This massive 6-disc collection includes "The Twilight Zone, Volumes 1-5," featuring 19 classic episodes, plus "Rod Serling, Submitted for your Approval" (1998, 90 min.), a comprehensive and fascinating biography of the lat... more »e Rod Serling, creator of "The Twilight Zone!" Episodes: "Night of the Meek" - A forlorn department store Santa has a surprisingly nice Christmas. "The Invaders" - An woman in an isolated house is stalked by tiny spacemen. "Nothing in the Dark" - An old woman believes a wounded policeman is really Death. "Time Enough at Last" - A nuclear war leaves a bookworm with time to read. "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" - The residents of a quiet street suspect an alien invasion. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" - A nervous man spots a gremlin on the wing of his plane. "The Odyssey of Flight 33" - A peculiar tailwind blows a plane off course--by a billion years. "Steel" - A penniless manager fights, disguised as his robot boxer. "A Game of Pool" - A pool player dreams of playing against the late great Fats Brown. "Walking Distance" - A frazzled executive steps back in time and meets--himself! "Kick the Can" - An old man discovers the secret to regaining youth. "Mr. Dingle, the Strong" - A man is given super strength by a Martian experimenter. "Two" - Two survivors from opposing sides of a nuclear war must start a new world. "A Passage for Trumpet" - After his suicide, an trumpeter is given a second chance. "The Four of Us are Dying" - A man with the ability to change his face devises a plan to elevate himself. "Long Distance Call" - Billy's toy telephone receives calls from his dead Grandma! "I Sing the Body Electric" - A young girl learns to accept her new grandmother--a robot! "The Lonely" - A convict jailed on an asteroid is given a female robot companion. "Probe 7, Over & Out" - The lone survivors of two annihilated planets must begin new lives.« less
"Rod Serling was a man of great literary and social intellect and integrity. Ahead of his time and somewhat less respected because of the genre he worked within and made him famous, he is now recognized as one of the great pioneers into the realm of sophisticated storytelling combing intellect and emotion. His great vision and realization, "The Twilight Zone" remains a testament of his contribution to the Arts and Humanity. It has been said "Man does not live by bread alone." This 40th Anniversary Gift Set is very representative of "The Twilight Zone" television series. There are 19 episodes included. They are not all classics but they do show the diversity of the series held together by a common theme and I think that is what strengthens this set. The 90 minute feature, "ROD SERLING: Submitted For Your Approval" which I originally viewed on Public Television is also included. It is one of the best biographical documentaries I have ever seen. Of the 19 episodes included there are some truly great titles such as "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," "Kick the Can," "Night of the Meek," "Two," "I Sing the Body Electric" and "Walking Distance" and "The Lonely," both with heartfelt and endearing Bernard Herrmann scores. This is a good way to start collecting "The Twilight Zone" on DVD. These transfers are excellent and truly have to be seen to be appreciated."
Some mediocre, but mostly good -- worth it.
CranstonShenir | Albuquerque, NM USA | 01/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree that the selection of episodes in the gift pack (as is also true of the regular DVD releases of TZ episodes) represents more of a random sampling than an only-the-best selection. Nonetheless, I'm quite pleased with the overall quality of the included episodes. While segments like "Probe 7--Over and Out" are mediocre at best, the collection still includes classics like "Time Enough at Last", "A Game of Pool" (with terrific performances from Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters), and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Of the 19 episodes, I find 15 of them to be well worth owning--not a bad ratio. I'm also impressed with the Rod Serling documentary included in this set. Rather than an insipid fluff piece about how wonderful TZ is (which is unfortunately the more common type of "documentary feature" usually included in DVD products), this is a satisfyingly in-depth look at Rod Serling's entire career which aired on PBS as part of the "American Masters" series. A nice bonus.I do agree that the packaging is sub-par. No liner notes, and all discs are crammed into 2-CD jewel boxes. This is unimpressive for an "anniversary tribute" set. These drawbacks are purely cosmetic, though, and do not detract from my enjoyment of the set. The transfer is generally well executed, capturing the contrast and detail of the often striking black-and-white cinematography. At its best, TZ is like classic film noir distilled into 24-minute doses. The two episodes originally shot on videotape instead of film for budgetary reasons ("Night of the Meek" and "Long Distance Call") fare less well, but this is to be expected.So: Overall, a good sampling of episodes with a satisfying bonus documentary. I thoroughly enjoy it."
The Twilight Zone - 40th Anniversary - Major Disappointmen
Robert F. Johnson | Rancho Mirage, CA United States | 10/20/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I cant believe how cheaply they packaged this set. I have a twilight zone collection and each volume is packaged in a classy DVD cover. I was expecting 5 volumes that had the similar package.......WRONG......They have put these DVD's in a cheap plastic CD holder that is a totally different size and look than the rest of the collection. I would rather pay the difference and get the volumes individually. WHAT A CHEAP WAY TO PACKAGE THIS PRODUCT. ESPECIALLY WHEN MOST OF US BUY THEM TO COLLECT. TALK ABOUT DISAPPOINTMENT!"
Not intended for the serious collector
E. Knowles | The Amazon | 01/28/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a serious collector -- or if you are shopping for a gift for a big fan of this show -- then you really should investigate the "Twilight Zone Collection" box sets. The entire series is available in a total of 5 sets. This 40th Anniversary Gift Pack is not comprehensive enough for a serious collector. It contains exactly the same material as Vol 1-5 of "Collection 1," which goes beyond that, all the way to Vol 9."
You just don't get it
E. Knowles | 02/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the 40th anniversary set when it was a preorder back in sept 1999,... Being a fan of TZ from my baby boomer youth and watching it with all the family in the den on the old black and white TV has permanent memories. I didn't know that they were starting to produce TZ on DVD until I saw the anniversary edition. Apparently the first five volumes 1-5 have already been produced and were on the market and they were for sale at a higher price. So when the preorder package came out of the first five in the Anniversary set it was quite a deal. Especially for someone who wants to collect them. Plus it gave an extra disc on biography of Rod. Some of these reviews think the anniversary set are not the same as the first five.... Also, As the DVD format improves over time I hope they improve the DVD menu's access to episodes. That's all that is. And now we are down to volume 42, with volume 43 as the last volume not yet released. The price has gone up. But I am anticipating finishing this collection. Even though they might offer the entire set one day at a discount rate it's been great collection as they have been produced. It would be nice to have some kind of syllabus for the entire set of each season and episode pointing to the correct DVD. I have had to do it myself the hard way. A must book for all collectors is " The Twilight Zone Companion" by Marc Scott Zicree .It covers every season and episode."