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The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection – Best Christmas Gift Ever? January 8, 2011

Posted by ambrosestolliker in TV Reviews.

My wife gave me the best gift ever this past Christmas – The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection (DVD.)

I’ve been a fan of The Twilight Zone since I was a little kid. I used to watch the re-runs in syndication with my older sister and younger brother all the time. I always found the series to be a great mix of science fiction, horror and suspense. The show had a great mix of writers too – Rod Serling, obviously, but also greats such as Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury. Pretty sure Bradbury wrote scripts for the show, anyway, but don’t quote me on that.

First and foremost, the best thing about the definitive set is that it is indeed the definitive set. You get every episode ever televised. You also get a DVD set that is simply jam packed with some pretty impressive special features – interviews with Serling, for instance. The DVDs also have a lot of little things that make them worthwhile – like the old commercials at the end of each episode (“And now…a word from our alternate sponsor…”) I don’t particularly care to watch commercials, but these take you back to a simpler time, when TV was still young and fresh, maybe when everything was younger and fresher. Ah…nostalgia. It ain’t what it used to be.

I learned a lot about the series that I didn’t know – like the fact that for the first few seasons, the show’s opening monologue by Serling was different than it was in later seasons. The music too. Also, money was tight in TV land back then and Serling had to use the same sets for many different shows.

Of course, it was great to see some of Hollywood’s biggest stars as young, working actors – guys like William Shatner, Burgess Meredith, Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall and many, many others. Just as many big stars today made their bones on soap operas, many big stars from the 60s, 70s and 80s made their debuts on The Twilight Zone.

So, which are my favorite episodes? Here are a few:

– Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

– Time Enough at Last

– Third from the Sun

– The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

– A Stop at Willoughby (My mother-in-law LOVES this episode)

– Eye of the Beholder





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