The Twilight Zone: Season 2 [The Definitive Edition] [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Brand-new transfers -- Remastered from new high-definition film transfers using the original camera negatives and magnetic soundtracks
  • Audio commentaries by Donna Douglas, Don Rickles, William Idelson, Bill Mumy, Cliff Robertson, Dennis Weaver, and Shelley Berman
  • Excerpts of Marc Scott Zicree's interviews with Buzz Kulik, Douglas Heyes, Maxine Stuart, George Clayton Johnson, and Bob Serling
  • Isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner, and more
  • Twilight Zone radio shows
  • Rod Serling promos for "Next Week's" shows
  • Rare Rod Serling appearances: The Mike Wallace Interview, Tell It to Groucho, and The Jack Benny Show
  • Complete script for "Twenty Two" with Rod Serling's handwritten notes
  • Twilight Zone comic book
  • And more
  • Closed Captioned


Although The Twilight Zone suffered from anemic ratings and a certain degree of sponsor dissatisfaction during its first season on CBS, the network could not ignore the prestige value of a series created and largely written by Rod Serling -- nor could it ignore the millions of loyal fans who demanded that the series return for a second season...which, of course, it did. Due to budget cutbacks, only 29 episodes were produced for season two; six of these were economically shot on videotape, an experiment that proved esthetically unsatisfying and was not repeated. Even so, the six taped installments yielded at least one imperishable classic: The Christmas Fantasy "Night of the Meek" starring Art Carney as a drunken department-store Santa who experiences quite an epiphany on Christmas Eve. Twilight Zone's second season saw the introduction of the series' now-immortal "dee-dee-dee-doo, dee-dee-dee-doo" theme music composed by Marius Constant. Also, host Rod Serling began making on-camera appearances as he introduced the various playlets. A number of guest stars from season one make return appearances for season two, among them Burgess Meredith (seen twice this season), Inger Stevens, Dick York, Russell Johnson, and Fritz Weaver. Others make their first (but definitely not last!) Zone appearances during this season, including William Shatner, Bill Mumy, Jonathan Harris, and Cliff Robertson. And finally, a handful of celebrated performers show up for their only Twilight Zone gigs, notably Shelley Berman, Richard Haydn, Jack Carson, and Bob Cummings. Of the season's 29 episodes, at least three can be designated as imperishable classics: "The Howling Man," a grim gothic tale of demonic deception; "The Eye of the Beholder," in which a young woman designated as "hideously ugly" by a totalitarian government undergoes a grueling session of plastic surgery; and "The Invaders," starring Agnes Moorehead as a terrified farm woman who single-handedly fends off an army of tiny extraterrestrials.

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