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The Outer Limits (The Original Series) - Volume 3
The Outer Limits - Volume 3
The Original Series
Actors: Vic Perrin, Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2007     14hr 30min

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Actors: Vic Perrin, Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Classic TV, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2007
Original Release Date: 09/16/1963
Theatrical Release Date: 09/16/1963
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 14hr 30min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Re-release of second season box set
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 11/04/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

We get the complete second season of the series this time without the booklet of credits for the show. The second season of "The Outer Limits" is memorable for all of four classic episodes--Harlan Ellison's "Soldier" & "Demon with a Glass Hand" and the two part "The Inheritors" featuring Robert Duvall. There are also a number of episodes that, if they fall short, are still impressive including the creepy, "Counterweight", "The Premonition", "Wolf 359" (which is referenced in the Borg "Star Trek" episodes from the third and fourth season)and "Cold Hands, Warm Heart". Leonard Nimoy appears in "I,Robot" a story that could have come from one of Asimov's Robot stories (except it's not quite as good as Asimov's).

The bad news is that these are the same discs repackaged. We don't get any extras (there was a terrific series of interviews produced when the show aired on TNT featuring some of the stars discussing the episodes they appeared in that would have cost a pittance to license. Fox (which is distributing all MGM/UA titles now) has elected to repackage some of MGM/UA's older TV shows and movies to collect their distribution fee. This is one of them.

It could have been put on an additional DVD-9 disc without much effort)and even the nice looking booklet from the previous set is missing. We do, however, get a synposis of each episode and the original airdate listed on the back of these slimline holders. Strangely enough, though, we only get it for ONE disc of each set totally totally ignoring the third disc of the set. So much for quality control maybe the Control Voice should have paid them a visit. A commentary track (William Shatner, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall and some of the other cast members are still alive as of this writing)would have been nice.

Heck even the nicely designed menu screen is carried over from the other edition.

The rest of the episodes are predominatly badly written junk demonstrating that after Joe Stefano ("Psycho" and writer of some of the best episodes from season one)and Leslie Stevens (creator and writer of a number of terrific episodes as well)left the series, the show became an ordinary TV show.

It's a pity because although the second season was weak, this classic series did deserve better. There are some classic episodes but the shorter second season (it was cancelled mid-way through the season)had more duds than the first.

The real reason to get this set is because it is the entire second season at a less expense price than the original release. The lower cost may justify purchasing this set compared to the original considering how few good episodes were produced during season two. Series creator Leslie Stevens and series writer/producer/guiding light Joseph Stefano were both MIA during the second year of the show. Stefano wrote, co-wrote or provided stories for 10 episodes (over 1/3)of the first season episodes and Stevens was a steady presence writing three of the best episodes of the first season. Their presence is sorely missed. A pity that Ellison didn't write more than two episodes because his episodes along with "The Inheritors" are among the best in season two.

Nice box design though.
2007 Version is still defective - I-Robot & Inheritors Pt. 1
j. | Upstate NY | 11/30/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased the vol 1 - 3 collection and Vol 3, Disc 2 Side A is defective.

Update 3_ 12/3/07 - I went through the replacement process through "My Account" and was notified via e-mail that the product would not be available for over a month and was offered a refund instead, which I opted for. The $34.99 credit process to my account was started the same day. I was surprised Amazon did that before return of the product.

NOTE: Also, I contacted Sony customer relations that distributed the DVDs in 2002 (previous to Fox in 2007) and was told that my new 2007 disc problem is exactly the same as the previous version they distributed in 2002 - How strange... Hope this helps, j.

UPDATE 2 _ 11/30/07 - All viewers - call FOX DVD - MGM direct at 1 888 223-2369 - Ask for the input of an incident report for resolution. The response to me took less than one day. I was told this is not a widespread problem. I was asked to mail them the defective disc and a new one would be sent to me within four to eight weeks. Also, I was advised the other option is to return to my point of purchase (Amazon) and was told they should have a restock of updated product - Looks like my option will be an exchange from Amazon for quicker action.

