More Treasures of the Twilight Zone
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What Twilight Zone fan wouldn't leap upon the opportunity to own three classic Twilight Zone episodes in their original condition with DVD quality? More Treasures of the Twilight Zone surprisingly managed to surpass the first Treasures in quality and extra features. I was overjoyed to see that included before each of the three episodes (The Masks, The Howling Man, Eye of the Beholder) the original teaser for the episode given at the end of the previous week's episode were included. The only disappointment that came from this DVD is the mistake in credits and reviews for the episodes. In this section they (apparently by accident) show the credits and reviews for the three episodes in the first Treasures of the Twilight Zone and include nothing about the three that are actually on the DVD!"
Both of the "Treasures" DVD's are great.....
crabfan | Raceland, KY USA | 12/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"but this one is the very best of the entire collection!Most often the Twilight Zone DVD's have a "mix" of episodes. One really great one, one or two good ones, and a clunker thrown in for good measure (even Serling himself said there were many TZ episodes that didn't quite make the grade). This one is nothing but pure gold! All three of the episodes on this disc are the most memorable of the series. A tip to the masses - be aware that the 45 individual TZ dvd's have recently been packaged into "collections" (which are NOT by season as they should have been - but just simply repackaged previously released volumes 1-9 in collection #1, 10-18 in collection #2, etc) that is really the way to go if you are the completist and will be getting them all. However, if you want to try just a single Twilight Zone DVD, give this one a try and you won't be disappointed."
Common Theme Here ---> 'What's Behind That Outer Facade?'
David Von Pein | Mooresville, Indiana; USA | 12/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This "More Treasures" volume of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" is one of my favorites in the series of "TZ" discs put out by Image Entertainment. You'll find three of the best "Zone" episodes on this disc -- plus a very satisfying batch of bonus features as well.
1.) "The Masks" (first seen on CBS-TV on March 20, 1964, during the fifth and final season of the series; Episode #145 of 156) --- This episode stars 66-year-old Robert Keith as the dying "Jason Foster" (this was Keith's last TV or movie role; he died in December 1966).
Throughout the entire episode length of "The Masks" there's a perceptible underlying feeling of creepiness and eeriness, enhanced greatly by the effective music score used here. A truly five-star TZ outing.
2.) "The Eye Of The Beholder" (Ep. #42; November 11, 1960; Season 2) --- This episode is also known as "The Private World Of Darkness". Donna Douglas (from "The Beverly Hillbillies" fame) appears in this episode as the "disfigured" Janet Tyler, which begs the proverbial question: just what is "normal"? A top-notch TZ installment, with yet another fine music score attached.
3.) "The Howling Man" (Ep. #41; November 4, 1960; Season 2) --- John Carradine stars in this ultra-creepy "Zone". Some unique "Batman"-like "tilted" camera angles are employed by Mr. Serling throughout this episode, a hint to the viewer (I suppose) that things just aren't quite right here. Excellent use of lighting too. Plus there's the very realistic-looking set design as well. The climax is worth the wait.
Video quality for the three episodes featured on this 1999-produced DVD is just about perfect, in my opinion. I'm doubting these shows looked this good even during their initial CBS airings. The picture quality for the bonus supplements, however, does not earn as much praise. But these extras were obviously not souped-up in any manner for DVD release, and don't look too terrible considering their age.
The Menu design for this disc is rather annoying, with animated transitions each time you want to move around the menu screens. Plus, an added nuisance on this particular disc is the inability to "pause" the scrolling text notes. Good luck if you're a slow reader.
The later (higher-numbered) volumes in Image Entertainment's TZ DVD series have a much-improved and user-friendly menu system (which feature silent menus, non-scrolling text notes, and no animated screen-to-screen transitions). Some DVD menu designer must have been listening when told how irritating the menus are on these early (1999) "Twilight Zone" discs.
>> A Rod Serling TV Interview, conducted in 1959 by famed CBS-TV newsman Mike Wallace on his series entitled "The Mike Wallace Interview". This bonus runs for 21.5 minutes and takes us inside the head of Mr. Rod Serling, as he candidly discusses with Wallace many aspects of television, circa 1959. Serling's as-yet-to-be-seen new series "The Twilight Zone", of course, is discussed -- along with other aspects of the medium of television, including network censorship.
This is a very interesting and highly-collectible bonus supplement, which can also be found on the first "Treasures Of The Twilight Zone" DVD.
During the interview, Serling, a heavy smoker, is seen puffing away on the cigarettes like mad. All of that smoking no doubt took its toll physically on the hard-working Mr. Serling, who died at the early age of 50 in 1975. He was born on Christmas Day 1924 (in Syracuse, New York).
