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The Twilight Zone: Season 5 (1963)

Street Date:
August 30th, 2011
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
August 17th, 2011
Movie Release Year:
1963
Studio:
Image Entertainment
Length:
916 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

It finally ends here. I remember when us fans were elated when we heard that 'The Twilight Zone' was going to get the high definition treatment it required. Image Entertainment took on the task of taking one of the most classic television series of all time and putting it on Blu-ray. Not only that but they took the time to create worthwhile sets. New special features, new audio commentaries, pretty much everything a fan could ask for. They didn't skimp on the production values either. These episodes have never looked or sounded so good. High definition has brought out the richness of the entire series.

TV fans have seen their share of disappointments when their favorite show is put on Blu-ray. Either it doesn't look great, or there's no special features to speak of, or the worst situation is when a studio only releases one or two seasons and then forgets about the rest. At the beginning this seemed like a real possibility for 'The Twilight Zone'. There was a real threat that Image may not sell as many copies as they wanted to sell and then end up scraping the rest of the releases. Fortunately they didn't. They came full circle and released all five seasons of 'The Twilight Zone' on Blu-ray.

The last season of the show saw its fair share of controversy. Serling seemed overworked, and some of the episodes seemed to suffer or retread old ground. Serling was fighting with the network. They pushed for a more supernatural show, while Serling wanted some supernatural elements, but also other sci-fi elements that made the show so popular. There's a noticeable lull in the fifth season, where the episodes seemed rather mundane and not up to the lofty standards that were set in the previous seasons. That's to be expected though. Not too many TV shows can go that long and produce that much original content without becoming a bit tired. Think about it Serling and his team had to come up with new stories every week. They had to create new characters, new situations, and then fit it snuggly into a 30 minute timeslot. They didn't have the luxury of recurring characters or season-long story arcs. It must have been taxing.

Season five isn't without its famous episodes though. Many people remember "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring a very young William Shatner – an episode that was later remade with John Lithgow for 'Twilight Zone: The Movie'. Shatner plays a distraught man who's just gotten out of counseling for a mental breakdown. There's something out there, on the wing. A gremlin of some sort, which is tearing about the engine, only he's the only one that can see it. "Living Doll" is another well remembered episode where a stepdad goes toe-to-toe with a talking doll that seems to have murderous tendencies.

Season five is a pretty far leap from the masterful first few seasons. Still, after five years 'The Twilight Zone' was able to put out a product that stood the test of time. Most of season five's episodes are still great. They may not be as memorable as episodes from earlier seasons, but for fans of the show they still hold a special place in our hearts.

This has been quite the undertaking by Image Entertainment. An undertaking that they could have easily cut corners on. Maybe saved a few bucks here and there, but they didn't. They produced some fine TV sets. Probably the best complete set of TV Blu-rays to date. These are what TV on Blu-ray should strive to be like. These Blu-rays have catered to the fans. They've been specially made for a knowledgeable, educated audience. An audience that remembers 'The Twilight Zone' with fondness and love. It's nice to see that Image treated these seasons with the respect they deserved.

Blu-ray Vital Statistics

'The Twilight Zone: Season 5' comes in a 5-disc 50GB Blu-ray set. The discs are housed in a slightly oversized keepcase – exactly like the other seasons. Inside there are two swinging arms that hold discs 1 – 4 and a hub on the back cover that holds the fifth disc. Like every other season this season comes with an episode list that covers everything you'd want to know about each episode, like notable guest stars, special features contained therein, original air date, and what episode number it is in the total number of 'Twilight Zone' episodes. This season contains episodes 121 – 156.

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

It's to the point where I can pretty much copy and paste the past praise I've given to the other seasons. All of these sets look fantastic. 'The Twilight Zone' on Blu-ray should be the guide that everyone uses when bringing black and white source material to Blu-ray. They look, simply astounding. Season five is no exception.

The fine detail, is like that of the other seasons: magnificent. It's still hard to believe that you can see individual beads of sweat on a forehead from a source filmed in the early 60s, but you can. You can see individual pores, fine facial hair. Facial expressions take on a new dimensions, because you're able to see the tiniest of facial movements. A furtive crease of the brow, a fleeting crooked smile, it's all visible. The clarity is unmatched.

