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The Twilight Zone Season 5 DVD Review

The Twilight Zone Season 5 DVD

The fifth season of “The Twilight Zone” may not be the show’s finest, but there’s still plenty of great episodes to be found here.

In the pantheon of great television shows, “The Twilight Zone” easily ranks in the top 10 of all time (at least in my opinion). It’s the type of classic show that I can watch at any time. It doesn’t matter if I’m watching a great episode like the eerie “Night Call” or a sub par episode like “The Bewitchin’ Pool,” they are all worth watching. This is mostly due to the show’s excellent writing staff. Rod Serling, Richard Matheson, and Charles Beaumont are but a few of the brilliant sci-fi writers who broke new ground in sci-fi anthology storytelling.

In the 36 episode fifth and final season of the influential original show, the wide variety of episodes really encapsulates the greatness of “The Twilight Zone.” While some may love the series for the clever and non-gimmicky twist endings that make you re-think the entire episode ala “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” others are drawn to the themes. To this day, the ideas presented in season 5 of ‘Zone’ are still as topical and relevant as they were in the 60’s as the show touches on meaty subjects such as the human condition, paranoia, age, race, technology, space exploration, guilt, and the past.

Of course, season 5 is also notable for iconic classics like the William Shatner “something on the wing” “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet,” the creepy Talky Tina doll centric “Living Doll,” and the aforementioned award-winning “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Really though, there is something admirable about even the weakest episodes. After all, the writing is still interesting and superior to most of what airs on television.


Presented in their original 1.33:1 fullscreen presentations, the episodes certainly look a lot better than the TV broadcasts. Granted, they don’t look as good as the remastered episodes on Blu-ray, but if you’re tired of seeing edited episodes with commercial interruptions on TV, the DVDs are the way to go.

The Dolby Digital Mono audio track does the job. I have no complaints here.

This set contains no extras. It’s simply an affordably priced bare bones episode only release. If you’re looking for extra features, check out the season 5 Blu-ray or the definitive edition DVD release of season 5.

September 10, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , ,

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