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DVD Shopping Bag: The Twilight Zone Season 5 Blu-ray

A New watch to the Zone

By Robert T. Trate     August 31, 2011


William Shatner in Richard Matheson’s Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode
© Imagine Entertainment/ Robert Trate

 

Imagine Entertainment releases the fifth and final season of The Twilight Zone today on Blu-ray. Their entire collection on Blu-ray has been on another plane of existence. Each and every episode has at least one special feature, most have four. Everything from commentary tracks to radio dramas. This is your fifth and definitive edition to Rod Serling’s masterpiece of a TV series. For further praise, kudos, and down right awe check out my reviews of season 1, 2, and 3 here on Mania (season 4 was not made available for review).
 
The Twilight Zone is an interesting series as a whole. As viewers, we have come to know episodes by several different means. Whether that be by the actor, the premise, or by the title (“Time Enough at Last”) we all have our routes for navigating the Twilight Zone. Watching (almost) the complete series from a critics stand point has been fascinating. A chance to see them all in order, with original bumpers, and coming attractions made it incredibly difficult to turn them off. In the more recent past The Twilight Zone has been viewed on the Sci-Fi Channel*; usually in marathon form. We know what episodes we hope to see and we keep watching/ waiting for them. As far back as 1999 Imagine Entertainment released volume numbered DVDs featuring a collection of best episodes. Here we would see episode 22, “The Monsters are due on Maple Street”, with episode 54, “The Odyssey of Flight 33”. These are fine episodes but for the price, at the time, hardly worth the money. With this complete collection I offer to you Twilight Zone fans a fresh and different way to watch the show. Watch it only by the writer of the episodes. 
 
The idea hit me while I was watching William Shatner in “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”. The episode was written by Richard Matheson. The writer of “I am Legend” and films such as Somewhere in Time plus 15 other episodes of The Twilight Zone. Matheson does an interview for the Blu-ray and gives the audience incredible insights to working on the series. Twilight Zone Historian Marc Scott Zicree asks all the right questions and really gets into Matheson’s head. Matheson speaks about his other episodes and even other writers. We quickly learn that next to Matheson, Charles Beaumont is the only other writer to pen more episodes (22) outside of Serling (148).
 
Season 5 boasts some of Beaumont’s and Matheson’s best work. The fore mentioned “Shatner episode” was also adapted into Twilight Zone the Movie. Beaumont here has Telly Savalas matching wits with Talky Tina in “Living Doll”. Perhaps you would like even to watch the inspiration for Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel in Matheson’s “Steel”. Better yet, marvel how things only got worse since 1964 in Beaumont’s "Number 12 Looks Just Like You". For that episode I do apologize because we as a society have not come very far.
 
Now, much like I read comics, I am going to follow my favorite writers on my all time favorite TV show. The stars, the premises, even the titles will be gone. Now the only thing that matters is the writer or writers (as Serling, Beaumont, and Matheson did adapt each other’s work) on these stories. What will I do after that? I’ll watch the ones not written by these three fine gentlemen. After all there are always new ways to discover, the Twilight Zone.
 
Top 10 Picks of the Week(there aretoo many to only have 5 this week):
 
1. The Twilight Zone: Season 5 [Blu-ray]
2. The Incredible Shrinking Man (also written by Richard Matheson)
3. Top Gun (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)
4. Affair to Remember [Blu-ray]
5. Wild Bunch (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle)
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy)
7. Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]
8. If . . . (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
9. Tango & Cash (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle)
10.Under Siege (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) (Proud to have it on Blu-ray!)
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
A Proper Violence Starring Randy Spence, Justin Morck, Shawn Mahoney and Will Brunson
 
Batman (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Robert Wuhl
 
BKO: Bangkok Knockout [Blu-ray] Starring Gitabak Agohjit, Speedy Arnold, Supakson Chaimongkol
 
BKO: Bangkok Knockout
 
Beneath the Mississippi
 
Bereavement Starring Michael Biehn, John Savage, Alexandra Daddario
 
Billy the Kid's Smoking Gun
 
Blood Simple [Blu-ray] Starring John Getz and Dan Hedaya
 
Border Devils
 
Border Outlaws
 
Brave One (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard and Nicky Katt
 
The Coffin Starring Ananda Everingham, Florence Faivre and Andrew Lin
 
Death Race [Blu-ray] Starring Jason Statham, Ian McShane and Tyrese Gibson
 
The Departed (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson
 
Fast & Furious (2009) Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and John Ortiz
 
2 Fast 2 Furious Starring Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser and Ludacris
 
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Starring Lucas Black, Damien Marzette, Zachery Ty Bryan
 
The Fast and the Furious Starring Paul Walker and Rick Yune
 
Gantz [Blu-ray] Starring Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama
 
Gantz
 
Gauntlet (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Clint Eastwood, Pat Hingle, William Prince
 
Green Zone [Blu-ray] Starring Matt Damon, Nicoye Banks and Jerry Della Salla
 
Gunners and Guns-Black King
 
In a Better World (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm
 
Murder Is News
 
Norwegian Ninja Starring Mads Ousdal and Jon Oigarden (see my review)
 
Ocean's Twelve (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia and Don Cheadle
 
The Perfect Host Starring David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford
 
The Perfect Host [Blu-ray]
 
Point of No Return (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Dermot Mulroney, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel
 
Pueblo Terror & Whirlwind Rider
 
Raiders of the Red Gap
 
Rush Hour 3 (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker
 
Shoot Em Up (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Stephen Mchattie
 
Swordfish (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones
 
Tango & Cash (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and Jack Palance
 
