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The Twilight Zone Season 1 DVD Review

The Twilight Zone Season 1 DVD

The first season of “The Twilight Zone” is television at its finest.

The 36 episode first season of “The Twilight Zone” needs no introduction (although I will do one anyway). Born from the mind of one of the most talented writers of all time in Rod Serling, season 1 gave audiences some of the most intriguing sci-fi, human interest and morality stories ever put to screen with timeless episodes like the ironic “Time Enough At Last,” the paranoia filled “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” the mannequin centric “The After Hours,” and “Third From The Sun” which boasts a fantastic twist ending (take note M. Night Shyamalan). As with any show, some episodes are more beloved than others. With that said, “The Twilight Zone” is one of the rare shows in which even the lesser episodes are better than 99.9% of everything on TV. You can turn on any episode at anytime and be drawn into the show (as evidenced by the annual SyFy channel marathons).

What really makes TTZ work, however, is the writing. Whether the episodes are about life and death or wishes, Serling and company tap into real human emotions and create interesting and fresh stories around them. I’m not kidding when I say this show is a masterclass in writing AND sci-fi. The show is so imaginative and creative that it’s bound to make even the greatest writer jealous.

If one season isn’t enough for you (and why should it be?), you’ll be happy to know that there are a wide variety of other releases available including The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection, The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series Blu-ray set, individual Definitive Edition releases of all 5 seasons, individual releases of all 5 seasons on Blu-ray, individual releases of all 5 seasons on episode only DVD sets, and, as of today, the affordably priced episode only “The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series” DVD set. It should be noted that the Definitive editions (and collection) will be going on moratorium soon so you might want to pick those up while you can!

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1. How does it look? Despite some dirt specs, these episodes look much better than the TV broadcasts (although obviously not better than the Blu-ray releases).

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Mono. How does it sound? From the iconic theme music to the dialogue, this is a surprisingly sharp Mono track.

No extras on the episode only releases.

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November 18, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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