RLJ Entertainment // 1963 // 920 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // September 26th, 2013
Travel to another dimension of sight and sound!
Well, here is Twilight Zone: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD, if you need it. This run of episodes has been included quite a few times before in various editions, and is absolutely far better on the recent Blu-ray format release. It is also available on most streaming formats, so you might be able to easily find your favorite episode that way as well. The fifth season includes the last thirty-six episodes of the show, which all ran a half-hour.
Spread out over five discs you get the following episodes:
* "In Praise of Pip"
* "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"
* "A Kind of a Stopwatch"
* "The Last Night of a Jockey"
* "Living Doll"
* "The Old Man in the Cave"
* "Uncle Simon"
* "Probe 7, Over and Out"
* "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms"
* "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain"
* "Ninety Years Without Slumbering"
* "Ring-a-Ding Girl"
* "You Drive"
* "The Long Morrow"
* "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross"
* "Number 12 Looks Just Like You"
* "Black Leather Jackets"
* "Night Call"
* "From Agnes -- With Love"
* "Spur of the Moment"
* "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
* "Queen of the Nile"
* "What's in the Box"
* "The Masks"
* "I Am the Night -- Color Me Black"
* "Sounds and Silences"
* "Caesar and Me"
* "The Jeopardy Room"
* "Stopover in a Quiet Town"
* "The Encounter"
* "Mr. Garrity and the Graves"
* "The Brain Center at Whipple's"
* "Come Wander with Me"
* "The Fear"
* "The Bewitchin' Pool"
Season Five had a lot of turmoil behind the scenes. Showrunner Rod Serling was concerned about the quality, and his writing staff was dwindling down in both numbers and ideas. The show felt forced, and it was suffering a bit creatively.
The Twilight Zone had returned to a half-hour format, though, and there were plenty of guest stars on hand. You can see Jack Klugman, Jackie Cooper, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Martin Landau, Mickey Rooney, Shelley Fabares, Telly Savalas, and George Takei all show up. Of course, there is William Shatner in the oft-referenced "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." You'll also find the boxing robots, that creepy doll episode, and an Oscar-winning short French film included in the mix. It may feel strained at times, but there is still some fun to be had here.
The 1.33:1 full frame transfers look super clean, thanks to the re-mastering for the Blu-ray releases. You won't find much to gripe about with the image, and the Dolby 2.0 Mono mixes are just fine as well and true to television broadcast. What is missing here are all the extras from the Blu-ray. There are no commentaries, no featurettes, and nothing to give you anything outside of the episodes. It's disappointing, because on DVD, the extras are what you are expecting. It makes the whole package lackluster.
If you simply want the last year of The Twilight Zone on DVD, then this is the set to get, but if you want extras or anything to explain this year in-depth then seek out and upgrade to the Blu-ray experience. This is the No Frills Zone that you could see on syndication or through a streaming service. There is a certain amount of joy in seeing Shatner go ape over a monster on the wing of an airplane or Telly Savalas taking on a talking doll, but without bells and whistles, this feels like a door that's been opened many times before.
Guilty of taking us places it already has.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: RLJ Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 920 Minutes
Release Year: 1963
MPAA Rating: Not Rated