblokebob (Post 130553)
From Fremantle? Does that mean it'll be cropped to buggery then? They seem to be under the impression you can only release widescreen stuff in HD...

That's just for distribution into stores etc - so fret not - this is the real deal - truly amazing quality.

Tchotchke 23rd February 2011 02:01 PM

These look like straight ports of the US sets. I have Season 1-3 on US blu and if these are the same you will not be disappointed!

PaulD 23rd February 2011 02:08 PM

As someone who's only seen season 3 of the 80's version and only a handful of original episodes I absolutely cannot wait to get these!

badblokebob 23rd February 2011 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Almar@Cult Labs (Post 130554)
That's just for distribution into stores etc - so fret not - this is the real deal - truly amazing quality.

Very reassuring! Thanks.

Almar@Cult Labs 23rd February 2011 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tchotchke (Post 130561)
These look like straight ports of the US sets. I have Season 1-3 on US blu and if these are the same you will not be disappointed!

yes it's the CBS releases so if you've seen them in the US or in Oz then you'll know just how good these are - even on DVD the epsiodes look and sound so much better than previous incarnations.

TwilightZoneTom@Cult Labs 23rd February 2011 03:08 PM

Is the 80's show going to BD too or is that just DVD?

Sarah@Cult Labs 23rd February 2011 03:19 PM

I'm seriously behind on TZ - it's just something that I've always missed seeing so I can't wait to get my mitts on these!

Almar@Cult Labs 23rd February 2011 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by TGGPodcast (Post 130578)
Is the 80's show going to BD too or is that just DVD?

Right now it's the 60s show for Blu-ray - have to see what the demand is like for those volumes (very expensive to do) so folks - we gotta make it a hit - and this show deserves it!


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