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'The Twilight Zone: Season 3' [Blu-ray]
(Rod Serling, Bill Mumy, Carol Burnett, Cliff Robertson, Leonard Nimoy, et al / 5-Disc Blu Ray / NR / (1962) 2011 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: All 37 episodes of the third 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: OK, I think think this needs to be said from the start. If you have the series on VHS or previous DVD releases, the picture and sound quality here on this brand new Blu ray release is SUPERB! The transfers are perfect. The extras make it worth the purchase. It even contains a disc with one classic TZ comic book from the 1960s and 1970s in PDF format so you can read a classic issue on your computer!

Indeed, "The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic" (together with that 800 plus page book) is a P-E-R-F-E-C-T companion to the DVD box set. I mean, before or after you watch an episode, you can use the book to uncover the in-jokes, bloopers and trivia that make viewing these episodes fun. Watching the shows is one thing, knowing the behind-the-scenes stuff is even more fun!

As for the show, and the episodes therein, well, you probably know them all inside out by now. But, that said, and from my humble opinion, something like a third of the 37 episodes from season 3 rise to the caliber of excellence established in the first two seasons. Much of the writing from this season (e.g., Piano in the House; The Mirror; The Grave;) is a bit under the weather, so to speak, but highly watchable nonetheless.

Other features include exclusive interviews with cast and crew - but it's the previously-mentioned behind-the-scenes trivia that will truly floor you. Read about the episode before you watch it and watch even closer than usual. You'll thank me for it! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

19 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), authors/historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson (Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour), Twilight Zone writers Earl Hamner, George Clayton Johnson and John Tomerlin, writer William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), author/historian Martin Grams, Jr. (The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic), writer Marv Wolfman (creator of Blade and New Teen Titans), writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline), writer/producer Jeff Vlaming (NCIS, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man) and writer Len Wein (creator of Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men)
Interview with actor Edson Stroll
Original Laugh Track for Cavender Is Coming
Vintage Audio Interview with director of photography George T. Clemens 19 Radio Dramas featuring Don Johnson, Blair Underwood, Ernie Hudson, Morgan Brittany, Adam West, Ed Begley, Jr., Jason Alexander, Shelley Berman, Michael York, Bruno Kirby and more!
Isolated Scores for all 37 episodes featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave, Fred Steiner and others.
Audio Commentaries by actors Bill Mumy, Lois Nettleton, William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Cornthwaite and Cliff Robertson
Audio Commentary by Jonathan Winters for A Game of Pool, plus Winters reads the Alternate Ending from the original script
Clip from the 1989 remake of A Game of Pool, featuring George Clayton Johnson’s original ending
Clip from the 1985 remake of Dead Man’s Shoes, featuring Helen Mirren in Dead Woman’s Shoes
Vintage Audio Recollections with Buzz Kulik, Buck Houghton, Richard L. Bare, Lamont Johnson and Earl Hamner
Rare Rod Serling appearances as a guest on The Garry Moore Show and Tell It to Groucho and as host of the popular game show Liar’s Club
And much more!