Blacks are some of the inkiest you'll ever see. There's more depth and dimension to these episodes than most full-color programming. Shadows are perfectly rendered, offering an off-kilter, uneasy feeling. Shadows never crush detail, they build upon it. Each scene is beautiful in its own ways. Close-ups are striking and contrast is unparalleled. The only "issue" with the transfer is a somewhat frequent appearance of extraneous blips and very minor scratches. This has happened on pretty much all of the seasons. You can't expect them to be perfectly clear, but Image has done a fantastic job restoring them as close to perfect as possible.

However, there is one caveat to the video quality of season five. Episode 142, "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge," looks mighty different from the other episodes. That's because "An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge" wasn't shot as a normal 'Twilight Zone' episodes. It's a short French film directed by Ambrose Bierce. It's noticeably different in look. It's much dirtier and overall, bares a resemblance to the handful of season two episodes that were shot on videotape instead of film. There are noticeable scratches throughout the episode. Some scratches are stationary and never seem to move. Simply becoming static images on the screen. Light fades in and out as parts of the picture become lighter and darker in the same shot. It's noticeably worse quality than the other episodes in the season, but it's to be expected since it came from a completely different source. Overall, the 1080p video presentation here is the same as the other seasons. It looks fantastically filmic, retaining a natural grain structure. Fans will be proud.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

As with the other seasons, season five offers two audio choices. You can either listen to the restored uncompressed PCM 2.0 mono audio, or you can choose the original audio option. I've always watched the majority of these seasons with the restored audio option. Purists may want to stick with the original audio, but for me the restored audio sounds a bit more clear. More priority has been paid to the dialogue, which comes out cleaner and more intelligibly than it does in the original audio. Still, the original audio isn't bad either.

This is exactly the type of audio presentation you've come to expect from Image. They've crafted another lively mix from a mono source. The restored audio features nice depth and fidelity. There's hardly a hiss, crack, or pop to be heard. There is some higher end brashness, but overall it's as good as it's going to get. Dialogue is intelligible, and the eerie soundtracks created for each episode are given ample room to breathe. Another solid entry by Image.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

Disc 1

Episode 121: "In Praise of Pip"

  • Interview with Bill Mumy (SD, 7 min.) - Actor Bill Mumy talks about his three times that he'd been on the show. Mumy plays young Pip in this episode.
  • Audio Commentary - Bill Mumy offers up his own audio commentary on this episode. Mumy is a tad overzealous during this commentary. He tries to sound too much like he's still acting in the episode. Still he offers some nice asides about the episode and about the different actors that he worked with. There's quite a few pauses, which happens often in these single person commentary tracks.
  • Isolated Score by Rene Garriguene - Listen to the episode's music without any bother from all that talking.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Commercials for Milk Wave Lilt and Crest toothpaste.

Episode 122: "Steel"

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (SD, 3 min.) - Zicree interviews Richard Matheson who wrote the episode "Steel". This short interview isn't all that informative, but Matheson simply talks about his time on the set and how great it was to see actors performing the lines he'd written.
  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave - Another isolated score for you.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Pall Mall cigarettes and The American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 123: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (SD, 9 min.) - Zicree interviews Matheson about one of the more famous episodes of this season. Matheson talks about where he got the idea for the story. Matheson talks about the remake with John Lithgow and how he didn't like the gremlin costume in the episode. He did, however, like the look of the gremlin in the Lithgow remake.
  • Rod Serling Lecture [1975] (25 min.) - Serling's lecture at Sherman Oak's College. The interview is pretty hard to hear, because of its source. It plays along with the episode. Serling tells some funny stories about planning for this episode and answering questions from the audience. The audience questions are almost impossible to hear.
  • Isolated Score - More music for you to enjoy.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Commercials for Crest and Prell shampoo.

Episode 124: "A Kind of Stopwatch"

  • Isolated Score by Van Cleave - More music from composer Van Cleave.
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, 17 sec.) - Commercial for Pall Mall cigarettes.

