Good, not great
K. Gittins | CA USA | 05/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ray Bradbury has written some of my favorite "science fiction" stories, although he is not limited strictly to the rockets and space genre. He also writes some creepy drama stuff, which is the main content of this TV-produced series.
Each one is a half hour (or 24 minutes in this case), and normally features a single big-name actor (Donald Pleasence, David Ogden Stiers, etc) surrounded by mostly unknown Canadian or British actors.
Picture is only VHS quality, sound is OK. I had no operational problems as mentioned by the other reviewer.
The performances are nothing special, however, and in general the story on screen is not as powerful as the written word. This is due of course to Bradbury's story-telling ability and talent as a writer.
The episodes are mostly so-so, and include "The Dwarf", "The Lake", "Tyrannosaurus Rex" and "The Veldt".
I generally liked volume 1 better, and thus gave that one an extra star.
If you've never read any Bradbury, this series probably will not encourage you to do so, but I do. Some of his books are legitimate candidates for "best ever". Here are some I like best:
Fahrenheit 451 (mind control and thought suppression)(also movie)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (boy and fantasy carnival)(also movie)
The better short story collections:
"The Martian Chronicles" (exploration and settlement of Mars)(TV movie on DVD).
"R is for Rocket", or "S is for Space" are early collections of short stories ranging from true science fiction (collecting a portion of the sun) through fantasy (love-lorn sea monster meets lighthouse/foghorn).
"The Illustrated Man" (a man's tattoos have a "mind of their own" and tell 19 stories about rains on Venus, strange children's nursery, etc)(movie with Rod Steiger.)
Good episodes, poor DVD transfer
Henry Kwok | California | 08/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this (and volume 1) mostly for nostalgic purposes, although the shows are still quite enjoyable. As others have commented, the quality of the DVD (both volumes) is poor."
Martin O'halloran | oaklands park, south australia Australia | 10/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this collection plus the other vol are just a great example of the greatness of sci fi.with arthur c and ray bradbury at the forefront of sci fiction we are in great hands.bradbury is a great easy read and now i have both volumes of his tv series which we didn't get in oz.plus what a wonderful cast of actors.