Based on past reviews of problem discs, I tried to watch I-Robot and The Inheritors (Pt.1) and the episodes are still defective. I-Robot is so bad it froze up my DVD player and I had to unplug the player to reboot, so I could remove the disc.

The disc is gold on one side (looks Cloudy) and silver on the other. The DVD itself looks flawed with obvious surface marks - It almost looks like someone tried to clean it and I received a prior return.

I will check out some more of the episodes to determine how bad the collection is. This will be returned for a replacement or hopefully MGM will send out a new disc.

I thought the problem was resolved from an initial glowing review on the multiple volume purchase page, but the defective disc problem persists.

How disappointing. j."
I'm glad you warned me!!!
Midge | TX | 12/26/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I'm glad you warned me about this volume 3 set being the same as season 2. This is false advertising as far as I am concerned. A deliberate attempt to mislead customers who think they are buying a gift or an addition to their own set. I think Amazon should take this issue to task and stop this false advertising.

Thanks for the warnings. I usually check the reviews before buying things for this very reason. Reading reviews also saved me from buying the "Hawaii" DVD with massive scene cuts. Thankfully, I have the VHS with no cuts.

This has also come up with "The Egyptian" DVD which was made in Korean and Chinese (I think) but no English made version. Always check the negative reports on all DVD's you purchase to determine if there are serious problems or false advertising.

Like I said, Amazon should do something about this and make sure the Title of the Item Clearly includes details like this at the very top of the page where customers can't miss it.
I am just glad that the episodes are availabe...
Modernizm | Palm Springs California | 04/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know about any of the other sets that may have been available, but I purchased these and was very please with their quality. My biggest complaint about this particular set is that the episodes are in different order than is described on the packaging.
This is the CORRECT order and disc number with the description of each episode as described on the set.

Disc 1-Side A

A soldier who knows nothing but killing and warfare struggles to adapt when he is transported back in time to a more peaceful era.

Cold Hands, Warm Heart
After returning from a successful orbit of Venus, a young astronaut is plagued by lurid nightmares as he prepares for his next mission.

Behold, Eck!
The fate of the Earth is at stake when an optometrist discovers special lenses enabling him to see a frightening and otherwise-invisible two-dimensional creature.

Expanding Human
A consciousness-expanding drug provides a professor with superhuman abilities and endangers the lives of his associates.

Disc 1-Side B

Demon With A Glass Hand
An amnesic man with a a strange glass hand is pursued by alien assasins as he seeks the key to his true identity.

Cry Of Silence
Otherworldly forces are at play as a couple of motorists find themselves roadblocked and trapped by animated tumbleweeds.

Disc 2-Side A

The Invisible Enemy
An encounter with extreme terror awaits a crew sent to Mars to investigate the disappearance of an earlier expedition.

Wolf 359
When a scientist reproduces the atmosphere of a distant planet, its accelerated rate of evolution suggests a shocking future for mankind.

I, Robot
A grotesque, yet gentle robot is placed on trial for the murder of his creator.

The Inheritors-Part 1
After being shot in the head, a soldier gains a genius I.Q. and begins working fervently towards a mysterious scientific goal.

Disc 2-Side B

The Inheritors-Part 2
An investigation reveals a desperate plan involving the construction of a spaceship and a group of special children.

Keeper Of The Purple Twilight
An alien being endangers the world when he trades his scientific knowledge for a man's emotions.

Disc 3-Side A

The Duplicate Man
A government agent creates a duplicate of himself in order to find and destroy a menacing creature consumed by hatred.

An Alien invader unleashes fear and panic aboard a simulated flight to a distant planet.

The Brain Of Colonel Barham
A dying space explorer agrees to have his brain implanted into the body of a robot.

The Premonition
An out-of-control test flight traps a pilot and his wife in a slow-moving time warp, and they're not alone.

Disc 3-Side B

The Probe
After flying into a hurricane, the crew of a cargo plane bound for Toky is captured by an alien space probe.