Pushing the limits
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 04/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The original OUTER LIMITS series aired in the early 1960s. It was often compared with its rival (and more popular) show, THE TWILIGHT ZONE. However, there was a distinctive difference between the two shows. TZ only sometimes had stories that belonged in the science fiction genre, while OL was STRICTLY 100% of the science fiction genre.In the mid-1990s the show idea was renewed on SHOWTIME. Being on SHOWTIME meant that the writers did not have to worry about censors. So, what resulted was a science fiction show with a nice blend of eroticism. The current DVD is 4 of the top episodes from the seasons on cable.3 of the 4 stories deal with the concept of artificial intelligence, which is a "biggie" at this juncture as we stand right on the threshold of making AI a reality. The fourth story is the most "pure" science fiction story as it takes place almost entirely in outer space.From the eroticism side of the house, it is good to see that the nudity / sensuality is not contrived in the stories. Rather, it follows along naturally w/the storyline. For me that is the whole KEY to making eroticism "work."The biggest names in the casting are Alyssa Milano, Natasha Henstridge and the voice of Malcom MacDowell. The sultry Milano does a nude scene which is likely enough to entice a great many people to purchase the DVD. Milano does a memorable job of going from the innocent girl-next-door to seductive vixen in World Record speed.Although I have never been a huge fan of behind the scenes material on DVD, this does offer a decent package of the thoughts and perspectives of the creation of the storylines. It also gives us some insight from one of the makers of the original OL.If you like science fiction movies and short stories, you will like this movie. If you like erotic movies, you will like this DVD. If you like science fiction movies AND erotic films, you will LOVE this one!"
Outer Limits Love Stories
Ned | Eldersburg, Maryland United States | 08/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has 6 "Outer Limits love stories" of the series. Maybe with a little luck, we will see the series put out on DVD by season.1) Caught in the Act - season 1 - A scientist's discovery falls into the wrong hands, bringing what at first appears to be a lifesaving miracle, but ultimately the premature death of his closest friend.2) Valerie 23 - season 1 - Frank Hellner, a paraplegic, takes part in a top-secret project allowing a robot named Valerie, to be his companion for a week. The experiment goes wrong when Valerie becomes jealous.3) Bits of Love - season 3 - Aidan Hunter might be the last man on earth after a nuclear holocaust in the year 2047, but he's not lonely. He has surrounded himself with family and friends. They are computer generated and controlled by Emma. He finds out that fooling around with Emma's feelings can be dangerous!4) Human Operators - season 5 - Jack Noseworthy has lived aboard a ship, which is his master, as it floats through space. He has lived aboard this ship all of his life. Polly Shannon is brought aboard for Jack so that the next generation of slaves can be created. They both yearn for freedom resulting in a battle between man and machine.5) Skin Deep - season 6 - Sid Camden uses a device known as an image enhancer and is soon out on the town with his new and improved look.6) Flower Child - season 7 - A seductive woman challenges a couple's thoughts of
commitment and monogamy."
Where Is the Rest of The Series?
tangerinewolf | Norwell, MA United States | 12/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Outer Limits has always been my favorite Sci-Fi TV series. The original series ran for one and a half seasons in the early 1960's. You can get all of these episodes in two boxed DVD sets, made by MGM. But why does MGM continue to ignore the 1990's series? They gave us this "theme" teaser, "Sex and Science Fiction" as well as "Time Travel and Infinity" on DVD, but as I write this, its been about two years now and no sign of a stubborn MGM Home Video Division releasing any more episodes.
What you might not know, however, is that there actually are more Outer Limits DVDs!!! But you can only get them from Amazon.ca in Canada. The Koch company, (not MGM) apparently obtained the rights to release the syndicated TV versions of parts of Seasons 1 & 2 and the complete Season Three so far.
The syndicated TV versions remove any nudity and four-letter words and have the fade-outs and fade-ins where the commercials
were inserted. The first box set contains five discs and features only half of Seasons One and Two. This set was released about a year after the two MGM theme DVDs, and avoided the episodes from seasons one and two that were already included on MGM's releases. It is somewhat hap-hazard since other key episodes were also left out. Then, in the latter part of 2004, Koch released the COMPLETE Season Three on a five disc box set!! The picture quality is just slightly less than that of MGM and there is a disclaimer about this at the beginning of each DVD, but I think fans like me will want to have these, and I'm thankful that Koch has taken the time and interest to provide us with these DVD sets!
It seems that these sets are not sold in the United States, as Amazon.com does not list them, nor does any other U.S. DVD store or mail order company.
So MGM: Wake-Up!! Each season of the Outer Limits should be released in the United States and made easily available to all of the fans that want them!!
It is interesting that MGM instead chose to obtain the rights to the TV shows Mister ED (the talking horse) and Green Acres and have already released these full season boxed sets. Do they really think there's more of a market for these somewhat lame comedy shows from the 1960's than the thoughtful plots, themes and subjects that The Outer Limits offers???
And if it is at all possible, Amazon.com here in the U.S. should take a stand on being able to offer these Canadian sets to their customers, especially if MGM is just going to continue to sit on their laurels and pretend that The Outer Limits of the 1990's doesn't exist!!"
If you liked the series, buy this one!
Musicfan | California | 09/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Some of the best episodes from the series are on this one. A little tad of science fiction, a few provocative settings, some great looking women, good acting, and some good overall scripts. The price is cheap! A reviewer above made a mistake. The #1 episode, "Caught in the Act," is wrongly decribed above. It's actually the one with Alyssa Milano where a foreign entity takes her over and she becomes a very dangerous woman. I've been waiting for some of these episodes to become available on DVD, and I'm not disappointed. I forget how good the "Valerie" episode is. My favorite episode, "a stitich in time" is on the other Outer Limits DVD featuring time travel episodes. I bought them both and highly recommend them!"