"The Trade-Ins" has Joseph Schildkraut & Fictional Point
Alastor | New Jersey U.SA. | 12/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's true that the Volume 12 TZ DVD is not the best in the series of 40 plus Twilight Zone DVDs.
But "The Trade-Ins" has as a powerful asset for anyone interested in the history of the theatre of the 20th century: the very renowned (then, at least) actor, Joseph Schildkraut. This must have been one of his last performances in any medium. Like "The Passerby" -- another TZ that comes in for criticism for what is by modern, and rather callous, theatrical taste, a maudlin sentimentality -- "The Trade-Ins" dares to deal with the human pathos of bodily decrepitude and encroaching mortality -- topics you'll never find even alluded today to in any kind of television series. "The Trade-Ins" is sentimental yes but it has a truth to tell, and it tells it poetically. (No poetry allowed in the age of "The Sopranos" and "The Simpsons".)
Consider Robert Browning's poem, "Rabbi Ben Ezra," which has the elderly rabbi exhorting his melancholy wife with the line, "Grow old along with me...the best is yet to be!" That would have been recognized as a manipulative poet's lie even in the 19th century.
To its credit, "The Trade-Ins" avoided this kind of emolient poetic untruthfulness -- and did so daring in a mass medium, television, which was denounced in those days a "a vast wasteland." (What would Newton Minnow make of the tube in 2004?)
In "The Trade-Ins," two aging lovers must make a decision that is no more than a scriptwriter's not terribly imaginative contrivance. But the episode still makes a powerful point about the nature of true conjugal love....."
A Star on Sunset Boulevard
Alastor | 06/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The question of what is real and what is illusion is central to my favorite episode on this DVD, "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine." The story concerns a former movie queen who refuses to believe that she is no longer young and in demand, instead spending her days and nights alone with her old films. In an uncanny bit of wish-fulfillment, she finally leaves the "real world" and enters the world of make-believe for good. Ida Lupino gives a formidable "star performance" as the aging actress, and Martin Balsam brings emotional depth to the role of her sympathetic agent. Mention must also be made of the set - the star's Beverly Hills mansion - which is simply beautiful. In short, the script, the acting, and the production values all combine to make "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" a thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking episode of The Twilight Zone."
Four great journeys into the Twilight Zone
Brian Reaves | Anniston, AL USA | 04/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a little partial to this dvd because it has "Mister Denton on Doomsday", which is one of the first TZ episodes I ever saw as a little boy and one I actually sat on the floor in front of the tv taping on a tape recorder with my own narration (well before the days of VCR's). Of the four stories on here, three have the telegraphed endings (if you don't see it coming by about ten minutes into the show, you're not watching hard enough). The other one (Mister Denton) is good about keeping you guessing until the end. Still, the fact that you can see the ending coming doesn't stop them from being exciting and worth watching. "The Lateness of the Hour" was filmed on video tape (one of only 6 episodes done that way) and like those others it was limited in the locations it could shoot from. Still, they manage to tell a gripping story in the expanse of two rooms and it's worth watching. "The Trade-ins" is a good sentimental story that has its moments. "The 16mm Shrine" is a creepy tale, but pays off well in the end. And finally, "Mister Denton..." is a good western tale that has an interesting premise and a cool twist at the end. Don't forget to go to the extras on the dvd and read the "Reviews and Credits" section for each episode after you watch it. "The Trade-ins" has an especially tragic side-note that will make you want to go back and watch the episode again to catch the emotion you didn't notice as well before. I give this dvd 4 stars because while the episodes were mostly strong, there were a couple of weak spots during the stories that kept them from being perfect. Still, it's a great one to add to your collection!"
"The Trade Ins",and "16MM Shrine" are GREAT!
PowerLifter | New York | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Trade Ins" and "The 16mm Shrine",are 2 amazing episodes.Top notch acting,emotions,and story telling,make these 2 stories really,really great "mini movies".Buy it!"