The fourth season of The Twilight Zone, means we’re nearing the end of the initial run of the series. Complications behind the scenes, such as scheduling changes, production and writing issues, lend to the fact that season four is probably the weakest of the five seasons of The Twilight Zone’s original run. One major thing that could have hindered the production this time around, is that a lot of the major players weren’t nearly as available to the project as they had been during previous seasons.
Also troubling the fourth season of this great show, was the inconsistency in episode running time. You do still have episodes that ran the standard time, but you also have some episodes that ran an hour long. Twilight Zone was not meant to fun for an entire hour. As much as the sound of that could appeal to a die-hard fan of the series, the formula of this show is only really successful if you adhere to the 30 minute time slot. Any longer than that, and episodes drag, there’s meaningless long-shots of nothing, and exposition that is completely unnecessary. Basically, you still get your 30 minute Twilight Zone formula, only now with an extra 20 minutes of meandering filler garbage. It’s still the show you know and love, it’s just not quite the tip of the spear, in regards to episode quality.
Collectors of media are aware, The Twilight Zone has been available on various formats, in various packages for us to consume. But, they’ve always been a bit on the pricey side.I’ve never owned any of the seasons, personally. I’ve always relied on the ability to find the show somewhere in TV land. Not ON TVLAND the channel, mind you. Mostly thanks to the Sci-Fi channel, and other similar networks. There have been DVD collections of both complete seasons, as well as the entire series available to purchase, but again, it came at a steep price.
Well, IMAGE Entertainment have decided to release new, lower-priced “episodes only” DVD releases of the seasons, for those of us that would love to own these box sets, but didn’t feel like paying the premium. “Episodes only” is exactly what it sounds like. You get no bells and whistles here, just straight up episodes of the particular season of The Twilight Zone you would like to archive. I would imagine they intend to do this for the entire series, as the set I’m discussing today is the complete second season, and just today I’ve received a press release from their PR firm about the release of the complete third season, in the same form.
The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season – Episodes Only DVD Box Set includes all 37 episodes of the third season of the show, in a 5 dvd set. A lot of these newer releases of old tv shows we’ve been seeing lately are of sub-par quality, with terrible packaging. Some of which don’t even include slots for the discs with the case, rather a stack of envelopes to stuff inside of the case, which, if any of you have picked up any of those huge “Complete Series” box sets that are styled this way, you will know, is quite a pain in the ass to select which disc you want to watch, and get all of the envelopes stuffed back in there well enough to be able to close the case. Thankfully I can report that, with these releases, this is not the case. These episodes only releases of The Twilight Zone comes in a standard size dvd keep-case, with 5 slots within the case for each disc. So you will not have trouble selecting the disc you wish to peruse, nor will you spend 15 minutes after you do, trying to stuff all of that crap back in there, so you can close the case, and begin your journey into The Twilight Zone.
Episodes in this set are as follows:
In His Image
The Thirty Fathom Grave
Valley of the Shadow
He’s Alive, Mute
No Time Like the Past
I Dream of Genie
The New Exhibit
Of Late I Think of Cliffordville
The Incredible World of Horace Ford
On Thursday We Leave for Home
Passage on the Lady Anne
Season four also unveiled a new opening sequence: