A number of older TV shows may have some of their episodes (or all, in a few cases!) which have fallen into the public domain, for various reasons. This is why you see so many cheap, unrestored PD releases of certain shows over they years, put out by all sorts of companies. But CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment have been looking, of late, at programs in their library which are in this category, and working to put out "official" (and restored!) releases which endeavor to bring you every episode, in season or half-season sets, just as they were originally broadcast. We've seen it with titles such as Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction
and the upcoming Bonanza
sets. Now they're turning their attention to One Step Beyond - The Official 1st Season
. Let's start with the studio description:
One Step Beyond was mainly filmed at M-G-M Studios, Hollywood, and partly at M-G-M British Studios, Borehamwood, Herts. It premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. All episodes are directed by John Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work.
This series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"
CBS/Paramount will release this on September 15th
(the same day as their first Bonanza
DVD titles). There were a total of three seasons and 97 episodes; this first set will contain the first 22 installments that aired from January to June 1959. The list of guest stars during the first year included such names as Patrick Macnee, Cloris Leachman, William Schallert, Mike Connors, Edward Platt and Werner Klemperer. The DVD release will present them in the original black-and-white full screen video, and English audio. The running time is 561 minutes. Extras (if any), priciing and cover art isn't available just yet, but stay tuned for updates!
CBS/Paramount has now sent out the package art for this release, and we've got a look at it for you!