Come Wander with Me and find Hidden EASTER EGGS
gobirds2 | New England | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 41 of "The Twilight Zone" contains `Easter Eggs.' `Easter Eggs' are hidden extras on the DVD which are not listed on the cover or even mentioned in the main menu. They have their own menu page and you have to navigate around until you find them! `COME WANDER WITH ME' for instance contains an isolated music track. Many people complained about the reissue of `THE ENCOUNTER' on DVD in Vol. 33. However, it was reissued because it contains an `Easter Egg.' `THE ENCOUNTER' contains an isolated music track! Now, on to the main review!`COME WANDER WITH ME' has been a long-overlooked episode which first aired on May 22, 1964. It is a very strange and enigmatic tale written by Anthony Wilson and directed by Richard Donner. It stars Gary Crosby as a folk singer who ventures into the backwoods in search of his next hit song. He's a con man who steals authentic folk ballads by using a tape recorder and Gary Crosby is brilliant in this role. Crosby brings a real facade of charisma that the role demanded and he makes this episode work. This is a very atmospheric episode that does not hit you right away. You may not even like it. But its haunting images and singular tune may linger with you and you may just revisit this one again and again (that's a little hint about the story). I have done so many times and this one of my favorite episodes right up there with `WALKING DISTANCE' and `NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET.' I highly recommend `COME WANDER WITH ME.' `THE MIGHTY CASEY' is an enjoyable little episode written by Rod Serling about a down and out baseball team that gets a little help from a robot named Casey. The very dependable Jack Warden as usual turns in a good performance. `A PIANO IN THE HOUSE' which first aired on February 16, 1962 shows the cruelty that lies beneath the surface of some people. Barry Morse is at his best as he uses a player piano to make his guests reveal their innermost feelings and desires in a most vicious fashion. The late Joan Hackett is very good as she underplays her role as his abused wife. Earl Hamner, Jr. wrote a brilliant and memorable script for this episode as he chose a different tune to reveal each character as it was played on the piano. As for being memorable, `WILL THE REAL MARTIAN PLEASE STAND UP' is one of the most remembered and identified episodes. Written by Rod Serling with an original airdate of May 26, 1961 it is the story that takes place in a diner where passengers of a bus trip are stranded. There's only one problem: one of the passengers may be an alien in disguise! You get a good sampling of episodes on this disc showing the diversity of themes and stories which contain that one cohesive element for the viewer: YOU HAVE JUST ENTERED THE TWILIGHT ZONE."
If only we could hand pick our episodes ...
William Smith | Fontana, CA United States | 05/25/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The (not so) Mighty Casey: 1 star This is a first season ep. and is surprisingly lacking in many ways. The sound effects are campy (even for 1960), the humor is off, and Jack Wardens perfomance is plain poor and over blown. He turned in one of the best performances EVER for the Zone in "The Lonely" but here, I suppose, the material he had to work with was sub-par. "Casey" himself is not even likeable, none of the characters are. A Formality Episode.Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up: 3 stars A decent ep. that seems to be a fan favorite but for me "the old giggling man" is pretty annoying. Most will recognise a Trek doctor here and he turns in a fine performance. The ending is classic, sans for the silly makeup.The Changing Of The Guard: 3.5 stars Pleasance is great in this episode. Even greater is the meaning behind it all. Whether we know it or WE ALL MATTER. Whether you teach or not your existance at some point WILL influence another in a positive way. Thats the meaning I got from it. A touching episode.Come Wander With Me: 4.5 stars This ep. is great because the song is haunting and it also has a rather strange ending and meaning. I really love how "Floyd Burney" kept running around this Zone proclaiming for God and Country, "I'M FLOYD BURNEY!" As though it mattered to these people. A Caution for you ego-maniacs: it doesn't matter who you are, but WHO KNOWS YOU!Again, there is no paperwork (inserts, like every other dvd has!) for the Zones which is unusually cheap (though they are all this way). The navigation is abnormally slow, but the picture is terrific! Also, I found no isolated music tracks."
Y2bjs Reviews | Melbourne Australia | 04/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a whole stack of episodes from this series.I wouldn't say every episode is brilliant,but some realy leave you thinking.Here is a good selection from the series.Makes me wonder at times where they got the ideas for these episodes.There is nothing quite like it on Tv these days,they rely too much on special effects rather than a good script and fine acting.The twists and turns to each episode keep you interested."