Episode 125: "The Last Night of a Jockey"

  • Audio Commentary - Mickey Rooney, star of this episode, offers up his own commentary here. Rooney's commentary is a snore. Too many dead spots where nothing is talked about.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Milk Wave Lilt and Crest commercials.

Episode 126: "Living Doll"

  • Interview with June Foray (SD, 11 min.) - Voice actor June Foray talked about doing the murderous voice for Talky Tina.
  • Audio Commentary - June Foray offers up her own commentary here. Foray is actually more talkative than someone like Rooney. Foray talks about some of the same stuff she talked about in her interview. Like how she did the voice for real-life talking doll Chatty Kathy and was then asked to do the voice for Talky Tina.
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Herrman - Listen to the episode's isolated score here.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Commercials for Pall Mall cigarettes and The American Tobacco Company.

Episode 127: "The Old Man in the Cave"

  • Isolated Score - More isolated music for you.
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, 17 sec.) - Commercial for Prell shampoo.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 19 sec.) - Commercial for baby powder, Studebakers, and Micrin.

Disc 2

Episode 128: "Uncle Simon"

  • Isolated Score - More music for you music lovers.
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, 32 sec.) - Commercials for Pall Mall cigarettes and The American Tobacco Company.

Episode 129: "Probe 7, Over and Out"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Cigarettes and Tobacco commercials.

Episode 130: "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms"

  • Isolated Score - For your listening pleasure.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Crest and Prell shampoo commercials.

Episode 131: "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain"

  • Isolated Score - More isolated music.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Pall Mall cigarettes and The American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 132: "Ninety Years Without Slumbering"

  • Inteview with Carolyn Kearney and George Clayton Johnson (SD, 10 min.) - Kearney actually acted in the pilot episode of 'The Twilight Zone', "The Time Element". Johnson looks rather weathered now. These interviews aren't all that informative, but are good to have since they've been ported over from the DVD editions.
  • Interview with George Clayton Johnson (SD, 19 min.) - Another interview with writer George Clayton Johnson. He talks about how hard it was to meet the high bar set by Rod Serling and the other 'Twilight Zone' writers. Johnson talks about his many different scripts that he wrote for the show and the hardships that went into writing an episode. Like when one of the sponsors thought that his script where a man's hand gets cut off was a little graphic.
  • Isolated Score by Bernard Hermann - An isolated score from composer Bernard Hermann.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Milk Wave Lilt and Crest commercials.

Episode 133: "Ring-a-Ding Girl"

  • Interview with Earl Hamner (SD, 19 min.) - Writer Earl Hamner talks about knowing Rod Serling, and how they both submitted scripts to a radio show where they actually ended up winning. Hamner talks about how his upbringing and his surroundings while he was growing up affected his writing.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Tareyton cigarettes and The American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 134: "You Drive"

  • Interview with Earl Hamner (SD, 2 min.) - Hamner gives a very short interview here where he talks about his inspiration for writing "You Drive".
  • Sponsor Billboard (HD, 17 sec.) - Crest commercial.

Disc 3

Episode 135: "The Long Morrow"

  • Audio Commentary - Mariette Hartley, talks about her time on the show, and how much she "hated" seeing her own legs on screen. Like many of the actor commentaries this one is a bit light and lacking in substance.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Tareyton cigarettes and The American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 136: "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross"

  • Isolated Score - More music for you.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Prell shampoo and Crest toothpaste commercials.

Episode 137: "Number 12 Look Just Like You"

  • Isolated Score - Another isolated music track.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Tareyton cigarettes and American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 138: "Black Leather Jackets"

  • Interview with Michael Forest and Earl Hamner (SD, 8 min.) - Forest, one of the actors who stars in the episode, talks about auditioning for the show and how he had to show that he knew how to ride a motorcycle. Hamner talks about writing the episode and the storyline.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Crest and Milk Wave Lilt commercials.

Episode 139: "Night Call"

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (SD, 3 min.) - This interview continues on from the earlier interviews on this set. Zicree is still talking to writer Richard Matheson, and discusses the episode of "Night Call" with him. He talks about the twist in the story and how this was the shortest 'Twilight Zone' shoot.
  • Isolated Score - For you music enthusiasts.

Episode 140: "From Agnes – With Love"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Prell shampoo and Crest toothpaste commercials.

