Episodes: "And When the Sky Was Opened" (Ep. 11, December 11, 1959) - Col. Clegg Forbes (Rod Taylor) and two fellow astronauts have returned from their first space flight. They soon discover that no one remembers them--as ... more »if they never existed. "In His Image" (Ep. 103, January 3, 1963, 50 min.) - Alan Talbot doesn't understand why his hometown seems so unfamiliar; why is he driven to kill and what are those strange noises in his head? He's about to get some answers when he comes face to face with his double. "The Last Night of a Jockey" (Ep. 125, October 25, 1963) - Mickey Rooney is Grady, a former jockey, banned from horse racing and down on his luck. When he gets one wish, he grows to over eight-feet tall--which, he'll find out, can be too big.« less
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AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED-(Episode 11, December 11, 1959)-Col. Clegg Forbes (Rod Taylor) and two fellow astronauts have returned from their first space flight. They soon discover that no one remembers them...as if they never existed.
IN HIS IMAGE-(Episode 103, January 3, 1963)-Alan Talbot doesn't understand why his home town seems so unfamiliar, why is he driven to kill and what are those strange noises in his head? He's about to get some answers when he comes face to face with his double.
THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY-(Episode 125, October 25, 1963)-Mickey Rooney is Grady, a former jockey, banned from horse racing and down on his luck. When he gets one wish, he grows to over eight feet tall...which, he'll find out, can be too big.
Three Excellent Episodes
Marietta Sabido | Long Island City, New York USA | 08/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Twilight Zone" is finally restored and presented in the way it was intended to be: clear picture, digitally-remastered sound, unedited and unabridged. This particular volume is a collection of three episodes with great premises, acting jobs, and interesting endings. In "And When the Sky was Opened," astronauts returning from space find a world where they do not fit in and has no knowledge of them. It is a strange story with an equally puzzling conclusion that requires careful examination to comprehend. "In His Image" is from the fourth season and in the hour-long format. From the droopy collection of hour-long episodes, this is one of the rare, classic category which discusses the story of an inventor and his invention: a mechanical man who looks just like him. "The Last Night of a Jockey" is a unique episode in that there is only one person present in the entire half-hour. The basic plot is that an ex-champion jockey is expelled from horse-racing for illegitamate activities. What follows is a mental struggle between that man and his conscience, who appears in a mirror and offers to grant him one wish in the hope that the jockey can elevate himself from a nadir of shame, humility, and hopelessness. Any "Twilight Zone" fan should get this collection. This is one of the better volumes of the "Twilight Zone" on DVD so far and opportunities to obtain it should not be passed up."
AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED
gobirds2 | New England | 10/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 16 contains AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED, IN HIS IMAGE and THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY. Rod Taylor, Charles Aidman and Jim Hutton turn in excellent performances in AND WHEN THE SKY WAS OPENED. IN HIS IMAGE is one of the best hour-long episodes from the 4th season starring George Grizzard. Mickey Rooney gets what he asks for in THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY. When purchasing a DVD on any of the "Twilight Zone" episodes, I think it is safe to say that in the majority of cases the buyer knows those stories by heart. The main concern is one of quality. How does the picture measure up? In this case I have never seen better transfers. The images are excellent. They are sharp, clear and maintain consistent contrast. The laserdisc versions had a problem with black & white contrast. That problem has now been corrected."
Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 08/01/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Really, the only keeper on this Volume is the first episode, "And When the Sky Was Opened" in which three astronauts crashland on Earth and are recuperating in the hospital. Things start to get weird when each in turn begins to disappear, as though Final Destination-like, they were not supposed to have survived the crash, and some force is trying to set things to rights after the fact. Rod Taylor plays the lead and along with his two co-stars give some brillant performances that convey terror without the ham. "In His Image" is an hour-long episode and runs an hour too long! Alan Talbot goes back to his small town birthplace with his fiance to introduce her to his family and finds it changed...like 20 years have gone by. And he also has these uncontrollable urges to kill. This episode felt like a rehash of earlier Zone and spirals down to a truly goofy ending that will leave you gasping "Whatever!". "The Last Night of the Jockey" showcases an aging Mickey Rooney as an aging jockey named Grady who's played with the rules and Pete Rose-like betted on races one time too many. He's been banned from racing and has no idea what to do with his life except drink it away. That is, until a face in the mirror who claims he's his "alter-ego" and can grant him any wish he desires starts talking to him! I thought Rooney's performance was great in this one-man show with one set, but the story just wasn't compelling enough to keep me from getting bored."
Lives take unexpected twists in "The Twilight Zone"
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 06/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In Volume 16 of "The Twilight Zone" DVD series the common thread is men who discover there lives are taking bizarre twists. "And When the Sky Was Opened," written by Rod Serling and based on Richard Matheson's short story "Disappearing Act," tells of three astronauts who have just returned from their first space flight. Harrigan (Charles Aidman) calls home, is told by his parents that they have no son and then suddenly disappears. When Forbes (Rod Taylor) disappears, only Gart (James Hutton) is left from the crew--but for how long? "In His Image." an hour-long episode by Charles Beaumont based on his short story "The Man Who Made Himself," George Grizzard plays Alan Talbot, who pushes an old woman in front of a speeding train and then goes off to meet with his fiancee (Gail Kobe). But when they drive to his hometown, Alan discovers that things are not quite as he remembered them. Mickey Rooney stars in Serling's "The Last Night of a Jockey" as Grady, who has been banned from the track for horse doping. As he contemplates his ruined career, an inner voice asks him for his dearest wish. Grady knows the answer--to be BIG. After a nap, he finds out he has been given his wish. The script is certainly passable, but Rooney's tour de force performance makes this a stand out episode."