Twilight Zone - Season Two DVD


There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadows, between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call...The Twilight Zone.Those were the first words that echoed when The Twilight Zone first aired in 1959. Its episodes featured stories of the bizarre and unexplained, blended with humour and often with an unexpected twist... to the tale. Created by the legendary Rod Serling, its eclectic mix of fantasy and sci-fi has helped to define it as one of television's most original and celebrated series. Season 2 features some of The Twilight Zone's most famous episodes including Nick Of Time starring the young William Shatner and Long Distance Call with Bill Mumy (Lost In Space).Released digitally remastered for the first time in the UK, this 5 disc set contains all 29 episodes from the second season as well as special features.Disc 1:King Nine Will Not ReturnThe Man in the BottleNervous Man in a Four Dollar RoomA Thing About MachinesThe Howling ManEye of the BeholderDisc 2:Nick of TimeThe Lateness of the HourThe Trouble With TempletonA Most Unusual CameraThe Night of the MeekDustDisc 3:Back ThereThe Whole TruthThe InvadersA Penny For Your ThoughtsTwenty TwoThe Odyssey of Flight 33Disc 4:Mr. Dingle, The StrongStaticThe Prime MoverLong Distance CallA Hundred Yards Over the RimThe Rip Van Winkle CaperDisc 5:The SilenceShadow PlayThe Mind and the MatterWill the Real Martian Please Stand Up?The Obsolete Man [show more]

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20 June 2011
Fremantle Home Entertainment 
976 minutes 
Colour, PAL 
  • Average Rating for Twilight Zone - Season Two [1959] - 4 out of 5

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  • Twilight Zone - Season Two [1959]
    Kevin Stanley

    You're travelling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone.

    Season two of The Twilight Zone has arrived quickly on Blu-ray after the release of the first season. And for me it couldn't arrive soon enough. I was captivated by the stories from the twilight zone in the first season - 36 episodes and hardly a poor instalment to be found amongst them. I'd watched several episodes back-to-back unable to tear myself away from the exciting and enthralling stories.

    So has season two met my expectations? Were my expectations just a little too high after the first wonderful season of stories? There are some cracking stories to be found here amongst these 29 episodes. But I have to be honest, for me there are quite a few stinkers as well. That's not so much a criticism, more a statement of fact. But can anyone expect to enjoy every episode as much as the last, or their outright favourites? Of course whether or not one person likes an episode or not is entirely down to their own personal preferences and interests.

    Just as with the first season there are several one-man-shows. And I love this type of episode. I feel that they have a distinctly theatrical feel to them. I feel as if I'm watching someone not on the television but on the stage. They seem to use longer cuts, where actors have to deliver many lines. They showcase the talents of the actors more fully than is usually seen on film. They also take us deep into the mind of the character. The result, as with "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room", is that the audience are taken on wonderful journeys into the minds of the characters and the situations which they face. Admittedly less often it backfires as with terribly dull episodes such as "The Invaders" and "Twenty Two".

    The Episodes
    Rather than try to review 29 individual episodes I'll highlight a few - some my favourites and some that I disliked.

    Episode 1: "King Nine Will Not Return" marks the beginning of the second season, it's a reasonable tale of a man who finds himself marooned in the desert after his bomber crashes and he awakes to find that his entire crew has disappeared.

    Episode 2: "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" is an excellent story that examines the idea of split personalities. It's an uplifting and yet cautionary tale.

    Episode 3: "The Man in the Bottle" is a fun story about a genie that can grant four wishes and the consequences that comes with those wishes. It's an episode that is exactly what The Twilight Zone is about. It has a supernatural element that affects the characters. And although the characters can make their own choice they decide to enter the world of the twilight zone with varying results and mixed feeling afterwards.

    Episode 5: "The Howling Man" is not the greatest of episodes. The set up is slightly protracted but the pay-off is worth it.

    Episode 6: "Eye of the Beholder" is an episode that really stands out as being once again exactly what the twilight zone is all about. It's an episode that I'd seen when I was younger so I remembered the storyline. But it's still excellent. Exceptional camerawork and wonderful make up make this episode one of the best in season two.

    Episode 10: "A Most Unusual Camera"
    Another episode that for me really captures the mythology of The Twilight Zone where a small group of characters are affected by a mysterious, magical or supernatural element - in this case a most unusual camera, the photos from which appear to show the future.

    Episode 14: "The Whole Truth"
    Is a good episode in which a crafty and dishonest car salesman is forced to tell the truth. It's a little like the story of Liar, Lair, only without Jim Carrey's rubber-faced antics.

    Episode 15: "The Invaders" is a terribly dull episode in which we have only one character whose home is being attacked by miniature robotic alien invaders. The character never says an actual word, only screams and moans her way through the episode. It's written by the legendary Richard Matheson and it has a killer twist but the build up is beyond boring.

    Episode 16: "A Penny for Your Thoughts" is a wonderful episode to blow away the cobwebs from the previous episode in which a likable young man is granted the gift of hearing other people's thoughts for the day, with varying benefits and consequences.

    Episode 17: "Twenty Two" is another criminally dull episode in which a young exotic dancer is recovering in hospital with stress and has dreams of going to the hospital mortuary and being invited in, apparently to die, with the invitation of "room for one more". Again this episode redeems itself with a strong ending, but the build up, that suffers a severe lack of action or dialogue failed to capture my imagination or peak my interest.