Episode 141: "Spur of the Moment"

  • Interview with Richard Matheson (SD, 13 min.) - The interview with Matheson continues. Here Matheson talks about his personal history growing up and learning to write. Matheson talks about working with 'Twilight Zone' alum George Clayton Johnson and a myriad of different subjects.
  • Isolated Score by Rene Garriguenc - More isolated music.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Tareyton cigarettes and American Tobacco Company commercials.

Disc 4

Episode 142: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

  • Isolated Score by Henri Lanoe - Another isolated score for you.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Crest toothpaste and Push Button Lilt.

Episode 143: "Queen of the Nile"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Lucky Strike cigarettes and American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 144: "What's in the Box"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Prell and Crest commercials.

Episode 145: "The Masks"

  • Audio Commentary - Actor Alan Sues offers a commentary here. His commentary is just as haphazard as the other actor commentaries. Still, he gives a pretty funny commentary on what it's like to act in the 'Twilight Zone'.
  • Isolated Score - Another score for music lovers.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Pall Mall cigarettes and American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 146: "I Am the Night – Color Me Black"

  • Interview with Terry Becker (SD, 6 min.) - Actor Terry Becker talks about playing the part of Jagger in the episode and his own approach to acting.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Crest and Milk Wave Lilt commercials.

Episode 147: "Sounds and Silences"

  • Isolated Score -Another isolated score for the music lovers.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Pall Mall and American Tobacco commercials.

Episode 148: "Caesar and Me"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Prell and Crest commercials.

Episode 149: "The Jeopardy Room"

  • Audio Commentary - Main actor Martin Landau gives a commentary here. Landau's commentary is full of dead spots, but gives some great information. For instance he talks about how Rod Serling was actually there for his prologue introduction, when he that part was usually added in when Serling had time to be on set. He also talks about how these episodes were filmed in three days, a very short shooting schedule.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Pall Mall and American Tobacco commercials.

Disc 5

Episode 150: "Stopover in a Quiet Town"

  • Interview with Nancy Malone and Earl Hamner (SD, 9 min.) - Actress Nancy Malone talks about her time meeting Rod Serling, how much she loved doing an episode of 'The Twilight Zone'. She felt like she was lucky to get on 'Twilight Zone'. Hamner talks about creating suspense in the episode and having it build up to the climax.
  • Isolated Score - An isolated score has been provided for this episode.

Episode 151: "The Encounter"

  • Isolated Score - Another isolated music score.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Pall Mall and American Tobacco commercials.

Episode 152: "Mr. Garrity and the Graves"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 32 sec.) - Prell and Crest commercials.

Episode 153: "The Brain Center at Whipple's"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 30 sec.) - Tareyton cigs and American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 154: "Come Wander with Me"

  • Isolated Score by Jeff Alexander - Here's some more isolated music for you listening pleasure.
  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - Crest and Milk Wave Lilt commercials.

Episode 155: "The Fear"

  • Sponsor Billboards (HD, 31 sec.) - American Tobacco Company commercials.

Episode 155: "The Fear"

  • Interview with Earl Hamner (SD, 6 min.) - Hamner talks about his writing process and how he dislikes writing bad, or malevolent characters. That's why he liked writing for 'The Waltons'.
  • Isolated Score - Another isolated music score.

Additional Features

  • 'The Mike Wallace Interview' (SD, 21 min.) - A very hazy looking television interview with Rod Serling. Wallace talks to Serling about a variety of topics like censorship in television and why he decided to become a television writer. I wish we had interviews like this today. Today's interviews are used for promotional tools, but here Mike Wallace is able to unearth tremendous amounts of candid information about Serling's writings, his thoughts on television, and his experience with TV censorship.
  • Netherlands Sales Pitch (SD, 4 min.) - Serling talks about 'The Twilight Zone' as it's about to come to the Netherlands in syndication.
  • Excerpt from Rod Serling's Sherwood Oaks College Lecture (SD, 12 min.) - Still images are shown as Serling's speech is played. He talks about how hard it is to get a pilot sold and how hard it is for a new writer to get his stuff bought.
  • Alfred Hitchcock Promo (SD, 2 min.) - Hitchcock himself gives a strange introduction to 'The Twilight Zone'.
  • George Clayton Johnson Home Movies (SD, 2 min.) - Johnson talks about how his script was bought by Serling, and how Serling changed it up and how he wanted to sell more and more of his stuff to Serling because he liked him so much.
  • Additional Sponsor Billboards (HD, 47 sec.) - Commercials for Sanka Coffee, Kimberly Clark paper products, and Kleenex tissues.

HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

Disc 1

Episode 121: "In Praise of Pip"

  • Audio Commentary - Neil Gaiman ('Sandman' and 'Coraline') stops by to keep 'Twilight Zone' know-it-all Marc Scott Zicree company. I love these commentaries where they're able to get guests from outside of 'The Twilight Zone'. Zicree talks about how this was most likely the first time "Vietnam" was mentioned in a television drama. They talk extensively about the actors involved in this episode, and how the different scenes work well together as a whole. I enjoyed Zicree's explanation of the hall of mirrors scene.

Episode 122: "Steel"

  • Audio Commentary - Bill Warren, author of "Keep Watching the Skies", joins Zicree on this brand new commentary. Another informative commentary. Zicree cruises through the filmographies of the actors involved. He talks about how Matheson is so great at writing conflict and how he usually writes about ordinary people
  • Radio Drama starring Louis Gossett, Jr. (47 min.) - A radio drama featuring the voice talents of Louis Gossett, Jr. These newly acquired radio dramas continue to be a big selling point for getting these sets. The new commentaries are probably the best reason to purchase these sets of 'Twilight Zone', but the inclusion of the radio dramas come in a close second.

Episode 123: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"

  • Audio Commentary - Director Richard Donner (who directed this episode) joins Zicree for a chat. It isn't very often where we get to hear from someone directly involved in the episode on these new commentaries. This commentary is a real treat. They talk extensively about the set and the wide variety of effects that had to be used during the episode. Donner talks about how the set was a "full set" and that there weren't any breakaway panels so it was very hard to place the camera and shoot each of the shots.

Episode 124: "A Kind of Stopwatch"

  • Audio Commentary - Martin Grams, Jr. author of "The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic" is the lone commentator on this track. Grams is a commentator that regularly uses a script. It's easy to tell that he's reading his commentary along with the episode instead of reacting to what he sees like Zicree does. His commentary here gives some in-depth information about the characters, actors, and storyline, but for me I just don't really like the scripted commentary feel.
  • Radio Drama starring Lou Diamond Phillips (46 min.) - Lou Diamond Phillips stars in another radio drama. One of the better ones of the season. Give it a listen if you have time.

sode 126: "Living Doll"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined by George Noory host of Coast to Coast AM. Noory talks about how much his daughter loves this episode and how much she actually wanted a Talky Tina. Zicree draws your attention to the tension building in the episode and how they used lighting and effects to create an even more tension-filled atmosphere.
  • Audio Commentary - Gary Gerani, author of "Fantastic Television", gives the commentary here. He talks about how the fifth season is front loaded with some great episodes, but they sort of taper off towards the end. He also talks about how killer dolls came to be after this episode, and how scary it is if a children's toy becomes malevolent.
  • Radio Drama starring Tim Kazurinsky (34 min.) - Another radio drama to add to the collection.

Episode 127: "The Old Man in the Cave"

  • Audio Commentary - Scott Skelton and Jim Benson, co-authors of "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" give the commentary here. They've been somewhat regulars on these Blu-ray releases. Their commentaries are of the scripted variety. They give quite a bit of background information of the episode and its themes.
  • Radio Drama starring Adam Baldwin (36 min.) - Check out another radio drama here.

Disc 2

Episode 128: "Uncle Simon"

  • Audio Commentary - Martin Grams, Jr. offers up the commentary here. Grams has a lot of background and historical information. He talks extensively about Serling's involvement with the episode and the show in general. This is another scripted commentary. Grams is able to pack in quite a lot of information, but it's tough to digest it all because he's moving through it so fast.
  • Radio Drama starring Peter Mark Richman and Beverly Garland (40 min.) - "Uncle Simon" gets the radio drama treatment. Another great one for the collection.

