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The Twilight Zone - Official Season 1 Blu-ray Press Release


Coming on September 14

Posted by Gord Lacey
6/28/2010
 
"There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man."
- Rod Serling

ON SEPTEMBER 14, IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT ENTERS THE FIFTH DIMENSION... IN HIGH DEFINITION!

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON 1


Blu-ray

All 36 episodes of the first season of Rod Serling's classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high definition for the first time ever!

Loaded with new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else including rare, never-before-released unofficial pilot "The Time Element" written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz!

Chatsworth, CA - In 1959, a ground-breaking television series premiered – investigating the futuristic, the telepathic, the cryptic, and the metaphysical:  The Twilight Zone.  Every week, Rod Serling's masterwork of "fear noir" took viewers from the safety of their living rooms on amazing journeys of fantasy and imagination. On September 14th, Image Entertainment will release the complete first season of The Twilight Zone, fully remastered for Blu-ray(TM).

All new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created from the original camera negatives, as well as uncompressed PCM audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks. In addition, the set includes new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else, including the rarely seen, never-before-released unofficial pilot "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz – the episode that started a cultural phenomenon – presented in glorious high definition!

Also included are  19 new audio commentaries, 34 isolated music scores, 18 radio dramas, new and archival cast/crew and scholar interviews, a "Tales of Tomorrow" episode of "What You Need," the original unaired pilot version of "Where Is Everybody?" along with Rod Serling's network pitch, Rod Serling's audio lectures from Sherwood Oaks College, syndication promos, sponsor billboards, alternate opening and closing narrations, clips from the Emmy® Awards ceremony featuring wins for the series in Writing and Cinematography categories, and more! The 5-disc Blu-ray set has an SRP of $99.98, with pre-book on August 17th.

In The Twilight Zone: Season 1 you'll see the debut of this seminal anthology which introduced the strange, the terrifying and the inexplicable to 1950's mainstream America. Esteemed writers such as Emmy®-winner Rod Serling and fantasy/science fiction legends Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and George Clayton Johnson contributed teleplays that explored that murky nether region between fantasy and reality, between ironic destiny and poetic justice, between "the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge."

The Twilight Zone: Season 1 included such stars as Anne Francis, Burgess Meredith (eventual veteran of numerous TZ episodes), Ida Lupino, Jack Klugman, Richard Conte, Gig Young, Nehemiah Persoff, Sebastian Cabot, Claude Akins, Earl Holliman, Roddy McDowall, Kevin McCarthy, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, Vera Miles and Ron Howard, all featured in classic episodes. Before the season had even finished, it was hailed by the critics, named by Daily Variety as "the best that has ever been accomplished in half-hour filmed television," a new phrase had entered the pop-culture lexicon and its success and impact is still felt today – fifty-one years after its debut.

Season One Episodes

  1. Where Is Everybody?
  2. One for the Angels
  3. Mr. Denton on Doomsday
  4. The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine
  5. Walking Distance
  6. Escape Clause
  7. The Lonely
  8. Time Enough at Last
  9. Perchance to Dream
  10. Judgment Night
  11. And When the Sky Was Opened
  12. What You Need
  13. The Four of Us Are Dying
  14. Third from the Sun
  15. I Shot an Arrow into the Air
  16. The Hitch-Hiker
  17. The Fever
  18. The Last Flight
  19. The Purple Testament
  20. Elegy
  21. Mirror Image
  22. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
  23. A World of Difference
  24. Long Live Walter Jameson
  25. People Are Alike All Over
  26. Execution
  27. The Big Tall Wish
  28. A Nice Place to Visit
  29. Nightmare as a Child
  30. A Stop at Willoughby
  31. The Chaser
  32. A Passage for Trumpet
  33. Mr. Bevis
  34. The After Hours
  35. The Mighty Casey
  36. A World of His Own.
Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:
  • Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz – presented in glorious high definition!
  • 19 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark, Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post.
  • Interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak.
  • "Tales of Tomorrow" episode "What You Need."
  • Vintage audio interview with Director of Photography George T. Clemens.
  • 1977 syndication promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours."
  • 18 Radio Dramas
  • 34 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others! 
Also includes:
  • Audio Commentaries by actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self.
  • Vintage Audio Recollections with actors Burgess Meredith and Anne Francis, directors Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare, producer Buck Houghton and writer Richard Matheson.
  • Rod Serling Audio Lectures from Sherwood Oaks College.
  • Rod Serling Promos for "Next Week's" Show.
  • Original Unaired Pilot Version of "Where is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's Network Pitch.
  • Footage of the Emmy® Award wins for the series.
Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: DISK) is a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,000 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 340 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and more than 450 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and has digital download rights to over 2,100 video programs and approximately 400 audio titles containing more than 6,000 individual tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to www.image-entertainment.com.

The Twilight Zone Season 1 Blu-ray
Genre: Sci-Fi. Television, 60s
Rating: Not Rated
Languages: English
Format: Black and white full-frame (1.33)
Audio: PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Year: 1959
SRP: $99.98
Street Date: September 14, 2010
Length: 928 minutes
UPC: ID6421CUBD
Cat#: 014381642155

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