Twilight Zone 6

Overview

The selection of programs on this volume is somewhat downbeat (and a bit strange, since the actor James Best appears prominently in two of them), each one dealing with death in some respect, and two of the four having to do with the aftermath of war. "The Passersby, written by Rod Serling, is the most underrated, largely a two-person drama starring James Gregory and Joanne Linville as a pair of observers, watching a seemingly endless procession of wounded men from the Civil War pass along a road adjoining her ...
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Overview

The selection of programs on this volume is somewhat downbeat (and a bit strange, since the actor James Best appears prominently in two of them), each one dealing with death in some respect, and two of the four having to do with the aftermath of war. "The Passersby, written by Rod Serling, is the most underrated, largely a two-person drama starring James Gregory and Joanne Linville as a pair of observers, watching a seemingly endless procession of wounded men from the Civil War pass along a road adjoining her home. The acting is about as good as anything ever seen in the series, and the direction by Elliot Silverstein, who later did Cat Ballou, is a marvel to behold. The real treat here, however, is the score by Fred Steiner, a brilliantly elegiac work that incorporates elements of the folk song "Black Is the Color Of My True Love's Hair," adding the final element of poignancy to the drama. Of the rest of the programs, "The Grave" and "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" have good reputations among the series' fans, in the spooky and comedic realms respectively. "Deaths-Head Revisited, about a Nazi war criminal (Oscar Beregi confronting his guilty past and the wrath of one of his victims (Joseph Schildkraut) at the site of his crimes, is considered a classic. One must wonder if the CBS advertising department was as thrilled at the time -- prime-time network programs set at Dachau and featuring graphic accounts of Nazi atrocities were a relative rarity in 1962. The transfers are par for this series of DVDs, which is to say excellent quality, with the same clever menu design used on the other releases. The disc goes to the menu on start-up, and programs can be accessed individually, along with the historical notes by author Marc Scott Zicree, or watched straight through in sequence as though this were a laserdisc release.
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Special Features

Special "Inside The Twilight Zone" section, written by Marc Scott Zicree, author of the bestseller "The Twilight Zone Companion," includes biographical information on Rod Serling, history of "The Twilight Zone," reviews of each episode, cast information, and a season-by-season commentary; Digitally remastered episodes; Animated menus; Twilight Zone trivia
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Though cancelled in 1964, The Twilight Zone remains television's most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer/narrator Rod Serling -- no doubt inspired by the pulp comics, novels, and sci-fi films of his youth -- the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness to viewers on October 2, 1959. Five years followed, and The Twilight Zone went through the show business wringer as network executives tried to squeeze more profits from the already successful show. Experiments ranged from cutting costs with six episodes shot on videotape to dropping "The" from the series' title -- but no matter what, rave reviews continued, and every week loyal fans tuned in to enter the infamous dimension of sight, sound, and mind. Episodes included here are:
  • "The Passerby" Ep. 69, October 6, 1961: On the road home from the Civil War, a Confederate soldier stops at a house. He and the owner, a recent widow, soon realize that all who pass are dead. Including them!
  • "The Grave" Ep. 72, October 27, 1961: Before he died, notorious badman Pinto Sykes put a curse on hired-gun Conny Miller Lee Marvin. If Miller ever sets foot on his grave, he will kill him -- a threat Sykes carries out!
  • "Death's Head Revisited" Ep. 74, November 10, 1961: A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to re-live the good old days -- until his long-dead victims appear to deliver overdue justice!
  • "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" Ep. 88, February 23, 1962: Ever since he came back to life at his own funeral, Jeff hasn't been the same! The townspeople want him out of town, but Jeff says they have no reason to fear him. Or do they?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • UPC: 014381898620
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,036

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Side #1 --
   Feature Presentation
   Inside the Twilight Zone
      Season by Season
         First
         Second
         Third
         Fourth
         Fifth
      Review & Credits
      History of Twilight Zone
      Rod Serling Bio
   Episodes
      The Passersby
      The Grave
      Deaths-Head Revisited
      The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank
   Trivia
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