    Episode 18: "The Odyssey of Flight 33" is another decent episode in which an aeroplane is transported back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. There are hints of The Langoliers in this episode and some strong performances from a larger cast of actors.

    Episode 21: "The Prime Mover" is an excellent episode once again showcasing the best of what the twilight zone has to offer. A man with the ability to move objects with the power of his mind helps his friend to win big at the casino. But will the gambler get what he wants?

    Enhancing The Twilight Zone - Bringing it up to Blu-ray Quality
    Once again the image quality is exceptional. These prints have been cleaned up wonderfully. As I understand it from some research the show was shot on 35mm film. That doesn't mean much to me as I'm not all that knowledgeable about different types of film stock. However for any readers that are knowledgeable in this area I'm guessing that means something. The negatives of these prints were once again, as with season one, meticulously looked at, cleaned and worked on with graphics software to create, all new, tip-top looking HD transfers. However as the series developed I found that the quality of the image dropped significantly enough for me to believe that there was something different going on. I could tell that it was not the work that had been done on the film, more obviously a deficit in the negative of the film itself. It was enough to make me investigate the cause of the lack of quality further. Some internet research allowed me to discover that six episodes: "Static", "The Lateness of the Hour", "The Whole Truth", "The Night of the Meek", "Long Distance Call" and "Twenty Two" were filmed on videotape, for some unknown reason rather than 35mm film.

    Now I can understand that shooting on videotape doesn't sound as good as shooting on film. The result is also fairly obvious. The episodes certainly look less beautiful than the others and there are some strange irregularities in the image as seen on the screen. It is however certainly passable, just not quite up to the usual standard that we have been treated to so far. Should they have dropped these episodes from the Blu-ray boxset? Certainly not. They are part of the series and part of The Twilight Zone history. They look a bit dodgy, but it's clear that a lot of work has still been put into upgrading them for HD - maybe even more work as it was perhaps more difficult to upgrade them. Personally I don't believe that a few flickers of image, or flares of light or other little abnormalities provide a strong enough case to drop them entirely. It's simply because the other episodes, as with the first season, look so good that these episodes stand out. However I should stress, once again, that overall the image quality throughout season two, as it was with season one, is truly excellent.

    This is more essential viewing. from. the twilight zone.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  "There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity It is the middle ground between light and shadows between science and superstition And it lies between the pit of man&39;s fears and the summit of his knowledge This is the dimension of imagination It is an area which we callThe Twilight Zone" Those were the first words that echoed when The Twilight Zone first aired in 1959 Its episodes featured stories of the bizarre and unexplained blended with humour and often with an unexpected twist to the tale Created by the legendary Rod Serling its eclectic mix of fantasy and sci-fi has helped to define it as one of television&39;s most original and celebrated series Season 2 features some of The Twilight Zone&39;s most famous episodes including Nick Of Time starring the young William Shatner and Long Distance Call with Bill Mumy (Lost In Space) Released digitally remastered for the first time in the UK this 5 disc set contains all 29 episodes from the second season as well as special features Disc 1 King Nine Will Not Return The Man in the Bottle Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room A Thing About Machines The Howling Man Eye of the Beholder Disc 2 Nick of Time The Lateness of the Hour The Trouble With Templeton A Most Unusual Camera The Night of the Meek Dust Disc 3 Back There The Whole Truth The Invaders A Penny For Your Thoughts Twenty Two The Odyssey of Flight 33 Disc 4 Mr Dingle The Strong Static The Prime Mover Long Distance Call A Hundred Yards Over the Rim The Rip Van Winkle Caper Disc 5 The Silence Shadow Play The Mind and the Matter Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? The Obsolete Man Actors William Shatner Bill Mumy John Carradine Art Carney Agnes Moorehead Dick York Burgess Meredith & Don Rickles Certificate 12 years and over Year 1960 - 1961 Languages English Duration 16 hours and 16 minutes (approx)

The complete second season of the classic American television sci-fi series by Rod Serling. In each of these 29 stand alone episodes, an ordinary person finds himself in an extraordinary situation, where the laws of reality are suspended. In this series, a Second World War pilot finds himself alone in the desert, with mysterious futuristic craft flying above him; a genie in a bottle grants an antiques dealer four wishes; a young couple acquire a camera that takes pictures showing events five minutes in the future; and a man finds himself thrown back in time to the day of President Lincoln's assassination. Episodes are: 'King Nine Will Not Return'; 'The Man in the Bottle'; 'Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room'; 'A Thing About Machines'; 'The Howling Man'; 'The Eye of the Beholder'; 'Nick of Time'; 'The Lateness of the Hour'; 'The Trouble With Templeton'; 'A Most Unusual Camera'; 'Night of the Meek'; 'Dust'; 'Back There'; 'The Whole Truth'; 'The Invaders'; 'A Penny For Your Thoughts'; 'Twenty-Two'; 'The Odyssey of Flight 33'; 'Mr Dingle, The Strong'; 'Static'; 'The Prime Mover'; 'Long Distance Call'; 'A Hundred Yards Over the Rim'; 'The Rip Van Winkle Caper'; 'The Silence'; 'Shadow Play'; 'The Mind and the Matter'; 'Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up' and 'The Obsolete Man'.

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