The Twilight Zone: The Complete First Season [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Even non-devotees of The Twilight Zone are able to distinguish the series' first-season episodes from the later installments. Instead of the familiar "dee-dee-dee-doo, dee-dee-dee-doo" theme music by Marius Constant, each season-one Twilight Zone was introduced with a more lugubrious, string-dominated theme by the great Bernard Herrmann, who also composed the incidental music for such classic first-season episodes as "The Lonely" and "Walking Distance." Also, series creator and host narrator Rod Serling does not appear on camera to deliver his opening and closing narration -- except for a delightful gag appearance at the end of the season's final episode, "A World of His Own." The series' two most frequent guest stars make their inaugural Twilight Zone appearances in the course of season one. Burgess Meredith is poignantly cast as a myopic bookworm who ends up a sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust in "Time Enough at Last," while Jack Klugman is seen as a luckless musician whose life is turned around by a remarkable near-death experience in "A Passage for Trumpet." Other notable actors appearing in this season's 36 episodes include Martin Landau, Fritz Weaver, Ed Wynn, David Wayne, Vera Miles, Ida Lupino, Anne Francis, and Roddy McDowall. Among the best and most memorable episodes of the first-season Twilight Zone crop are "Third From the Sun," "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," "People Are Alike All Over," and "A Stop at Willoughby." Lesser episodes, though still worthy of special mention, include the series opener "Where Is Everybody?," one of the few Zones with a "logical" rather than supernatural ending; "The Hitch-Hiker," a haunting adaptation of Lucille Fletcher's classic radio play; "The Mighty Casey," a baseball fantasy which had to be filmed twice so that Jack Warden could replace the original story by Paul Douglas, who fell ill during shooting and died shortly afterward; and "Mr. Bevis," which Rod Serling intended as the pilot for a series about a bumbling guardian angel.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Have for the Twilight Zone fan!

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    Shhtikk

    One wouldn't think that there could have been much improvement over the superlative DVD sets that were released a few years ago, but you'd be wrong. Besides an incredibly sharp picture in these HD remasters of the Twilight Zone, there are also improvements in the sound as well. It is still mono, but the clarity and the almost complete absence of tape hiss is amazing here. There are also enormous amounts of extras, some episodes having as many as five supplemental extras such as isolated soundtracks, narrations by both experts and the actors, radio show versions of the stories and even reminisces. If you're debating whether this new release is worth it or not, you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A nice selection of episodes.

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    nickname
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    This dvd has a nice selection of episodes from The Twilight Zone. I think any fan of the show will enjoy them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Beginning is right - Must have.

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    shirley
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    Twilight Zone has been around for a long time, but trying to get a decent collection is a challenge. Classic TV Collection is one you really should consider adding to your collection; Twilight Zone Essential is another one you should add to this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great if you are a Twilight Zone fan....

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    THECAT
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    Enjoyed all the episodes always loved Twilight Zone

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic TV at a great price

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    wolfbane
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    Classic TV... I forgot how good the old TV series were

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the twilight zone

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    Bobo
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    I could watch these over and over glad i could get these by the season

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WHO DOESNT LIKE THIS

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    essence1035
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    this is a classic, i wish someone took over and mad more

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Series

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    Woody
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    If you like science fiction, you like Twilight Zone. Let you imagination take you on a journey and be surprised at the ending. Great tv series.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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