'The Twilight Zone: Season 2' [Blu-ray]
(Rod Serling, William Shatner, Burgess Meredith, Art Carney, Bill Mumy, et al / 4-Disc Blu ray / NR / (1961) 2010 / IMAGE Entertainment)
Overview: All 29 episodes of the second season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else!
Blu ray Verdict: Rod Serling doesn't disappoint in this fantastic series from the early sixties. Not gonna list all the episodes for times sake but I'll just mention a handful such as the "Howling Man" about a man coming face to face with a captured devil in an old castle, "The Eye of the Beholder" episode about the concept of beauty in an upside down reality and "The Obsolete Man" starring Burgess Meredith as a librarian classified as obsolete by a futuristic socialist state.
The extra stuff is fun - but some of the ads for other TV shows and TZ Billboards in the middle of the episodes kind of break the mood while you're watching the stories.
Also, while the filmed episodes look terrific, some of the videotaped shows in Season 2 suffer from a fluttering and decomposing picture quality. Couldn't they find better copies, or maybe is it just that videotape doesn't preserve well? I have the VHS tapes from CBS Video Library from nearly 20 years ago, and I don't remember these issues with the 6 videotaped episodes.
The 'Play All' feature on the discs, and a direct start of each episode (instead of going to an index of scenes that hints what will happen) would have been nice too - not too mention that some of the seasons are missing closed captioning. Probably not a big deal if you have a modern TV though.
Anyway, those are minor so-called faults ... 'The Twilight Zone: Season 2' [Blu-ray] looks, and is great for the entire family - but some of the stories may be a little spooky for little kids. Nontheless, relive your favorite episodes from this great series and this collection is just one of many to buy. Enjoy! [RH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
25 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani, author/music historian Steven C. Smith, author/film & TV historian, Martin Grams Jr., writer/music historian Jon Burlingame, writer Len Wein, writer/producer Joseph Dougherty, writer/producer Matthew Weiner, writer/director Michael Nankin, writer Marv Wolfman, authors/historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson and writer George Clayton Johnson.
Interviews with actors Joseph Ruskin and H. M. Wynant.
Suspense episode “Nightmare at Ground Zero” written by Rod Serling.
Vintage Audio Interview with director of photography George T. Clemens.
Vintage Audio Interview with makeup artist William Tuttle.
15 Radio Dramas featuring Daniel J. Travanti, Jim Caviezel, Jason Alexander, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Jane Seymour, Michael York, Chris McDonald, Henry Rollins, Stan Freberg and others!
Audio Commentaries by actors Donna Douglas, Don Rickles, William Idelson, Bill Mumy, Cliff Robertson, Dennis Weaver and Shelley Berman.
Vintage Audio Recollections with Buzz Kulik, Douglas Heyes, Maxine Stuart, George Clayton Johnson and Robert Serling.
22 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner and others!
Rod Serling Promos for “Next Week’s” Show
And much more!