Episode 129: "Probe 7, Over and Out"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined by director Ted Post who directed this episode. This is the first time Post has seen the episode since he made it. Post gives some great insight into what it was like to make a 'Twilight Zone' episode. He talks about the admiration he had for the actor. They talk about the set construction and where they actually built the set.
  • Radio Drama starring Louis Gossett, Jr. (57 min.) - Another radio drama for you to enjoy.

Episode 130: "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms"

  • Radio Drama starring Richard Grieco (32 min.) - It's good to hear from Grieco again. He offers up a decent radio drama here.

Episode 131: "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain"

  • Radio Drama starring Adam West (40 min.) - So, this is by far my favorite radio drama of the entire season. Adam West has the perfect voice for something like this. I could listen to this one over and over.

Episode 132: "Ninety Years Without Slumbering"

  • Radio Drama starring Bill Erwin (40 min.) - Another radio drama for you to enjoy.

Episode 133: "Ring-a-Ding Girl"

  • Audio Commentary - Skelton and Benson are back with another scripted commentary where they talk about the background of this episode, its actors, writer, and director. A lot of the information is pretty meaningless as they talk about work that family members of those involved have done in the movie business. A lot of the time it's information overload with these guys. This time especially.

Episode 134: "You Drive"

  • Audio Commentary - Skelton and Benson offer up another commentary here that mirrors the ones they've done before. Too much information, too many tangents, not enough real substance about the episode.

Disc 3

Episode 135: "The Long Morrow"

  • Audio Commentary - Here's another commentary from Skelton and Benson. They talk about some of the changes and cuts that were made in order to make the episode more believable and work better. More historical information on actors and who they married, so on and so forth.
  • Radio Drama starring Kathy Garver (44 min.) - Another radio drama to add to the collection.

Episode 136: "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross"

  • Audio Commentary - Martin Grams Jr. gives another solid, but scripted commentary here. Grams talks about the budget problems and how much Serling hated the budget constraints. There's a lot of good information in here about how Serling dealt with the low budgets that he faced in the fifth season. Budgets have always been a source of contention on TV.
  • Radio Drama starring Luke Perry (42 min.) - Luke Perry gets in on the radio drama action.

Episode 137: "Number 12 Look Just Like You"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is the lone commentator here. Still, his commentary is personable and informative. He's extremely knowledgeable about the series and never sounds like he's reading from a script. Zicree talks about the actresses in the episode and draws your attention to the beautiful Susie Parker. The world's most popular model at that time.

Episode 139: "Night Call"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined by Michael Nankin, director for 'Battlestar Galactica'. Nankin talks about how the very first tracking shot perfectly sets up the episode and its character without a word being spoken. Nankin admits being scared by this episode. Nankin also points out some funny continuity errors. This is a fun commentary. Nankin and Zicree have a good rapport with each other and it comes through in this commentary.
  • Radio Drama starring Mariette Hartley (41 min.) - Yes the same Mariette Hartley that starred in and was interviewed for "The Long Morrow". Here she gets her own radio drama.

Episode 140: "From Agnes – With Love"

  • Radio Drama starring Ed Begley, Jr. (36 min.) - Ed Begley, Jr. stars in this radio drama based on an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' which was directed by Richard Donner.

Disc 4

Episode 142: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

  • Conversations with Rod Serling [Part 1] (SD, 8 min.) - This is a great little interview with Serling talking about writing and how it must be a God-given gift. Serling talks about writing human emotion and not just using words, but facial movements and other ways. Serling explains why "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a perfect example of human emotion.

Episode 143: "Queen of the Nile"

  • Radio Drama starring Kate Jackson (40 min.) - Another radio drama for you to enjoy.

Episode 144: "What's in the Box"

  • Radio Drama starring Mike Starr (35 min.) - Another great radio edition of 'The Twilight Zone'.

Episode 145: "The Masks"

  • Radio Drama starring Stan Freberg (45 min.) - Another radio drama for your listening pleasure.

Episode 147: "Sounds and Silences"

  • Radio Drama starring Richard Kind (38 min.) - Yet another radio drama to listen to, and a great one at that.