>> An intriguing Rod Serling "Pitch". It's a 7.5-minute promotional film, made in 1959, and features Rod Serling himself attempting to "pitch" his product ("The Twilight Zone" TV series) to potential sponsors. Cool stuff.
>> "Program Bumpers (Previews)" -- Prior to each of the three episodes on the disc, Rod Serling appears with a preview of the upcoming program.
>> Text Notes on the history of "The Twilight Zone" and a brief bio on Creator/Writer Rod Serling.
TECHNICAL DATA CONCERNING THIS DVD:
Video: 1.33:1 TV Ratio (Full Frame / Full Screen).
Audio: 2.0 Mono (Dolby Digital).
Episode Running Times: Approx. 25:10 per program.
Scene Access?: Yes, all episodes plus bonus items are broken into chapters.
"Play All" Option?: Yes -- Choosing "Feature Presentation" from the Main Menu will play all episodes on the disc consecutively (followed by the Rod Serling extra features).
Final TZ Thoughts:
It's a virtual toss-up between this "More Treasures" disc and TZ Volume #2 as to which is my all-time favorite "Zone" DVD. But one thing's for certain -- purchasing this disc is sure to please any TZ aficionado, and induce a shiver or two to boot."
BEST SERIES OF ALL TIME IMHO, SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL
Schuyler V. Johnson | Lake Worth, FL USA | 04/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is real magic; this series trasnformed the familiar television set into a window on the bizarre, the unknown and the deeply fascinating mysteries of this world and worlds beyond. The music alone sent shivers up many spines, and an old high school friend of mine (now Chief of Surgery at a major hospital in L.A.) told me when the TZ would come on and the music started he went flying down the stairs in his PJs to sit wiht his father...the music alone scared him to death...but he couldn't stay away and watched every episode again and again (like watching scenes in scary movies through your figners). What sets this series apart from any other is the originality and superior writing/acting/direction/production of every episode. Shows as disparate as going back in time to try to stop the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to native curses come to life in a modern day (The Jungle) city setting, the show is unique and superior in every way. I own almost every show, and enjoy the performances more each time I see them...John McGiver as the man who loves noise, having grown up with a mother who forced him to be quiet as a mouse, so that as an adult he went haywire in the other direction couldn't get enough ear-splitting noise. Ida Lupino, longing for a life lost to time, but getting her wish at the end of a truly satisfying episode. Ed Wynn in 2 excellent shows, one wher his life span ticked along with a grandfather clock in the hall; as long as it stayed wound, he would too; if it stopped...he would die. And the other one where he was a sidewalk salesman, always wanting to make a "pitch for the angels" and got his chance when a little girl he was fond of get very ill and he pitched to Death, (in the form of Murray Hamilton) until after midnight, when he went in place of the little girl. Ann Rutherford as the Queen of the Nile, literally, who had conquered time in her desire for Eternal Life, at the supreme expense of her admirers. Keenan Wynn as a writer with a shrewish wife, who, as Rod Serling stated, was in "complete control of the Twilight Zone" by disposing of the wife and keeping the mistress. Also the only episode where Rod Serling appears with the characters and discounts Wynn's ability to throw into the fire the tapes of his characters...until Wynn scolds Serling and throws HIS tape into the fire and poof! no more Rod Serling! Kevin McCarthy, another one who has the secret of Eternal Life, but whose past catches up to him at the end in a really fascinating show, except for one unintentionally funny line when his friend finds out his secret and his age and asks how he survived for thousands of years without illness or injury and McCarthy explains, with a straight face: "Some people are just lucky that way." Roddy McDowall, who finds himself alone on a remote planet whose inhabitants are all too familiar. Fritz Weaver who works in a secret government weapons program and escapes with a colleague before the total annihilation of their planet and escape to...Earth. William Shatner in two outstanding shows; one where he and his wife get trapped, for a time, by a diabolical devil-faced advisor, sitting on a table in a local diner and who has control over their destinies, and the monster tampering with the airplane wing whose efforts he manages to thwart just in time. The aged school teacher who thinks his life has been for nothing, and who encounters many of his past (and long dead) students, who each have a tale of bravery and courage to tell and to attribute to his teaching. And Colin Wilcox ("To Kill a Mockingbird", Mayella Ewell) who wants to keep her face and body and resists change to a model far more attractive...but who changes in the end anyway (her mother portrayed by Suzy Parker, the first real glamour high-fashion model and whose incredible face graced many Vogue covers) and thus loses her own unique personality. And Martin Balsam (the P.I. in Psycho) who keeps waxworks of infamous murderers in his basement...and suffers the consequences. And on and on...ultimately, we will never again see the like of the original Twilight Zone, but thanks to DVD, can own this great series and watch it for generations to come, so people can always see and know what the Golden Age of Television really means."