Five Stars in Search of a Review...
CinemaNET | 07/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"... just kidding. "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" is one of the best Twilight Zone episodes ever, and it is included in this DVD. Written by series creator Rod Serling, it is obviously based on "Six Characters in Search of an Author", a 1921 theater play by italian Luigi Pirandello, which also inspired Paul Sartre's "No Exit". It's a claustrophobic story about a soldier, a ballet dancer, a clown, a musician and a wonderer trapped in a cilinder shaped room with no doors... the outcome is sorpresive, incredibly original and terrifying. Vincenzo Natali, a canadian filmmaker, also took a very similar ground for his sci-fi movie "The Cube"... The other episodes included are "Mirror Image" (Season 1) where a woman finds a "double" of herself (scary), "Dust" (Season 2) about a man's execution and "Ninety Years Without Slumbering" (Season 5), about a man that believes that his life depends on his grandfather's clock . This last episode is the only one not written by Serling on this DVD."
CinemaNET | 10/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All of the episodes on this DVD are fine, especially the surreal "Five Characters in Search of an Exit." "Ninety Years without Slumbering" is a charming script, even if the ending is a little weak. Ed Wynn is superb throughout as an elderly gentleman who suffers from a delusion involving an heirloom grandfather clock. I wouldn't want to reveal the endings of any of the episodes, so you'll just have to trust me that they are three good ones. In short, you can't go wrong with this DVD."