Episode 148: "Caesar and Me"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined by director Robert Butler. Butler talks about the casting of the episode and how he'd worked with the main actor before. Zicree talks about the history of mean children in movies and how the girl in this episode is kind of in the same vein.
  • Radio Drama starring Jason Alexander (38 min.) - The 'Seinfeld' star returns in another 'Twilight Zone' radio drama.

Episode 149: "The Jeopardy Room"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is again joined by famed director Richard Donner in order to talk about this episode. Donner talks about his first time working with Landau. They talk about the budget constraints and how it affected how small and confined the set was.

Disc 5

Episode 151: "The Encounter"

  • Audio Commentary - This is a special commentary because not only do we get to hear from director of this episode, Robert Butler, but we also get to hear from one of the stars of this episode George Takei. This is one of the only commentaries in these sets that includes three people. Zicree talks about how this episode was never seen in syndication so it's great to have it restored for this home video set. It's always fun to hear Takei talk. He makes for a great commentary. This is definitely a must listen.

Episode 152: "Mr. Garrity and the Graves"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined again by director Ted Post to talk about the episode he directed, "Mr. Garrity and the Graves". They talk extensively about the actors included in this episode. Post talks about working with each of the actors and his favorite characteristics about them. They talk about the challenge of brining something like this "alive" when the plot is so thin. It was up to the actors to sell the episode.
  • Radio Drama starring Chris McDonald (37 min.) - Another radio drama to listen to starring Chris McDonald.

Episode 153: "The Brain Center at Whipple's"

  • Radio Drama starring Stan Freberg (42 min.) - Another radio drama starring Stan Freberg.

Episode 155: "The Fear"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined by director Ted Post and also by actor Peter Mark Richman who plays the sheriff in this episode. I really enjoy these three person commentaries even though there aren't many. It's great to get a discussion between two other people who were intricately involved with the episode. Post discusses the sound stage set and how all the trees seen are completely artificial. Some of the most interesting stuff talked about here is when Post talks about the focus of the camera and how background and foreground faces are both in focus and how it was a little tough to do.
  • Radio Drama starring Jane Seymour and James Keach (34 min.) - Jane Seymour and James Keach reenact "The Fear" for in this tense little drama for radio.

Episode 156: "The Bewitchin' Pool"

  • Audio Commentary - Zicree is joined by writer Earl Hamner to discuss the very last 'Twilight Zone' episode ever. Kind of a bittersweet moment seeing that this is the last episode. Zicree talks candidly about the episode's flaws. Hamner also discusses most of the things that he didn't like about this episode. It would seem that 'Twilight Zone', according to these two, ended on somewhat of a low note.
  • Radio Drama starring Karen Black (40 min.) - Check out the radio drama for the very last 'Twilight Zone' episode.

Additional Features

  • Coversations with Rod Serling [Part 2] (SD, 13 min.) - Serling continues talking to people in a casual office setting. He talks about writing science fiction, and how he likes to use time travel in his writing. Serling discusses that when he writes he tries to write about being young again. These are great additions, because we get to see what makes Serling tick and the thinking behind his masterful writing.
  • Coversations with Rod Serling [Part 3] (SD, 10 min.) - Serling maintains his speech about writing and how to become inspired by the events around you. Another great discussion, however brief, from one of the world's most talented TV writers.
  • Zicree Interview: George T. Clemens (1978) Part 5 (32 min.) - Zicree's interview continues. This interview has been spliced up and spread across each season where Clemens talks about each season specifically. Clemens was the cinematographer for 'The Twilight Zone', and these interviews with him really shed light on how 'The Twilight Zone' achieved its patented look.

Final Thoughts

Image Entertainment deserves some kudos. Over the past year they've put out what is arguably the best set of TV Blu-rays released to date. Each of these five season sets are resounding successes, from the immaculate video presentations to the near endless amount of new special features. If you owned all the seasons on DVD you don't have to feel like you're being duped like so many other double dips. This is the real deal. There's a very real reason why you should upgrade. Season five looks and sounds just as good as the past seasons. The brand-new commentaries shed more light on such an iconic series. Season five, like the rest of the season sets, is a must own.

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