Top Gun (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards
 
Tracy Rides & Pinto Rustlers
 
Under Siege (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey
 
Wrecked [Blu-ray] Starring Adrien Brody and Caroline Dhavernas
 
Wrecked
 
Wild Bunch (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
 
ANIME
 
Neo Angelique Abyss Complete Collection
 
Pokemon Dp Galactic Battles 5-6
 
Pokemon: Dp Galactic Battles 5
 
Pokemon: Dp Galactic Battles 6
 
Spice and Wolf: Season Two (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jamie Marchi, Brina Palencia and J. Michael Tatum
 
Spice and Wolf: Season One [Blu-ray]
 
Spice and Wolf: Season Two (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition)
 
CARTOONS
 
The Ant Bully (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle)
 
Herculoids: The Complete Series (check out my review)
 
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs [Blu-ray 3D]
 
Rio (Four-Disc Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/ DVD/ Digital Copy) Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway
 
Scooby Doo & The Ghosts
 
Scooby Doo & The Pirates
 
Scooby Doo & The Zombies
 
Shrek (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow
 
Shrek 2 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Julie Andrews
 
Shrek the Third (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
 
CLASSICS
 
Affair to Remember [Blu-ray] Starring Cary Grant
 
The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom Starring Yuliya Solntseva and Igor Ilyinsky
 
Follow the Boys Starring Russ Tamblyn, Richard Long and Ron Randell
 
Grand Illusion Starring Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
 
When the Boys Meet the Girls Starring Harve Presnell
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray] Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover (you should already own this, see my review)
 
Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy
 
Raising Arizona [Blu-ray] Starring Nicolas Cage and Trey Wilson
 
Criterion Collection
 
The Complete Jean Vigo (A propos de Nice / Taris / Zero de conduite / L'atalante) (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Michel Simon, Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo and Louis Lefebvre
 
The Complete Jean Vigo (A propos de Nice / Taris / Zero de conduite / L'atalante) (The Criterion Collection)
 
If . . . (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick
 
Orpheus (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Jean Marais, Francois Perier, Maria Casares and Marie Dea
 
Orpheus (Criterion Collection)
 
HORROR
 
Big Box of Zombies
 
Children Of The Corn: Genesis Starring J.J. Banicki, Dusty Burwell and Kai Caster
 
Children of the Corn-Genesis [Blu-ray]
 
Deadgirl [Blu-ray] Starring Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen
 
Final Destination 2 [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Landes and Tony Todd
 
Final Destination 3 [Blu-ray] Starring Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche and Alexz Johnson
 
Roadkill Starring Kacey Barnfield, Diarmuid Noyes, Eliza Bennett
 
Stained Starring Tinsel Korey, Anna Mae Routledge and Tim Fellingham
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
Good Will Hunting [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
 
Inglourious Basterds [Blu-ray] Starring Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz (super cheap, which probably means special edition coming soon)
 
Miller's Crossing [Blu-ray] Starring Gabriel Byrne and John Turturro
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Asylum Seekers Starring Pepper Binkley, Bill Dawes and Judith Hawking
 
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader [Blu-ray 3D] Starring Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Gary Sweet and Terry Norris
 
Clash of Titans (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Harry Hamlin and Burgess Meredith (see my review)
 
The Incredible Shrinking Man Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, Paul Langton
 
Journey to the Center of Earth (Blu-ray/DVD Bundle) Starring Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson
 
Red Faction: Origins Starring Robert Patrick and Gareth David-Lloyd
 
Sinbad & The Minotaur Starring Manu Bennett, Steven Grives, Holly Brisley
 
TV LAND
 
90210: The Third Season Starring Shenae Grimes and AnnaLynne McCord
 
Cell 211 Starring Alberto Ammann
 
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season Starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross
 
Detroit 1-8-7: The Complete First Season Starring Michael Imperioli, Jon Michael Hill and Erin Cummings
 
House, M.D.: Season Seven Starring Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard and Lisa Edelstein
 
House, M.D.: Season Seven [Blu-ray]
 
Murphy's Law: Series 4 & 5 Starring James Nesbitt
 
Nikita: The Complete First Season Starring Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca and Shane West
 
Nikita: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
 
Roots Starring Levar Burton
 
Sons of Anarchy: Season Three Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal
 
Sons of Anarchy: Season Three [Blu-ray]
 
The Twilight Zone: Season 5 [Blu-ray] Starring Bill Mumy, George Takei, Gladys Cooper and Jack Klugman
 
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder
 
The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]
 
BOX SETS
 
Coen Brothers Collection (Blood Simple/Fargo/Miller's Crossing/Raising Arizona) [Blu-ray] Starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi
 
George Sanders Saint Movie Collection Starring George Sanders
 
The Mummy Trilogy [Blu-ray] Starring Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo
 
Murphy's Law Complete Collection Starring James Nesbitt
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.* Robert spelled the Sci-Fi Channel the proper way as that is the way it was spelled when it was actually good.

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momitchell7 8/31/2011 11:55:22 AM

I can't believe that more of these stories haven't been used to make full-length movies... The material was so good! I'm sure there are legions of young movie-goers who have no idea of how awesome this series was, or what it even is.

Hobbs 9/1/2011 5:41:35 AM

I agree momitchell, unless you were watching Twlight Zone growing up this is a show that has fallen to the wayside for the young people.  They don't know what they are missing.

Can't wait for your star wars blu ray review which I'm sure is coming up.  AICN has a clip of yet another change George made to his series.  Instead of Vader just picking up and throwing the Emperoer over the rail in Jedi he now has Vader screaming Noooooo!  I cringe when I watched the clip.

themovielord 9/1/2011 3:22:50 PM

Hobbs, I hope I get it in time. Lucasfilm has secured me with a copy of the Clone Wars season 3 on Blu-ray but not the Saga (yet). If I don't get it I'll be buying one and then going into the details. Look for my toy column tomorrow it will be heavy with Star Wars.~ Robert

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