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DVD Shopping Bag: The Twilight Zone: Season 3 Blu-ray

Alien Anthology Egg drops too!

By Robert T. Trate     February 15, 2011

For the third time in a row, a perfect collection
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This week is a blessing for you Maniacs as there is a great assortment of sci-fi titles to add to your library. The two biggest being: The Twilight Zone Season 3 and the Alien Anthology.
Once again, IMAGE Entertainment has delivered the awesomeness that is The Twilight Zone to Blu-ray. Rod Serling’s classic television series is brought to life like no other collection before in picture quality, commentaries and special features. I have been literally blown away by the lengths in which IMAGE Entertainment has gone to for this series. Let me remind you that this is the third time they have done this since September of 2010 (see my review of season 1 and 2). Hearing Bill Mumy do commentary for “It's a Good Life” is a real treat.To see the incredible details of Murray Matheson’s costume in “Five Characters in Search of an Exit” makes you appreciate Blu-ray all the more. By this point, it should comes as a no brainier; buy The Twilight Zone on Blu-ray. I have no doubt that IMAGE Entertainment will deliver the final two seasons before the year is over.
The Alien Anthology with the egg packaging is also finally arriving this week. Many of you have already purchased the Blu-ray edition last fall. If you were holding out, by all means pick up the egg edition that debuted at San Diego Comic Con. The Blu-ray’s, themselves, have many of the same features from the 2003 DVD release. There are two new Blu-rays packed full of new material that make the box set picking up. Actually, the picture quality should be your main reason but these two discs help. The treat for this columnist was watching David Fincher’s cut of Alien 3 for the first time. With almost 28 additional minutes it did change the pace of the film. Clearly it was a suspense film that Fincher was going for in the vein of the original. The only thing I thought that really needed to be cut were the amount of speeches Charles S. Dutton delivers. It was really one too many. Otherwise, you love seeing the character development of the other prisoners; as well as seeing what the Alien is born out of instead of a dog.
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. The Twilight Zone: Season 3 [Blu-ray]
2. Alien Anthology (Egg Packaging) [Blu-ray]
3. Dr Who: A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray]
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Blu-ray]
5. Summer Wars [Blu-ray]
A Kiss Of Chaos Starring Manny Perez and Judy Marte Adam Rodriguez
Daylight Robbery Starring Xavier Anderson, Brodie Bass, Geoff Bell, and Vas Blackwood
Disconnect Starring Eddie Jones, Holmes Osborne, and Michael Muhney
Game of Death [Blu-ray] Starring Wesley Snipes
Game of Death
Glorious 39 Starring Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, and Eddie Redmayne
Glorious 39 [Blu-ray]
A Kiss Of Chaos Starring Manny Perez and Judy Marte Adam Rodriguez
Kites Starring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori
The Lady Hermit (Shaw Brothers) Starring Pei-pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Szu Shih, and Hsieh Wang
Love at First Kill Starring Lyne Renee, Margot Kidder, Michael Bowen, and Noah Segan
One Day Closer Live
Paroled Starring Master P, Candy Brown, and Ernest Thomas Spider Loc
Prison on Fire II [Blu-ray]
Prison on Fire II [Blu-ray]
Lone Ranger
Respire Starring Tracy Teague, Mat Wright, Vince Eustace, and Jessica Keeler
Time For Drunken Horses Starring Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-Dini
Wagon Train: Death Valley Days
Waiting for "Superman" Starring Geoffrey Canada and Michelle Rhee
Waiting for "Superman" [Blu-ray]
Needless Collection 1 [Blu-ray]
Oppai Chanbara: Striptease Samurai Squad
Summer Wars [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Sinternicklaas, Pam Doughtery, Brina Palencia
Summer Wars
C.O.P.S. - Volume 1
The Best of C.O.P.S.
He-Man & The Masters of the Universe: Season One
He-Man & the MOTU - Volume 1
He-Man & the MOTU - Volume 2
Johnny Test: Complete First & Second Seasons
Kansas City Confidential Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack Starring John Payne, Preston Foster, and Lee Van Cleef
The Stranger [Blu-ray] Starring Edward Robinson, Orson Welles, and Loretta Young
October Moon 2: November Son Starring Judith O'Dea, Brinke Stevens, Sacha Sacket
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Blu-ray]
Dungeons & Dragons 2-Movie Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu Starring Kyle Davis and Devin McGinn
Around the World in 80 Days: The Complete Epic Mini-Series Starring Pierce Brosnan, Eric Idle, Julia Nickson, and Peter Ustinov
Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol [Blu-ray] Starring Matt Smith
Dr Who: A Christmas Carol
The Fugitive: The Fourth and Final Season, Volume Two Starring David Janssen, Barry Morse, and Bill Raisch
I Spy: Complete Series Bundle Starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby
Murphy's Law: Series Three Starring James Nesbitt
Spin City: Season Four Starring Michael J. Fox and Heather Locklear
The Twilight Zone: Season 3 [Blu-ray] Starring Rod Serling, Bill Mumy, Carol Burnett, and Cliff Robertson
Alien Anthology (Egg Packaging) [Blu-ray] Starring Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Lance Henriksen
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.


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Chopsaki 2/15/2011 12:02:41 PM

Dungeons & Dragons heh, it still cracks me up that Jeremy Irons & Marlon Wayans were in a movie together, I never would of called that one.

peak37pt 2/15/2011 1:08:18 PM

 After years of watching the original cut of Alien 3, I was floored by the fact that the Director's Cut is ten times better than the theatrical. It's such a better film now!

Wyldstaar 2/15/2011 4:07:27 PM

Unless the new director's cut of Alien 3 features Newt and Hicks alive and part of the action, it won't be enough to save the film for me.

redhairs99 2/16/2011 4:59:23 PM

The director's cut of Alien 3 is better than the theatrical at least for 3/4 of the film.  After that, it really became a bit of a mess as I recall.  I watched it about 2 years ago, so my memory is a little fuzzy, but I remember liking more than half the film and then the plot got off track.  That, or it kept dragging on and on and I lost interest in it.



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